Why difficult movies are, um, difficult

July 31, 2011

By Manola Dargis of The New York Times In The Invisible Gorilla, a book about what we see and what we think we see (it came out in paperback in June), two cognitive psychologists, Christopher Chabris and Daniel Simons, describe …

Chuck Berry, one of my old bosses, gets a statue

July 29, 2011

Item: Chuck Berry was honored with a statue dedication this morning on the Delmar Loop in University City. Sculptor Harry Weber was commissioned to create the 8-foot-tall bronze statue that will sit near Blueberry Hill, the landmark where Berry still …

Kevin Smith’s Red State trailer

July 29, 2011

On September 1st, Lionsgate will debut Red State on Video On Demand. The untraditional, “direct-to-fan”, touring theatrical release continues this fall. If I talk to Kev I’ll ask if it’s coming here.

Today’s guest critic

July 29, 2011

C’est Paris.

MST3K vs. Gamera: Mystery Science Theater 3000, Vol. XXI (Deluxe Edition)

July 28, 2011

MST3K vs. Gamera: Mystery Science Theater 3000, Vol. XXI (Deluxe Edition), will be released Tuesday, August 2. The 5-DVD set is housed in a limited-edition tin, with 5 mini-posters, Through a special offer only from Shout! Factory, fans who order …

This week’s new DVDs: Source Code, The Music Never Stopped, and more

July 28, 2011

There was not enough room at the inn in this week’s MovieStyle section, so the Homemovies column makes it’s BDA debut. This might eventually become its permanent home. We shall see. Here’s a roundup of some recently released DVDs: Dylan …

Cults, “Go Outside” (Menahan Street Band Remix)

July 27, 2011

By Carter Maness Cults nail a sound that goes back to the ’60s — an era of musical optimism, yes, but also one of bubblegum. What better way to honor and boost that eternally-hummable sound than with a remix of …

Page One: Inside the New York Times opens in Arkansas this week

July 27, 2011

My review runs Friday. This is not a clip from the film. How Will The End Of Print Journalism Affect Old Loons Who Hoard Newspapers?

Paul Brill “Sunny Guy”

July 26, 2011

Paul Brill “Sunny Guy” by Philip Martin Here’s one of the best tracks we’ve heard all summer. It’s from Paul Brill‘s next album, Breezy, to be released this Fall on Scarlet Shame Records. Paul Brill – “Sunny Guy” from Team …

The cult of the good-looking corpse

July 26, 2011

Item: LONDON (AP) — The family of Amy Winehouse is preparing to hold a private funeral for the singer, who was found dead last week at the age of 27. Family spokesman Chris Goodman said the private service for family …