Wasted? I Thought I’d Words!

Wasted?  I Thought I’d Words!

16

May

2011

There is a brand-new Wasted Words podcast, featuring myself along with host RJ White, Shek Baker, Stephen Levinson, and Andrew Lin.  RJ hated this one, probably because I was super drunk and punchy and forced everyone to talk about pornography, but I think it is a very fine episode of this very fine show.  So listen in, w ...
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Malicknant Tumor

Malicknant Tumor

16

May

2011

Terence Malick's new film, Treee of Life, has debuted at Cannes, and as is drearily predictable, it's already causing waves of controversy.  Booing, walkouts, endless vitriol, critics and viewers exchanging invective -- the only difference between this and his other films is that now people are having the arguments on Twit ...
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You Think You’re So Smart: Critical Condition

You Think You’re So Smart:  Critical Condition

12

May

2011

Spring is here, and a young man's fancy turns to thoughts of love.  I am not a young man, nor lovable neither, so my fancy once again turns to all that is fraudulent, disinformed, and cozened in the world of criticism.  We've spoken of this before, and I suppose nothing has really changed other than there are more critics ...
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The Most Beautiful Fraud: Trainspotting

The Most Beautiful Fraud: <i>Trainspotting</i>

11

May

2011

"I understand that about twenty years ago, you were interested in trainspotting.""Well, what's that got to do with my bloody music?" Trainspotting turned up in a pile of undiscarded DVDs the other day, and I gave it another whirl.  It’s hard to imagine it’s been 15 years since it took the indie-cinema world by sto ...
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Before You Start, You’re Already Beat

Before You Start, You’re Already Beat

10

May

2011

And now, Ludic Live's first-ever reader poll:  who's the greatest femme fatale in film noir? ...
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Where Humor Goes to Die: “That’s” “Not” “Funny”

Where Humor Goes to Die:  “That’s” “Not” “Funny”

9

May

2011

No one gets angry at a mathematician or a physicist whom he or she doesn't understand, or at someone who speaks a foreign language; but rather at someone who tampers with their own language.The bastard form of mass culture is humiliated repetition -- always new books, new programs, new films, new news items; but always the ...
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Have an Opinion: Death of a Nightmare

Have an Opinion:  Death of a Nightmare

7

May

2011

Osama bin-Laden is dead.Everyone is supposed to have an opinion about every aspect of how that sentence came to awarded the status of truth, and I guess I do, but I'll be damned if I can sort it out into anything worth saying.  Mostly, I feel a combination of relief that a man who was only doing harm in this world is no lo ...
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Watchin’ My Stories: “Billy’s Prison Diary – Voices”

Watchin’ My Stories: “Billy’s Prison Diary – Voices”

7

May

2011

Dear Dr GravesI dont like writing. I know you said I should write down when something important happens and I reckon this is important but I dont think Im so good at words. I been spending a lot of time in the library thogh and I guess thats good for me. I know I spell better and I been reading my legal papers and them book ...
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Hello the Internet I Love You: Two Tickets to Stupid-Ass

Hello the Internet I Love You:  Two Tickets to Stupid-Ass

5

May

2011

Your Yahoo! News, your YouTube, your Atlas Shrugs, they come and go.  Some web site comment sections go to college to get more knowledge, and some go to Jupiter to get more stupider.  But one comment section reigns supreme.  One comments section has come out on top, year after year, in its ability to attract people have ...
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The Most Beautiful Fraud: Decoy

The Most Beautiful Fraud:  <i>Decoy</i>

4

May

2011

Having been out of print for four decades did a lot to raise the status of Decoy in a lot of peoples' minds.  In truth, it's a second-tier film noir; stylistically, it doesn't do much for the medium, and it suffers from some lackluster performances and a lot of scenes that seem padded out.  (There can't be more than a few ...
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The Sandwich Century — #9: The BLT

The Sandwich Century — #9:  The BLT

3

May

2011

The classics, it is said, are classics for a reason.  Thus far in the Sandwich Century, that's been proven true; the classic sandwiches have panned out as being pure gold as a rule.  But for every Roger Ebertian sandwich, defended by all as an exemplar of the for, along comes an Armond Whiteish concoction that creates div ...
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PetardCast, Episode #15

PetardCast, Episode #15

2

May

2011

Osama bin-Laden is dead, and that can only mean one thing:  it is safe once again to listen to comedic podcasts on the internet.  Yes, the hateful murderer's reign of terror is over, and finally, the PetardCast can return to the air to make obscure jokes without fear of reprisal from al-Q'aeda.  This week's special guest ...
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