There’s something specifically, quaintly wonderful about the counterculture movies of the late ‘60s: the costumes, the slang-y dialogue, the hallucinogen-inspired cinematography, the way the color temperatures have faded just so. Fans of the period are in for a treat this week, as Olive Films has debuted sparkling new Blu-ray editions of two key ‘60s indies: Roger Corman’s The Wild Angels and Richard Rush’s Psych-Out; in celebration of that release, a look at those films and a handful of others that best encapsulate the period (or, at least, cinema’s best attempts to capture it). … Read More
Today, the Criterion Collection issues a sparkling new DVD/Blu-ray special edition of All That Jazz, Bob Fosse’s mini-masterpiece. Based on its reputation (and, in a great part, thanks to the subsequent film version of Fosse’s Chicago, whose opening number provides the title), the casual viewer might presume it to be a standard, formulaic musical — when, in fact, it is anything but. After the jump, we’ll take a closer look at All That Jazz, and a few other musicals that buck the genre’s long-held traditions. … Read More
In an attempt to save you (not to mention ourselves) from the general Monday-morning awfulness that tends to follow a lovely spring weekend, Flavorwire has compiled a playlist of indie/rock/generally guitar-based songs that are genuinely funny. These are 20 of the flat-out wittiest and most amusing songs we know — and we guarantee that at least one of them will make you chuckle. (Note: we’re discounting actual comedy songs here, so no Lonely Island/Flight of the Conchords/etc.) Keep the hilarity going by adding to our list in the comments. … Read More
TMZ is reporting — and other news organizations have confirmed — that Monkees singer Davy Jones has died. The cause of death, according to an official from the Martin County, Florida medical examiner’s office, was a heart attack. According to Rolling Stone, the singer complained of chest pains before being admitted… Read More
How many times have you disregarded a TV show, only to have its theme song pop in your head at a maddening frequency over the next few weeks? Most of the time this music is composed by talented if anonymous Hollywood rent-a-composers or artist who have lent previously-released music, giving their songs a chance to rise from obscurity. However, a fair amount of prominent bands/musicians have written completely original material as exclusive TV show themes, some becoming ubiquitous in pop-culture and others interesting just for the famous name attached.
We’ve made a list of some of the most notable TV theme songs by real bands for you to peruse and compare after the jump. Which of your favorite musicians would you want to hear take a stab at TV themes? … Read More