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Cathouse: Happy Hookers?

HBO was forbidden in my household when I was a child, so I would not be exposed to what my youthful brain imagined to be a cornocopia of naked women. In true American form, my well-meaning parents wer ...   More
Wednesday, August 15, 2007 Daniel Carlson

Mad Men

It's more than a little ironic that AMC is attempting to go legit with an original drama about soulless ad execs, when the network itself has had a notoriously hard time selling itself to the viewing ...   More
Wednesday, August 1, 2007 Daniel Carlson

What Kind of Show Has it Been?

Studio 60 is dead. It's too late for therapy, so here's an autopsy.

Aaron Sorkin has always been dangerously neurotic, but it didn't catch up with him until Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, a weak comedy-drama but a fascinating study of what happens when one man decides ...   More
Wednesday, July 18, 2007 Daniel Carlson

Five Reasons To Turn On Your TV In 2007

1. Ken Burns Goes to WarCome September 2007, master documentarian Ken Burns turns his skillful eye and archival prowess to one of America's most played-out subjects: World War II. In a seven-part seri ...   More
Wednesday, December 27, 2006 Ryan Hume

The Con's Artist

Preston Sturges' movies are fundamentally phony. That's what makes them great.

To call 1940s screwball-comedy director Preston Sturges a serious filmmaker is to insult him. He knew all about serious movies—how every year at this time they tend to swell with social conscien ...   More
Wednesday, December 13, 2006 AARON MESH

The 50 Faces of Janus

The Criterion Collection has achieved its crowning glory with the release of a new DVD box set containing 50 of the greatest foreign and art films in existence, taken from the vaults of Janus Films. G ...   More
Wednesday, November 22, 2006 James Walling

A Hidden Life

In May 2005, a scandal broke in the pages of The Spokesman-Review in Spokane, Wash. Popular conservative mayor Jim West was accused of trolling gay chat rooms on the Internet in search of young men. D ...   More
Wednesday, November 8, 2006 James Walling


There have been more than a few horror films released theatrically this year, and with the studios' reluctance to screen genre films for the press, some have gone relatively unnoticed (and deservedly ...   More
Wednesday, October 25, 2006 David Walker


It is almost embarrassing to admit, but up until two weeks ago, I had never seen Terry Gilliam's 1985 film Brazil. Sure, I had read about it, knew about it, even rented it once, but I had never actual ...   More
Wednesday, September 27, 2006 David Walker

Toshiro Mifune: The Ultimate Collection

It is quite possible that Toshiro Mifune was the greatest screen actor of the 20th century. Sure, there have been plenty of great actors, but when you look at the nearly 200 movies in Mifune's filmogr ...   More
Wednesday, August 30, 2006 David Walker
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