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 […]
Dino Death Match: In 2006, at Hell Creek in Montana, a rare fossil was found. Given the name “The Dueling Dinosaurs”, the fossil consists of two dinosaurs who appear to have killed each other during a fight. One is a smaller sized carnivorous tyrannosaurid and the other a larger herbivore. What’s all the excitement about? The […]
Alison Brie (Community, Mad Men) and Jason Sudeikis (Horrible Bosses, SNL) star as two monogamy-challenged folks struggling to hold down any semblance of relationship till they predictably fall for each other by the time the credits roll. No need for a spoiler-alert there as every rom-com ends the same.
One of the true strengths of TV comedy is that different styles can work. There can be broad, mile-a-minute laugh-fests, there can be dark, satirical pieces or even shows like BBC4’s Detectorists, where laconic, observational, character-driven humour wins the day.
I Lost it at the Video Store is a love-letter to the near-extinct video store and its culture. The title is an homage to influential film critic Pauline Kael’s I Lost it At the Movies. Out of all retail outlets that are dying off the video store has been the saddest one to watch go. There was something […]
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) […]
Around the mid 2000s Anime started getting really big. Emos liked it and nerds liked it, all of a sudden it was everywhere. I didn’t get this new phenomenon. Why now? I wasn’t ready to spend my money on anything but everything coming out on DVD from various companies and it just seemed like such […]
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 […]
I have fond memories of watching The Brady Bunch and Happy Days as a kid but The Partridge Family mustn’t have played in the late ’80s/early ’90s as I never saw it growing up. After watching the Boyd Rice (NON, Unpop Art) documentary Iconoclast, I’d been meaning to check out TPF. Rice and his cohorts are part of The […]
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 […]
Crimson Celluloid: As I mentioned to Leoni Leaver when I interviewed her, There’s Something in the Pilliga, was a delightful discovery. I didn’t know much about it but was pleasantly surprised at how effective it was. How long was the process between writing the film and delivering the final product?
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 […]