Tuesday, March 14 2006
Thomas Edison, a cinematic artist? Probably not. But according to our resident film historian, his place in the annals of motion pictures -- and their technology -- is secure.
Monday, March 13 2006
Homeland Security resides with the Ministry of Agriculture. From mad cows to birds with the lurgy: there's no getting away from biological warfare. Channel Crossings takes a political detour to see why British and French ministers never bite the hand that feeds them.
Sunday, March 12 2006
In these days of blurred ethnic barriers, our resident cultural critic looks at the current state of race relations, and how one troublesome word came to define -- and defame -- an entire social stereotype.
Thursday, March 9 2006
There is much to be made of / on / about a black woman's backside.
Wednesday, March 8 2006
Shopping, cooking, eating, washing dishes... it's all such a time-sucking, distracting chore. Best to wrap it all up in plastic and hurry it along, lest lost time eat at you.
Tuesday, March 7 2006
Will audiences bond with the new blond bond? Or will this Bond bomb?
The ultimate in elegant time wasting for the obsessive film fan.
Monday, March 6 2006
While it may mark the final film for two of Hollywood's legendary icons, our resident classic film connoisseur says there's more to Arthur Miller's 'Eastern Western' than meets the cinematic eye.
Sunday, March 5 2006
This year's Oscars looks set to be one of those rarest of Oscar years: the attempt at a statement.
Thursday, March 2 2006
Pulitzer Prize-winner Doug Wright talks to Performance Oriented about his new stage adaptation of Grey Gardens; or, How to Make 'Morbid Eccentrics' Sing and Dance.
Wednesday, March 1 2006
In the first of a series of contemporary composer profiles, Jenkins discusses Brian Ferneyhough, whose complex scores force performers to confront the boundaries of the possible.
Tuesday, February 28 2006
Regarding the slow but steady rise of tolerance in the US, maybe it's not faith moving mountains... maybe it's the Mountain that's moving us.
Year in and year out, Oscar typically misses some noteworthy candidates for recognition. Stale Popcorn offers its list of overlooked gems in this annual March 'madness'.
Monday, February 27 2006
In the bloody wake of ill-penned cartoons lay scattered caricatures of ourselves.
Sunday, February 26 2006
Looking for a classic bit of 'cruelty' with 'intentions' that are all too clear? Our resident literary 'liaison' argues the case for this 1988 masterwork of manipulation.
Wednesday, February 22 2006
Why some 'girl groups' must be identified as such and others feel inclined to avoid feminist descriptors: Cober-Lake gauges the cumulative effect of gender-obsessed definitions.
Tuesday, February 21 2006
In the second of a three-part look at the symbiotic relationship between the horror film and special effects, our Dread specialist shows how Mary Shelley's mythical monster, and a unique approach to art design, forever changed the horror film.
Monday, February 20 2006
How unsuspecting Tuesday nights of experimentalism in a tiny bar may be indicative of our living in extraordinary times.
Sunday, February 19 2006
Twenty-five million viewers seem like so many crickets, chirping disinterestedly, as the Olympic pageantry carries on at the periphery of our national consciousness.
So, you think a sinister "shape" and his hockey-masked compatriot are the founding fiends of the slice and dice film? Actually, according to our resident outsider cinephile, the true origins of the slasher film can be found inside the grit and grime of the grindhouse.