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Thursday, May 29 2003

Rebel Yawn

'American Life' maligns our generally antiseptic representations of the people we kill. You'd have had to log on to a Middle Eastern news network if you wanted to acquaint yourself with the unseemly fact that people die when bombs go off or that 'surgical' is an accurate description of bombing only if the surgery in question was performed in the Middle Ages.

Tony James and the ArgonautSSS

[Tony James] suffered a great number of years being a pariah of the music industry while his vision withered away before him. However, in [Sigue Sigue] Sputnik's Internet rebirth, we have one of the great stories of rock and roll made even greater . . .

Thursday, May 22 2003

17th Annual Washington, D.C. International Film Festival

Less a curated collection than an eclectic grab bag, the films defied audience expectations and easy categories, even the ones its organizers devised.

Shaolin Soccer, Miramax, and the Question of Subtitles

Stephen Chow is a comic genius whose films have never seen mainstream release in the U.S.

Sunday, May 18 2003

Buffy the Vampire Slayer - Lord of the Nerds

Buffy is often mentioned specifically as a "female empowerment" show, but one of its most inviting aspects is the way its cast has always been uncommonly split between guys and girls.

Tuesday, May 13 2003

It Was a Good Gangsta Career

In the spring of 1992, while white America blinked fearfully at the images of anarchy in the streets of South Central Los Angeles on their television screens, fans of Ice Cube's incendiary raps and rants simply nodded knowingly to themselves. No one could deny that Ice Cube not only had his pulse on the state of L.A.'s civic affairs long before they erupted into violence, but that he also concretized a vocal resistance to entrenched racism and oppression more capably than anyone in hip-hop at the time, including Public Enemy.

Monday, May 12 2003

How Come Elmo Isn’t a Girl?

We expect more from PBS. The competition is too stiff now, with four other networks showing commercial-free preschool programming. PBS Kids: It's time for really new ideas.

Thursday, May 8 2003

The Creepy, Campy Stylings of Mario Bava

A master illusionist, Mario Bava repeatedly made films about deceptive appearances.

Serious Business: 12th Philadelphia Film Festival, 3-16 April 2003

It may not be 'The East Coast Sundance,' but the Philadelphia Film Festival is on its way to becoming one of the most respected festivals on the circuit.

Leslie Cheung, 1956-2003

A veteran of some 60 films, Leslie Cheung showed astonishing versatility.

Monday, May 5 2003

Interview with Assassins

The Chicago band offers a sophisticated mix that takes the '80s Manchester template as a starting point, the dark dance pop perfected by the likes of Joy Division and New Order, and fleshes it out with elements of trip-hop and a post-punk guitar fuzz.

Paving Their Own Way: An Interview with Jim Buzinski and Cyd Zeigler, Jr. of

About three years ago, Jim and Cyd created, an on-line community for gay athletes and sports fans. Their lives, and the lives of gay men and women who love sports, haven’t been the same since.

Thursday, May 1 2003

She Put a Spell on Us (for Nina Simone)

She was the voice of a movement. Deep blues, even darker hues, from the Delta to Dakar. This woman, Black woman, was the voice of a people.

Friday, April 18 2003

Buzzcocks: The Buzz Continues

Buzzcocks fans might be surprised to find that the group's new self-titled effort, its first of the new millennium, is a return to its hard-rocking roots. Fresh from some live dates in Australia, Shelley recently spoke to PopMatters about his recent projects and the Buzzcocks' plans for the future.

That’s Entertainment

I don't know about you, but I don't want my athletes to act like foot soldiers. I have foot soldiers to do that nowadays.

Tuesday, April 15 2003

Oneida Interview

Forget math rock -- let's hear it for 'one step?' Cori Taratoot scours American history and musical genres to interpret all the noise about Brooklyn's irreverent noisemakers.

Tuesday, April 8 2003

Criminal (Critical) Accomplice: Writing About R. Kelly

What if Kelly had been Justin Timberlake or Eminem? Would the conversation fall back so easily into one where a white man mistreated and exploited (raped?) a young black girl because of his racist views of black women?

Wednesday, April 2 2003

South by Southwest 2003: A Field Journal: Final Weekend/ Music: Best of Show

A Field Journal: Final Weekend/ Music: Best of Show by Tobias Peterson and Terry Sawyer

South by Southwest 2003: A Field Journal: Final Weekend/ Music: Of Redemption and Round-Trip Tickets

The Decemberists Today’s report by Terry Sawyer Final Weekend/ Music: Of Redemption and Round-Trip Tickets Determined to have a good time, I started drinking

South by Southwest 2003: A Field Journal: Final Weekend/ Film: Bucking the System, One Documentary a

A Field Journal: Final Weekend/ Film: Bucking the System, One Documentary at a Time by Tobias Peterson and Terry Sawyer

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