In NYPress, I write that Tommy Lee Jones' Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada is a suitable Peckinpah tribute if you haven't seen a Peckinpah movie recently. Jennifer Merin talks to Steven Soderbergh about Bubble, which I disliked, and his distribution plan, which has never made sense to me no matter how many different people try to explain it. Armond White asks what makes Kenny Chesney's 'Who You'd Be Today' as great a record as 'Little Deuce Coup' and then gives a convincing answer.
Over at the Star-Ledger, my TV beat partner Alan Sepinwall delves into the world of network TV music supervisors, revealing the various factors involved in choosing and clearing particular songs. He follows it with a profile of one specific music supervisor, Alexandra Patsavas, soundtrack DJ for The O.C. and Grey's Anatomy. I have some fun at the expense of two canine makeover shows, PBS' Underdog and National Geographic Channel's The Dog Whisperer.
At PopMatters, Cynthia Fuchs actually finds fresh things to say about 24. At the New York Daily News, Richard Huff asks a question that is, for an American TV columnist, heretical: Is Jon Stewart comic enough to host the Oscars? And a belated recommendation: At Slant Magazine, Sal Cinquemani asks if Arrested Development is as good as everyone says, or if it's just really, really fast.
Update: Alan shows Veronica Mars some well-deserved love, and I wonder why somebody doesn't just pull the plug on ER. James Woods' performance as a dying A-list character actor is amazing, but how many of these do the producers expect us to sit through without rebelling?
Update: Over at Slate, Jim Lewis has a thorough and insightful appreciation of the late Nam June Paik, pioneer of video-as-art.
Update: The New World blog update: Liverputty compares/contrasts Edward Copeland's anti-Malick stance with The House Next Door's relentless (and for some, off-putting) cheerleading, picks a winner, and includes an affectionate parody of Malick's voice-over narration while he's at it. Also, some new, elegantly written analyses of Malick's visuals and editing strategies in the comments section of my 01/25/06 Malick post, "Just beautiful."
Matt Zoller Seitz is the founder of The House Next Door.