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Golden Girls
Janet Jackson, "If"

Been Around The World With The 1990s’ Billboard R&B #1’s

The 1990s may not have been a perfect R&B decade (one and a half words: R. Kelly), but it was my R&B decade. So here’s the plan. I’m going to revisit every single that landed #1 on Billboard’s R&B chart during that 10-year span that began with my collection of Bart Simpson T-shirts and ended with me pretending to browse for interview outfits. I’ll probably get so weak in the knees I will hardly be able to speak.

Jody Watley

Jody Watley, "I Love To Love"

You know, of all the holidays I don’t celebrate, I think I actually like Valentine’s Day the best. There’s no other holiday I feel, as a chronically single person, less pressure to go through the motions over. The expectation is to quite simply lay low and let the lovers open their wallets. Mission accomplished in … Continue reading

Hamilton Bohannon, "Foot Stompin’ Music"

Hamilton Bo-Han-Non’s most cited song is undoubtedly “Let’s Start the Dance,” a synth-heavy concoction that sounds like a golden retriever shaking off after diving into a pool of glitter. It’s great, but if there was one constant in my voting patterns for Slant’s old and triflin’ dance list, it was that I was the one … Continue reading

Would You Believe, The Mezzozoric Error?

Cleo King’s beginning were admittedly humble, but you can detect the subtle scene-stealing skills being honed here before her groundbreaking performance in Magnolia, which has been winning the Academy Award every year since 1999.

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (Steven Spielberg, 2008)

While the phrase “I’m getting to old for this” is never invoked verbatim, a few cracks are made by Harrison Ford’s Indy at the expense of his archaeologically-ready bones. Ford, Karen Allen, Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, action films with a plot … they’re all showing the signs of age. But the homily at the center … Continue reading

Flight of the Red Balloon

Flight of the Red Balloon (Hou Hsiao-hsien, 2007)

I caught Flight of the Red Balloon today and, in contrast to the cliche, I’m not still absorbing it. I’ll explain. I’ll admit I’ve only seen two Hou Hsiao-hsien films: this and Flowers of Shanghai, but both are the sort of films that get me using adjectives I would normally use pejoratively. Humane. Sensitive. Nuanced. … Continue reading

Au Revoir, Les Oak St.

Star Tribune Minnesota Daily I’d be a lot more bummed about this had the facility not spent the last two years operating in a state far more offensive than death. I’ve seen, I think, one movie in the last 12 months there (the appropriately requiem-tinged Let’s Get Lost), as opposed to my twice or thrice … Continue reading

Coffee Table Seminar

Defining Moments in Movies, edited by Chris Fujiwara I picked this one up at Barnes and Noble just after the holidays. Someone charged with removing a bunch of “20% off” coupons from throughout the Nicollet Mall store apparently decided it was only worth removing roughly half from the monstrous pile of copies of this book, … Continue reading