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TV REVIEW: The Debate vs. The Ghost Shows

Experimental film called The Debate Don’t know if you were watching TV last Friday evening, but if you were, you noticed that all the network channels were running this bizarre experimental film called The Debate. It featured a 90-minute stand-off…

Posted on: September 29th, 2008 | Leave Comment

FILM REVIEW: Ghost Town, Or “I See Dead People and Learn How to Hug Them”

Gervais confronts his mortality in laxative form Jeez, it just doesn’t pay to get your hopes up, you know? You see a preview for a movie about a guy who hates people and then sees ghosts and hates them too,…

Posted on: September 22nd, 2008 | Comments (1)

John Mc-AIG-n: Insurance Industry Bitch

John McCain is making a big show of criticizing the government “bailout” of insurance giant AIG. But it turns out that AIG, which received $85 billion in US tax dollars earlier this week, is one of the largest donors to…

Posted on: September 19th, 2008 | Leave Comment

Fear and Impoverishment in Moscow

Last weekend, I was at an opening of a new Tibetan restaurant by the Red Square with a bunch of American expats. The new Cold War never came up, but that was because nobody wanted to ruin a good party…

Posted on: September 16th, 2008 | Leave Comment

Say Hello To Sarah-geddon

Last week, Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin declared that she was willing to go to war against Russia on behalf of Georgia. Palin wasn’t talking about launching World War III on behalf of our Georgia–you know, the adorable Southern…

Posted on: September 16th, 2008 | Leave Comment

BURN AFTER READING: Another Fine Documentary by the Coen Brothers

What’s so funny? If you really want to appreciate the highly realistic portrait of America the Coen brothers have been working on for twenty-odd (very odd) years now, I recommend reading the “viewer responses” to Burn After Reading on a…

Posted on: September 15th, 2008 | Leave Comment

The McCain-Follieri Love Boat

John McCain marching as fast as he can aboard convicted felon Raffaello Follieri’s “Real America” yacht John McCain has been hammering rival Barack Obama for being little more than a vapid “celebrity” and “elitist.” But The Nation has obtained a photo…

Posted on: September 11th, 2008 | Comments (2)