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FILM REVIEW: The Day the Earth Stood Still Makes a Few Bucks

Klaatu has a bad day. Number One at the box-office over the weekend, The Day the Earth Stood Still is a great study in all the things that can go wrong with a movie. The plot’s all haywire and the…

Posted on: December 16th, 2008 | Comments (2)

Freddy Gets Fingered: How I Busted The Washington Post’s Op-Ed Page Editor

Over the past few years, the Washington Post‘s editorial page has pushed an increasingly hostile line toward Russia, painting complex developments there in Manichaean terms and accusing the Kremlin–and usually Vladimir Putin–of responsibility for just about anything that goes wrong, real…

Posted on: December 11th, 2008 | Comments (14)

NBC’s Stephen Lasher: Recession Vulture or Future Recession Scapegoat?

Last Friday, television network NBC announced that it was firing 500 people, or 3% of the workforce. Then today, on MSN (as in “MSNBC,” affiliated with NBC), an article appeared in which a cocky NBC employee, Stephen Lasher, brags like…

Posted on: December 10th, 2008 | Comments (8)

America: Home of the Free & Land of the Armed

It’s 3:45 p.m. in Los Angeles. Outside, the sun is shining, people are walking their dogs. I can hear the laughter of children returning from school … Out here, in the land of sunshine, a few footsteps away from Venice,…

Posted on: December 8th, 2008 | Comments (37)

Why Drug Addiction Isn’t That Bad

The real junk is inside National Geographic Tomorrow evening, the National Geographic Channel is going to hit cable viewers with a huge dose of drug propaganda cloaked as investigative reporting in a three-part special that will look at Heroin, Meth…

Posted on: December 1st, 2008 | Comments (32)

BOOK REVIEW: Outliers: The Story of Success and Why You’re Not Having Any

Malcolm Gladwell, successful author. Ever wonder why you’re not rich and/or famous? If you’re an American, of course you have. Or, if you happen to be one of the lucky few who’ve actually gotten rich and/or famous, your reaction when…

Posted on: December 1st, 2008 | Comments (12)

Film Review: Twilight and the Attack of the Vegetarian Vampires

The problem with Twilight isn’t that it’s an embarrassing fantasy for teenage girls—hell, I was a teenage girl myself once, so whatever celluloid dreams get the poor addled kids through seventh grade are okay by me. No, the problem is…

Posted on: November 25th, 2008 | Comments (23)

Despite what they say, this sure looks like a stroke to us.

Posted on: November 21st, 2008 | Comments (13)

TypePad Mocks Media Famine

Six Apart, the company behind the popular TypePad blogging platform, just went Marie Antoinette on us all. With all the jobs being cut in the paper industry and increasing numbers of reporters stuck with nothing to do but moan, the…

Posted on: November 19th, 2008 | Comments (14)

FILM RANT: Quantum of Solace, Or Not Getting Any Action

Daniel Craig working on his stance. The ultimate proof that movies these days are rotten: Quantum of Solace is breaking records at the box office. It’s not the public’s fault; people want to see something move onscreen and they’ll take…

Posted on: November 17th, 2008 | Comments (7)

Ames’ Antiwar.com Interview On The Bullshit War In Georgia

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Posted on: November 16th, 2008 | Comments (11)

Larry Summers: A Suicidal Choice

We all know in the backs of our minds that Barack Obama’s incredible victory will eventually be followed by disappointment. But does it have to come so soon, and hit so hard? The answer will be yes, if Lawrence Summers…

Posted on: November 11th, 2008 | Comments (7)

Candy Raver Russian Revolutionaries

Last weekend, a Russian anarchist revolutionary art group called War pulled a fast one on Prime Minister Putin. Or at least they thought they did. Russian revolutionaries sure do fall far from the tree these days. On the night of…

Posted on: November 10th, 2008 | Comments (1)

Watching Them Squirm: Fox News Abandons the Mob It Created

The first polls had just closed when the Republican Right’s “Agony of Defeat” moment arrived. It was just after 8 p.m. — right as Fox’s “America’s Election HQ” show returned from a commercial break, and Brit Hume welcomed viewers back…

Posted on: November 8th, 2008 | Comments (7)

Election ‘08 Appears to Have Actually Happened

Mass psychosis? So by now you’ve probably heard something about this election that happened on Tuesday. There seemed to be a whole hoo-ha about it, people hugging and high-fiving in the streets, international rejoicing, everybody laughing and crying and gibbering….

Posted on: November 7th, 2008 | Leave Comment

FILM PREVIEW: Holiday Movie Mess

Here’s a friendly warning for you: don’t count on the movies to get you through the holidays, any more than they got you through the Wall Street seizures or this gut-wrencher of an election. As bad as the movies have…

Posted on: November 3rd, 2008 | Comments (1)

FILM REVIEW: The Depression and High School Musical 3

No way. Actually, I refuse to review High School Musical 3. We all know it’s rotten. Which brings me to my point: where the hell are the movies? I mean the ones for mass audiences, designed to make sentient beings…

Posted on: October 27th, 2008 | Leave Comment

The New Cold War’s Premature Ejaculation

You may not have noticed it, but a couple of weeks ago, the New York Times slipped in a story that completely contradicted a narrative that it had been building up for two straight months, one that was leading America into…

Posted on: October 23rd, 2008 | Comments (1)

FILM REVIEW: W. Stands for “What the Hell?”

Don’t be fooled by how amusing this image looks. You ever sit through the rough cut of your friend’s independent film? Well, I have, lotsa times, God help me, so seeing Oliver Stone’s W. really brought back some nauseating memories….

Posted on: October 20th, 2008 | Comments (1)

THEATER REVIEW: Keep That Curtain Closed!

This is theater! I went to a play recently, I’m ashamed to admit. It was a Tom Stoppard play called Rock ‘n’ Roll, which is embarrassing beyond words. It wasn’t my idea! But even so, I went with a certain…

Posted on: October 13th, 2008 | Leave Comment

FILM REVIEW: Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist

Got ninety minutes to kill? When you’re a young Have in a rich country, you’ve got a glorious wealth of time to waste, and Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist is a movie that’s about young Haves, for young Haves. The…

Posted on: October 6th, 2008 | Leave Comment

Sarah Palin’s Rigged Redemption

The fix was in. There’s no other way to explain the disconnect between Sarah Palin’s performance in last night’s debate–which made me cringe so much that my forehead started to cramp–and the post-debate analysis, in which everyone in punditland agreed…

Posted on: October 3rd, 2008 | Leave Comment

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