Famous Monsters of Birdland

Famous Monsters of Birdland

27

Oct

2017

The previous century was marked by the transformation of horror of the mind and soul to horror of the body and spirit, from childish night fears of ghosts and ghouls to real-life destruction and terror and an abstraction of horror into a genre of culture meant to turn our deepest dreads into in light entertainment.  So it ...
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What Else is On?

What Else is On?

26

Oct

2017

Folks, you know me.  You're the same six people who keep reading this site throughout the years, so I can say with total confidence that I love you one hundred million times more than I love my own family or even a dog.  It doesn't matter which dog, that's not relevant.  The point is, you know that I normally provide in- ...
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Live Like an Ape Man

Live Like an Ape Man

24

Oct

2017

"Welcome to the season premiere of BookTalk.  This is our seventeenth season, and of course, we could never have gotten this far without your support.  We've always aimed to bring you only the very best of in-depth discussions of literature and the fine arts, so of course I'm pleased to welcome back to the show Mr. Tyrel ...
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It Had Been Made Bitter

It Had Been Made Bitter

23

Oct

2017

A lot of factors can contribute to a filmmaker delivering the best work of his career.  Circumstances from finding the right cast to discovering the right project to getting the ideal financing can combine to make all the difference in the world.  Other times, it's waiting until exactly the right medium comes along.  Err ...
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I Know What’s Real

I Know What’s Real

18

Oct

2017

Blade Runner -- the original, which is to say whichever of the seemingly endless number of versions that are available thanks to studio meddling and the obsessive recutting of director Ridley Scott -- is one of my favorite movies.  Ill-received at the time of its release and scorned by some as too ham-handed in its metapho ...
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The Costs

The Costs

10

Oct

2017

Harvey Weinstein is the latest.  But he isn't the last.The news that Weinstein, a prominent movie producer and one of Hollywood's biggest power players, is at the very least a serial sexual harasser of women and at worst a multiple rapist has been met with varied reactions.  It's not exactly shocking; Weinstein has long b ...
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Fucker

Fucker

9

Oct

2017

Darren Aronofsky wants there to be no confusion about the intent behind his new allegorical whatever-it-is, mother!.  (I use his preferred stylization of the title, even after everything he has done to me.)  Eschewing such aesthetic values as subtlety and ambiguity, Aronofsky has delivered a psychological horror film tha ...
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Gender Imbalance

Gender Imbalance

5

Oct

2017

I don't remember the Battle of the Sexes; I was far too young for it to penetrate my consciousness at age five, or to make anyone in the suburban enclave where I grew up to have much of a stake in it.  But I do remember hearing about it, and, given the time and place, that's pretty impressive; for people like my mother a ...
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Two Hundred and Seventy Wheels

Two Hundred and Seventy Wheels

3

Oct

2017

From the archives of Rig Pigs Fortnightly, thirty of the most likely current candidates for the Truck Driver's Hall of Fame.PEYTON GROTE.  Running canned seafood all over New England and the Mid-Atlantic, Peyton was the first hauler to install an octophonic sound system in his rig.  Favorite Physical Graffiti side:  2. ...
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