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Monday, July 24 2006

Hollywood’s Boring, Boring, Blockbuster Summer

Think Summer of 2006's popcorn movies have been more bust than boffo? You're not alone, according to our resident mainstream movie maven.


Sunday, July 23 2006

Out Business / Our Business

Tom Cruise is NOT Gay... but Anderson Cooper Might Be.


Thursday, July 20 2006

When Harry Met Sally It Was Soooo Sweet!

Call me crazy but I prefer to see movies about a relationship between two living, breathing (without assistance), fully functioning (but preferably super-neurotic) humans -- not a person and a ghost or a person and a spirit or a person and a coma victim who's teetering on the brink of life and death.


Wednesday, July 19 2006

A Clear View to Cairo

Perhaps being far from Cairo -- far from my 16 million neighbors, from the IQ-lowering clouds of lead pollution, from the distracting sound of a hundred drivers leaning on their car horns in a nearby street -- helps me think more clearly.


Tuesday, July 18 2006

Invasion of the McMansions

A look at what the relentess tide of change dragged in to Adelaide's shores.


Monday, July 17 2006

The Who Know Who They Are and From Whence They Came

Meet the new boss, same as the old boss. Warner revisits the Live at Leeds legacy courtesy of the Who.


Sunday, July 16 2006

World Cup Redux: Innocence Abroad

With my big and painfully obvious American mug pressed up to the glass of (a good many) European drinking establishments, I took out a pen and paper and tried to sketch some of what unfolded before me.


Thursday, July 13 2006

flag Creativity

Like Calvinists who stockpile life's finer things in hopes of shoring up their sense of themselves as elect, hipsters surround themselves with the trappings of creativity and trust that this substantiates their claim to being cool.


Wednesday, July 12 2006

Complex Simplicity

Voivod vocalist Denis 'Snake' Belanger speaks candidly about the new Canadian Prime Minister, today's subordinate youth, and the 'emotional dimension' involved in creating a new album built around the guitar tracks of his deceased friend and bandmate, Denis 'Piggy' D'Amour.


Tuesday, July 11 2006

Sacred, Techsavvy, and Holy

I'll SMS a little prayer for you.


Monday, July 10 2006

“Thunder”‘s Blunder

The Box Office Belletrist -- Thunder's Blunder -- Hyams and company managed to take an excellent metaphor for man's technological hubris and strip it of all importance.


Sunday, July 9 2006

Stars

If it's July, it's time for another installment of CBS's voyeuristic reality series. Unfortunately, while she loves the show, our arbiter of televised treats isn't thrilled with the 'all star' format.


Wednesday, July 5 2006

MTV’s New Post-modern Voyeurism

Known for its televisual lows over the years, MTV seems to have struck a nerve with its latest scandalous offerings: a showcase for insufferable materialism, and a competition where racist slurs are rewarded as a winning strategy.


Tuesday, July 4 2006

Pleased as Punch

Purple Mountain Majesties... Revisited.


Thursday, June 29 2006

Melodic Patriotism: A Look at Some Lesser-Known Pieces for the Fourth of July

In observance of Independence Day, Jenkins examines some overlooked classical manifestations of American patriotism that may be more appropriate than Tchaikovsky's US-adopted 1812 Overture.


Wednesday, June 28 2006

Social Climbers

Orkut, an extremely popular, Brazilian-dominated social networking site, is so prevelant that some consider it a source of national pride. Others, who have simply had enough of it, are driven to commit Orkuticídio: Orkut suicide.


Tuesday, June 27 2006

Sunday School

By exposing children to titles they may have otherwise never seen before, Family Classics started many a future sci-fi and fantasy geek on their way to full-blown nerdom.


Monday, June 26 2006

Snakes, Planes and the Triumph of Ironic Appreciation

Does the Snakes on a Plane phenomenon signal the End of Days in Hollywood?


Sunday, June 25 2006

Agenda of a Broadcasting Company

Think ABC has a hidden agenda against the positive depiction of African Americans in its hit shows? According to this purported communiqué from network brass, it sure seems like it.


Thursday, June 22 2006

She Thinks She’s Edith Head

With her severe onyx bangs, owly blue-tint sunglasses and mirthless, tightlipped mien, this classic Hollywood costumer was more recognizable than her designs... and that's exactly how she wanted it.


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