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Prometheus
Film

Prometheus

Prometheus = Alien + Blade Runner. The film asks three questions: Where do we come from? Where does the alien of Alien come from? Can the director, Ridley Scott, live up to Alien and Blade Runner, his sci-fi opi? The answers: We do not know. Maybe we shouldn’t. The film keeps wondering. See the movie. I won’t spoil this for you. Nearly. The audience … Continue reading

New York Dolls
Music

New York Dolls

The key track is “Private World”. Sans irony, and dispassion, the New York Dolls dreamed themselves up from the street, donning a sort of half-drag that said nothing and everything about them. Part of this was to carve a different look, a signature look — to be noticed. Another part of it was to have fun, … Continue reading

The Dark Knight Rises
Film

The Dark Knight Rises

The Dark Knight Rises is, like Christopher Nolan’s other Batman films, a gutsy, imaginative crime drama that dines on dread. Ultimately, Nolan’s choices as a director leave viewers wanting more. This is both bad and good. Wracked by the death of his childhood sweetheart, and from having to take the blame for the chaos the Joker … Continue reading

Mothership
Music

Mothership

A sampler that goes for bombast, forgoing the deep cuts. Zep was AOR. Until 1990, they shied away from releasing compilations. Funny how time slips away – and the greed of the Zeppelin trust cashes in. And, if you ask me, Mothership doesn’t do them justice. The overview is nice, but it slights the band. It slights … Continue reading

The Master
Film

The Master

Forget, for a moment, that it broke a studio – Michael Cimino’s Heaven’s Gate is a more responsible film than this one. Two L.A. operas, Magnolia and Boogie Nights, made Paul Thomas Anderson a director to watch. There Will Be Blood and The Master trade the warm mosaic (of likeable but flawed people) for the arctic, measured close-up (of unappealing characters). In his reach to … Continue reading

Lincoln
Film

Lincoln

Pure cinema it is not, but this Lincoln is a sly one. As gripping as the back-room machinations of the 13th Amendment are (and they aren’t), Spielberg and Kushner give us a slow, stagy film: I don’t trust any movie this verbose (be it the surrender at Appomattox, or Lincoln’s ride through a corpse-strewn field, the best … Continue reading