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I Hate Hollywood
Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015

Michael Mann’s Cyber Thiller

With the recent hacking of Sony by North Korea (or whoever), cyber security is a headline issue. The Sony incident is a reminder that the operating systems for civilization depend on digital technology and are vulnerable to intrusion. Firewalls are like their brick and mortar analogues in that none has ever proved impregnable. Director Michael Mann explores this anxiety with Blackhat. His ...
Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015

Author Stephen Wade’s one-man Stackner Cabaret show

In the 1930s and ’40s, the Library of Congress sent “song collectors” with bulky recording gear into rural America. Their mission was to document folk music traditions fading against the bright glare of mass media, especially from the coast-to-coast broadcasts and sound recordings that were
I Hate Hollywood
Monday, Jan. 12, 2015
Back in the ‘80s, Tim Hunter was the go-to auteur of alienated youth. His 1986 film River’s Edge, out now on Blu-ray, was a low-budget exploration of dead-end kids in a nowhere town. It was Rebel Without a Cause for the Reagan era, a coming of age picture with indie cred. It also boasted a pair of stars-in-the-making, Keanu Reeves and Crispin Glover. River’s Edge unfolds in a b...