Monthly Archives: July 2014

1973: Pictures of a Counterrevolution

Supporting Actress Smackdown reviews the nominees for 1973, the year of The Exorcist, American Graffiti, and The Sting. What made my eyebrows arch was how the vaunted New Hollywood bore no influence over this set of nominations, and even the … Continue reading

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The collapse of animus towards homosexuals

When I came out in the summer of ’99 the reactions from friends ranged from mild elation to indifference. They’d understood the truth months before I did (only one friend, a mild and quasi-closeted bisexual, got indignant). My family came … Continue reading

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On My Way

In French film, families resolve differences over a shout and a smoke. On My Way has some shouting but a lot of cigarettes. Violating in glorious fashion unspoken rules about acceptable behavior for aging actresses, Catherine Denueve wears no makeup … Continue reading

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“I have to find doctors who will treat me out of charity.”

I hear about this a lot: When Angel Cardenas, a single mother with a modest income, was diagnosed with breast cancer a few years ago, she struggled to pay for her treatment, which ultimately involved a double mastectomy. Although Cardenas … Continue reading

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Ralph Nader and the collapse of the Democratic left

Every few weeks one of these gets commissioned and an editor publishes it: the sick soul of the Democratic Party gets exorcised from its suppurating host. Bill Curry’s piece has incoherences: traditional populists of both parties didn’t believe in raising … Continue reading

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Suspicious of a shape: Jenny Lewis and Shabazz Palaces

Jenny Lewis – The Voyager Intelligence, terrific interview subject, humor – I understand the fascination. On the first album released under her name since 2008, Jenny Lewis enlists Ryan Adams to produce a series of stop-motion comics about partying and … Continue reading

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Ten years gone…

Whaddya know — look who made his major broadcast debut ten years ago tonight: With a rallying cry from one of its bright young hopes, a roar from its old liberal lion and a loving endorsement from the candidate’s own … Continue reading

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Under The Skin: high-toned schlock

The film opens in Tarkovsky-indebted darkness, which lasts as long as it takes a dot to grow bigger and absorb it, then metamorphose into rings and what look like space ships. Mica Levi’s score buzzes like angry wasps. Cut to … Continue reading

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Norm Ornstein: “”What flipped me over was the debt ceiling hostage-taking”

In 2012 Norm Ornstein co-wrote a book tracing how batshit the right wing has become in the last quarter century. Guess what — no Sunday morning talk shows wanted to host him or collaborator Thomas E. Mann. I can only … Continue reading

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Singles 7/25

The year’s best writing appeared in Friday’s blurbs on Maddie & Tae, Kira Isabella, and Maggie Rose. Three responses to being characters in songs by male singer-songwriters in which they figure as legs or nostalgia pieces, and in “Quarterback” the … Continue reading

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Rick Scott: I’m not a scientist

Charlie Crist may have blown his lede, but these polls at least acknowledge that Florida’s goin’ under: Nearly eight in 10 likely Florida voters want limits on carbon pollution from power plants and as many as 71 percent say they’re … Continue reading

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Boyhood: Aging at a glance

Instead of a review of Boyhood with synopsis in the conventional way, a couple of points: 1. I hadn’t expected Mason (Ellar Coltrane) to be such a fascinating camera subject as a teenager. Of thin waist, legs as long as … Continue reading

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