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by Matt Mazur

15 Jul 2010


Criteria for these choices includes risk-taking and confronting challenging material with little concern for vanity; an overall sense of favorable critical response as well as awards and other accolades; choices of collaborators, and finally the overall quality of the work; the execution.

First Film: Ladies Man ( Jacques-Gérard Cornu, 1960), opposite Danielle Darrieux and Mel Ferrer.

Must-see: Repulsion (Roman Polanski, 1965); The Last Metro (Francois Truffaut, 1980); A Christmas Tale (Arnaud Desplechin, 2008)

Star Turn: Belle de Jour (Luis Bunuel, 1967)

Underrated: 8 Women (Francois Ozon, 2002)

Upcoming, Current and/or Recent: André Téchiné‘s The Girl on the Train was recently released on DVD.

by Jonathan Simrin

15 Jul 2010


It’s really quite simple. According to the new fan-made trailer for The Expendables, men need to turn out in droves to see the film to make sure it triumphs at the box office. It won’t be an easy battle. The enemy is led by Julia Roberts, with the unwavering backing of Oprah Winfrey for all the “sisters-doing-it-for-themselves” and pasta that Eat, Pray, Love embodies. It’s a good thing that The Expendables basically has every famous action star in the world who is still working.

by Steve Horowitz

15 Jul 2010


She ain’t no Ronnie Spector, but then again there is nobody like the original Mrs. Phil Spector—not even Amy Winehouse, try as she may—but Phil’s new wife Rachelle has a new video out, and it is a hoot. Look at the sparkle and glitter, listen to the computer enhanced back-up instrumentation, and weep at the missing Wall of Sound now that Phil is behind prison walls.

by John Garratt

15 Jul 2010


Radiohead’s drummer Phil Selway has an album approaching in August titled Familial. And kindly enough, he has offered up a free MP3 for anyone who signs up for his mailing list. “By Some Miracle” isn’t even three minutes long, but it’s the quality that counts. It shows that Selway, in addition to keeping time with one of the better rock bands of our time, has a natural knack for songwriting. Hopefully the rest of Familial will measure up.

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by John Garratt

14 Jul 2010


Several years ago, a bummed-out Rivers Cuomo penned the song “My Day Is Coming” after the USA lost the World Cup. It never made it to a Weezer album, but was released on Alone II, his second official collection of demos in 2008.

Fast forward to 2010, more people in the States are suddenly getting excited about soccer/football, and Cuomo’s band seizes the chance. The new song “Represent” is the unofficial theme song for America’s team.

Is it a worthy sequel to “My Day Is Coming”? Go to Weezer’s official site to hear for yourself. Word of caution: if you think that 21st century Weezer has done nothing but suck eggs, this song will just be more fodder for your argument.

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