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WATCHMEN directed by Zack Snyder

Any dickhead with a turtleneck can slurp some government funding from a country where they are too busy not fighting wars and have enough spare coin that they can cough up some funds for the arts, and said dickhead can go make a subversive movie that you can only see by renting it on DVD in the type of snooty joints where only people that give money at NPR pledge drives shop. But through director Zack Snyder's tenacity and diplomacy, he managed to rake in funding upwards of a hundred million dollars from ground central of the lowest common denominator, swing for the fences and make a subversive, violent,

THE AGE OF REVISION: Spaghetti Westerns

Film/Video Features THE AGE OF REVISION: Spaghetti Westerns By Feb 10, 2009, 07:47 --> There is one ethos to define the decade that concludes the 20th century. And, given the hoopla over the end of the millennium—most hotel rooms are booked New Year's Eve, 2000, the world over—this defining ethos seems, on the surface, to […]


GORGOROTH Black Mass Krakow 2004 DVD

Back in 2004, black metallers Gorgoroth put on a show in Poland. Somehow or other, they got their evil little hands on about 50 sheep heads which they impaled on stakes or left strewn randomly about the stage. They also convinced 4 people (2 women and 2 men) to hang naked from crosses, hooded and […]


THE PROPOSITION directed by John Hillcoat

It figures Nick Cave would script a movie Western. The man's got a history of plundering from the past for inspiration. But he's at least discriminating if not respectful. Indeed as grave robbers go Cave is highly methodical and deliberate. Earlier works made overt reference to things like: hillbilly music, Southern Gothic fiction, the Bible. […]

PUNK ROCK THEATRE? Please Explain: A Conversation with Pavement Group's David Perez

Film/Video Features PUNK ROCK THEATRE? Please Explain: A Conversation with Pavement Group's David Perez By May 6, 2008, 03:49 --> The terms “punk rock” and “theatre” are rarely, if ever, seen side-by-side. The generalization simply spells out that punk rock is for the young crowd and theatre, the old. Maybe high-brow vs. low-brow? Pavement Group's […]



Voiture is a DVD documenting French band Cheveu's 2006 tour of the Eastern US and Canada. I had previously only known Cheveu as pals of the great Tyvek (with whom they share a split 7”), but by the end of the DVD, I was a bona fide fan. Much of the DVD content is not […]


SID AND NANCY directed by Alex Cox DVD (Criterion Ed.)

Punk rock was a glass teetering at the edge of a table; an anticipatory moment when everyone knew something would happen—the glass was going to fall, but none knew when or by whose hand. Perhaps it wouldn't shatter, but rather fall right through the floor. The resurgence of interest in this explosive moment has fostered […]



The latest entry in the Quentin Tarantino wannabe canon is an item called Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead, an ugly, derivative film about honor among thieves that is way too smug and clever for its own good. I've written in the past that Tarantino is a talented and extremely entertaining writer/director whose […]


I'M NOT THERE directed by Todd Haynes

Twenty minutes into this film, I was taking my hat off to Todd Haynes for breaking the curse of the stagnant rock biopic. Making an actor go through the paces as Jim Morrison, John Lennon, Ian Curtis, et al. gets to be a fucking bore, (although I'm still waiting for Tobey Maguire's take on G.G. […]


YOU WEREN'T THERE: A HISTORY OF CHICAGO PUNK, 1977-1984 directed by Joe Lasurdo and Chris Tillman

The number of books written about the international punk explosion of the late 70s/early 80s is exhaustive—nearly every rock overturned and every “crazy” story explained matter-of-factly. From LA to NYC to London, punk rock grew from a lifestyle to simply life for many wayward young people. In You Weren't There: A History of Chicago Punk, […]