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International d’Horreur

The country that is producing high quality fear flicks these days is not in North America nor anywhere in Asia, but in Western Europe.

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29 Jul 2009 // 9:00 PM

Part 4: From Page to Screen

This grouping of performers comes from plays, adaptations of novels, or even screenplays created by some of the greatest authors or playwrights of their times.

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29 Jul 2009 // 8:59 PM

It’s All Too Beautiful

A suspicion of beauty is vital if one hopes to have any relation to it that isn't completely compromised; as Walter Benjamin said, beauty is the other side of the coin of injustice.

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We All End Up in Diapers: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Comparing the book to the film, it’s as if Fitzgerald laid just the foundation, and from that Roth built a multi-storied house.

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28 Jul 2009 // 9:00 PM

Def and Twisted

A band of pretty youngsters from the New Wave of British Heavy Metal and a homely bunch of New York club scene veterans. Rock on.

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Part 3: The Classics You Should Have Seen By Now

The title of this section is pretty much self-explanatory. Attention! Film nerds! If you haven’t seen all of these, you will be made fun of in Film Studies classes.

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Jack Knight’s First Team Up

The Starman is a generational tale of a young hero assuming his father’s mantle, which takes the reader on an educational journey through DC Comics’ past.

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You Can Be Queen for a Day

What are all of us honest-to-goodness, queer-to-the-core homosexuals to make of these wannabes?

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27 Jul 2009 // 9:00 PM

Part 2: The Dark Side

These are the men who confronted, made, or actually were monsters in one way or another. Some are villains, others were just born bad, some still are just misunderstood or a little disturbed, but each actor listed here intrepidly confronts some form of evil.

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20 Questions: Marshall Crenshaw

Marshall Crenshaw chats with PopMatters 20 Questions about the cultural offerings, high and not so high, that he gets a kick out of -- from to Duke Ellington to Captain Beefheart.

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Teens Don’t Use Twitter (and Why Should They?)

Star intern Matthew Robson’s report on teen Internet use has one key takeaway: for teens, the Internet is fun, and that might be all that it is.

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26 Jul 2009 // 9:00 PM

Part 1: Life Support

These are the supporting turns that are ineradicable. Without these scene-stealers holding it all together on the sidelines, the leads of their respective films would be totally lost.

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You are Living in the Golden Years of Cinema

Excellent movies are so thick on the ground that we're tripping on them – but never have so many delivered so much to such an ungrateful lot.

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Scratching the Surface: Your Brain on the Internet

What does the ubiquitous availability of digital text mean for the human brain as it processes ever-increasing amounts of information?

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The Cultural Logic of Computation

Far from being the great liberator, computers, Golumbia insists, actually serve to fix us in the grid of global capitalism while concentrating power and shifting it upward to those who control the networks we are enmeshed in.

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The Demise of Vibe Magazine and the Future of Criticism

With diminishing places for thoughtful criticism, black cultural critics exist as little more than commentators on the Obama White House. Blackness has been reduced to a news cycle.

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Hipster Hatred Knows No Bounds

Our new columnist and satirist Michael Brett, an 'old', curmudgeonly rock guy, recalls when he first noticed the proto-hipster. It was the Weezer show at the Aragon in 1994

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Dan Auerbach: In Search of the Authentic Sound

Dan Auerbach tells PopMatters: “Of course I want my albums to be successful, but ultimately I don’t care too much what anyone thinks ... I’m going to sound this way, no matter what.”

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Jennifer Lee: The Bay Area Diana Krall

Jennifer Lee is not the typical, seductive jazz singer in a little black dress, holding a martini and giving you a late night wink. But she is a heck of a singer and musician, and she's ready to be heard.

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20 Questions: Ridley Pearson

Ridley Pearson, New York Times bestselling author of killer crime fiction and award-winning author of young readers’ books, rather fancies himself a bit like George Clooney and Harold, of Harold and His Purple Crayon -- sans the blanket, of course.

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Exposition Dumps Don't Need Dialogue in 'Virginia'

// Moving Pixels

"Virginia manages to have an exposition dump without wordy exposition.

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