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Last Tango in Paris
Film

Last Tango in Paris

(written in 2004): It’s hard for a 24-year-old to sympathize with the kind of naked lunch you get in Last Tango in Paris. If the film leads to “candor,” my tongue is lagging: I like empty sex. Knowing me/knowing you is not something I (necessarily) want to do. Tango is about a tryst. It is also about … Continue reading

Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow
Film

Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow

Comic books run the movie trade. They are a constant, and everyone’s trying to outdo each other. Van Helsing, Elektra, Constantine… I’m over it. But Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow is a hoot. Soon, you like the carbon copy. Be it The Strokes doing The Cars doing the Velvets, or Sky Captain doing Indiana Jones doing Buck Rogers — you buy the re-processed rotation … Continue reading

Parade
Music

Parade

The biggest musical force since The Beatles, Prince was a funky little knot — of race, noise, God, and sex. Good or bad (or both), he grabbed you. He was funny. He used space more creatively than almost any other musician. Parade is the cat’s meow. The tone of “naked funk” cools the tropical weight on … Continue reading