Bob Dylan Goes Caroling

At this point in his career, what's left for Bob Dylan? … [Read more...]

Gladiator (2000)

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[Update January 2013: This review was originally published when the film opened in May 2000, at The Phantom Tollbooth. I remember watching in dismay as my prediction at the end of this review came true. I've seen the film a couple of times since then, and my opinion of it has not changed. I explored it further, with less snark, in Through a Screen Darkly.]-Gladiator, one of the summer's surefire blockbusters, has arrived. And people are going to love it. It's big, noisy, violent, and so s … [Read more...]

Whistling “Poughkeepsie” in New Mexico

Anne and I are savoring the artistic community, the beautiful country, the spicy food, and the literary inspiration here at The Glen Workshop in Santa Fe. And our cats are having a great deal of fun with our generous house-sitter. … [Read more...]

Another “Munyurangabo” Fan. Guess Who.

If you visit this blog, you've probably read my various raves about the film Munyurangabo. … [Read more...]

Gratitude for Joe Henry’s “Blood from Stars”

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Please put on your seatbelts and helmets: I'm reduced to blathering in the very superlatives that have been beaten senseless and slapped upon lesser albums, and I'm gonna throw them around. (Then, no doubt, I'll come crawling back to revise this, feeling rather embarrassed at my presumptuous claims and flamboyant outbursts.)* * *Joe Henry's Blood from Stars is a strong candidate for my Favorite Album of the... hmmm, yes, I'll say it... Decade. Right up there with Bob Dylan's Love and … [Read more...]

Blue Like $%#!

Holy #$%!Will Blue Like Jazz the movie be full of profanity?Steve Taylor speaks out! … [Read more...]

Overstreet Cats are Picky.

Zooey insists on PBS.  … [Read more...]

Tinkering and Tailoring a Spy Series Re-boot

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy is happening again. … [Read more...]

Roger Ebert on “Hurt Locker” vs. “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen”

Roger Ebert: We live in a depressing time for American movies. Half the nation seems hellbent on throwing itself at the horrible "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen." The movie’s fans inform me that I don’t “get it,” that what they want is mindless violence and stuff blowing up real good. They like the explosions. It’s entertainment for the whole family. I get it all, all right. Two years from now, no one will quite be able to remember its name.“The Hurt Locker” is a great film, an intellig … [Read more...]

A Message from Aaron Strumpel About His Amazing Album

Here are a few words from Aaron Strumpel, the guy responsible for Elephants, my favorite record of '09 so far... … [Read more...]


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