Thursday, November 17 2005
Rhythmic emphases, rhyme infatuations, celebrations of decadence, slang, bling, and an overall manifestation of cool: Cab Calloway was hip-hop's preeminent godfather.
Wednesday, November 16 2005
With reissues of music past, so much of history lives on to be rediscovered, over and over again. Yet one can't help but wonder how much has been forever lost.
In the rare case of a book and its cinematic adaptation complimenting each other, Makowsky looks at the link between the literary and celluloid versions of Jonathan Safran Foer's acclaimed novel.
Tuesday, November 15 2005
In close proximity to a legacy of Attorneys General, this witness addresses that which is hidden behind veils of secrecy -- and blue fabric -- and that which is exposed... but not spoken of.
Removed from the velvet-draped display; torn from the colorful packaging; off the rack and in the closet... it's just not all it seemed to be. The use value falls so short of the hype value of commodities, that actual ownership and use of a thing is disappointing if not disillusioning.
Monday, November 14 2005
The Foreign Devil swears he's trying to help, but when does 'help' become an imperialist action?
Posner has some advice for all those suits who believe that the current box office slump is centered around bad films or the burgeoning sell-through schism of DVD: 'It's the marketing, stupid!'
Thursday, November 3 2005
In this initial look back at some of television's forgotten programming and people, Gibron 'elucidates the citizenry' as to the 'epicurean unusualness' of one of the medium's most 'egregiously erudite' cook show hosts: David Wade.
Wednesday, November 2 2005
Did Ronnie Spector and Tina Turner play subversive feminist roles under the banner of male-dominated pop music? Or did we simply mistake stilted sexual roles for the progressive politics we desired?
Tuesday, November 1 2005
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Monday, October 31 2005
Wood sheds light on the recent UN resolution allowing countries more control over their cultural heritage -- and how that might impact the billions of box office dollars flowing into Hollywood coffers.
Sunday, October 30 2005
Harris wants to clean up TV advertising. So he's offering some advice to Madison Avenue on how it can make its current fixation with African American culture more 'real' for its intended 'peeps'.
Thursday, October 27 2005
Turning the spotlight on those unfortunate films that have somehow fallen through the cracks in the entertainment system, Gibron champions the mudlark movie -- cinematic orphans that truly deserve a second chance.
Wednesday, October 26 2005
You know how they say everyone has a twin somewhere? Well, members of the Horn family look just like those people on (name that sitcom).
Tuesday, October 25 2005
Even though George Romero is famous for his zombie flicks, he has directed a variety of other equally interesting fright films that are usually overlooked by the casual fan.
Monday, October 24 2005
While working on a storyline for a video game that wants you to care, really care, about the characters, Harvey puzzles over how best to craft letters aimed for the heart.
Sunday, October 23 2005
Some of the Middle-Eastern, Ramadan line-up in TV programming takes on tough issues; Saudi terrorism, Egyptian-Israeli relations, and mainstream US prejudice against Arabs and Muslims, to name a few.
Thursday, October 20 2005
The only sure thing about Tyson is that he stands opposed.
Tuesday, October 18 2005
Oliver Stone is in trouble, and its up to Posner and his pals to see him through this latest creative crisis, or else all might be lost for the once mighty Oscar winning moviemaker.
Sunday, October 16 2005
August Wilson now takes his place in the pantheon of black arts and letters for the dignity he gave the blues singers, mill workers, rooming house owners, ex-cons, neighborhood eccentrics, and 300-year-old matriarchs among us.