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Mira Nair

When I think of Mira Nair, I think of lush reds and yellows. That is such a prevalent visual theme in all her films that I’ve seen. I’ve only seen four of them: Mississippi Masala (1992) Kama Sutra (1997) Monsoon Wedding (2002) Vanity Fair (2004) I saw Vanity Fair last night. It was better than I feared it would be…

Los Lonely Boys

I usually ignore Rolling Stone when they heavily promote a new group or singer. I figure something’s gotta be going on. I mean, they liked Avril Lavigne’s new album, right? So when they went ga-ga over Los Lonely Boys, I blew it off. I went channel surfing the other day and saw on CMT a group of three Mexican-American men,…

Clear Channel in Baton Rouge

The latest Rolling Stone (my main news source these days, it seems) has an article on Clear Channel, so I started surfing to see what Clear Channel owned 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.…

Catwoman (2004)

The upshot of Cynthia Fuchs’ review of Catwoman: 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…

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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…

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 he shows comes from documents that have been in the public domain for some time. He weaves these together in a dramatic blitz of information…