Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Also-ran-Domness # 3



TimeOut New York did a nice feature on the current state of professional criticism, that was interesting and fairly even handed in its assessment of our "everyone's a critic" atmosphere. Nice insights, and a pretty good list of blogs to watch

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I am not a Mike Tyson apologist.

He's a horrible indictment of the culture/class/education structure and exemplifies on some level why archetypical stereotypes will always exist in pop culture, most especially in the sports world.

A product of his environment, it's easy to dismiss him as a disposable joke: uber-talented heavyweight boxing champion invigorates sport with decisive dominance, only to fall victim to youthful ignorance, emotionally isolated upbringing, and enough "boys" and "handlers" to make Hammer blush.

Yet at his core, there's this child-like naivete that seems to permeate his presence. The biting, the brawling, the bad business decisions, have all amounted to his current status as public pariah punchline; an oversized kid with way too much ability in one thing and not enough support around him to bring him any semblance of guidance.

I'm not one for oversentimentality (as you readers may have noticed) but the following clip I stumbled upon kind of has a genuine sweetness to it not normally associated with Tyson. Jimmy Kimmel Live and it's mediocre rag tag crew of comedy writers did this piece several years ago, but based on the lack of laughter or any semblance of a gag, it shows Tyson with an almost tranquil quality about him. I'm not sure if it's a personal heavyhanded attempt at emulating Brando's turn in "On the Waterfront," but it works. Not as a comedic piece, but something less overt.


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Amy Winehouse and her overexposed presence in the rags has been overkill, once again another artist victim to my waning patience and discerning tastes. That being said, I somehow still like Lily Allen. Maybe it's cause I don't read her blog, or watch her on the "tellie," or maybe it's simply the fact that Winehouse's stateside success has overshadowed Allen's irrepressibly catchy debut.

Eitherway, I find myself wanting to hear more from her, and if it's an Electric Light Orchestra song that's been covered/featured one too many times in every ad/movie sountrack/trailer, so be it.



The accompanied French ad is also sort of cute as well...in that over the top Euro kinda way
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NBC's Sunday Night Football 's weekly musical montages features Pink, Faith Hill, and uses Lindsay Lohan's "Rumors" during their commercial breaks.
It's good to know they're making a concerted effort to bridge the gap between testorerone infused 16-34 year-old men and pre-adolescent teenage girls.

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