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by Diepiriye Kuku

5 Oct 2009


Cute. Comical. Slapstick funny. These are just some of the tricks Hollywood abuses and exploits to mask the sexual harassment of women and appeal to the male gaze. And since men control the beat, tenor and tune of the industry, women’s roles are as thin now as they were then. This is the beauty of checking out old flicks—they help us unmask the new tricks of the trade.

Check out this scene from Which Way is Up, a flick seen by many modern bloggers as kids on cable way back in the day, since the film debuted in 1977. It was on regular rotation on the movie channels in the early ‘80s, and probably never registered as sexual harassment—a term that genuinely came into the American lexicon via the Senate’s confirmation hearing of Uncle Tom. Anita Hill stuck her neck out, but the nation’s leaders failed to go the distance, which is unsurprising given the tacit harassment of women in pop culture. The sitting president could not even bring himself to correctly pronounce the word harassment, as most Americans do, instead rebuffing something more akin to “harris-mint”.

 

by Ashley Cooper

5 Oct 2009


The Gate is a 1987 classic horror film, and is distinct because it is one of the most well-known examples of horror that focused on children, not just as characters but also as a core audience. The film tells the story of a young boy Glen (Stephen Dorff), his sister, and his best friend who have to deal with demons that are using the hole in their backyard as a portal from Hell. Oh, and the parents, as I’m sure you guessed, are out of town for the weekend, leaving the kids to deal with the emergent demon threat. Throw in some of the older sister’s friends who are looking to party and some very poor judgment calls, and it’s easy to see why this film is a classic.

The DVD, which is known as The Gate: Monstrous Edition, will be released October 6th.

by Tyler Gould

5 Oct 2009


The new Los Campesinos! album doesn’t have a title yet, but its first single does have a music video. You will be able to procure a 7” recording of this song at any of their upcoming U.K. shows (dates after the jump), which will also be a coming out party of sorts for new member, Kim Campesinos!.

by Tyler Gould

5 Oct 2009


Lowell Brams
Music for Insomnia
(Asthmatic Kitty)
Releasing: 8 December

Sufjan Stevens has been busy lately, debuting new music and giving old projects a resplendent release, and here he is again as a guest on this album by his stepfather and co-founder of Asthmatic Kitty, Lowell Brams. Music for Insomnia also features Bryce Dessner of the National, and is part of a whole new series of background music.

01 Chattering Garden Trolls
02 Alpha to Theta
03 Short Circadian Partita
04 Hypnagogic Hallucination
05 Melatonin Lullaby
06 Horse Spindles
07 Dream About Vince Guaraldi
08 A Cross Section of Clown Mountain

Lowell Brams
Alpha to Theta [MP3]
     

by Sarah Zupko

5 Oct 2009


London’s the xx played Jools Holland’s show last week in advance of their US release of xx. The buzz is building on this young group of 20-year-olds who traffic in a minimal form of pop that’s unusually mature for their tender age. Look for a PopMatters review later this week.

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