Best of Enemies

In 1968 the ABC network was struggling to compete with CBS and NBC.  Known for poor quality programming and very low ratings, comedian Milton Berle quipped: “The way to end the Vietnam War is to schedule it on ABC. . . . It’ll be cancelled in 13 weeks”. To pull in viewers during the Republican/Democrat conventions of […]

Being Evel

There are certain things that exist in the pop culture universe that I feel like I know everything about but have never watched/read/listened to or seen. Star Wars was a big one (I watched it recently), and now I can add  Evel Knievel to that list. I knew he did motorbike stunts, I knew he […]

Blank Generation

A (post) punk romance from schlock director Ulli Lommel, this is one of his earliest efforts, perhaps his first or second, when he was still interested in art as opposed to exploitation. That said, it doesn’t make it any better or more coherent than his later efforts. The movie is famous for two things: (1) […]

Aachi and Ssipak

Sometimes there are films that define their audience simply from their synopses. Korean animated feature Aachi & Ssipak is one such film. Set in a future where the main source of power is, uh, human faeces, two hoodlums (the titular Aachi and Ssipak) find themselves caught between the fascist government and a tribe of blue […]

The Wolfpack

Upon seeing a group of long-haired teenage boys dressed in matching suits on the streets of NYC, documentary filmmaker Crystal Moselle’s curiosity gets the better of her. She strikes up a conversation with the boys, thus opening up a truly bizarre world to her camera and us viewers alike. Housebound in an apartment on New York’s […]

N.W.A & Eazy-E: Kings of Compton

For all intents and purposes NWA single-handedly invented Gangsta Rap. Before them was Hip Hop. Sure, there were beats and some street knowledge being dropped, but the hardness wasn’t there. And those brightly colored outfits just didn’t convey ghetto authenticity. NWA’s look clearly said “hood nigga”. Black from head to toe, Raiders gear, wraparound shades […]

Iris

Iris is a documentary by one half of the famed Maysles Brothers (Albert), about Iris Apfel, a 94 year old New York interior designer and style icon. I had never heard of or seen Iris before but from the moment you see her you can tell she is an interesting character and has a very unique […]