We were hit by an

We were hit by an earthquake this morning at about 4:45 a.m. or so. It caused my framed Gerry Mulligan poster in our bedroom to detach itself and crash to the floor, scaring the bejeesus out of me. But that…

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Cowboy Bebop

I'm currently catching up with the anime series known as Cowboy Bebop. I've known about Cowboy Bebop since buying the soundtracks back in 1999, but this is the first time I've watched the show. It really starts going by the…

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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)


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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