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There’s a new ten-part series running on Sunday nights called Copper that’s getting all kinds of notice for its Gangs of New York-ish set-up. That’s why I watched it, hoping to see some of that potentially great 19th century slum material redeemed by BBC America. It’s a good title, Copper, so maybe, maybe…

But no. It’s rotten. The first show was nothing but wrong notes struck very hard over and over. Maybe it’ll improve somewhat in future episodes, but I won’t be there to see ‘em.

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Posted on: August 20th, 2012 | Comments (15)

The Horror of HBO's Girls

The tidal wave of reviewer praise for the foul new HBO show Girls has washed up against a wall of resistance recently. But as far as I can tell, nobody, whether praising or blaming, has actually conveyed what this miserable…

Posted on: April 26th, 2012 | Comments (191)

Absolutely Fabulous, Or Let's Say You're a Woman

If you’re a woman—and if you’re reading eXiled you’re probably not—but let’s say you are for the sake of argument—if you’re a woman, life’s already tough enough without the Rush Limbaugh Slutgate saturation media orgy, and right-wing political threats to…

Posted on: March 10th, 2012 | Comments (34)

Separated at Headblade: Radley Balko...and Joe the Plumber?

Separated at Headblade: Radley Balko… and Joe the Plumber?

Posted on: October 15th, 2011 | Comments (7)

American Movies Are Dead (So Party Down)

American movies are dead, people. I know I’ve hinted before that American movies, collectively, were unwell, maybe even terminally ill, but that was in the still-hopeful past. Now it’s officially over. We can stop checking its pulse in the form…

Posted on: July 2nd, 2011 | Comments (51)

Random Opposition: Super 8 vs. Jon Benjamin Has a Van

  It’s just a coincidence that I happened to watch a new cable TV show, Jon Benjamin Has a Van, about the same time I got around to seeing the movie Super 8, so now the two of them are…

Posted on: June 26th, 2011 | Comments (25)

Charlie Sheen and the Pursuit of Happiness

Charlie Sheen is in the news a lot lately because he can’t handle his liquor. Or his drugs. Or his porn stars. He’s a problem-partier; you know how there’s always one who freaks out on illicit substances, and cries, or…

Posted on: January 29th, 2011 | Comments (53)

Dead Celebrities 2010: A Good Gloat Spoiled

One of the pleasures of the run up to New Year’s Eve is reading the list of celebrities who’ve died during the past year. You can gloat over the demise of people you always hated who’ve been taking up space…

Posted on: December 31st, 2010 | Comments (42)

Walking Dead: A Character Study

There’s this hit series on AMC called The Walking Dead . Just so you know—in case you hear different—it’s a rotten show. Like zombie flesh, it reeks and festers, but not in a good way.

Posted on: November 23rd, 2010 | Comments (53)

Glee as Election Rip-off

Of course it goes without saying that you don’t watch Glee, you couldn’t care less about Glee, you wouldn’t touch Glee with a stick. It’s a teen musical on TV, for Christ’s sake, there could hardly be anything lamer than…

Posted on: April 11th, 2010 | Comments (24)

Toxic Shock: Delayed Reaction to the Oscars

I woke up for the second morning in a row with a vague feeling that something terrible had happened. Then I remembered I watched the Oscars.

Posted on: March 9th, 2010 | Comments (36)

In Praise of The Dog Whisperer

Other day I was walking down the street past a weedy guy and his obstreperous five-year-old who was clamoring to go in the opposite direction, and I heard the guy say to the kid, “Tsst!” The kid promptly heeled, and…

Posted on: February 15th, 2010 | Comments (22)

Archer: Excellence Jamboree

You probably know about it already, but in case not, there’s a really bracing animated half-hour series on the F/X Network called Archer. It’s a spoof of the James Bond-type spy genre, which doesn’t sound too good, but never underestimate…

Posted on: February 5th, 2010 | Comments (19)

The Dirt on The Simpsons

It’s fashionable to dismiss The Simpsons, to claim never to watch it anymore because its best days are long gone. It’s been fashionable to do this for ages. I remember when the show was about five years old and staggeringly…

Posted on: January 11th, 2010 | Comments (40)

JOURNALISM FACE-OFF: RUSSIAN SHADINESS VS. AMERICAN "OBJECTIVITY"

A few weeks ago, the Daily Mail wrote about a low-ranking British diplomat named James Hudson who was caught on hidden camera by the FSB (formerly the KGB, formerlier the MVD, formerlierer the NKVD, formerliest the Cheka) getting it on with two Russian hookers in…

Posted on: July 28th, 2009 | Comments (15)

Warriors on TV: That’s Entertainment!

There’s a new TV show called Warriors running on the History Channel that’s a current favorite of mine. I hesitate to mention it, because no doubt it’s pretty basic stuff. I hate to think what Gary Brecher would say about…

Posted on: April 27th, 2009 | Comments (22)

Zombies Under Attack

A short while back I wrote a review for the appalling hit movie Twilight, mourning the fact that vampires and werewolves were being ruined by soft-serve sex fantasy addicts, but rejoicing that at least zombies were safe. No way to…

Posted on: April 20th, 2009 | Comments (31)

The eXiled Video Game Group: Notes On Street Fighter IV, What's With This Hadouken Crap?

It has taken a long time to write what will amount to about twenty words and a screenshot of Chun Li’s panties (so click all the pages! You never know which page might have one!). But there isn’t much to…

Posted on: April 6th, 2009 | Comments (17)

Video Game Review: Rapeplay Offers Roundeyes Virtual Entre Into Sick Japanese Fetish

Amazon, Ebay and Britain all just banned the Japanese rape simulator Rapelay. Politicians and other preening crusading blowhards publicly decried it, thereby popularizing it. After .07 seconds of investigation, I found the game and had it running in an hour….

Posted on: March 26th, 2009 | Comments (31)

WHO'LL WATCH THE WATCHMEN? EVERYBODY

Watchmen is one of those movies that is so thoroughly slimed with promos and recycled opinions by the time it opens, you’re already sick of it. The film industry term for this is “a saturation release,” meaning a liquid shitstorm…

Posted on: March 9th, 2009 | Comments (27)