Thursday, November 16, 2006

Headlines

Week of 16-Oct-2006
Giving Credit Where Due
By Kevin Wolf

Jon Mooallem, a contributing writer, last wrote for the magazine about pre-sliced apples.

Week of 8-Oct-2006
Even The Most Unfortunate...
By Lance Mannion

I don't like children's stories with morals, but I don't mind if they teach a lesson. Morals and lessons are not the same thing.

Week of 1-Oct-2006

The Plain People
By Neddie Jingo

The Amish don't object to technology per se. What they distrust about it is its inherent divisiveness, its tendency to tempt vanity.

Hour of the Gun
By Lance Mannion

Plodding shouldn't be a complimentary way to describe a movie, but offhand I can't think of a better word for the pacing of John Sturges' revenge Western, Hour of the Gun, starring James Garner as Wyatt Earp and Jason Robards as Doc Holliday.


The Bravados
By Lance Mannion

The Bravados isn't a religious movie, but it takes religion seriously. The director Henry King and screenwriter Philip Yordan are respectful of Catholic beliefs and rituals, but don't go in for any warm, don't you wish your pastor was like Bing missionary work in the form of comic hokeyness. Andrew Duggan as the priest is a little too much of a paragon, both as a man and a voice of religious authority, but he's not the movie's conscience.

Week of 10-Sep-2006

Reading & "Reading"
By Kevin Wolf

My history as a reader used to be pretty simple: I loved to read as a kid (probably the only thing that got me through school) and went on to read pretty voraciously for another two decades.

Somewhere in there was a switch from reading only fiction (except as required by college) to reading only non-fiction.



DJ Culture - Part 3
By Homefrontradio

‘It was 1989, and my friend Keaton had bought the Number One record in the country, a waste of vinyl called ‘Swing The Mood’ by a fictitious group named ‘Jive Bunny and the Mastermixers’. If you haven’t heard it, be very glad. It’s basically a bunch of sampled sections of early rock and roll songs and Glenn Miller’s “In The Mood” played over a cheap drum machine rhythm.


Deadwood & Libel of George Hearst
By Lance Mannion

Last night on Deadwood, Ellsworth proposed to Alma Garrett, Tom Nuttall rode his bone-shaker the whole way down the sidewalk, Al Swearengen spent too much time talking to a dead Indian in a box, and Seth Bullock, as he does in too many episodes, spent most of his time glowering, grinding his teeth, looking as though he would like nothing more than to find someone to beat bloody, and generally not getting anything accomplished.





Week of 20-Aug-2006

The Genesis and Progress of Genius
By Lance Mannion

Artistic genius seems to come into its own later than scientific genius. Artists tend to find their way in their late twenties or early thirties, with a few not hitting their stride until their forties. If you were to graph the periods of artistic fecundity of the "average" genius, you'd get a parabola that begins climbing somewhere around the age of twenty-five and rises up to forty or fifty before beginning its downward arc.


Awesome Possum...Part 1
By Homefrontradio

‘Snakes On A Plane’, the paradigm-changing movie that was supposed to forever affect how movies were made and marketed, (due to an unprecedented 10 month pre-release Internet buzz), and such a sure thing that not only was Samuel Jackson already speaking of higher salary demands for the inevitable sequel, but the Direct-To-DVD rip-off ‘Snakes On A Train’ was both made and released in the interim before the real film opened to cash in on the hype, finally opened this weekend with all the fizz of a bottle of soft drink opened a week before you take your first taste.


Week of 13-Aug-2006


Reptiles on an Aircraft!
By Kevin Wolf

"How can you write about movies and apparently not know that studios do test screenings and focus groups all the time - efforts which have resulted in movies having their endings changed, scenes redone to be more clear or more pleasing, and many other changes up to and including reshooting entire films?"

The Komedy of Korporate Kommunications
By XTCfan

"I work in the corporate communications department of a large financial firm based in Washington, DC. Late last Thursday, we started to get questions about the recent liquid-based travel troubles, and how they might affect the company."


Won't It Be Strange When We're All Fully Grown?
By Homefront Radio

"Sure, there was always the (very remote) possibility of a Jetson’s-style future happening, but it always seemed to my eyes like a naïve dream of the future back from the dawn of the Jet Set Age – what people believed the future would be like in the 50’s and 60’s, and since we still weren’t having Sunday Picnics in bubble helmets on the moon 25 years later, (as our robot dog chased moon rabbits through craters in a flurry of sparks behind us), I didn’t see it happening any time soon."

Absence of Evidence is Evidence of Absence
By Neddie Jingo

"If absence of evidence
Is evidence missed
Ain't this proof that the evi-
Dence didn't exist?"

I can feel it coming in the air tonight...
By Lance Mannion

"Miami Vice, the TV show, may have been unique in the history of television in having at its center two main characters who were almost completely irrelevent to the show's success."







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