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Salon.com has put up a

Salon.com has put up a selection of Worst-case Scenarios centered around the insane policies of our Emperor. Some, like the Middle East scenario, are plausible and well-written. Others, like the essay on the environment, repeat a lot of what already's…

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I’d never seen the original

I'd never seen the original Whasaaaaaap film until recently. Okay, maybe I'm out of the loop and everyone's seen it already, but this pre-Budweiser Ur-text version of the overexposed joke is, in my opinion, the best of them all. More…

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Film review: Gangs of New York (2002)


Martin Scorsese recreates the birth of New York City in sprawling epic
By D.M. Terrace, Special to the Voice

In Gangs of New York, Martin Scorsese has taken a blood-and-scandal soaked non-fiction book from 1928 and brought much of it to the screen as the backdrop to a quite simple revenge drama. Or is it the other way around? This is a movie so jam-packed with detail and history (some real, some pastiche) that at all moments it threatens to swamp the characters. Most critics so far — Kenneth Turan, especially — have balked at this elephantine film, calling it interminable and obscure. But I quite liked the excess of it. In its portrait of a city, the film captures the density, confusion, and lawlessness therein. As an adaptation of a book that is really one juicy, violent tale after another, it succeeds largely because it has such a simple story as Hollywood wrapping.

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The U.S. media have all

The U.S. media have all seemed to have quietly looked over the outbursts of Shaq O'Neal, failed rapper, multi-gazillion dollar orange-ball shunter, and now racist slur ejaculator. When a white guy makes a slur about a black guy, it's a…

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How can one make sense

How can one make sense of the War On Terrorism? How about using Kinbote's American Crusade 2001 Trading Cards? I'm sure you will agree they're doubleplusgood. They're all pretty hilarious, and it was hard to pick two, but here, lookee:…

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