Odds and Oddities
2 Blowhards gives an extensive review of "Standing in the Shadows of Motown"
I concur that it is a better musical experience than it is a piece of movie making, but the music is fantastic. See it. And if you are looking to make it a soulful double feature, pick up the new DVD edition of Alan Parker's "The Commitments" finally available in a worthwhile widescreen version after years of a hard to find pan and scan, no extras DVD.
Small Trivia point on "The Commitments"... While several castmembers went on to have musical careers, perhaps the best known musician in the movie had a non-musical role. Andrea Corr, of the Corrs, played Jimmy Rabitte's sister Sharon, and her sister Sharon Corr was an uncredited fiddle player.
Chris at Crooked Timber is Joogling. Jew, Jew, Jew, Jew, Jew. Happy Passover.
Since I linked to this excellent site on Evolution in an earlier post, I feel obligated to link to Kevin Drum's posts on the subject of Evolution vs. Creationism in our schools. Read Kevin here and here.