Monday, June 19 2006
From the Cheap Seats -- The 'Other' Football: Watching America Watching the World Cup -- As the FIFA World Cup plays out in Germany this month, the disparity between American interest in 'soccer' and the rest of the world's passion for 'football' is felt now more keenly than ever.
Sunday, June 18 2006
In which Sandra Oh inadvertently scares our columnist to death in a new play that's 'like birth control'.
Thursday, June 15 2006
Want to know why Richard Matheson's I am Legend is one of the most important horror novels of all time? Our resident scare scholar offers up this comprehensive overview of the man, the book, and the enduring legacy.
Wednesday, June 14 2006
On French footballers playing in England, and the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost.
Tuesday, June 13 2006
As British sitcoms move higher on the endangered species list, a small number of successful programs are relying on geographic familiarity to attract (and maintain) UK viewers.
Monday, June 12 2006
As the weather heats up outside, all summer blockbuster eyes will be on M. Night Shyamalan's latest epic of the ethereal. But the big question is, Will it be a return to form? Or the final nail in his creative coffin?
Sunday, June 11 2006
While peering 'down' at Australia from on-high (or rather, up north) through one's proverbial binoculars, one might get the impression this country is closer to North America -- perhaps uncomforably closer -- than mere geography might imply. Hummel hopes that is but a trick of the light... and other changeable circumstances.
Thursday, June 8 2006
Liszt's Faust symphony offers a solution to the conundrum that faced so many Romantic and post-Romantic composers: how does one create a musical form that continually and progressively unfolds and yet manages to hold together, to be all 'of a piece'?
Wednesday, June 7 2006
Are the outposts of underground culture -- bookstores, record stores, etc. -- places where American curiosity and enthusiasm are kept alive, or places where ingrained snobbery is allowed to snuff it out?
Tuesday, June 6 2006
It's the ultimate in entertainment options when Netflix and the time-space continuum collide.
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
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
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
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
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.
Zorro has a few pointed barbs he'd like to personally deliver to El Presidente, Jorge Bush.
Monday, May 29 2006
The stratum of the human species we're studying here is a prevalent, yet often elusive breed.
Thursday, May 25 2006
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
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
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.