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Big Trouble

Big Trouble FILM FOE Godzilla A big lizard Deep Impact A big rock Everest A big rock Armageddon A really big rock Titanic A big iceberg Antz A big shoe Rounders A big hand The Truman Show A big dome Mercury Rising Big Brother Primary Colors Big politics Wag the Dog Big spin Six Days, […]

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The Desert Song

THE DESERT SONG Sigmund Romberg’s operetta The Desert Song was a rousing hit when it debuted on Broadway in 1926, but the genre was already on the wane in the States. By the end of World War II, the musical had won over American audiences–even though little but the operetta’s reliance on classically trained voices […]

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They’re All Connected

They’re All Connected Politicians love playing games–with the truth, with taxpayers’ money, you name it. So why not play a game with politicians? See if you can put these rascals behind bars–in 1998 they all pleaded guilty or were convicted or sentenced. DIRECTIONS: Take turns drawing a line between two dots. Players who complete an […]

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Managing Fine

cohen2.qxd To the editors, As a senior with a limited income, I am as much concerned with the cost and quality of medicare as anyone else and agree that there is undoubtedly room for improvement. But it does seem as though Ben Joravsky’s article on the subject [December 11] contains some confusion and misinformation. Most […]

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Running for Covers

Metallica Garage Inc. (Elektra) By Jon Fine Metallica is the first underground metal band to sell out football stadiums. And live, when they whip out the material that made them famous–as opposed to the material they’ve made while famous–you can see why. Like Cheap Trick, and unlike the wheezing, TelePrompTer-reliant Black Sabbath, they can still […]

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Eadweard Muybridge, Zoopraxographer

One of the best essay films ever made on a cinematic subject, Thom Andersen’s remarkable and sadly neglected hour-long documentary (1974) adroitly combines biography, history, film theory, and philosophical reflection. Muybridge’s photographic studies of animal locomotion in the 1870s were a major forerunner of movies; even more interesting are his subsequent studies of diverse people, […]