Columns

Tuesday, January 10 2006

Trailer Fabulous

Call them examples of alcoholism as the avant-garde, or experimentalism accented with several cans of Spam, but actor/filmmaker Giuseppe Andrews is onto something with his masterful trailer park epics.


Songs Without Words, or So They Say: A Meditation on Titles

Exactly how should the title of a wordless piece of music influence our experience of the music itself? Jenkins muses on how titles interact with the instrumental pieces they represent and, furthermore, on musical selections with no titles at all.


Monday, January 9 2006

Black (and Blue) and White and Red All Over

In his debut column on classic films, Ciampaglia digs deep into Alexander MacKendrick's oft-forgotten Sweet Smell of Success, a 1957 cinematic treat (like a cookie full of arsenic).


Information Whirlwind

The prestige of sharing an extensive downloaded music library is wearing so thin that it's becomming almost as transparent as that ever-blowing cyber wind.


Sunday, January 8 2006

In the Time of B.K. (Before Kobe)

They didn't command big bucks and they'd never know the level of celebrity of today's counterparts, but the early black players transcended the sport and were vital to creating this legendary black cultural institution; otherwise known as basketball.


Thursday, January 5 2006

Ain’t ‘IT’ a Shame

In her debut column, Classic Film Columnist Glaze argues for one forgotten actress's place in the pantheon of legendary leading ladies.


Wednesday, January 4 2006

No Replastering… The Structure Is Rotten

In the wake of the recent rioting that began in Paris, the 'good face' mask of France's social policy toward migration, race, religion, and economic policy, is left in smoldering ruins.


Tuesday, January 3 2006

A New Exorcise Program for 2006

Gadette seeks divine intervention to help 'trim some fat', so to speak.


Monday, January 2 2006

The 2005 YATS Image Awards

Sick and tired of the same old faces getting the same lame accolades from the media? In his ongoing attempts to keep it 'real', Harris presents his personal picks and pans from the previous entertainment year.


Thursday, December 22 2005

Thoughts on the NBA Dress Code

The new NBA dress code, which requires players to dress in 'business casual attire', is clearly and unapologetically directed toward suppressing hip-hop culture.


Wednesday, December 21 2005

Endgame

All life's games must come to an end. Harvey writes on the importance of a closing narrative... and bids adieu.


Tuesday, December 20 2005

Monochrome Christmas

With the holidays rapidly approaching, it's time to tap into the true spirit of the Season: the black and white stop motion melancholy of Suzy Snowflake and her devious elfin pals Hardrock, Coco and Joe.


Playing Ashamed

A tale of two songs, both with complicated manifestations of male sexuality that explicitly broach gratification and possession in the shadow of the Ying Yang Twins' 'Wait (The Whisper Song)'.


Monday, December 19 2005

Tailbacks of the World, Unite! Debunking the Myth of the Student-Athlete

The real travesty of college football is not that it fails to regularly account for a champion, but that it fails to account at any point for its players.


A Thinly-Veiled Display of “Democracy”

Arabesque -- A Thinly-Veiled Display of 'Democracy' -- The Egyptian government has long made it clear that its citizens should be happy with a limited, shall we say 'symbolic', political participation.


Sunday, December 18 2005

The Best Metal Albums of 2005

From metalcore to hardcore, guttural growls to soaring falsettos, and unabashedly sludgetastic to downright operatic, the cream of this year's metal crop is as eclectic as it is provocative.


Thursday, December 15 2005

Out of Proportion: Understanding the Medieval Motet

There is a parallel heard in the complex, seemingly conflicted harmony of 13th century music to today's dissonant world. As we struggle to fold our differences into an orchestrated 'global' accord, we might do well to challenge ourselves to stop, and truly listen.


Wednesday, December 14 2005

Austen’s Powers

Despite Jane Austen's obvious skill as a storyteller, her novel, Pride and Prejudice, is somewhat asexual. Thankfully, the new film version of the literary classic introduces some much needed physicality into this far too courteous romance.


Tuesday, December 13 2005

Holiday Shopping: The Good Fight

Warriors of Consumption, Black Friday Masses, The Joys of Discretionary Spending, The Privilege of Spending.


Monday, December 12 2005

All I Want for Christmas…

'Tis the season! Several modest proposals for Mr. S. Claus regarding studio execs, rock chicks, worldwide revolution, and other gift ideas.


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Authenticity Issues and the New Intimacies

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"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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