Monthly Archives: January 2013

High Rise

Loving “Young Turks” isn’t revisionist in 2013. For the generation which knew Rod Stewart as the spandex-clad raspy wonder with the grasshopper legs prancing through video after video, it’s considered as indelible as “Maggie May.” I’d rescue quite a few … Continue reading

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Rural life done right: The Southerner

What a disappointment to learn that, no, I hadn’t rented a new print of The Southerner but merely a transfer as crapulous as what I watched on VHS in 1997. Considered Jean Renoir’s best American film by the fortunate who’ve … Continue reading

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Abolish the Senate

Alex Pareene on the DC Court of Appeal’s decision finding recess appointments unconstitutional: But, you know, in another, more important sense, who gives a shit what the Founders intended with their vaguely written delineation of the separation of powers, because … Continue reading

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Weightless in your eyes: Dawn Richard

Ambition she’s got, and her talent will keep apace. Take the aptly named “’86,” the unstable nucleus of Dawn Richard’s Goldenheart. A three-note synth hook evoking So-era Peter Gabriel shimmers while Richard performs like a woman confronted in a hall … Continue reading

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Lady Antebellum – “Downtown”

  Inspiration and lightness of being all but dissipated since the deserved smash “Need You Now,” the boys and girl return with a slinky, sly number about city kids who work among “storefront mannequins sleepin’ in lights” but sneak into … Continue reading

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Happy Sunday: Mint Condition’s “Breakin’ My Heart (Pretty Brown Eyes)”

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Jean-Louis Trintignant: “His lack of apparent definition”

I missed this Terrence Rafferty appreciation of Jean-Louis Trintignant — “a hard actor to get a fix on, though, because he never really had a type, and he didn’t take especially flamboyant, awards-ready roles, either — published in December: Mr. … Continue reading

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Amour: The cinema of expiation

Enhanced by some of the sharpest high definition imaging I’ve seen, the first scenes of Amour had me in knots anticipating to what enhanced interrogation techniques writer-director Michael Hanenke would subject Emmanuelle Riva and Jean-Louis Trintignant. The septuagenarians, former music … Continue reading

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“We’re on the right side of history”

Republicans be meetin’ to change their “strategy.” No more lousy Tea Party candidates: For the past four years, Republicans have faced a series of disappointing setbacks after mediocre candidates—often tea party favorites—have gone on to lose very winnable elections. They … Continue reading

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Singles 1/25

Carrie Underwood’s work could stand a shrewd compilation. “Two Black Cadillacs,” Dust Bowl corn complete with preachers and the Other Woman, is as histrionic as “Blown Away” and more fun. Speaking of, Eve is always fun but never compelling (did … Continue reading

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The other Wilder

Undergraduates looking for witticisms on Kafka, Shakespeare, Tarkington, Cervantes, among others, are advised to check Orson Welles’ collected conversations with Peter Bogdanovich out of the library. The polymath was a hell of a critic. A passing reference to the author … Continue reading

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Single of the Week

Lindstrøm needed schlock, Terje needed ethereality, so let me not to the marriage of true minds admit impediments, except one: reciting a list over a dance track is a cue for an Italodisco chant a la “Paninaro,” not to fade … Continue reading

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