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The Constantines return


The Constantines are one hell of a band. Three albums into their career, they have won over a devoted cult following and critical acclaim.

2001’s self-titled debut was a blazing set of post-punk and Fugazi-inspired songs, both revolutionary and sentimental. … Read More...

Self identity and Snow Angels

Snow Angels is one hard movie to write about. I went into David Gordon Green’s latest independent film expecting much of the same visual ambiance as his previous movies, such as George Washington or All the Real Girls.

What I … Read More...

No more action movies

So I watched Predator last night. You know – the movie where an invisible alien hunter stalks and kills Arnold Schwarzenegger and some slightly less muscular guys in the jungle? I must say, I rarely enjoy a movie as much … Read More...

No more action movies

So I watched Predator last night. You know – the movie where an invisible alien hunter stalks and kills Arnold Schwarzenegger and some slightly less muscular guys in the jungle? I must say, I rarely enjoy a movie as much … Read More...

Is band My Bloody Valentine Loveless?

diverse-city-3-28-08_final_page_3_image_0001.jpg So a few months ago, the music community was treated to a bizarre, oft-rumored, but completely unexpected announcement. My Bloody Valentine (MBV) was getting back together for a new album and a new tour.

Of course, this shouldn’t be seen … Read More...

Cannibals, medieval knights, and viruses

diverse-city-3-21-08-final_page_2_image_0003.jpgThis is the first article I will write where I will be laughing out loud to myself while writing it. This is not because of anything funny I have to say, or new insights I may offer. The near constant … Read More...

Not your average superhero

diverse-city-3-14-08_page_2_image_0001.jpg I was reflecting on my weekly column the other day, and I noticed I’ve really gone off on a tangent here. Basically, you can boil down each article into “this (movie/band/comic) is (awesome/terrible) and you should (like/hate) it.” I guess … Read More...

Girl punk band is no black Hole

diverse-city-3-7-08_page_3_image_0002.jpgCourtney Love doesn’t get a lot of positive press these days. In fact, I don’t think she’s gotten much positive press in her entire career, and there are legitimate reasons for that. Her behaviors, habits, and attention grabbing comments are … Read More...

More than your average Western

dc02290803.jpg“A Hell of a Place to Make Your Fortune” is the tagline for HBO’s three season mini-epic Western Deadwood. A show that totally encompasses history, drama, the west, the American Dream, and real friendship, Deadwood is one of those great … Read More...

Divine directing

dc02150802.jpgTerrence Malick has made four movies over the course of four decades. He started out with the exciting and original amorality story Badlands in 1973. This marked the director’s first entry into our film consciousness. There we began to see … Read More...

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