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Thursday, September 10 2009

Does Late Night TV Still Matter? Craig Ferguson

With the greatest shake-up in network late-night television since King Carson left his throne, now is a perfect time to ponder where late-night television is today.


Wednesday, August 26 2009

All in the Family: Gloria Sings the Blues

Where a thousand stone-faced social dramas have despaired over the decay of interpersonal relations and marital unity, this is the interpersonal angst of an Ingmar Bergman movie saved by a sitcom ending and a live studio audience.


Sunday, August 23 2009

Emmy Nominations / Emmy Abominations

And the nominees for Best 'White' Actress on Television are… the exact same group of women who are nominated every single year by the unimaginative voting bloc.


Monday, July 20 2009

In the Wrestling Ring with Ric Flair, Where ‘Evil is the Natural Climate’

Ric Flair epitomizes Roland Barthes' 'perfect bastard', adopting a cowardly and devious state of jerkdom, elevating his coarse existence into some quasi-mythological state of being.


Wednesday, June 17 2009

‘Have Gun - Will Travel’: Return to Fort Benjamin

With attempted justifications of military torture on our minds, Retro Remote heads back to the '50s TV Western to find a surprisingly tough moral stance on the U.S. military's destruction of human dignity and dehumanisation of 'enemy combatants'.


Sunday, June 7 2009

Footnotes in the Great Book of Gummi

Still cute, funny and entertaining, Disney’s Adventures of the Gummi Bears holds up remarkably well on every level.


Tuesday, May 26 2009

In Treatment: Fantasy Therapy for All

Explorations of the outer limits of the patient/ therapist relationship titillate viewers with the possibilities of what could happen.


Monday, May 18 2009

Thank the Lord for Marty Stuart and his Mullet

What better way to soothe modern worries than by taking in classic country music with a side of hillbilly humor?


Thursday, May 7 2009

Gidget’s ‘Dear Diary—et al.’ – and All that May Imply

As things start getting a little steamy, Retro Remote 'sinks into nothingness' trying to mix Gidget and some serious film theory.


Wednesday, April 29 2009

Missing the Boat while ‘Fishing with John’ (Lurie)

Imagine a 'Seinfeld' episode on a boat with rods in Jerry and Kramer’s hands … you get the picture.


Thursday, April 16 2009

‘Grey Gardens’: Where Drew Barrymore and Jessica Lange Bloom

HBO’s dedication to quality parts for women gallantly shows through and has even changed the landscape of television as we know it.


Sunday, April 12 2009

T.I.‘s Winding Road to Redemption

The road to Grammy-winning rap star Clifford "T.I." Harris, Jr.'s positive outcome may be paved with good intentions, but self-interest fuels the journey.


Monday, March 16 2009

I Can Almost Taste It

For someone who wouldn’t know my mortars from my pestles, I seem to spend an awful lot of time observing chefs in action.


Sunday, March 1 2009

“Gone Country” and Hoping to Make It Back Alive

Going to Nashville to become country at this point is a little like going to New York City to become the Velvet Underground.


Thursday, February 19 2009

The Oscar Expert Eyes This Year’s Pageantry

My qualifications for discussing actresses and the Oscars? I’m gay and have watched the awards for more than 25 years now. If that doesn’t make me an Oscar expert, clearly nothing does.


Wednesday, February 11 2009

Beyond the Bubble of the Grammys

The Grammys suffer from the same problem as the rest of the recording industry: thinking America defines culture.


Sunday, February 8 2009

Shirt Happens

Are CNN journalists writing news headlines these days, or t-shirt slogans?


Thursday, January 15 2009

Slumdog Millionaire: All Eyes East

Slumdog Millionaire's Golden Globe win for Best Motion Picture/Drama is like a flare warning Hollywood about its future in cinema.


Tuesday, January 13 2009

TV Egos Unbound

The small screen is no longer for small personalities or those without ambition or washed up has-beens.


Monday, January 12 2009

Three Icons and the Worlds They Left Behind

Miriam Makeba, Odetta and Eartha Kitt both fully represented and completely transcended their moments in time


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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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