You've managed to consume the last of the leftover turkey, sopped up the remnants of the gravy and cranberry sauce, and at long last have pushed yourself away from the table. Before you contemplate that holiday shopping, catch up on the best of what happened at BC in the past two weeks.
From Music Editor Connie Phillips:
El Bicho takes readers along on an eventful evening, allowing us to experience every moment with him and fellow Blogcritics writers as they attend the The Doors 40th Anniversary – Live On The Sunset Strip.
Tom Johnson's review of The Beatles –Love sifts through the good and the bad as well as all the criticism to get down to the heart of it — the music of this legendary band.
Richard Marcus' enthusiasm for the blues and the promotion of such comes through loud and clear as he gives readers a look at Ruf Records and its founder in Blues Bash Ruf Records: Keeping The Blues Alive.
In Rolling Stones' Bigger Bang Tour Now Biggest Bucks Tour, Eric Olsen delivers an entertaining read combining the news and his own personal thoughts on the Rolling Stones' longevity.
Blogcritics' leading authority on the blues, Joan Hunt, put all her knowledge to good use and delivered two insightful interviews. One was with The Bluesers and one with Kenny Neal to round out our month-long look at the blues.
From Asst. Music Editor A.L. Harper:
DJRadiohead reviews Hooker, a collection in part of the body of work by blues legend John Lee Hooker.
A funny man teaches us to appreciate silly songs in Big Geez's Silly Songs – From Edison To Weird Al.
From Asst. Books Editor Gordon Hauptfleisch:
It's Guy… TV and Film Guy. He knows I like my Bond shaken and stirred with a little Kierkegaard, Hegelian quests, and Platonic archetypes. Or at least he has me thinking so after reading his persuasive review of James Bond and Philosophy.
In his review of the historically faithful Leonardo, Alessandro Nicolo imposes a self-discipline, "as it could have easily careened out into multiple directions," one of which could have been yet another "Da Vinci Codification" of an elusive and magnificent mind. Alessandro shows, however, that he's up to the task in deftly and diligently considering Leonardo in his proper context.
Bonnie's incisive review of The Hanging of Angélique sheds a light on a "a neglected area of the country's history" in the struggle of Canadian slaves — and symbolically, one in particular. "We can't give Angélique her name," say Bonnie, "but we can name what happened to her and make her part of our collective memory. Even if remembering her took 27 years." Hanging is a "book with an edge," but Bonnie's review shares that same, and needed, quality.
This Is Your Brain on Music is "about the science of music, from the perspective of cognitive neuroscience." Okay, it doesn't have a good beat and you can't dance to it, but Tim Gebhart blinded me with science in his enticing review, expressively convincing in his summation that "the brain is also the vehicle by which music also affects our feelings and emotions."
From TV Editor TV and Film Guy:
Short and sweet and DVD-licious, it's Anna Creech's review of The Ellen Degeneres Show on DVD.
Less short, less sweet, but not really much more scary is the Sci-Fi Channel Original: Basilisk. It's Sci-Fi Channel in all its glory and happily enough Matt Paprocki is here to tell us all about it.
From Film Editor Lisa McKay:
Among the many reviews of latest Bond flick, Casino Royale, I particularly liked Daniel Woolstencroft's. He gives credit where credit is due and tells us why Daniel Craig may yet surpass the legend that is Sean Connery.
If you're not familiar with the wildly successful industry that is Bollywood, Chanakya is here with a Bollywood primer to get you started. Complete with some basic background and a cultural perspective, Chanakya goes on to suggest some films to watch and helpfully grades them according to your level of expertise. At least one of these is already in my Netflix queue.
Robert Altman died last week at the age of 81. Howard Dratch, Randall A Byrn, and tink all do justice to his memory with some reflections on why his films have resonated with audiences over the years.
From Culture Editor Diana Hartman:
From two very different vantage points, Donnie Marler the son brings us the lighter side of the birds and bees in I Had To Ask and he enlightens us all with the perspective of a loving parent in the much more serious Teen Pregnancy: A Father's Story.
Richard Marcus ponders how and why pockets of society sometimes meet their need for attention through volume and violence in How Loud Do I Have To Be?
Writing about a little known subject, Timothy Greathouse offers an interesting update (or introduction) of a town that's been on fire for quite a while now in The Great Disappearing Act of Centralia, Pennsylvania.
From Asst. Music Editor A.L. Harper:
Enjoying Thanksgiving the way only someone hilariously and deeply dysfunctional can is the way Elvira Black wants to do it at The Toilet Bowl.
A man who understand my teen pregnancy is a man whose own daughter survived the same thing. Donnie Marler tells you A Father's Story.
From Politics Editor Dave Nalle:
In an article about a new series of dollar coins featuring U.S. Presidents, Jet in Columbus takes an interesting look at the latest attempt to revive the dollar coin and get our currency back on a sensible track.
How to Get Out of Iraq Without Getting Out of Iraq – the Adam Ash Plan B for Iraq by Adam Ash, in which the author exceeds all expectations with a nugget of common sense on the U.S.'s future role in Iraq.
From Sports Editor Matthew T. Sussman:
Only two picks in two weeks, but mind you this isn't a slight against every other article. We've had a ton of coverage and I commend it all.
But one goes to Tony Profumo of Lawntennisnews, who wrote a very hearty retrospective on Martina Hingis' comeback.
And the second goes to David Mazzotta and his Thoughtful Fool, Week 11 edition. Plus I have a confession. I've been using the "I understand the Detroit City Council is putting together a bid for an NFL team" line in conversation with Michiganders ever since.
From Gaming Editor Ken Edwards:
An Open Letter to Fanboys is Jason "Njiska" Westhaver's angry response to the attacks on Jeff Gerstmann at Gamespot.
Holiday Console Buyer's Guide For Parents is a useful Christmas guide to video game consoles from Vichus Smith.
From Technology Editor Daniel Woolstencroft:
Spare a thought for the little spaceship that could. That's all that Howard Dratch asks in his moving account of one brave little probe, stranded thousands of miles from home.
In Vista – What You Need To Know, Ashleigh Charlesworth demystifies Windows Vista. He explains what the different versions do, how much they'll cost, and why you should be interested.