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We’ve Moved!

February 27, 2011 by


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All the Single Men

February 26, 2011 by


Pre-Oscar Meditations: The Kids are Alright, Juno and the American Family By Soheil Rezayazdi It takes a lot to offend me, and much more to offend me as a man. You gotta hit just the right nerve. To date, only two works of art have ever done it. Both were seriocomic indie films about American families. […]


February 24, 2011 by


Black Swan dives into the mind of an insecure perfectionist (Natalie Portman). I’ve known the type. To a large extent, I am the type. Portman doesn’t effuse raw talent. She can’t “lose herself” in “transcendent” moments of artistry, as her superior (Vincent Cassel) often notes. She’s too self-aware, too rigid. But she works harder than anyone. She compensates for natural skill with borderline unhealthy devotion. If ballet were an essay test, she’d be the girl with flashcards.

Syfy Goes HiFi

February 12, 2011 by


For a 16-year-old cable property once best known for airing “Battlestar Galactica” and reruns of “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” Syfy has taken significant strides in the past few years to distance itself from its fanboys-only viewer base in hopes of reaching a broader audience. Although the network was one of NBCUniversal’s most reliable entities, ranking fifteenth among basic cable channels in adults 18-49 and eighth in adults 25-54, Syfy President Dave Howe saw the original “Sci Fi” moniker as a hindrance to future expansion (indeed, when most basic cablers saw ratings growth in 2009, the science fiction network had basically none). Viewers may have initially ridiculed the network’s decision in 2009 to rebrand the Sci Fi Channel as the phonetically identical “Syfy,” but the effort has ushered in a successful programming and publicity metamorphosis. Armed with the tagline “Imagine Greater,” Syfy has not only expanded the range of its science fiction offerings (it now includes fantasy, horror, paranormal, supernatural, mystery and action/adventure under its genre umbrella, as well as new original scripted and reality-based shows), it’s building its reputation as Syfy Ventures, a business portfolio that includes five consumer sub-brands: Syfy Games, Syfy Films, Syfy Kids, Syfy Gear and Syfy Digital. In essence, if all goes according to Howe’s rebranding plan, the nerd of cable’s high school could soon become its most popular student.


January 30, 2011 by


ArtSTALK: Continuing to complain during award shows so you’re not alone Welcome to ArtSTALK’s second live-blogging event, the 17th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards. The event honors performances in film and television, so there’s no need to sit through the slow-moving tech awards or phoned-in musical performances. Plus, the actors get to drink! The show […]

Men in Tights

January 28, 2011 by


The Social Network should be the film that encapsulates my generation of American men. So why am I traitorously demanding that everyone I know see Black Swan instead?

Envelope, Please

January 26, 2011 by


It’s a day that I’ve consistently marked on my calendar as soon as the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) announces its schedule – nomination time, also known as the moment when we all reflect over the past year in film and immediately begin bitching about what a sham it is to judge a work of art by the amount of statues it can rack up.