What should I be doing instead of this?


0 Comments · Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Tim Burton goes back to an idea from his early days as a filmmaker, exploring the Frankenstein monster from the perspective of childhood. Young Victor, a more modern child, has the perfect pet that dies, so he endeavors to bring him back to life with a little lightning and a lot of love, but there are always consequences.  

A 15-Step Program to Save the Media from Themselves

0 Comments · Friday, January 7, 2011
Dump consultants. Cancel audience-counting contracts. Fire click whores. Ice eyeballs. Adopt my cost-free 12-step program (actually 15) to save surviving news media ... from ourselves. Readers, viewers and listeners know we fill space and time with meaningless words. It goes beyond verbosity. It's insulting. Start the new year by embracing virtue.  

Black Swan (Review)

Natalie Portman takes flight in Darren Aronofsky's psychological thriller

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Natalie Portman is all grown up, and the proof is in her searing portrayal of the innocent perfectionist Nina in Darren Aronofsky's intense exploration into the dark heart of a rising ballerina. As Nina, Portman fully embraces the girlishness and wide-eyed striving of an artist who has been little more than an instrument to be set in motion by others. Grade: A.  

Lung Cancer, Sad Songs, Warning Sickness

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 2, 2009
In an interview music journalist Charles R. Cross said that around 100 DJs insisted to him the only reason Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven" became such a Rock radio staple was because of its smokebreak-friendly length. If his theory is true, though, Arlo Guthrie's "Alice's Restaurant" (clocking in at a whopping 18:34) would be more than twice as popular.  

The Informers (Review)

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Bret Easton Ellis' novels translate nicely from page to screen. The author's obsession with pretty surfaces — from faces to food to designer clothes — is catnip for an industry/art form that thrives on images. The same can't quite be said of Gregor Jordan's adaptation of 'The Informers,' which is based on a collection of loosely connected short stories Ellis wrote during his college days. Grade: C-.