DVD Review: Love American Style – Season One, Volume 1

In the fall of 1969, the American landscape was changing. Earlier that year, “the summer of love” had changed how many of the youth and their elders discussed such previously taboo subjects as dating and sex. With the seventies upon us, there was a new openness associated with social issues that was being reflected in …

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Book Review: The Star Machine by Jeanine Basinger

The studio system that produced Hollywood movies from the 1930s through the 1950s was tightly controlled by those in charge to ensure that the American people only saw the stars they wanted them to see, how they wanted them to see them. In The Star Machine, noted film historian Jeanine Basinger examines how studios worked …

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Book Review: Otto Preminger: The Man Who Would Be King by Foster Hirsch

When most film historians and scholars discuss the great American directors of the mid-twentieth century, names such as Billy Wilder, John Ford, and Frank Capra are often bandied about. Otto Preminger, despite over half a century in the film and theatre business and two Oscar nominations for best director, is rarely if ever mentioned. History …

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DVD Review: Criminal Minds – The Second Season

CBS is the place to go to fill up on crime drama. In the last seven years or so, Les Moonves and his crew have brought us several flavors of CSI, Without a Trace, and several other crime-related dramas with much success. Criminal Minds, which debuted in 2005, distinguishes itself from the pack with the …

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DVD Review: ‘The L Word: The Complete Fourth Season’

From day one, The L Wordhas been a powder keg of sex and drama among a gorgeous group of Los Angeles dwelling lesbians. As season four opens, Shane McCutcheon (Katherine Moennig) has left her fiancée Carmen de la Pica Morales (Sarah Shahi) just minutes before their wedding in Canada. Shane is in the midst of …

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Music Review: Chris Cornell – ‘Carry On’

Chris Cornell, lead singer of Soundgarden and a poster child for the 1990’s grunge music scene out of Seattle, is now a sober solo artist in his forties living in France with his family. How times have changed. On the cover of Cornell’s latest album Carry On, straggly hair and a flannel shirt has been …

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