Time Is Illmatic
An excellent documentary that focuses more on why the Illmatic album came to be than how successful it became. Prepare to be schooled in many…
From: Paul J. Marasa, Galesburg, IL
I just read your Answer Man comments to the would-be reviewer who asked how much of one's politics should enter a review. Your answer is fine; what troubles me is how objective you were. The writer, James Frazer, described himself as a "somewhat politically conservative man" who "hated the film because [he] thought it was smugly left-wing and pompous in the extreme." "Good Night, and Good Luck" was "left-wing" to an "extreme"? Is there anybody left in America who remembers when one didn't have to be a "liberal" to think Joe McCarthy was a venal thug?
Are we so polarized, and so convinced that our values are under siege, that we duck-and-cover with aggressive either-or, for-against absolutes? If recognizing that the McCarthy era was a national embarrassment makes one "left-wing," then "left-wing" must mean "objective."
Elvis Costello was once able to sing, "I used to be disgusted, and now I try to be amused." I wish I could manage the latter.
Part ten in Scout Tafoya's The Unloved series tackles "The Village."
Bob Fosse's masterpiece "All That Jazz" jumps back and forth through the past and the present, and through memory and...
This message came to me from a reader named Peter Svensland. He and a fr...
An appreciation of "Streets of Fire" on its 30th anniversary.