Wednesday, February 14 2007
Practically everyone in Boonville loathes Wal-Mart and Home Depot, and yet despite its role in the loss of two local independent businesses, Netflix has been granted a rare and elusive "Get Out of Our Smug Disapproval Free" card.
Tuesday, February 13 2007
In this dark, underground place exists a "catacosmos"; where the bones of poor, dead children haunt like angels, and the living, who so badly want to be remembered, mistake their own echo for lasting amplification.
Monday, February 12 2007
Is there really a link between feudal Japan and the Wild West of a post-Civil War America? Thanks to the films of two famed international auteurs, the connections are closer than you think.
Whether it comes through teenage rebellion, alienation, or heavy drug use, chronic music appreciation is not typically a choice made due to a desire for group participation; it's more often about wanting or needing to separate oneself.
Sunday, February 11 2007
Contrary to what Babs sang, people who need people might not be the luckiest people in the world, after all.
Thursday, February 8 2007
It seems we've come to believe that it is better to feel like we lost the game than to dare consider that the refs threw it. Such passivity spills over into self-doubt, which further fuels the fear of success.
Wednesday, February 7 2007
The Blood Brothers fight dreams with nightmares: unicorns with tar teeth, witches with obscene riches, and carnival graveyards.
Tuesday, February 6 2007
Some consider her one of the grand dames of modern motion picture acting. But when it comes to her actual performances, this celebrated Oscar winner is decidedly one note.
Cats that Look Like Hitler: Where cute starts to seem creepy...
Monday, February 5 2007
Begrand finds refuge from a taxing winter in some of the best metal releases of the still-young year, including a highly twisted album from his neck of the Canadian prairies.
Sunday, February 4 2007
So many Prince albums, but where do you start? Here's a funky little list designed to aid your quest.
Thursday, February 1 2007
Tropicália would combine the cosmopolitan sensibilities and lyrical precision of rock with the entire geological depth of Brazil's considerable musical tradition.
In many popular Japanese films, enduring elements of Japanese/US relations, endemic attitudes of superiority and equality among races, and volatile notions of convention and propriety are pitted against emergent, maverick, fun-loving difference.
Wednesday, January 31 2007
Vieux Farka Touré continues his late father's musical legacy with a weathered voice, poetic passion, and a new debut album.
Tuesday, January 30 2007
Regardless of the number of veterans a squad may have, or the players' natural, athletic ability to improvise when a coach's plan fails, no matter, even, that a coach never steps foot on the field -- it's clear that fans are not prepared to accept players without the organizing presence of someone in charge.
Monday, January 29 2007
The introduction of Apple’s new iPhone prompts a review of that enduring cultural artifact known as The Gizmo.
Sunday, January 28 2007
Entrepreneurs of color owe an enormous debt to Berry Gordy, whose path from hit-chasing songwriter to world-renown business mogul is, as much as if not more than those beautiful ladies on the movie screen, the stuff of dreams.
Thursday, January 25 2007
The year 2006 was notable for when so many highly visible artists stepped up to sharply criticize, yet still support, the culture; when's the last time so many of your top five dead or alive had so much to say?
Wednesday, January 24 2007
The Ashes is among the oldest sporting rivalries in the world. It just happens to define two nations.
Tuesday, January 23 2007
What we need today is a man who is willing to subject himself to ridicule, disrespect, and misrepresentation, all in the name of motion picture propaganda – someone like William Castle.