Tuesday, October 4 2005
Many directors have used tried and tested avant-garde techniques to bolster the suspension of disbelief in editing, in camerawork, in sound design, and in narrative. But the single greatest gift to the escapist film comes from an altogether separate medium: music.
Monday, October 3 2005
Among other things, customer service is little more than survelliance with a smile. The end of craven customer service could return some dignity to the world of consumption.
Sunday, October 2 2005
As Hurricane Katrina nearly blew New Orleans off the map, George W. Bush blew the chance to fulfill his presidential duties.
Thursday, September 29 2005
Listen up, suckas. Dolemite is back on the scene...and to hear Gibron tell it, all them rat soap eating, born insecure jack-jawed wannabes better step aside.
If Elvis Presley fuelled a visceral revolution, Allen Ginsberg lit the blue-touch paper on an intellectual one.
Wednesday, September 28 2005
We've all got to die someday. 'Till then, why not light(en) up?
Tuesday, September 27 2005
In his second column, Lanzagorta focuses his attention on a ferocious Italian filmmaker whose gore-laden lunacy redefined the zombie horror genre.
Monday, September 26 2005
Shiva, the Hindu god that simultaneously dances life and death, is a perfect icon for modern-day Kathmandu.
Sunday, September 25 2005
It may be getting louder, but it ain't getting any better...
Thursday, September 22 2005
Japan's PM, Junichiro Koizumi, is a master of those tricky steps in the political waltz.
Wednesday, September 21 2005
To thrive in a new country, immigrants must cultivate a degree of economic insularity. As a woman from Senegal tells, Paris' Little Africa is no exception.
Tuesday, September 20 2005
Faced with the challenge of regaining his intellectual identity, Bad Librarian escapes the morass of linguistic lethargy by losing himself in the wonderful world of poetry.
Indiana Jones is 63 years old, and we're in trouble.
Monday, September 19 2005
In a foreign land twice-removed, Campbell discovers that punks, even mohawked ones, aren't all devils.
Like it or not, as a first-year law student and future lawyer, some small part of Santos has to take that compromising step toward dressing corporate.
Sunday, September 18 2005
Before Katrina, network news had spent a lot of time bemoaning the lack of viewers, to which I would like to respond; maybe you shouldn't have been so stupid.
Thursday, September 15 2005
After years of repression, Indonesia is experiencing a rush of energy and enquiry usually associated with great shifts of national character.
Wednesday, September 14 2005
Before the end of this year South Africa could be the fifth country and the first on the African continent to legalize same-sex marriages. But as Leonard reports, despite open-minded policy and laws, many closets are likely to remain shut.
Tuesday, September 13 2005
Kimchi Casserole -- 'Please Teach Me English' -- South Korean students are under great pressure to learn English. Movies such as Please Teach Me English offer comic relief.
In this month's installment, Makowsky wonders why, in either kid-friendly or mainstream motion picture versions, the Brothers Grimm just can't get any respect.