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But really, how can you root for the Democrats when it’s they who inflicted these things on us? Would anyone who listened to White House spokesman Joe Lockhart for more than five minutes be sincerely sorry to have the President ridden out of town on a rail? Lockhart attacked the House impeachment managers last week for seeking to influence the [&hellip
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Dr. Akagi

Written by Matt Zoller Seitz on . Posted in Arts & Film, Posts

Dr. Akagi directed by Shohei Imamura The first time we see Dr. Akagi (Akira Emoto), he’s running. Not jogging, really running. Lungs heaving, arms pumping, shoes going slap-slap-slap on the ground as he rushes madly through the streets of his seaside hamlet. Like a man desperately hoping to prevent a murder a mile away–or a man hounded by unseen [&hellip
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The Swindle

Written by Armond White on . Posted in Arts & Film, Posts

The Swindle directed by Claude Chabrol   Mississippi Mermaid directed by François Truffaut Chabrol continues the New Wave interest in forcing movies to reveal the nature of human behavior by manipulating dramatic and social conventions. Typically combining once familiar genres–the heist comedy and the romantic adventure–Chabrol causes viewers to reconsider their responses. His ease at showing the hidden psychology of Victor (Michel Serrault) [&hellip
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Written by Christopher Caldwell on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

Maybe that’s the whole reason each new year sees these silly color inserts and tv specials and magazine double issues with mendacious titles like “1998: The Year That Changed Us All.” Maybe they perform the public service of killing news stories. Last year people across the country looked up from the seventh Sunday newspaper feature they’d read called “El Nino: [&hellip
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Private Confessions

Written by Godfrey Cheshire on . Posted in Arts & Film, Posts

Private Confessions directed by Liv Ullmann Early in Private Confessions, the latest film written by Ingmar Bergman, Anna Bergman (Pernilla August), a young wife, goes to an elderly clergyman named Jacob (Max von Sydow) to confess that she’s been violating her marriage vows by having an affair with a theology student. “Confession,” though, is a slightly tricky proposition here, since Martin Luther [&hellip
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The Faculty

Written by Matt Zoller Seitz on . Posted in Arts & Film, Posts

The Faculty directed by Robert Rodriguez Hop in the Way Back Machine with me, dear Sherman, and we will revisit 1992. That was a year when hard-luck indie filmmaker stories still seemed fresh, and Robert Rodriguez trumped everybody. The struggling Austin auteur became an international sensation with El Mariachi, an amusing Tex-Mex Western spoof shot for $7000 or thereabouts, designed [&hellip
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Another Day in Paradise

Written by Armond White on . Posted in Arts & Film, Posts

Another Day in Paradise directed by Larry Clark Levi’s new tv ad features a pig-faced young actress who might have been in Larry Clark’s odious, factitious debut film Kids. She stares into the camera, bright and insolent, giving an insipid political testimony: “I think you ought to work for what you get. Like a big house, nobody should give that to [&hellip
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Mugger’s Western Diary Happen to Like New York

Written by Russ Smith on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

MUGGER’s Western Diary Happen to Like New York So the start of the family’s Western trip was a little weird. That’s why California, specifically Los Angeles, was invented, if you ask me. The difficulty began mid-way through a Continental flight to LAX, when Mrs. M and I were trying to take a nap, but the kids were too antsy to cooperate. [&hellip
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Written by John Strausbaugh on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

Moles. The skin doctor lasered them off with a shrug, but I have to tell you I was spooked. A sunburn is one thing, random skin-cell mutation is another. A few weeks later, a colleague who’s sailed all his life reported a similar experience. First time in his life, a sunburn turned into a weird rash, followed by strange [&hellip
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Rancid on The Road

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Rancid on the Road An Interview with Matt Freeman • Where are you now? Florida, and it’s so ugly. Yeah, I hate looking at how it’s gotten ruined–when you fly over it, it’s so flat. It’s tree clump, mall, mall, highway and a little patch of trees. They totally fuckin’ ruined it. That’s so true. It’s fucked up not having any mountains [&hellip
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