Nathan Lee, former young person, on cinema

Critic Nathan Lee‘s exit interview from the Village Voice/New Times demonstrates what a unique writer just got pink-slipped. Like many of the laid-off, he makes the point that he’s got lots of company. He suggests it’s the way of the world in a culture that doesn’t value arts writing, that most film writing isn’t very [...]

Javier Bardem Is Count Chocula

I love satire and I couldn’t wait to grow up and satirize everything under the sun, including the sun (that big overstuffed gasbag) and get paid for it, and go to the store and wait for the cashier to say, “So what line of work you in, buddy,” and I could say “Satire! I’m in [...]

The KKK Took My Baby Away

Only 10 shopping days until Free Comic Book Day May 3. One of the free comics to be given away is a reprint of one of them dangerous EC comics that turned a generation into juvenile delinquents in the 1950s. The last story in the free sampler is from 1953: Wally (the incomparable) Wood, Bill [...]

Lost: “The Shape of Things to Come”

Welcome back, smoke monster. We missed you. Oh yeah, and we missed you too, show.

When we last left Lost in March:

-Alex (current Maroon 5 video chick Tania Raymonde), her boo Karl (Blake Bashoff) and the mother she just recently discovered, Danielle Rousseau (Mira Furlan), were ambushed while hiding from the freighties.

-Ben ordered his spy on [...]

Revenge! Revenge for Juno!!

Juno what, homeskillet? The Juno backlash is finally taking over, and we were here first! Most recently, this script from the resurgent (“Crimson River Abortion Clinic, may I help you?” “Whoa, whoa, whoa, I don’t think you heard me. I’m talking on a HAMBURGER PHONE! How zany is that!”) This parody script also [...]

Juno vs. the Zombies

Some kind of marketing genius composed the email we received today. Who wouldn’t respond to this headline:

 Zombie Strippers’ This Year’s Juno

Caught my attention. Of course, I was already primed for Zombie Strippers, which, in addition to its stunningly great title, combines Robert Englund, Jenna Jameson, pole dancing, Ionesco references [...]

Tabloid Journalism, ’30s Style

The Warner Bros. comedy Picture Snatcher (1933), with Jimmy Cagney, now out on a extras-filled DVD from Warner Home Video, is as fresh and breezy as the day it came out—full of cocksure posturing, rat-a-tat slangy dialogue and plenty [...]

X-Files—Any Believers Left?

A breathless email from 20th Century Fox informs us that although the upcoming X-Files movie is strictly hush-hush, the title has at last—drum roll, please—been announced. It is to be The X-Files: I Want to Believe (due in theaters July 25). That leads to all kinds of embarrassing possibilities for [...]

Julie London’s ghost craves vengeance!

Jacques Rivette’s The Duchess of Langeais is just about the best movie in town right now. The aged master gets another vote, far as I’m concerned, for his devoted partisanship of Frank Tashlin. I was just reading somewhere about Godard grousing about seeing Rivette standing first in line for the theatrical opening of a Tashlin [...]

Marianne Faithfull has the upper hand in “Irina Palm”

In light of all the publicity that Shine a Light has been getting, I beg you all to take a look at another icon of the swinging ’60s, the woman that inspired some of Mick Jagger’s best work: Marianne Faithfull.

As Jaggers’ former squeeze/muse, Faithfull is an icon in her own right, one of [...]