Jonathan Demme’s Stop Making Sense Is Still the Concert Film All Others Try to Be

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Spread the loveTweetFew films start so inauspiciously as Stop Making Sense. Talking Heads frontman David Byrne walks onto a bare stage at the Pantages Theater in Los Angeles wearing a grey…


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While You Were Offline: Sarah Palin Brought Ted Nugent and Kid Rock to the White House

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Spread the loveTweetWhat kind of week has it been? Well, the United Kingdom plunged back into its second general election in two years, Dow Chemical asked the Trump administration to…


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Why Magic: The Gathering Beats Poker or Chess Any Day

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Spread the loveTweetThe creators of Magic: The Gathering were painfully aware that their game might be nothing more than a passing fad. So to maintain public interest they created a…


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The Secret to Free Fire’s 62-Minute Shootout? Minecraft

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Spread the loveTweet Lots of gangster movies end in a shoot-out. Director Ben Wheatley’s new tough-guy flick, Free Fire, begins with shots fired—and never stops. The entire movie is a firefight. “It…


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The Incredible, Urgent Power of Remembering the Holocaust in VR

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Spread the loveTweet Pinchas Gutter has returned to Majdanek at least a dozen times, but this trip is his final one to the onetime Nazi concentration camp. His first was one…


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Bill Nye Says Climate Change Deniers Have a Bad Case of Cognitive Dissonance

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Spread the loveTweetClimate change. For some reason, certain people just don’t believe it’s real. Even Scott Pruitt, the man President Trump named to head the Environmental Protection Agency, isn’t steadfast…


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Let Us Mourn the End of Girls, Great Frenemy of the Internet

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Spread the loveTweetOpen your laptop and fire up some Robyn—Girls is over. After six seasons, America’s most-complained-about show has finally said good-bye, and now is the time for reflection. Since…


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Cantina Talk: Carrie Fisher Won’t Star in Star Wars: Episode IX After All

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Spread the loveTweet[embedded content] Covering Star Wars news is a tricky business. Sometimes there are huge announcements from the Land of Lucas; sometimes the most interesting information comes via theories…


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Last Night Veep Went Full Silicon Valley, With Uber-Great Results

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Spread the loveTweetGenerally speaking, Veep and Silicon Valley have very little in common. Both are inside-baseball comedies about, respectively, the White House and the tech industry, and both have coveted…


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While You Were Offline: Sean Spicer, Everyone. Round of Applause for Sean Spicer

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Spread the loveTweetIn the past seven days, Nintendo abandoned its past, America’s relationship with North Korea got appreciably worse (so did the country’s relationship with Russia), and the internet had…


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