Artvoice: Buffalo's #1 Newsweekly
Home Blogs Web Features Calendar Listings Artvoice TV Real Estate Classifieds Contact

Star Trek Into Darkness, Fast & Furious 6, The Hangover Part III

You gotta love Randy Newman. Who else would take the occasion of being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to perform a song making fun of recording artists who keep performing well past their sell-by dates? Sample lyric from “I’m Dead But I Don’t Know It”: “I have a family to support/But surely, that is no excuse/I’ve nothing further to report/Time you spend with me/Is time you lose.”

The Reluctant Fundamentalist

Pakistan, the United States’s consistently unstable south Asian ally in the perpetual war on terror, usually seems in peril of becoming a failed state. One with nuclear weapons. And a lot of angry Sunni fundamentalists. At first, Mira Nair’s The Reluctant Fundamentalist seems to be about at least some of this, but it really isn’t. It’s not even about a recognizable Pakistan or America, the ideological poles that provide the framework for its story.

At Any Price

Henry Whipple (Dennis Quaid) is a modern farmer, caught in the agribusiness world between the dying stereotype of the family farmer and the presumed future model of industrialized “efficiency.” He has a large parcel in Iowa devoted entirely to corn. He has a side business selling the same GMO seeds he uses, though it seems to occupy more of his time than running the farm. Like many Americans, Henry finds it tough to support a family on one income.

In The House

Back to issue index