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The Deer Hunter
Film

The Deer Hunter

Tense and sweet, Michael Cimino’s The Deer Hunter seeks to be his own invincible god without having to confront any unforeseen circumstance. Until he can put aside ego and say “I love you” to near-and-dears, his world continues to break. Though the film’s subjectivity strains the use of symbolic devices (e.g., spilt wine), the epic sensibility dovetails … Continue reading

Bob Dylan
Music

Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan is everywhere. You’ve got yours; I’ve got mine. So much has been said — my work is done. I don’t even want to talk up his influence, for it’s living history. The fact remains: I take him for granted, because he’s always been there. I’ve never known a life without his music. So … Continue reading

Goats Head Soup
Music

Goats Head Soup

Lots of conscious myth-building, and typical concessions to the times (e.g., clavinet, Satanism, voodoo, wah pedal).  You could say these are essentially Exile on Main Street outtakes, but the argument doesn’t hold.  Exile was locked in, the limeys giving us a private tour of the American south.  Recorded mostly in Jamaica, Goats Head Soup carries the same late-night vibe as its predecessor—it’s murky, … Continue reading

Big Bad Mama
Film

Big Bad Mama

Men, money and moonshine: When it comes to vice, Mama knows best.” Produced by Roger Corman, the reigning king of schlock, Big Bad Mama knows what it is: absolute trash. A model movie-cum-tagline that stays true to its pie-faced aim, and to the generic expectations of its audience, the film is a tootin’ hoot: fast, fleshly, and … Continue reading