"...Good thing, then, that he's so well-spoken. In fact, Reiss' documentary, which attempts to demystify the culture of those all-night bacchanals known as raves, is full of thoughtful dialogue from a veritable cornucopia of electronic music artists and the people who love them..."
"...Johnson, an administrator in FDR's New Deal cabinet, reacted to the Night of the Long Knives in Germany in July of 1934 by saying, "I have seen something of that sort in Mexico during the Villa ravages and among semi-civilized people or savages half-drunk on sotol and marijuana. But that such a thing should happen in a country of some supposed culture passes comprehension."..."
"...Directed by the French musician/filmmaker Dupieux (who, by the way, went by the sobriquet Mr. Oizo back when his single "Flat Beats" and his Muppety sidekick Flat Eric were an international pop-culture phenomenon), Rubber is a road movie in the most literal sense..."
"...Are we richer for it? Well…. Roland Emmerich hasn't bettered us as a culture with Stargate, but he hasn't corrupted us, either..."
"...J.P. (Ganz) is the husband, a Frenchman about to become a naturalized Australian, though his alienation from living in this foreign (and, to him, less civilized) culture is evident..."
"...The Texas Book Festival announced its 2012 slate today, featuring big hitters in fiction (Junot Díaz, Justin Cronin) and nonfiction (Robert Caro, Douglas Brinkley, Cheryl Strayed, Naomi Wolf), plus pop culture personalities branching out (Jewel, Tony Danza)...."
"...Talk About Good (Junior League of Lafayette, Louisiana). One of the bestselling community cookbooks ever published, this spiral-bound beauty is a great testament to the culinary culture of Southwest Louisiana...."
"...Following closely behind is the quintet’s sixth LP, Darkest Sour. The Sour Notes play tonight at Hotel Vegas with Crocodile Tears, Desert Culture, and Hex Boyfriend...."
"...As the old saw goes, when your only tool is a hammer, every problem seems to demand plenty of nails. More distressingly, once proud of our civilian political traditions, over the past century we have steadily constructed a national culture (and corporate economy) that increasingly honors, promotes, and openly thrives on militarism and aggression and reflexively disdains and excoriates compromise and international collaboration...."
"..."The pervasiveness of the myth in so many cultures does say something about primal male fear, and it does say something about men and their attitude toward women," he says. "The goal was to take a misogynist myth and turn it around." Lichtenstein does so by writing his heroine, Dawn (played with admirable intensity by newcomer Jess Weixler), as a naif who slowly learns to accept and love her body, especially the power it enables her to exert over men who might attempt to violate her or add her to a list of conquests..."
"...But Mike's realization is a long time coming, and the bulk of Swingers' narrative focuses on the exploits of these friends -- all aspiring actors or entertainers of some kind -- as they make their way through the L.A. party scene, which includes the subculture of 1940s-style swing clubs and lounges..."
"...is able to avoid that. It's a rather drastic situation, when you consider it: Just how much American pop culture is generated by people who choose to live (usually in denial) in such a dangerous place..."
"..."These people say something about culture," Zintgraff says and takes a light pull on his cigar. We are sipping beer on picnic tables at the Galloway White Shaman Preserve, the main campgrounds of the Rock Art Foundation nestled between the border towns of Comstock and hanging Judge Roy Bean's Langtry..."
"...And then there's the much more modernistic take on the clash of the ancient and the new in Granaz Moussavi's My Tehran for Sale (2009). Marzieh Vafamehr is Marzieh, a youthful, exuberant fashion designer in modern Tehran torn between leaving her homeland behind her to follow her lover Saman (Amir Chegini) to Australia or stay hidden in Tehran's underground arts scene, immediately identified by a rave scene that's violently broken up by Tehran's culture police..."
"...This century, distant enemies such as the Soviet Union filled the savage shoes. These heroic tales of men with guns have been handed down through literature, culture, and ritual for three centuries...."
"...For the Record Director: Marc Greenberg For the Record explores the “steno culture,” tracking several court reporters and captioners as they strive to attain the Guinness title of World's Fastest Court Reporter. (World Premiere) *SXsports screening..."
"...This is the world of Ingrid Goes West, in which the titular character (Plaza, with her lemur eyes and mischievous, over-it stare) descends on a wedding that her “friend” Charlotte neglected to invite her to, barging in and pepper-spraying the bride after seeing live photos of the ceremony pop up on Instagram. A brief stint at a psychiatric facility and the death of Ingrid’s mother follows, and almost immediately, Ingrid finds a new obsession, Taylor Sloane (Olsen), a vacuous Californian who is popular on social media for her avocado toast photos, her photogenic man-bunned artist husband Ezra (Russell, ultimately the heart of this show), and her dog Rothko (if nothing else the film eviscerates contemporary culture with a knife to the heart)...."
"...On the other, more lengthy pole is smashing local drummer Terry Bozzio, who played only five pieces during his 45-minute set. Because the weather on the second night of the music festival was so crappy, and since "solo drumming" and "popular culture" are rarely used in the same sentence, one expected La Zona Rosa to hold a few hundred drum freaks, plus some fans of Frank Zappa and Missing Persons (two of the many groups Bozzio has put the beat beneath)..."
"...AC: I like that – thinking about it in contemporary terms as well as a period piece and what that means. It's sad that there aren't too many modern Westerns; they're just such a great means of talking about American culture...."
"...The department also utilizes a "peer support program," under which vets are connected to other vets, which is key to the healing process. "In police culture, there is this stigmatization" about reaching out and sharing feelings, he said..."