One of Gandolfini’s final performances may be an award winner
Hoffman's last completed film has him playing a mystery man.
Hoffman's lasy completed film has him playing a mystery man.
There was a point in Rick Santorum's history lesson, a point in the former Pennsylvania senator's spiel last Friday about the horrific transition President Obama has yet in store for America, when the 20,000-strong audience at the 2013 NRA Convention sat perfectly silent. Bathed in blue flood-light, ... More >>
Simon Hanukaev's family has lived along the western shore of the Caspian Sea for generations. Settled near the city of Derbent, a southern city in the Russian republic of Dagestan, Hanukaev's predecessors lived through khanates and tsars, under Bolshevik revolution and Stalinist resettlement. His pa ... More >>
This might be a bit redundant, seeing as the readership at Hair Balls -- unlike, say, those who work in front of the camera at CNN -- are among those able to differentiate between Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, but I thought it might be worth a quick run-down of how a substantial Chechen population came ... More >>
A Russian artist explores the force behind American foreign policy.
Jersey loves you too, Alessandra.As Texans, we know a lot about media condescension from New York and Washington. For me, growing up in New Jersey, I became inured pretty early to being looked down on by the big city across the river. But snobbish pomposity was taken to new heights in The N ... More >>
As America prepares to close the infamous camp, what about those prisoners?
Our sister paper, the Miami New Times, has done an in-depth look at the last days of the prison at Guantanamo Bay.A reporter was there for the last hearing at the camp -- involving the youngest detainee -- and when the order to close it came down the next day.The article, linked here, shows there ar ... More >>
A Russian grandmother visits the troops, and brings light to their misguided mission in Chechnya
Travelers at a late night subway station report seeing the ghost of Joseph Stalin. It is not possible, of course, but the idea has a certain attraction for Russians tired of the new world order. Stalin has rebounded in the polls; his deadly excesses overlooked. Much against his will, Inspector Ark ... More >>
Our one-man jury bestows honors on the best of Cannes 2007.
The Fellini-aping House of Fools has good intentions
Proof of Life kidnaps the audience and makes it beg for mercy
Bound for the World Wrestling Federation or not, these folks learn to take their lumps at Texas All-Star Wrestling
Gary Ray is going to Russia for the glory of his sport. For the honor of his country. For a chance to win one more arm-wrestling contest.