The Skin I Live In review

November 30, 2011

I understand that The Skin I Live In is leaving Little Rock this weekend. But it’s opening in Northwest Arkansas. It’s a strange and probably polarizing film, but I like it a lot. I didn’t get a chance to get …

The NBA Settlement

November 30, 2011

By Johnny Wink The millionaires looked in the mirror one day And said to themselves, “We’re dumber than we look.” Time came for them to get paid God knows what By the hour to stuff a sphere into a circle …

Where in the world is Paul Westerberg?

November 29, 2011

By Chris Riemenschneider of the Minneapolis Star Tribune MINNEAPOLIS —Music fans who catch the new video for Glen Campbell’s Ghost on the Canvas might really think they’re seeing a ghost. “Let’s take hold on the threshold of eternity,” the country-pop …

Sean Clancy on Dragonslayer : Blame it on Cali

November 28, 2011

By Sean Clancy Just blame it on California. The not-so Golden State is perhaps just as much a character in this strangely affecting documentary about a wasted skateboard pro on the fringes of what may be a decaying society as …

About a thousand words on why LSU beat Arkansas

November 27, 2011

Look, I’d don’t begrudge anyone their irrational Razorback love. I don’t quite understand it, but then I am a LSU grad (like Randy Newman says, “went in dumb, come out dumb too”) who learned about disappointment at the knee of …

Sunday bonus: The uses of Georges Melies

November 27, 2011

A few clips from my recent Georges Melies research.

Mobb Deep, “Conquer” (free mp3)

November 26, 2011

By Nadeska Alexis Mobb Deep will release their eighth album in 2012, but in the meantime Havoc and Prodigy are laying the groundwork for their full-fledged return to the game with the Black Cocaine EP. The Queensbridge rappers dropped their …

J Mascis, “I’ve Been Thinking” (free mp3 — day after turkey day treat)

November 25, 2011

By Carter Maness For many years before this one, J Mascis was an iconic stoner guitar god to the indie set with enough distortion and shredding to keep him separate from the genre’s softer tendencies. That all changed with the …

Martha Marcy May Marlene: “nearly perfect in its imperfection”

November 25, 2011

Already a hit on the festival circuit, Martha Marcy May Marlene is also a coming-out party of sorts — an impressive first feature for Durkin and a potent debut for its star, still best known as the Olsen twins’ younger sister.

Home Movies: The Adventures of Tintin,Conan the Barbarian, The Devil’s Double, Rio Sex Comedy, Sarah’s Key and Super 8

November 23, 2011

The Adventures of Tintin (Not rated, 300 minutes) — The Adventures of Tintin: Season One arrives in time to capitalize on the imminent release of the Steven Spielberg/Peter Jackson big screen 3-D production. While traditionalists might regard any iteration of …