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Clear Channel in Baton Rouge

The latest Rolling Stone (my main news source these days, it seems) has an article on Clear Channel. Here is what Clear Channel owns in Baton Rouge: Radio Stations: 96.1 The River 102.5 WFMF 1150 WWJBO News Radio 1210 AM The Score 1380 AM Talk Radio 101.5 WYNK The only one on my dial is 102.5. That will be changing…

Cynthia Fuchs on Catwoman (2004)

The women on either side of the imaginary moral divide are both gorgeous and potent, both capable of cruel violence, and both dedicated to their own desires. And both understand themselves as victims of masculine oppression. The stakes of their conflict have to do with a derivative, Joker-style gimmick in the toxic makeup (as the deadmeat doctor who cooks up the cream puts it, “I can’t live with turning people into monsters”). Even the final showdown between Laurel and Catwoman is staged so they throw each other through giant images of beautiful models. Got it: the beauty industry is bad. But if it can help you look like Berry or Stone, or even better, pay you like it pays them, well, its faults might be intermittently overlooked.

Cynthia Fuchs’ review of Catwoman

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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

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 in the public domain for some time. He weaves these together in a dramatic blitz of information with his signature humor. Much…

The Matrix Reloaded

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

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…