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Badassss and Hip-Hop Leadership

From an interview with Mario van Peebles on the film Badasssss in Campus Circle: [Van Peebles] recalls a dinner party he had about five years ago with director friends, including John Singleton (Higher Learning), F. Gary Gray (The Italian Job) and Reggie Hudlin (House Party), during which they all reached the same conclusion: They were filmmakers who were being heavily…

The Days – Postmodern Television at its…

Hype around a new summer replacement show called The Days attracted me to the interesting storyline, so I watched the first twenty minutes of the show. Promoted as unique, edge, and unexplored, the show was disturbingly flat. The failure caused me to reflect on hyperbole, and its consequences for contemporary panic culture. Consider this review from Zap2It.com (A Tribune Media…

Farenheit 9/11

I thought Michael Moore’s “Farenheit 9/11” was rather brilliant. Although it dragged in some parts, it impressed because of the way that Moore managed to present cinematically a potentially boring, text-centered issue. Most of what Moore shows comes from documents that have been in the public domain for some time. He weaves these together in a dramatic blitz of information…

The Matrix Reloaded

I got to see the Matrix Reloaded twice already in the theater. Although the film was obviously flawed, I think when the last movie in the trilogy comes out, a lot of people will re-examine Reloaded and be blown away. In the first Matrix, I got the whole the story early on and most of my ruminations were about philosophical…

The Best Music Comes from TV Commercials

Am I the only person in the world who selects musical choices by listening to the Mitsubishi car ads? I never heard of Dirty Vegas. Apparently I’m not alone, according to Rob Walker at Slant who says that the Mitsubishi ad was responsible for getting Dirty Vegas air time and concert dates. Dirty Vegas was fairly popular in England, but…

The Quiet American – Miramax Orientalism

Last night I went to see the Quiet American. Rotten Tomatoes gives it a really high rating, and they were right. The movie was good; it was disturbing, haunting, and difficult to watch. The movie effortlessly metonymizes Vietnam with the woman character, Phuong, who is the object of both Michael Caine’s and Brenden Fraser’s attention. The best review I read…