What, me brilliant?
Oscar-Nominated Short Films 2013
Midnight journey to a Fantastic Planet
Jack gets filmic with his Blunderbuss
Ever since his breakthrough perf in 1991's Thelma and Louise, Brad Pitt has proven to be not just a good movie star, but a really fine actor too. In the wake of his latest, The Tree of Life, winning the big prize at Cannes, let's look back and pick Brad's five best performances out of many. ... More >>
All hail Spoon, arena-rockers at last. Pic by Ben Jay.A couple splendid bootlegs to start your week, starting with Spoon's triumphant, 15-song (!) opening set for Arcade Fire at MSG last Wednesday, as captured by the indomitable NYC Taper. Britt Daniel and co. fill the place just as capably a ... More >>
Sorry haters (keep trying!), but no, a giant cartoon foot doesn't appear out of nowhere and crush our new arena-rock overlords, who played Madison Square Garden again last night (Wednesday's opening gig was wonderful), this time streamed on the web in its entirety, filmed by no less a personage th ... More >>
Hey, Marty. Photo by Rebecca Smeyne.In the week a former member of the Fugees declared his intention to run an entire country, despite his gross lack of qualifications for said job, we started a campaign against him. Sorry 'Clef, but this is ridiculous.
Régine, basking. Pic by Ben Jay, more below.Arcade Fire/Spoon Madison Square Garden Wednesday, August 4 Gold medal, stage banter, 2010: "I have to say my favorite part of Madison Square Garden is this area right over here," announces Win Butler, gesturing toward a spot to his right maybe h ... More >>
Rejoice, ye lovers of absurdly grandiose indie-gone-arena-rock, for Arcade Fire's The Suburbs is out today, a full hour of anthemic chest-beating and regret-tinged nostalgia and Springsteenian grandiosity. Stream it here! Download it here for four bucks! Prepare thyself for their shows at MSG ... More >>
Look, we're trying here, OK?There is a thing where people get on the internet and express a strong, contrary opinion in the interests of getting other people angry. This is not that thing. There is a thing where a person sees a lot of other people getting excited about a cultural phenomenon a ... More >>
Important New York superhero Spider Man will no longer be portrayed in movies by Tobey Maguire, because Spider Man 2 was so goddamn amazing it just didn't really matter, is why. No Spider Man movie with Tobey Maguire in it was going to get any better. So now, they're restarting the franchise, ... More >>
--The Decemberists have added a New York date to their "A Short Fazed Hovel" tour. The band hits Terminal 5 on September 19th. Colin Meloy and Co. will take a break from playing the epic Hazards of Love in its entirety, instead planning a "special lottery show." In an e-mail, the band said: ... More >>
He just sapped it of its superpower.
Comics come out on Wednesday, and so does Richard Gehr's Pulp Fictions. It was the best of times, it was the...no, it was nowhere near the best of times, as the politically and socially turbulent pages of Alison Bechdel's Essential Dykes to Watch Out For attest. It was a fine year for comics, how ... More >>
West Coast artist presents a purr-fect show
On the warm, wobbly, witty charms of Hot Chip
Idiosyncratic sci-fi films Sans Soleil and La Jetée hit DVD. Plus, good directors gone bad and bad directors gone worse.
Two blokes and a proof of purchase open this year's Brits Off Broadway
An impromptu museum pops up as street artists seize a building they once illegally tagged
Despite a nonexistent marketing campaign, Cuarón's latest is not to be missed
The grotesque spectacle of Terry Gilliam's kamikaze auteurism
The Top 40 Picks of the Tribeca Film Festival
Brave new worlds from We to V: A brief history of political future shocks
Gay cowboys and masturbatory pet projects steam up fest
Gilliam mines the fear and loathing in Napoleonic Prussia for fantastic cartoon-Gothic fun
Remember when lunatics designed the insane asylums?
Bartas's Lithuanian Pain and Gilliam's Rain in Spain
Documenting the Ruins of Terry Gilliam's Quixotic Dream Project
The Results Are In
Cannes-Cannes Kicks Off