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 >>
Abel Ferrara knows the drill
Travis Bickle and Annie Hall deserve better
A lot! Here's what the New York Daily News has reported about the guy's personal habits: 53-year-old Jeffrey Johnson seemed mellow and nice. He was a loner who kept to himself and didn't have guests to his apartment except, occasionally, for his mother.
Last week's terrible incident in Aurora, Colorado in which 70 people were shot, 12 fatally, at a midnight showing of The Dark Knight Rises made many of us think about how awful these episodes of senseless violence are, how precious and fragile life is, and that we should stay close and be good to ou ... More >>
The competition isn't fierce but the Romanians are!
America's safe for now because Gary Coleman is behind bars. The little guy with big problems is in the slammer in Utah, picked up on a domestic-violence warrant. Details not known, but last reports say he was still in jail despite a piddling bond. The warrant may involve the Diff'rent Strokes st ... More >>
Yes In My Backyard is a semiweekly column showcasing MP3s from new and emerging local talent. Woman. Photo by Carsten FleckBrooklyn feedback abusers Woman have a sound as bleak as the day is long--the muddy pigfuck lurch of their friends and YIMBY alumni Pop. 1280 mixed with the baroque cham ... More >>
Toby Maguire produces slobber as effortlessly as Natalie Portman summons tears
Two decades after the severed ear of Reservoir Dogs, Quentin Tarantino serves up Hitler's head on a plate
At the Observer today, Christopher Rosen, stimulated by the unfortunate new The Taking of Pelham 123, decries remakes of 70s New York classics. But his complaint is that "Only '70s period pieces remain locked inside the isolation of past events... We want '70s films to be something other than a ... More >>
He just sapped it of its superpower.
Reagan Catholic Peggy Noonan's Wall Street Journal column on the inauguration today is full of tears -- she and the people she describes, or imagines, are constantly saying "your eyes well," "it still grabs your heart," "it catches the throat," etc. She's not talking about mustard gas, but pre-inaug ... More >>
Paul Schrader eulogizes the Japanese writer's life as a work of art
Days of whine and poses
No ideas on school shootings here
John Lennon is another mindless look at the dark side of celeb worship
Plus Best of 2006 and Taxi tales
Scorsese and meatballs: Classic '70s docs illuminate the director's persona and themes
Freedom of Bickle is a luxury that cornballs should not be given, no matter the taxi drive