Black Spy Story

Black Spies
I love a tense spy story, and there’s always another take on the genre in the next book on the shelf or the next film on the screen. Of course, many of these books and films are based on real life heroes whose spycraft outed enemy spies, uncovered covert plans or even “eliminated” human targets.…

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Shepard’s Heaven

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I’ve been on a bit of a Sam Shepard jag lately, probably because I’ve been thinking a lot about what distinguishes the experience of theater from other performance arts or even movies and television. Here’s a great little interview I found featuring an unusually open and generous Shepard talking…

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Desperate Waters

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Another post celebrating the movies of 1977, here’s John Waters’ Desperate Living — an experimental fairy tale that according to Rotten Tomatoes features Waters’ penchant for “nauseating set-pieces, such as a transsexual lesbian having her new penis cut off with scissors and fed to a…

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Flynt V Falwell

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Looking back three decades to 1987, this is the perfect time to remember that Supreme Court case that saw televangelist conman Jerry Falwell clashing with that sleaze slinging champion of the First Amendment, Larry Flynt. This case wasn’t really about obscenity, it was about libel laws, and the protections…

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Suspiria 40

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If you look up “movies released in 1977″ on Google, you’ll probably be just as amazed as I was at the amazing run of films that flickered to life on the screen 40 years ago. I’ve already been posting up about a few of them, and here’s another one: Dario Argento’s best-known film,…

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Brown Eyed Breakthrough

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This year we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Van Morrison’s breakthrough solo hit, “Brown Eyed Girl.” Nowadays the song’s ubiquity and relative lightness have diminished its power in comparison to the rest of Morrison’s imposing catalog. But “Brown Eyed Girl” offers…

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Angola 3

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PM Press sent me an email today announcing a Black History Month sale on DVD’s of the provocative prison documentary, The Angola 3: Black Panthers and the Last Slave Plantation. Here’s the word from the PM site where you can buy the film for 50% off using the coupon code FEBRUARY… The Angola 3:…

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Panthers 50

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The Black Panther Party officially celebrated their 50th anniversary last October. With that remembrance in mind this Black History Month wouldn’t be complete without a look back at one of the most important civil rights organizations to ever take the streets. Here’s the word about an amazing PBS…

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Bowie’s Secret

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David Bowie was always ahead of the curve. Even in the 1990′s, when it seemed like the entire music industry got blindsided by digital technology and the internet, Bowie was way out in front of the pack: in 1996 he was the first artist to distribute a new song — “Telling Lies” — as an…

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Le Break Up

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I love animation, and recently I’ve featured more than one Blank-On-Blank project here, bringing archived audio to life with moving drawings. This is a new series I just discovered that promises to document some of the biggest feuds in the world of philosophy. Here’s a bit about the first installment…

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