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Culture, The Exhibitionist The Spider Becomes a Man -- and a Joy -- in <em>The Amazing Spider-Man</em>

The Spider Becomes a Man -- and a Joy -- in The Amazing Spider-Man

This is a print review that will run in the July 4 Issue. The Amazing Spider-Man, an inexcusably good reboot-thing from director Marc Webb, celebrates the heartwarming arachno-genetic bar mitzvah in which a boy becomes a spider, and a…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist The 84th Academy Awards: a Timeline

The 84th Academy Awards: a Timeline

People plan parties around this stuff, so we assume you probably watched too. But just in case you didn't, here's a timeline of the 84th Academy Awards ceremony. They make it this long just to mess with us all,…
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Film, "The Help": Self-Important and Shallow Hollywood Take on 1960s Race Relations

"The Help": Self-Important and Shallow Hollywood Take on 1960s Race Relations

More than just the Hollywood It Girl of the moment, Emma Stone is a real actress, and in The Help, she gets an ostentatious, Oscar-baiting Big Scene in which to prove it. Stone is, to borrow a phrase from Bret…
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Calendar, Night&Day <i>Zombieland</i>

Zombieland

The zombie movie—that evergreen vessel for all manner of social and political allegory—gets stripped down to its “Holy shit! Zombies! Run!” chassis in this fitfully amusing romp directed with little ambition and even less distinction by first-timer Ruben Fleischer. Set…
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