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Rambo’s Hold Will Never Let (Us) Go

The essential point of this series of all the Rambo films, muddy as it has been made by the hateful final installment, is that Rambo represents the failure of the American people to come to terms with their misadventure in Vietnam.

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Stumbling Upon Something Different: An Interview with Ratatat

Ratatat has honed a sound equally suited to the likes of indie kids, art rockers, and hip hop heads, which explains why they've opened for Interpol, remixed Bjork, collaborated with Kid Cudi, and added legitimate mixtapes to their resumes over the course of their careers.

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The Power of a Good Cover: A Conversation with Wreckless Eric and Amy Rigby

It was a cover that brought Wreckless Eric and Amy Rigby together and a string of covers that honed and solidified their live act. With the release of Two-Way Family Favorites, the real question for this eccentric duo is not “Why a covers album?” but instead, “What took you so long?”

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Hip-Hop Storytellers: The Heist Motif

Bluster and bravado are considered par for the course in hip-hop, but rappers adopt cunning personas to tell stories of money, power, and respect.

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Of Guffaws and GDPs: PopMatters Talks to Yoram Bauman, Standup Economist

For stand-up economist Yoram Bauman, getting laughs out of the financial situation is his business. Even during these hard times, business is good.

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20 Questions: Vikas Swarup

Slumdog Millionaire author Vikas Swarup's latest, Six Suspects, is out in paperback this month. He confesses to PopMatters 20 Questions that he's sometimes stopped on the streets of the various countries he works in because people mistake him for James Bond.

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Sam Bush: Still Rockin’ That Bluegrass Train

In the pantheon of bluegrass pickers, Sam Bush is the default leader. Still, Bush remembers playing onstage with Bill Monroe in the early '70s, and after he showcased his kinetic picking technique on the mandolin, Monroe leaned over and told him to “stick to the fiddle”.

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Utopie in Berlin: An Interview with Ellen Allien

Ellen Allien, the longtime German electronica producer who has spent much of her career DJing to packed clubs in Berlin and around the world, talks to PopMatters about her latest album, crazy politicians and the status quo of dance music today.

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Freedom Summer: The Savage Season That Made Mississippi Burn and Made America a Democracy

Two groups met that summer: The first – mostly white – had just finished another year at Harvard, Yale, Oberlin, Berkeley… Guitars slung over shoulders, idealism lifting their strides. The second group – mostly black – brought no guitars and had little idealism left to pack. They arrived with stories of being beaten, targeted, tortured.

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Globish: How the English Language Became the World’s Language

The making of a recognizable Englishness, the painful transition to Anglo-Saxon ‘Englaland’, is a history of four invasions and a cultural revolution… English was a mirror to its island state, an idiosyncratic mixture of splendid isolation and humiliating foreign occupation.

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The Weight of Lightness: An Interview with Composer Olafur Arnalds

In his third release, …and they have escaped the weight of darkness, Arnalds has temporarily left the synthesizers of his first albums behind, crafting a piano-based neoclassical masterpiece worthy of Debussy and his contemporaries.

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Mountains of Men: The Mythology of the Male Body in Video Games

People like to talk about the changing dimensions of Lara Croft's chest over the course of years, but have you noticed the upper arm development of Ryu over just four Street Fighter games?

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Dude Looks Like a Lady: Examining Kurt Hummel’s Gender Construction on ‘Glee’

The bottom line, to paraphrase Sue Sylvester, the resident Queen of Mean on Glee, is that Americans want their gays so flaming you can see them from space.

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The Danger of ‘Girl Comics’

There's always the risk that efforts like the “Women of Marvel” are token exercises, small measures taken in lieu of further reaching commitments to change in how women are regarded, as characters, as creators, and ultimately, as readers.

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The Glow Still Under the Ashes: A Conversation with Sarah Harmer

Among Canada's most significant natural resources, Sarah Harmer is the best singer-songwriter you haven't heard yet.

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Is Free the Future of Music?

A Los Angeles concert promoter is attempting to make money by making his concerts free, and he thinks the rest of the industry should do it too.

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Essential Film Performances - 2010 Edition Part Five

PopMatters follows up last year's hugely popular 100 Essential Female and Male Performances feature with 50 additions to the essentials list. Today we highlight performances from Hideko Takamine through Jane Wyman.

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Mommie Dearest: An Interview with Animal Kingdom’s Jacki Weaver

Playing a complex, historically awards-winning character -- the atypical, troubled mother -- Weaver is very much in keeping with the traditions begun by Oscar-winning actresses such as Jo Van Fleet, Shelley Winters and even Mo'Nique. She talks with PopMatters about her scorching role in Animal Kingdom.

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Catwalk: Images of Female Power

For over 70 years Catwoman's Selina Kyle has been a character to offer a more credible voice to questions of power in the representation of women in comics.

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Essential Film Performances - 2010 Edition Part Four

PopMatters follows up last year's hugely popular 100 Essential Female and Male Performances feature with 50 additions to the essentials list. Today we highlight performances from Michael Redgrave through Tilda Swinton.

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NYFF 2017: 'Mudbound'

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"Dee Rees’ churning and melodramatic epic follows two families in 1940s Mississippi, one black and one white, and the wars they fight abroad and at home.

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