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Sunday, November 12 2006

Feel Better than You’ve Ever Looked Before

There's a quiet revolution happening in self-improvement: rather than addressing our lives from the inside-out, we're now addressing them from the outside-in.


Thursday, November 9 2006

There is No Spoon

Trick photography? Optical experimentation? The purposeful playing with the cinematic language? Russian filmmaker Dziga Vertov was doing it all, decades before a certain sci-fi film challenged the notion of perception vs. reality.


Wednesday, November 8 2006

Open Wide, the Gates of Hell

The enigmatic Danes in Mercyful Fate took such a straight-faced, deadly serious approach to its satanic themes that we were unsure whether it was all a big piss-take, or if they really meant it.


Tuesday, November 7 2006

Fear Factoring: Part 2

In this second of a two-part examination on the roles that fan appreciation, critical consideration, and subject matter play on categorizing horror film, our resident macabre master argues that unlike other cinematic genres, the basic tenets of the terror experience can change from year-to-year, generation-to-generation.


Monday, November 6 2006

Party Train: The Gap Band Story

Bringing the heat and creating refrains that still haunt brokenhearted romancers to this day, the Gap Band's potent mixture of party and pain was stunning.


Sunday, November 5 2006

Please Call It a Comeback

That scene in Superman III, with the boy yelling words of encouragement to the struggling protagonist? That's how I feel when I think of Lauryn Hill.


Thursday, November 2 2006

From the Mop-Top to the Walrus: Some Funny Sides of the Beatles

Manifested in child-centered humor, the Beatles offered candy for the kids, tapped into the regressive escapist instincts of the arrested adolescents of the hippy subculture, and offered "seemingly" unthreatening fare for adults.


Wednesday, November 1 2006

A Reluctant ‘Jazz’ Hero: An Interview with Trumpeter, Composer, and Arranger Steven Bernstein

The prolific trumpeter talks shirking musical definitions, finding challenging middle ground between 'fake jazz' and 'real musicianship', touring with They Might Be Giants, and turning down Jay-Z.


Tuesday, October 31 2006

Salvador’s One-Note Music Scene

In Brazil's third-largest city, thanks to the curse of Carnival, there is only one sound to be found.


Monday, October 30 2006

Vamping It Up

From folklore to fright icon, a certain naughty neckbiter remains one of literature -- and film's -- most fascinating fear factors.


Sunday, October 29 2006

Kids’ TV: A Vast Stygian Wasteland

Kinder, gentler, and thoroughly creepy, today’s children’s television is no match for the classics.


Friday, October 27 2006

Gay and Gray

Due to AIDS and homophobic violence, many LGBT souls who fought so hard for the things we take for granted today never expected to reach old age... but they have.


Thursday, October 26 2006

Face-Painters, Cheese Heads, and Other Revolutionaries

Fans who show up sporting a wedge of plastic cheese on their heads, or wearing nothing but a barrel and suspenders, or dousing themselves in purple paint are really just the modern-day, class-defying equivalents of flatulent giants, cross-dressing jesters, and juggling scullery maids of the Renaissance.


Wednesday, October 25 2006

Sailing Rough Waters

Taiwan's legendary The Clippers are smart, edgy, and very adaptable. But when charting beyond their own sea, their sound is not always as well received as maybe it should be.


Tuesday, October 24 2006

Food of the Clods

As food becomes more and more sophisticated, today's home cook is faced with a daunting dining task. Too bad Laban and Larry aren't around to bring simplicity back to supper.


Monday, October 23 2006

Dropping the Bombshell

Notes on the (hair) color code, from one of those (you know), blondes.


Thursday, October 19 2006

Gay TV:  Making Same-Sex Marriage Safe for America

At the same time that gay TV is shaping the culture, the culture is also shaping gay TV, containing it and restricting it from going "too far".


Wednesday, October 18 2006

Reel Australia

Hummel used to dread, simply dread, Australian-made films. But a number of recently discovered intelligent, evocative films have her singing her creative countrymen's praises. Here are some movies you shouldn't miss.


Monday, October 16 2006

The Great Wait for Oscar Bait

If there's anything to be learned from a review of the year so far, it's that 2006 will either go down as a terrible movie year or a tremendously back-loaded one.


Friday, October 13 2006

The Profound Consolation: The Use of Bach’s Music in the Films of Ingmar Bergman (Part 1)

In Bergman's films, Bach's music functions to give access to a rarified atmosphere of revelation and emotional depth; it reveals something previously inaccessible within a character.


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Authenticity Issues and the New Intimacies

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"The social-media companies have largely succeeded in persuading users of their platforms' neutrality. What we fail to see is that these new identities are no less contingent and dictated to us then the ones circumscribed by tradition; only now the constraints are imposed by for-profit companies in explicit service of gain.

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