No Harmon Asking

No Harmon Asking

28

Sep

2014

Dear Dan Harmon,Last night I had the unexpected opportunity to see Harmontown, the documentary film by Neil Berkeley that documented a whirlwind tour across the U.S. of your podcast of the same name.  The tour came after your notoriously well-publicized firing from Community, a show you created and which I consider one o ...
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Fruit for Crows

Fruit for Crows

26

Sep

2014

If it has an Ur-Image, if it has a Defining Moment the way that the national memory switches to color after the Kennedy assassination, it is the savage beating of Rodney King by L.A. police officers in 1991.  The footage seems crude, noisy, and primitive by the standards of today's video technology, so tiny, so compact and ...
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Batman Minus Batman

Batman Minus Batman

23

Sep

2014

As has been discussed here and elsewhere ad nauseam, when you are dealing with certain pop-cultural icons, they belong to everyone, regardless of the opinions of their corporate attorneys.  Like any other mythological figure, from Odin to Jesus to Sherlock Holmes, there is no really 'right' or 'correct' interpretation of ...
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The Most Beautiful Fraud: Night Moves

The Most Beautiful Fraud:  <i>Night Moves</i>

21

Sep

2014

Kelly Reichardt's films are, to put it mildly, deliberate.  Their pacing is so careful and precise as to be torpid (if you're generous) or boring (if you're not). I've seen every one of her movies, and I've enjoyed every one; like Chantal Akerman, there is a method to her maddening slowness.  Every film builds to an emot ...
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Lonely, Despised, and Untrained

Lonely, Despised, and Untrained

18

Sep

2014

As America prepares to enter a fresh round of bombing in the Middle East, and as Barack Obama becomes the fourth president in a row to order attacks against a country that has not once conducted any aggressive action against our own, the world seems more and more like an Orwellian place.  The existential terror ginned up a ...
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You’ll Wonder Where the Humor Went

You’ll Wonder Where the Humor Went

16

Sep

2014

UNHELPFUL MNEMONICS1.  Every Grotesque Ballardian Describes Fascism2.  Malicious Vegetables Elude Motorist Junkers' Stronghold?  Ultimately, No.3.  Klonopin Is Salacious, Shalimar4.  Thirty days hath September, quickly grasp my throbbing member, slide your hand 'pon thither and yon, then consult this ...
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The Most Beautiful Fraud: It’s All Gone Pete Tong

The Most Beautiful Fraud:  <i>It’s All Gone Pete Tong</i>

14

Sep

2014

In the cutthroat world of the DJ, fame can come in a second and go in half that time. Those who make it to the very top do so only because they possess a brilliance of technique combined with an understanding of crowds that no one else can touch. Frankie Wilde was one of those greats until deafness (caused by a genetic defe ...
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War Minus the Shooting: Alles Klar, Herr Kommissar?

War Minus the Shooting:  Alles Klar, Herr Kommissar?

12

Sep

2014

I've never been much of a fan of American football.As I detailed here and elsewhere, while I grew up an natural mark for practically every team sport that finds favor in the lower 48, football never took hold with me for a variety of reasons.  Although the same set of noxious elements were present to a greater or lesser de ...
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The Most Beautiful Fraud: Frank

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

10

Sep

2014

The more you know about a subject, the less likely you are to enjoy a fictionalized treatment of it.  Historical dramas, biopics, and ripped-from-the-headlines stories are often unsatisfying to those very close to the real-life people and events; too much must be glossed over, left out, abridged, or sweetened to meet the d ...
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The Most Beautiful Fraud: The Master

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

8

Sep

2014

Modern cinema, from the blockbusting franchise entries of the 'vulgar auteurs' to the artsy but profitable realm of the self-contradictory indie giants, has of late become the realm of miniaturists.  From Zack Snyder, the marketing-anointed visionary of hyperrealist action, to Wes Anderson and his delicately crafted chambe ...
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