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Tuesday, May 4 2004

Can the Subaltern Sing? Or Who’s Ashamed of William Hung?

No one expected that William Hung would now boast a CD out on Koch Records, an accompanying music video, and appearances on Ellen, the Tonight Show, and the Today Show. In other words, Hung is huge


Model Minority

The phenomenon of William Hung recalls such stereotypes: an infantilized, incompetent, and feminized (impotent) Asian male, he will never be 'the same'.


Wednesday, April 28 2004

The Philadelphia Film Festival Report

This year at the Philadelphia Film Festival, the movies are the focus, from a 30th Anniversary screening of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre to Control Room, a documentary on Al Jazeera filmed during the takeover of Iraq.


Thursday, April 22 2004

Mortality and Mercy in Los Angeles

In the decade since Pulp Fiction's release, fans and detractors alike have had difficulty reconciling the film's spiritual aspect with its violent imagery, ironic tonal fluctuations, stylized dialogue, and ubiquitous pop culture references.


Monday, April 19 2004

Distraction TV

With the little matter of the Super Bowl Halftime Show to get over, Janet Jackson did what she had to do. She returned to TV.


Friday, April 16 2004

Guardians of the Secret

Jackson Pollock is the Celtic artist transported to another time as lightning post, all feeling instrument, all-American shape shifter, a radar screen chronicling the psychic energy of the ancients swimming in the ethereal blue unconscious.


Monday, April 12 2004

You Can Say Stuff With a Puppet You Can’t in Person: Trace Beaulieu in Orlando, Florida, 2004

MST3k taps into a more sophisticated language than do shows of lesser scope.


An Interview with Tibor Fischer

British author Tibor Fischer talks to PopMatters about his new book Voyage to the End of the Room and how London is becoming a 'hellhole'.


The Passion of the Dead

The Passion of the Christ is as much a horror movie as Dawn of the Dead writes Nenonen. Both films deal with damnation, death, and resurrection. Neither offers any hope for salvation through human virtue.


Friday, April 9 2004

New Movies Inside His Head: Notes on Recent Dylan Arcana

Masked and Anonymous may possibly represent Dylan's final creative spike, and Dylan seems all too aware of that possibility. It would explain why he sees himself everywhere in Masked and Anonymous's wartorn landscape, and hears himself coming out of every radio.


Wednesday, April 7 2004

WHO’S 40?

Gazing up at the carved images on rock music's Mount Rushmore, one will see greatness in a variety of forms: The Beatles as mop topped pioneers; the Rolling Stones as sneering pop marvels; Led Zeppelin as bombastic virtuosos; and the Who as, well, the Who. It can be argued that success and immortality were assured for three of the four, but somehow the Who survived in spite of themselves to become the best of the bunch.


Sunday, April 4 2004

Art Imitates Angst

In Stoned and Dethroned, Slater Bradley's recent exhibit at Chelsea's Team Gallery, the photographer pays homage to Kurt Cobain on the 10 year anniversary of his untimely death.


Tuesday, March 23 2004

Black Roots Renaissance: Robert Randolph and the Family

Robert Randolph is on the cutting edge of a Black Roots Renaissance, on the strength of his mastery of the pedal steel guitar, or the 'Sacred Steel' as the folks refer to it. Playing an instrument with a long history, Robert Randolph is taking black music back to its roots.


Saturday, March 20 2004

Day Four (Music): Celebrities Gone Wild and Grand Finale

The annual independent music and film festival is back, and PopMatters gives you day-by-day coverage of the good, the bad, and the best-be-forgotten moments.


Day Five: The Indie Aesthetic

The annual independent music and film festival is back, and PopMatters gives you day-by-day coverage of the good, the bad, and the best-be-forgotten moments.


BMI’s Rojo, Caliente y Verde: Generacion Alternativa

The annual independent music and film festival is back, and PopMatters gives you day-by-day coverage of the good, the bad, and the best-be-forgotten moments.


Day Four: Business Unusual

The annual independent music and film festival is back, and PopMatters gives you day-by-day coverage of the good, the bad, and the best-be-forgotten moments.


Day Three (Music): Rubbed Elbows and Bad Audio

The annual independent music and film festival is back, and PopMatters gives you day-by-day coverage of the good, the bad, and the best-be-forgotten moments.


Day Three: Family Values

The annual independent music and film festival is back, and PopMatters gives you day-by-day coverage of the good, the bad, and the best-be-forgotten moments.


Palm Greasing and The Next Big Thing

The annual independent music and film festival is back, and PopMatters gives you day-by-day coverage of the good, the bad, and the best-be-forgotten moments.


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