The Prisoner and AMC's Lost Reputation

Because Matt just can't put down the remote control, here are some thoughts on AMC's remake of "the Prisoner."

Haiku Review Round-Up

Critic-at-Large Ryan Kennedy reviews any and all things in 17 poetic syllables. He is either a pioneer in combining one of the oldest art forms in human history with our ever-decreasing attention span or he's found a way to be a little less lazy than usual. Either way, we're glad he's writing something for us.

Frye-Way: Atlantic City

Hop on the Frye-Way as our resident travel writer, Mitchell Frye, gives us the low-down on all the places he visits around the globe. Grab your fanny pack and fill it with nickels and quarters because our first stop is...Atlantic City.

Pilot Watch: Round Up 1

Part of Matt's continuing obsession with television means watching the pilot of every new show. Here is Part 1 of his comprehensive coverage of pilot season.

Yeah Yeah Yeahs Concert Review

karenOn Wednesday July 29th I went to go see the Yeah Yeah Yeahs at the Electric Factory in Philadelphia. The band gave an excellent performance. The set list was expertly balanced. The extensive range of songs at the YYY's command, old and new, fast and slow, hard and soft were woven with care. Karen O is a rock star like no other who delights in her own performance. Don't misinterpret me. This isn't to say she's full of herself. She emits a joy and exuberance that communicates she's having as much fun performing as the crowd is having just being there. Sounds like I had a hell of a time, right? Wrong.

In Defense of “NYC Prep”

nyc_prep.jpgIn last week's Sunday Styles section of the New York Times, a column ran about the new Bravo reality series "NYC Prep" which follows the exploits of a group of five kids who attend posh Manhattan private schools (and one who attends Stuyvesant, the city's most selective public school).  The column's main point is that the parents of students like the ones depicted on the show and the administrators of the schools that they go to do not like the show or the image of students attending prep schools in New York City that it creates.  Parents, administrators and other prep students are quoted in the article, mostly under the cover of "fear of blow-back" anonymity, making the claim that the kids on the show are an aberration, that their very conspicuous consumption of alcohol, clothing and drama are atypical amongst their peers.  There is a problem, though.  While the article is correct in its assessment of the show as entertainment, for it truly is awful, it has missed the boat on its adherence to reality.  Which is to say, the show is about as horrid as it is true; in its depiction of Upper East Side-dwelling über-rich kids, it is totally and completely accurate.

March of the Sanguine (Through an Ideal Town) Part 2

echobunnymen.JPGEditor's note: This is the second part of Sinan G's adventures in Austin for the SXSW Music Festival.  To read Part 1, click here.

Austin, Day Three: West Coast Meets Willie Nelson

It looks like we’re going to hang out strictly on Red River St. today. All our events are taking place at Mohawk, Club de Ville, Stubb’s and Red Eyed Fly. We head to Mohawk to watch The Wrens. On the street, I see my friend (whom I’ve sadly haven’t kept in touch for a while) Chris Hrasky from Explosions In The Sky, a staple of Austin, who’s waiting in line for Club de Ville and who introduces me to his wife as “the dude from Turkey who showed them around”. It's a gentle blast from the past as I remember taking them around Istanbul which is where I spent my summers during college, working as a band guide for major music festivals.

March of the Sanguine (Through an Ideal Town) Part 1

wavves1.JPGThere are two things in my head.

There’s actually more, but right now the last time I was on this flight, I was a happier person and there are more guitars on this plane than there’s plane take precedence. The first statement overcomes the second -- but within the latter lies the distraction that I will later realize I'm seeking.

To Boldly Go Where We’ve All Been Before

quinto-spock.jpgThere's something very dicey about having enjoyed the latest Star Trek movie, but I really did enjoy it a lot.  It was fun and fast, with enough screaming, fighting and imploding planets to satisfy even the most jaded of sixteen year old summer movie patrons.  Aside from the final product, though, Star Trek real

Review from My Queue: Tropic Thunder

tropicthunderposter2.jpgEditor's note: Welcome to a new Steve's Word feature, the Review from My Queue.  It's basically a standard review column but, because sometimes one doesn't get a chance to a see movie in the theater, or intentionally decides to relegate a particular flick to the old Netflix queue, one doesn't have a ch

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