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For those who miss

For those who miss the icon/graphics-heavy look of Elvis Costello's "Accidents Will Happen" video (1979), Royksopp's new video for Remind Me is absolutely brilliant. Requires Real Player. Linked from Labels

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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)

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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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