Bruce Piephoff: “Twenty Miles to Baghdad”

May 28, 2012

Venerable North Carolina singer-songwriter Bruce Piephoff starts us on on this Memorial Day, with this track from his 2004 album Good People.

Matthew McConaughey’s Cannes double header

May 27, 2012

By Jill Lawless of the Associated Press CANNES, France— To have one film competing at the Cannes Film Festival is a privilege. To have two, Matthew McConaughey says, is wonderful good fortune — and the reward for a spell of …

Chernobyl Diaries: Jaunt through fallout zone goes awry

May 27, 2012

The story for Diaries comes from Oren Peli, of the Paranormal Activity brain trust, and like that franchise, it toys with viewers’ expectations, but without the sense of play. The Paranormal Activity movies don’t teem with metaphor, and neither does this film, directed by Brad Parker. The original Night of the Living Dead left you with plenty to chew on, so to speak; Chernobyl Diaries just leaves you feeling empty.

Buffalo River digital sketchbook

May 27, 2012

Boy in the Bubble

May 26, 2012

I’ll be writing about the 25th anniversary of Paul Simon’s Graceland soon.

Mick LaSalle loves Linklater’s Bernie

May 25, 2012

Monkey note: Many years ago, for about six months, I was a resident of Carthage, Texas. I’ll tell you about it when I write my own piece on Bernie, which opens today in Arkansas at Little Rock’s Market Street Theatre …

One less giant … Paul Fussell est mort

May 24, 2012

Paul Fussell had as much influence on me as a writer as anyone. I will edit and prettify this later, and I may write something after I gather myself, but this is quite fine. By Bruce Weber in the New …

A gay wedding for Northstar

May 23, 2012

By Matt Moore of the Associated Press PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Wedding bells will ring this summer for Marvel Comics’ first openly gay hero, super speedster Northstar, and his longtime boyfriend. The New York-based publisher said Tuesday that Canadian character Jean-Paul …

Talkin’ Lisa Marie Presley blues

May 23, 2012

Monkey sez: I’m reviewing the album. It’s pretty good. But then, so was the last one. By Ryan Pearson of the Associated Press WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. — After moving across an ocean to rural England, Lisa Marie Presley found herself …

A long rambling post in defense of Cobra’s sort of silly Long Tom Two Wood

May 21, 2012

When I was in high school, my favorite club to hit was a beat-up Hogan two wood. I used it off the tee and off the fairway and I probably hit it more often than any other non-putter club in …