Record Store Day will be upon us this Saturday (April 19), and with it we await the glorious multitudes of limited-edition exclusive releases that’ll be sure to leave people in a blissful music-coma for days following. Serious vinyl fans likely read various publications’ guides to
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The earnestness that fuels Kyle MacLachlan’s Agent Cooper could also be pretty applicable to another much-loved character: Kermit the Frog. In fact, it’s kind of spooky to see how easily The Muppets take to the world of David Lynch’s classic Twin Peaks. In Justin DeVine’s paintings (spotted via Welcome to Twin Peaks), the Muppets have a damn fine cup of coffee, the Log Lady is Fozzie Bear, and it’s all very, very amusing. So far, DeVine has done six watercolor portraits in pen and ink, and he’s promising more. Keep an eye on his Tumblr.
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In 1991, following his brilliant The Thin Blue Line, director Errol Morris attempted something even harder than getting an innocent man off Death Row: making Stephen Hawking’s A Brief History of Time into an accessible, audience-friendly, major motion picture. The resulting film is, at long last, available on DVD and Blu-ray via Criterion. It’s awfully good — though its in-depth discussions of quantum mechanics and black holes and the Big Bang are bound to make those of us who nodded off in science class feel a bit out of our element. Then again, some movies, with their convoluted storylines or surrealistic imagery or intellectual subject matter, have the unintended side effect of merely spotlighting our intellectual shortcomings. Here are a few others that made us feel just a little… Read More
If you’re as big a fan as we are of Owen Ashworth — the man formerly known as Casiotone for the Painfully Alone, now recording under the Advance Base moniker — you’ll know that his albums have often been adorned by his own rather whimsical drawings. Well, now he’s extended his interest in art into a whole book of illustrations. Titled Legends of the Silver Screen, it features idiosyncratic portraits of famous film directors, each accompanied by an imaginary signature. The book is out in the US at the end of March (pre-orders are open now), but publishers Belly Kids have been kind enough to share a selection of the images with us for this exclusive pre-release gallery.
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A poetry major (Emma Roberts) finances her literary dreams with a gig at a sex shop in Scott Coffey’s new indie comedy, Adult World. For some critics, the story was nothing more than another “oh-poor-me take on post-collegiate struggles in the cold, cruel 21st Century.” Still, we were mostly interested in the setting, which seems ripe for colorful characterizations, as past films set in seedy subcultures have proven. Here are ten movies that ventured to the sordid underground for our amusement and fascination.
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There are many factors involved in crafting a great cinematic sex scene. When the lovin’ becomes an expression of who the characters are and doesn’t rely on predictable titillation, the sex is great. However, a well-written scene doesn’t always portray tenderness and passion. Sometimes the best sex scenes are the ones that make us wince. Other times, filmmakers get it all wrong and, well, at least they give us something to talk about. Here are ten we wish we could… Read More
Hollywood, this is why you can’t have nice things. A couple of weeks back, word broke that Quentin Tarantino had finished a new screenplay called The Hateful Eight, described as a Western with plum roles for recent Best Actor nominee (and Django Unchained bit player) Bruce Dern and Tarantino fave Christoph Waltz, and there was much rejoicing. That celebration ended earlier this week, when Tarantino discovered that the script had been leaked and pulled the plug on the entire project. But his unproduced script is in good company; here are a few other famous abandoned screenplays we’d love to have… Read More
In the weeks since a mysterious casting call appeared online, rumors have been circulating that David Lynch is revisiting his cult show Twin Peaks. Co-creator Mark Frost has pretty much debunked the rumors, to the collective sighs of everyone who got their hopes up. You may not be getting more Agent Cooper or Audrey Horne, but you can celebrate Lynch’s perennially-popular television show — and his 68th birthday, which is next week — at one of these Twin Peaks-inspired restaurants from around the world (not to be confused with the Hooters-lite restaurant chain of the same name).
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