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DVD Review: The Exterminator

The Exterminator DVD

One of the first exploitation films to be shown endlessly during the early days of cable, 1980’s The Exterminator is also one of the more grim entries in the genre. Gory, jaded and ambivalent on the merits of the vigilante, it anticipated Bernard Goetz by a few years.

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It’s not hard to love Bill Patton, whether he’s playing his own songs or someone else’s.

Bill Patton

Most of my favorite songs from the upcoming album by Bill Patton are originals, but the man has a way with covers that has revived my enthusiasm about artists playing each other’s songs.

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Review: The Names of Love

Names of Love

Picture this: a secluded scientist waits in a checkout line for his new love interest to return with an item. An unusual pickup for him, she had invaded his radio interview about bird flu (he’s an expert) and then asked him to bed when they had drinks.

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The Ruse of Tribute: Vanity and Legacy in The Belly of an Architect

Memory is only important to the living; preservation of art or artifice, while living, is only preparation for possible legacy.

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DVD Review: Adua and Her Friends (Adua e le Compagne)

Adua e le compagne dvd

Antonio Pietrangeli’s 1960 film Adua and her Friends (Adua e le Compagne) explores the end of an era and points to future cultural upheaval.

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Review: Page One: Inside the New York Times

Page One Ny Times

Andrew Rossi’s Page One: Inside the NYTimes looks to newspapers long past their heydey.

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DVD REVIEW: Some Old Truths: True Grit and The Fighter

True Grit

Many recent films have brought historical verity to narratives clouded in myth.

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IN/FLUX: Mediatrips from the African World

The first in a projected three DVD series, IN/FLUX is a collection of ten short films and videos from Africa.

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Review: L’Amour Fou

L'Amour Fou

Those who love hearing fashion discussed as serious art will love this documentary, a portrait of the late iconic French designer, Yves Saint Laurent.

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Monday’s Margins: The Future Sucks; Change It.

Newsflash: The future is boring, says Gary Shteyngart, author of Super Sad True Love Story.“Comedies end in marriage, tragedies in death. Otherwise they aren’t so different,” says the protagonist of Siri Hustvedt‘s “exuberant” new novel, The Summer Without Men.Only posting two stories is kinda lame, we admit. We’ll work on blogging better in the future.

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Black Tin Rocket: A New EP of Transmissionary Six Songs as Covered by Eef Barzelay

Due to pleasant coincidence and shared taste, Eef Barzelay (Clem Snide, and solo fame) has just recorded an EP of songs by Seattle songwriter Terri Moeller, the voice behind Transmissionary Six and Terri Tarantula.

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May 2011 Reading List: Micheal Crumney, John Sayles, Wilfred Santiago

A sampling of books we are reading this May…

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Sailing: Good Clean Fun!

The waters are rising to record highs near our headquarters.

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Monday’s Margins: Bin Laden’s Dead and We Aren’t Going to Disney World; Famous Writers Self-Promoting from the Grave

Did you hear the news? Obama — er, Osama — was killed last night. (See facepalm above.)

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Stories of Prohibition and the Return of Identity Theory

“Prohibition never works,” except as a subject for the latest features on Identity Theory.

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