This is all you'll need as your aural backdrop for what's left of the Christmas season.
It's a three-hour--plus 17:56 minute--mashup of every Christmas song ever recorded, from the cute to the charming to the charmingly cute to the downright satanic.
I hate this stuff with a passion, but maybe if ... More >>
If there's two things you'll find no shortage of every holiday season, it's Christmas music and complaints about Christmas music. Whether overheard on the radio while the family cooks Christmas dinner in the kitchen, or providing the soundtrack to some frantic last-minute mall madness, the seasonal ... More >>
Today's NYFF update: Alan Scherstuhl on Kinshasa Kids, a vital, urgent film on the main slate.
Directed by Marc-Henri Wajnbergos
Screens Thursday, October 11 and Friday, October 12
"The white man's filming!" a cop complains early in Kinshasa Kids, sharking toward the camera as the vi ... More >>
I know "hate" and "Christmas" probably shouldn't be in the same sentence, so how about "despise"?
Anyway, I absolutely loathe "The Little Drummer Boy".
I find it slow and tedious and pretentious and annoying.
Hearing it over and over again is the equivalent of putting hot pokers under my n ... More >>
"It takes two, baby," as Marvin & Tammi once sang.
So here are my all-time favorite twosomes -- musically, that is.
(13) "Cruisin'," Gwyneth Paltrow and Huey Lewis, 2000
This cover version of the Smokey Robinson hit came from a rotten movie about karaoke, but it grabbed me, with Gwynnie's creamy ... More >>
Bing Crosby didn't know it, but when he took off for Paris on October 12, 1960, he left us all with a wonderful Christmas present. Bing was part owner of the Pittsburgh Pirates and fearful that his National League champions were no match for the Mickey Mantle-Roger Maris-Whitey Ford Yankees. ... More >>
Ooh -- awkward.Creepily, Disney built a town in central Florida, just five miles south of Walt Disney World, 14 years ago. It is called Celebration, Florida, and, you might expect, it has a certain Stepford quality, with "manicured lawns and classic movie theaters." It is also a town where, a ... More >>
Two years ago, William Bowers compiled this playlist. Any further additions?
This holiday's abstract mandate can be sorta barren for us patriotically-challenged atheist vegetarians who maintain cosmic equidistance from our bloodkin. The term for it is even weird: "Thanksgiving" is a syntactical c ... More >>
Also pictured: the Great Satan
It's getting harder to imagine a path to survival for RNC Chairman Michael Steele, whose promise to launch the Republican party into "urban-suburban hip-hop settings" was only the beginning of a long downward slide that may well end in a no-confidence vote in April. I ... More >>
Yes, Carly Simon won an Oscar, but not for Costume Design. Photo by Alan Light.
The Oscars are tomorrow night, and an alleged leak of the winners is making it more interesting than usual. The Academy has denounced the list as a "complete fraud." If so, it should be exposed tomorrow, though the ev ... More >>