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.
Thursday, October 13 2005
At long last, indie kids and mainstream critics no longer have to listen to their metal music in clandestine shame. Metal's in the midst of an artistic renaissance, and, as Begrand explains, it's a headbanger's ball out there.
Wednesday, October 12 2005
Satchmo's subversive humor struck multiple targets simultaneously: it commented on the very music he was transforming; and, as a survival tool, it presented a league of oppressors with unexpected resistance.
Tuesday, October 11 2005
Not even a knife-wielding tsotsi can keep Leonard away from his reggae supplier.
Monday, October 10 2005
In the alien(ating) world of addictive, online communiqués, can anyone hear you scream?
Interested in some chilling All Hallows Eve fare? Our resident lady of literature attempts to glean the thrills from the spills as she searches the shelves -- both book and video -- for a good scare.
Sunday, October 9 2005
The Queen of Delectable Pastries offers some sound advice to a troubled piece of cheesecake.
Thursday, October 6 2005
One can't be left alone to indulge one's poison, these days, without some bothersome governmental agency, or the busy-body press, sticking its nose in one's businesses.
Wednesday, October 5 2005
Ever wonder why Samuel L. Jackson seems so overly concerned with his fade? Follicle scholar Harris uncovers this 'very special episode' of a certain Bravo interview show which explains why, for this amazing actor, its hair, not the play, that's the thing.
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.