Alex Pappademas

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  • 13 years ago

    Worst Don DeLillo adaptation, ever. Good vampire movies are really about sexual submission, good werewolf movies are really about sexual aggression. Len Wiseman's Underworld is a vampires-and-werewolves movie that's about neither. It takes a premi...

  • 13 years ago

    Obtuse and creepy, Dickie Roberts asks that we accept David Spade as a character who desperately wants to be wanted, which is asking a lot. Spade looks perfect—his pipsqueak physicality suits Dickie, stunted by ubiquity as the pre-teen star o...

  • 14 years ago

    Underneath the chrome, the candy paint, and the CGI, 2001's The Fast and the Furious was essentially Point Break on Yokohama tires: an X-treme dick-joust built on the assumption that for men to become men, they must first become dudes. As kicky fa...

  • 16 years ago

    A decade ago, when Del the Funky Homosapien was still spelling his name funee, his cousin Ice Cube drafted him as point man for a mid-gangsta-age P-Funk revival and piled more George Clinton-copyrighted hooks on Del's first album than a too-goofy-...

  • 16 years ago

    "Now, ladies and gentlemen," the MC says, "we come with one of the more soulful sounds from around our town." It's a snippet born for a Pete Rock interlude, except that the line, dropped about halfway through the new compilation Schoolhouse Funk: ...

  • 16 years ago

    Hunter S. Thompson—or maybe it was Daryl Dawkins—once avowed that when the going gets weird, the weird turn pro. And there’s something to be said for marginalists who can take it to the bank: That new Jurassic 5 album on Interscope ...


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