Monday, August 19 2002
Maggie is more intent on teaching life lessons than providing visual candy or sheer entertainment; this is granola, not Lucky Charms.
The series repackages recorded crises and dramas into four one-hour episodes, compressing daily life and death into a glossy, strangely unreal product.
For the conflicted soap fan longing for a simulacrum of realism, EastEnders is an addictive slice of heaven.
The Anna Nicole Show asks us to laugh at, not with, its pitiable subject.
Thursday, August 15 2002
“Dedication: to my wife and kids . . . and to Christopher Wallace (The Notorious B.I.G.) for bringing me back.”—Darius Rucker According to Darius Rucker,
Trevor Jackson has been buzzing the periphery of funky music since the late ‘80s, when he kick-started his feckless career by designing record sleeves for
Phil and Paul Hartnoll pieced together their classic electronic single “Chime” on their father’s broken tape recorder back in 1989. The conventional wisdom is that
Just to get this right out of the way from the start, one of my true “rock star” moments was when, for a few months,
Deerhoof are scary. What they have done on their latest release, Reveille, is reimagine the “Dies Irae” as populated by little furry things.
A few months ago, I was all ready to foist “Power Pop Record of the Year” honors on a little band out of Portland, Oregon
Bobby Bare, Jr.‘s new solo album, Young Criminals’ Starvation League, marks a bit of a departure from the Southern Rock sound of his band
Songs From the Second Floor may be blasphemous in its relentless tweaking of Christianity, but it is never less than sincere about its search for divine intercession.
Carla and Paul form an odd couple, slouching towards romance while successfully defending (and defining) their common interests against powerful and dangerous people.
While the plot of Possession concerns yearning and fervor, its tone is provocatively detached.
What Robert Evans does, mostly, is him.
Explores the many costs of 'modern times'.
Big fat super-popular boy power movies don't rely on plot, so it probably makes sense that this pulse-pounding girl power movie doesn't either (and like most boy movies, this one is about a stunningly beautiful white protagonist surrounded by a multi-culti crew).
Wednesday, August 14 2002
If there were a show on UPN to catalog the recent trend in the world of R&B, it would be called the Making
Usually when anyone uses the word “noise” to describe a band, I nervously clutch my beer and steel myself for the onslaught of what is
What is old is new again, goes the adage. In popular culture, what is old never remains that way. Nostalgia for past eras not only