The film section of the Village Voice continues to sample from across the nation, subsequent to the New Times/Village Voice merger (which generated more than a bit of discussion recently here). This week, writers from all across the country have supplied film reviews as part of the New Times syndicate (and the growing homogenizing of traditional media), some good, some bad: There's Nashville's Jim Ridley writing about "Madea's Family Reunion," Dallas' Robert Wilsonsky on "Failure to Launch," Minneapolis's Rob Nelson writing on "The Heart is Deceitful of all Things," and most unfortunately, San Francisco's Gregg Rickman on "Aquamarine", who so eloquently writes, "The girls seem too grounded to be the bubbleheaded consumers the film presents them as." (To be completely fair, Gregg Rickman's original longer review of "Aquamarine," available here, reads as follows: "Growing up, the film seems to say, means becoming a bubbleheaded consumer. 'Just be yourself -- minus the tail' is Hailey's advice to her mermaid friend. Might as well be telling your tween viewers to be themselves, minus their defining characteristics. In this way, consider Aquamarine a mer-movie: It's half-human and half-fishy.") Ha ha. At least Los Angeles' Luke Y. Thompson has been kept at bay this issue.
And where, oh where is "Mondo Washington" columnist James Ridgeway, who on the website hasn't had a column since February 7?