In 2008, Entertainment Weekly conducted an online poll of the 25 most controversial movies of all time, and Natural Born Killers ended up at number eight. Copycat killers linked to Natural Born Killers surfaced, even leading to a lawsuit against director Oliver Stone and Time Warner. Natural Born Killers seeks to expose the sadistic nature of media by glorifying two pitiless murders, Mickey (Woody Harrelson) and Mallory (Juliette Lewis). The provocative film will be re-released on DVD tomorrow.
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Last Wednesday, Wyatt Cenac interviewed Dirty South rapper Slim Thug on the effects of the economy on his lifestyle. Wyatt plays the role of accountant as Slim Thug lists how his life has been shaken up, devastated by the loss of key members of his crew. Watch both the hellaciously funny interview and Slim Thug’s music video for “Still a Boss” below.
It’s always cool to poke fun at the government, especially at their most frivolous. Pirate Radio, directed by Richard Curtis, follows the antics of eight DJs who daringly continued to play rock records in the middle of the North Atlantic, despite the angry protestations of British officials. The rock ‘n’ roll dissenters include Academy Award winner Philip Seymour Hoffman, Bill Nighy, Rhys Ifans, Nick Frost, Kenneth Branagh, and many others. Pirate Radio, which came out in the U.K. back in April as The Boat That Rocked, opens in the U.S. on November 13th in select theaters.
The legacy of iconic pilot Amelia Earhart still sparks curiosity today. Amelia Earhart is now the subject of a new biopic simply entitled, Amelia, starring Hilary Swank, Richard Gere, and Ewan McGregor. Under Mira Nair’s direction, the film traces Earhart’s (Hilary Swank) aviation milestones, all within the undercurrent of her burgeoning intimate affair with George P. Putnam (Richard Gere), a well-established publisher. Like all procedurals, the movie acts not only as emotive siphon but also history lesson. Filled with crisp tableaux and acting powerhouses, Amelia opens October 23rd in limited release.
Dashboard Confessional are giving fans the opportunity to get the best of both worlds: electric and acoustic. The band’s newest production, Alter the Ending, will be released on November 10th accompanied by a bonus disc featuring acoustic versions of the album’s twelve tracks. So whether you’re in the mood to jam out or chill out, this new album can suit either temperament.
To get a taste, check out this stream of “Belle of the Boulevard”.