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The Way of All Flesh: Notes on the 2009 Victoria Film Festival

In non-Hollywood cinema, there’s less emphasis placed on svelte figures and chiseled cheekbones. But that doesn’t mean the physical form can’t play just as significant a role on-screen.

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16 Feb 2009 // 9:00 PM

Jero: Oh Yes, He Can

How a young 'half-breed' is reviving a very old, traditional, insular, often ridiculed form of Japanese music.

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16 Feb 2009 // 9:00 PM

Part 2: The Dark Side

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

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Radius [Chicago, IL]

Skirting the line between hip-hop and electronica with an aural tribute to the neighborhoods of Chicago, Radius delves deep into the introspection of bone-chilling winters and aimless depression in search of salvation.

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Biggie Gives Us One More Chance

Biggie Smalls' mythology hasn't afforded him a dreamy endgame à la Tupac or Elvis. Nobody imagines Biggie pulling the ultimate Machiavellian coup by making the world believe he's dead while he's secretly chillin' in Jamaica.

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15 Feb 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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20 Questions: The Handsome Family

Country, bluegrass, and murder ballads, pharmaceuticals, home brews, and macabre stories -- and more to come with Honey Moon.

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12 Feb 2009 // 9:00 PM

Love Rated XOXO

Could the lighthearted, seemingly innocuous genre of the romantic comedy actually be as psychologically damaging as onscreen violence and sex?

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12 Feb 2009 // 9:00 PM

State of the Slasher Address 2: We’ve Come a Long Way, Baby

Stephen Graham Jones revisits the slasher film genre in the wake of My Bloody Valentine 3D to show how we may just be on the verge of another slasher renaissance.

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12 Feb 2009 // 8:59 PM

Generation Abracadabra

In our mile-a-minute society, many students rely on the magic of amphetamines to keep up with their studies. Are they ultracompetitive alpha dogs, or mere cheaters?

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Two Lovers: All Your Choices Are Bad Ones

What James Gray bravely does in Two Lovers is return the idea of pain, and the threat of bad decisions, to the American film romance.

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Laughing Through the Tears: The Enduring Journey of Etta James

As much as Etta James used her songwriting and vocal skills as primary sources for empowerment and critique, her performances and image were equally significant in reflecting a public persona bursting with wit, wildness, and sassy radicalism.

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From Safety to Where: The Factory Years of New Order

The full sweep and glory of New Order's accomplishment -- from the static gloom of Movement and “In a Lonely Place" to the happy, confident likes of Technique and “Run” -- cannot be underestimated.

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Maya Azucena [Brooklyn, NY]

Maya Azucena is among the most original independent artists to hatch from the New York scene and conquer the world stage. Here's how this warrior built her career from the ground up.

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Beyond the Bubble of the Grammys

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

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10 Feb 2009 // 9:00 PM

Compelled to Slay

"It's definitely going to get a lot weirder." Cannibal Corpse drummer Paul Mazurkiewicz talks about playing to a click track, the changing tastes of musicians, and staying relevant after 20 years.

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10 Feb 2009 // 9:00 PM

Urban Fairytales and Political Ghosts

With the setting shifting from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv, recent Israeli films are showing an evolution in storytelling away from nationalism and war and towards the fantastic and the interiority of everyday life.

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20 Questions: Martin Bisi

The prolific performer, songwriter and producer Martin Bisi chats with PopMatters 20 Questions about malls, ghettos, industrial wastelands and other inspiring places, people and things.

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9 Feb 2009 // 9:00 PM

Genius Persona(lities)

The mark of true genius is the effortless creation of something wholly new that, once seen, becomes self-evident.

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“I Never Thought That I’d Miss You So Much”: An Interview with Gary Louris and Mark Olson

After more than a decade apart, the ex-Jayhawks are in harmony once again. Gary Louris, the alt-country icon who has forged a solo career after leading the legendary Jayhawks for roughly two decades, talks to PopMatters.

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