Tuesday, June 6 2006

The Trouble with (Net)Time Travel

It's the ultimate in entertainment options when Netflix and the time-space continuum collide.

Cancelled Companions

Does it seem like every interesting, innovative series that you adore and worship gets yanked before its time? According to this rabid small screen fangirl, you are not alone.

Monday, June 5 2006

Big Girl Blues

In the realm of enormous breasts, she had no equal. But there is more to this grindhouse icon's enduring qualities than oversized boobs... or is there?

Sunday, June 4 2006

Coming Out of the Hazy Past

Even as black America continues to battle crime, violence, and death from within and hostile political and economic policy from beyond, it can be useful to occasionally look back through the haze and marvel at the richness of our individual stories. Two such stories: Floyd Patterson and Fats Domino.

Wednesday, May 31 2006

Bradbury on Fire

Though it was written over a half century ago, and the only film adaptation was helmed during the tumultuous and turbulent '60s, Fahrenheit 451 remains a classic sci-fi treasure. Our literary lady of letters believes that now just might be the right time for a remake.

Tuesday, May 30 2006

Postcard from Beijing

The Lovely Club and Mao's Tomb not only seem like two different Chinas from on another -- they seem to be on two different planets.

Lashing Out

Zorro has a few pointed barbs he'd like to personally deliver to El Presidente, Jorge Bush.

Monday, May 29 2006

New Suburbans: Field Explorations with Chaz and Brittany

The stratum of the human species we're studying here is a prevalent, yet often elusive breed.

Thursday, May 25 2006

Mechanical Animal

Who's the perfect silent film comedian for our techno-centric age? Here's a hint: he's the classic 'stoneface' who made machines his friends, not his entertainment enemies, during the course of his amazing cinematic career.

Wednesday, May 24 2006

Breaking News in Japan

Athletes such as Japanese slugger Hideki Matsui prop up the national psyche at a time when youth crime, economic decline, and political dysfunction are at their highest.

Monday, May 22 2006

Passion as Fashion? Rock Meets Religion on Manchester’s Streets

Manchester united around something other than soccer on Good Friday, as rock, religion and theatre came together for a unique presentation of Christ's crucifixion.

Sunday, May 21 2006

How Pretty is Too Pretty? Oscar De La Hoya’s Problematic Stardom

De La Hoya's flashy smile and cosmopolitan demeanor are signs of a sellout for many boxing fans.

Thursday, May 18 2006

Judging a Bach By Its Cover

If people are no longer as interested in classical music as a cerebral escape from the banalities of the everyday, then certain producers of classical recordings are willing to embrace this cultural condition by selling Bach not as an alternative to popular image culture, but as a part of it.

Wednesday, May 17 2006

The Great Beast Resurrected

The long, strange trip of seminal metal band Celtic Frost is unexpectedly outfitted with a new plot twist: a new record that redefines a career over 20 years after it began.

Tuesday, May 16 2006

Black Like You

When is trading 'races' not as entertaining -- or insightful -- as trading spaces? When it's all part of FX's highly implausible 'social experiment', an idea fated to fail from the first smudge of groan-inducing greasepaint.

Monday, May 15 2006

Endless Emergency

Life in Egypt is life in a 'cheerful police state'.

Sunday, May 14 2006

Monster Mash-Up

With the connection between tots and terror as tenuous as ever, it's time to celebrate a pair of shows that meld the minor to the macabre with equal amounts of horror... and hilarity.

Thursday, May 11 2006

It’s Different for Girls

Rounder Records' new tween collective, a manufactured group of girls with inflexibly 'distinct personalities', is little more than harmless fun for a very specific target market. But what potential effects will Girl Authority have on the developing identity of its audience?

Wednesday, May 10 2006

Lonnie Donegan and the Birth of British Rock

As skiffle's working-class trailblazer, Lonnie Donegan infused '50s British rock 'n' roll with a regional accent and music-hall comedy style missing from the popular American exports.

Tuesday, May 9 2006

I Know How You Feel, I Really Do!

Call it 'trading races' or 'playing princess and the pauper', it is the latest trend in the world of reality television. But oppression swapping has a disingenuous side; one that makes this format more problematic than empowering.

//Mixed media

Authenticity Issues and the New Intimacies

// Marginal Utility

"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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