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Monday, Dec. 12, 2011

Charlize Theron stars in Jason Reitman film

With Juno, director Jason Reitman and screenwriter Diablo Cody conceived...
01.07.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
During the CD sales boom of the '90s, labels didn't need much of an excuse to release a tribute album, and although most of the decade's compilations were cheap cash-ins, a handful are true treasures. 1994's If I Were a Carpenter, which I found buried in a dollar bin in a Florida record store last month, remains a cherished relic from the era. It was an oddity from the start, assembling a slew of ...
05.01.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
This week�s odd Billboard album chart deserves a quick glance: 1. E=MC2, Mariah Carey 2. Spirit, Leona Lewis 3. Flight of the Conchords, Flight of the Conchords 4. Bittersweet World, Ashlee Simpson 5. When Life Gives You Lemons..., Atmosphere 6. Now That's What I Call Music! Vol. 27, various 7. Juno soundtrack, various 8. Troubadour, George Strait 9. Taylor Swift, Ta...
Thursday, April 10, 2008

All brains, no heart

Smart People is about what can happen when the mind is divorced from the heart and spirit. It is also a droll peek into the dreary environs of academia, where the pursuit of knowledge has stumbled onto the treadmill of careerism. It stars Dennis Quaid as Lawrence Wetherhold, an English professor trudging grimly across Carnegie Mellon, face twisted and frozen into an expression of contempt for his colleagues and students. His colleagues, exactly the sort of twits infesting many universities, are probably even poorer souls than Lawrence.
Friday, April 11, 2008

The Curious Career of Kimya Dawson

Though her solo efforts coexisted with The Moldy Peaches, Dawson’s songwriting retains the pared-down, do-it-herself instrumentation of her former band without the Peaches’ scatological humor.
Thursday, Jan. 17, 2008

Juno and her baby

Sixteen-year-old Juno is smarter than most of the people around her. She knows it, and in her prickly sarcasm and eye-rolling “You’re such a dope” tone, she lets everyone else know it, too.
01.11.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
I have no beef with Juno. It seems that every year the public selects one quirky indie comedy for mainstream success, and especially compared to recent years' selections (Napoleon Dynamite, Little Miss Sunshine), Juno is a worthy pick: a genuinely funny, moving film with some great performances. Going into the movie, I'd heard grumblings about the soundtrack, which is heavy on music from ...