Tuesday, August 27 2013
After months of hype and expectation, Fox Sports' latest go at giving ESPN legitimate competition got off to a respectful start. As for the network's timing, well, it was perfect.
Monday, August 26 2013
"Dancing in the Street" did not seek the kind of greatness ascribed to it -- it simply woke up one morning and found that greatness bestowed upon it.
Sunday, August 25 2013
For the first time in cinema history, Hollywood has enabled social media users to contribute to the artistic properties of films, thereby earning them co-authorship… of sorts.
Thursday, August 22 2013
"I expected a monster to greet me at the dias; a foe of unimaginable strength. But when I entered the castle and saw my father -- the king -- sitting atop the dias with goblet in hand, I knew all was lost. He would never die... and I would never be heir."
Wednesday, August 21 2013
Throughout the political, economic, and social trials that have dominated and threatened to decimate one of the world’s most vibrant cultures, musicians have stood fast—drawing on ancient traditions to give voice to the hopes, fears, and frustrations of the people of Zimbabwe.
Tuesday, August 20 2013
In The Big Bang Theory, men of the knowledge economy find themselves at the top of a power ladder, which in no way represents the old torments of the schoolyard.
New Radicals sort of invented the term "frenemies", didn't they? Regardless, the group's lone record, Maybe You've Been Brainwashed Too, still stands as one of the lost treasures of the '90s.
Monday, August 19 2013
Turning Superman into the übermensch, standing above humanity, espousing a new moral dictum in which 'might makes right', is a contradiction of the film's own logic, and a gross violation of the principles he has traditionally fought to protect.
Sunday, August 18 2013
Traditionalism is the key to Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, beginning with their devotion to the past -- but it's a past with all the rough edges, those cuts that make us bleed, rendered dull and ineffectual.
Thursday, August 15 2013
Drawing her recipes for Relish, Lucy Knisley almost literally shows cooking to be more art than science.
Wednesday, August 14 2013
Bassist Stephan Crump makes pop with his wife Jen Chapin, experimental improvisation with guitarist Mary Halvorson, and he's a great mainstream player, too. What can't he do well?
Tuesday, August 13 2013
Who needs Netflix and its fees? Make a list of movies and take it to the nearest public library.
Monday, August 12 2013
"I am not by nature cut out for this life, as it's defined in these parts by the chamber of commerce and our bishop, who is devoted to Christian family living, as everyone knows." This deadpan tone suits J.F. Powers and his conflicted, capitalist, Midwestern, mid-century priests well.
Sunday, August 11 2013
John Fogerty has teamed with a group of contemporary artists to deliver a celebration of his songs and of American music with Wrote a Song for Everyone. It couldn't be a more welcome celebration.
Thursday, August 8 2013
No matter how classically trained (John Williams) or pop-minded (Hans Zimmer) a composer might be, the skill set required for making great movie music is unlike any other form of composition.
Wednesday, August 7 2013
Crowd funding through Kickstarter or Indiegogo may be trendy, but filmmakers Thomas and Simon Guerrier are taking an atypical approach to funding a feature-length version of Cleaning Up.
From Away From Her to Stories We Tell, the child actress-turned-director is a mastermind at both presenting and analyzing the fine details of a life. To realize she's still so young is both exhilarating and unnerving.
Tuesday, August 6 2013
Then and now, the ethical questions that arise here involve the choice to turn this troubled phase of Brian Wilson's life and career into entertainment.
Monday, August 5 2013
At once ancient and modern, Istanbul, one of the world's most eclectic and evolving cities, adds yet another element into its cultural melting pot: hip-hop, a music and subculture that has impassioned many Turks -- and infuriated others.
Sunday, August 4 2013
Marty Beckerman talks about his hilarious new novella, '90s Island, the "infantilizing" nature of nostalgia, and why the truly cool people never got frosted tips.