Clubbing

Clubbing

30

Mar

2016

Full disclosure before I start talking about Old Fashioned:  I love supper clubs.  I've visited a bunch of them in Wisconsin, and I love the old-school charm, the professionalism, the atmosphere, the consistency, the community and sociability of them.  I bought the DVD as part of a planned excursion up to Arthur's in S ...
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More Than One Lesson

More Than One Lesson

22

Mar

2016

This year marks the 75th anniversary of the release of Orson Welles' Citizen Kane.  The Music Box is commemorating the year by showing a lot of classics from 1941, so we decided to take in a matinee.It's almost impossible to say anything about Citizen Kane anymore.  My partner, who'd never seen it, kept alluding to this ...
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No Home

No Home

21

Mar

2016

This weekend, the Gene Siskel Film Center, as part of the generally excellent programming at the Chicago European Union Film Festival, screened I Don't Belong Anywhere:  The Cinema of Chantal Akerman on a double bill with the Belgian director's final film before her unexpected death last year, No Home Movie.  Akerman wa ...
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Real Talk About Real Time

Real Talk About Real Time

16

Mar

2016

I like continuity.No, scratch that:  I love continuity.  I realize that's unfashionable to say these days, when the artist is king (unless it means giving them control of their own work) and there's a reboot of the entire Marvel or DC meta-history every other month; but continuity is what keeps a lot of people involved i ...
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Just Another Word for Nothing Left to Lose

Just Another Word for Nothing Left to Lose

13

Mar

2016

Lately I’ve been thinking about the revivalists.That is, the wave of writers – whose God is Roy Thomas and whose Jesus is Grant Morrison (Neil Gaiman, I guess, would be the Holy Ghost) – who specialize in rescuing old characters from Marvel & DC’s equivalent of limbo and then tinkering with them, rejigging them, ...
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Better Off Ted

Better Off Ted

7

Mar

2016

There are lots of things to regret about the surging campaign of Republican front-runner/leaking colostomy bag Donald Trump:  the way the American electoral process has become the sport of clowns; the fact that he's so badly shaken the G.O.P. that people like John Podhoretz are starting to sound sensible by comparison; the ...
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Splintersectionality

Splintersectionality

5

Mar

2016

This is one of the most contentious election cycles in recent history.  On the right, you have a Republican Party thrown into chaos because the most popular candidate is not just a racist, right-wing demagogue, but a racist, right-wing demagogue who is not yet under the control of the party leadership; and, on the left, yo ...
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Will You Still Trump Me Tomorrow?

Will You Still Trump Me Tomorrow?

3

Mar

2016

Yesterday, we discussed the idea that, despite all their baying at the moon over the presence of the Great Usurper, Republicans are going to line up behind spoiled condiment receptacle Donald Trump if he manages to garner enough delegates for the G.O.P. nomination.  (The frequently excellent Hamilton Nolan explains why in ...
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The Way We Trump Now

The Way We Trump Now

2

Mar

2016

It is not, despite the angsty sweat-beads flying cartoonlike from the foreheads of a thousand keyboard town criers, a foregone conclusion that Donald J. Trump, a decayed yam in a gimme cap that has somehow amassed a real estate fortune and learned how to mumble the word 'quality', is going to be the next president of the U ...
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Nothing Up His Sleeve

Nothing Up His Sleeve

1

Mar

2016

HBO can afford disasters.  Since they don't run on a pure ratings model, but depend for their business on a sustainable production roster and critical goodwill, the fact that their new and star-studded series, Vinyl, is attracting far fewer eyeballs than shows that got canceled far more quickly doesn't really matter that ...
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