Should you see Purple Rain? Yes. The answer is yes. Of course, that's the perspective from someone living in a world that has already been influenced by three decades of Purple Rain's greatness. It's a film recognized by all non-jive turkeys as an absolutely beautiful marriage between modern music a ... More >>
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 >>
Spoilers abound below--for a concert film!
The Prince Avalanche director finds life in the Texas rubble
NBC recently brought to light the Obama Administration's policy of conducting drone attacks on civilians "even if there is no intelligence indicating they are engaged in an active plot to attack the U.S." so long as "an informed, high-level" official thinks they're warranted. This is apparently ap ... More >>
You can't really know where you're headed unless you know where you've been. For that reason, we're taking a look back at Pazz & Jop 2012 to drill down into the ballots of contributors and voters who participated. Maybe amongst the rubble we'll find clues about what lies ahead for music lovers in 20 ... More >>
One of the many weird twists in Joan Collins's career came when she costarred with hubby Anthony Newley in his unforgettably titled 1969 epic Can Hieronymous Merkin Ever Forget Mercy Humppe and Find True Happiness? The pretentious film filled with fourth-wall breaking, Felliniesque flashbacks, and ... More >>
Last night, I noticed this excerpt from a Canadian interview show, and boy, did it bring back memories. It's a priceless reaction by actor Kim Coates when he's asked about Battlefield Earth by CBC show host George Stroumboulopoulos (who mercifully goes by "Strombo"). I mean, imagine having that mov ... More >>
We've talked before about Our Show, Elliot Aronow's live-action, TV Party-reviving talk show conducted first in the basement of Santos Party House and then later on YouTube, where edited clips eventually trickle out. Earlier this year, SOTC pals Das Racist appeared on the show, doing a tore-u ... More >>
After twice publishing examples of the nutcases and bigots who responded to last week's cover story, "White America Has Lost Its Mind," we thought we'd share some of the other kind, the people who read, understood, and were moved. In fact, the majority of about 1,000 e-mails sent to writer S ... More >>
The now-infamous 2009 Joaquin Phoenix appearance on the David Letterman show was a hoax. The whole druggie rapper with a beard thing was, too, the New York Times "broke" this week when I'm Still Here director Casey Affleck called the entire stunt "the performance of [Phoenix's] career." But n ... More >>
Let's just say that the Perpetual Misery of Cleveland has been in the news again lately, and acknowledge that no one was better at a) articulating it and b) rising above it than Harvey Pekar.
Shooting from the hips about Allen Ginsberg, Ron Galella, and other provocateurs
Now that Indiana Senator Evan Bayh is out of the picture, some people are pushing for John Mellencamp, aka John Cougar, aka John Camp Cougarmellen, to run on the Democratic line for his seat. Mellencamp is from Indiana, where he was born in a small town, and lives in Bloomington, which he a ... More >>
A lot can happen in 10 years. Here, the highlights.
In death, Michael Jackson gets Baba Booeyed. Jeremiah's Vanishing New York eases on down the road of The Wiz: "As is well known, Michael Jackson was most happy in his fantasy lands -- and the New York of The Wiz is pure fantasy. The city that inspired it is gone. Michael Jackson is gone. Roger E ... More >>
The renowned photographer, filmmaker, and author was as self-made as self-made men get
The Hit List
Cannes '04's Eden of East: A possibly unfinished pop symphony and an anime cyber-noir
An Asian American Indie Becomes a Community Cause
Todd Haynes and Julianne Moore Reopen Douglas Sirk's Melodrama Fakebook
Cant Take the Fag jokes? Dude, Thats Sooo Gay!
Founder Decides to Go It Alone
Aestheticism in the Wake of Catechism is No Heresy
When bad behavior masquerades as bravery