Monthly Archives: November 2010

Do it cuz he sez so: Ne-Yo’s “Libra Scale”

“I’m responsible for this/Sure as the moon shines,” Ne-Yo assures his girl/boy/whatever over the percolating electro beat of “What Have I Done,” an eerie recreation of a Rod Temperton track from 1982. A specialist in masochism, Ne-Yo confuses psychobabble with … Continue reading

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Irvin Kershner – RIP

I’d like to think the virtues of Loving convinced George Lucas to give Irwin Kershner a chance at directing the sequel to the highest grossing film in history to date. Tonally uneven, Loving (1970) wobbles between the shagginess and sexual … Continue reading

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Leslie Nielsen – RIP

Not so much a talented actor as a lucky one. Finding writers and directors like Zucker-Abraham-Zucker to exploit the remains of his stolid handsomeness and colorless baritone is one thing; investing non-sequiturs and gibberish as if they were written by … Continue reading

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Another weekend over

I’ll have more to say about Ne-Yo’s disappointing new album. For now, a clip of one of its highlights.

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Surprise!

U.S. troops pretty cool about open gays in military, survey sez.

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Rock and a soft place: 127 Hours

I counted two impressive moments of visual beauty in 127 Hours. The first is sensual: Aron Ralston (James Franco), trapped in the crevice, warms his chilled body by extending a bare foot into a shaft of sunlight; the second is … Continue reading

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Happy Thanksgiving. Looking to kill time waiting for the turkey to bake, the water to freeze, and guests to arrive? Read The War Room’s Hack Thirty, a list of the worst pundits in America. Alex Pareene’s invective isn’t as funny … Continue reading

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And another thing #145

Someday I’ll “get” David Sylvian.

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Dreams are not my own: Rosanne Cash’s “Composed”

The book jacket is Composed‘s most attractive quality. In skinny jeans and outdated spangled boots, nails colored a punky dark blue that she might have chosen from her youngest daughter’s collection, Rosanne Cash projects the hard won, ornery confidence of … Continue reading

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Happy Sunday

One of the best pop songs from the nineties.

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Big daddy: Mark Twain

The surprise publishing event of the season? Not George W. Bush’s Decision Points, not the latest Grisham or Harry Potter novel — it’s Mark Twain’s Autobiography: Steve Kettmann, an American writer living in Berlin, said that he tried to buy … Continue reading

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And another thing #71

I get impatient with politicians who refer to the president as “our” Commander in Chief. According to the Constitution, the president commands the armed forces. The electorate is not part of the armed forces.

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