As video-on-demand continues to become the preferred route of distribution for a certain kind of independent film, much is being made of Nicolas Cage's willingness to slum for a paycheck, with recent examples including already-forgotten, small-screen-friendly items like Seeking Justice, Trespass, St ... More >>
Could the surrealist have made a blockbuster?
A terrific small-budget indie.
When word started getting around about Portugal. the Man's next record, singer John Gourley put it out there that they'd be working with Brian Joseph Burton, aka Danger Mouse--of Gnarls Barkley, Gorillaz and The Grey Album fame--and that the band was toying with the idea of writing "their" Dark Side ... More >>
Matthew Houck has been making music under the moniker Phosphorescent for over 10 years, but his latest album Muchacho, with its stunning single "Song For Zula", is the first to really catch the ear of a mainstream audience. We caught up with the Brooklyn-by-way-of-Alabama songwriter during a pit sto ... More >>
A dracula is the image most frequently equated with Trouble and Bass founder and DJ Drop the Lime. "It's because I'm a night owl, always showing up everywhere," says Luca Veneziaand he's a New York night owl at that. Born and raised downtown to artist parents, Venezia has lived through three ... More >>
It's no understatement to say that this New Yorker would not be a New Yorker but for Nora Ephron. It's kind of bizarre, given how much my writing life has drifted from what first, in a roundabout way, brought me to New York City: the writing of Nora Ephron. Friends and readers who are familiar wit ... More >>
Every Grasshopper jam starts with a great big nothing sound, on or near the cusp of silence, so soft and unassuming that it almost isn't there. Then, ever-so-glacially, the frame fills with sound: Josh Millrod's penetrative trumpeting fed through the maw of Jesse DeRosa's distortion-hemorrhaging Ele ... More >>
Bringing up (one crazy test-tube mutant of a) baby
Matthew Barney exposes his films again
And that's the way the not-at-all-chill chillwave godfather likes it. Us, too.
The long reach of a film visionary
94 critics voted. The results are in.
When SOTC caught up with Mount Eerie's Phil Elverum on the phone a couple weeks ago, he wasn't quite ready for us. "Just let me turn down my Nirvana," he said before asking me to call him back. It felt very appropriate. The Washington native's latest, Wind's Poem is an ode to the massive gu ... More >>
A David Lynch precursor gets a proper screening
Gambling on being satisfied by ham on wry; finding sex outside of the city.
A Russian grandmother visits the troops, and brings light to their mission in Chechnya
On the occasion of a BAM tribute to our man, a look back
photo by Christine Scarano Text by Bret Gladstone Spiritualized Apollo Theater November 16th “And you may ask yourself: Well, how did I get here?” —David Byrne If you look up Spiritualized on AllMusic.com, you’ll find ten different “genres” to describe the band’s music. They are as ... More >>
Richard Kelly leaves nothing behind in his pop-packed apocalyptic pageant, Southland Tales
In Wristcutters, the afterlife is just a lousier version of real life. Oh, and Tom Waits is there.
An accessible narrative belies something much darker, and stranger, in Eastern Promises
Overdue Costa retro comes to Anthology
With Siberia closing for good, we restrain the urge to vomit one last glorious time
Plus: Spidey number three, and four from Criterion
Plus one we've all been waiting for: the Reagen-obsessed serial-killer movie!
Waggish, gravel-talking Nova Scotia rube Buck 65 quenches his hip-hop hunger pains
The saddest musical in the world: A Lloyd Webber revival that proves the show musn't go on
Not gonna take it Anymore: Dern on flawed relationships
His brain erased, Affleck is just made to be a Dick hero; Woo adds pulp to the sci-fracas
Natural disasters, an anemic economy, and Ah-nold. California, here we come.
The Poet of Gower Avenue Winds Down His Dirty Life and Times
Beginning to See the Northern Lights
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly