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It leaves behind a lingering grace note about family matters that befits any era.

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Noisy, silly, and sometimes rather fun. I just wish it weren't such a hot mess.

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"The Ballad of Narayama" is a Japanese film of great beauty and elegant artifice, telling a story of startling cruelty. What a space it opens…

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Giving in to it: Tiger Woods Voicemail Slow Jam Remix

I tried to avoid it, but it took too much effort. Now I've given up, given in. I don't care about whatever's going on with Tiger Woods, the pro golfer. I had managed to ignore nearly all references to it, except for a rather amazing Taiwanese news-ish video re-enactment of crash scenarios (below, after jump). But then I accidentally happened upon this, and it made me laugh/cry. Not because it has much to do with that golfer, but because of the skill and wit with which it nails a particular musical style, using an actual "found" voicemail message and transforming it into a hilarious melodramatic narrative. I await the vintage Grand Ol' Opry version...

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