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March 2007 Archives

Everywhere I turn I run into an advertisement, commercial, or preview for “Reign Over Me,” the latest of a series of films related to 9/11, but decidedly unlike others released so far–like Oliver Stone’s “World Trade Center” and Paul Greengrass’s […]

Nearly 24 hours later, I am still thinking about last night’s episode of “Lost.” It’s official: My favorite show is back. After a rocky mini-season, I was almost ready to give up for good, but this particular string of great […]

There are two kinds of people in this world: Old Testament prophets and New Testament apostles. Johnny Cash, particularly the Man in Black of recent memory, was strictly OT. His lined crag of a face projected righteous lament, matching a […]

It recently charged past the video game behemoth known as “Madden NFL ’07” to the number one spot in sales on But could “Who Rules?”: The Almighty Edition be enough to cause a group of 30 somethings to huddle […]

Despite being a heavily scientific show, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation can surprise viewers once in a while by delving into issues of faith, redemption, and forgiveness. Last night’s special airing of CSI (otherwise known as a re-run) focused on the […]

Gogol Ganguli. That’s the name Ashoke and Ashima fill out in the forms for their newborn when a letter from their grandmother–that was supposed to inform the Gangulis of their newborn’s name, as per the Bengali tradition of the elders […]

When it comes to music, ethnic is in. From mainstream pop artists like Christina Aguilera, Shakira, and J.Lo singing in their native languages, to Madonna sampling a Hebrew song on her “Confessions on a Dancefloor” album, using foreign languages in […]

I love to hate “The Apprentice.” While the first season of the show was actually kind of good and taught legitimate lessons about business, the show has devolved into something beyond caricature. This season takes place in Los Angeles, because […]

Since “The Secret” has made quite a splash on the new age-prosperity front (don’t miss the Saturday Night Live skit making fun of Oprah’s “Secret” fixation it from last weekend), why not let the Gospels show you how to make […]

In “Premonition,” creaky stairs, dramatic music, and strange spiritual overtones try to create scares where there are none. This technique proves particularly weary in a church scene that has Sandra Bullock’s Linda Hansen seeking advice from a priest who, huddled […]