Past Stories

The Small Screen

As a parent, you’re treated to hours and hours (and hours) of animated flicks of varying degrees of skill. Some CGI is so hideously cheap in appearance that it’s almost excruciating to watch. You want to hide your tot’s e...


Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson

Hunter S. Thompson, in this new documentary by Oscar-winning director Alex Gibney, is a man imprisoned by his own persona. After the success of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, the expectations that accompanied the “gonzo&...


WHAT WE DO IS SECRET

What We Do Is Secret may cause you to think, “I wonder if heroin will kill the germs on my kitchen counter as effectively as it killed Darby Crash?” That it the singer of the Germs is compelling—just as overdo...



Talk Talk–Live at Montreux 1986

England’s Talk Talk were rare proof that pop and prog needn’t be mutually exclusive. Best known for having their insistent 1986 single “It’s My Life” covered by No Doubt in ’03 is scant rewar...


BILLY THE KID

There comes a point in your teen years when most can’t help but feel hopelessly alone and different. That point when you’re not a kid anymore, but you’re not an adult and people treat you—to varying degr...


THE STRANGERS

Horror movie makers rarely get it right for the duration of their pictures. How often have you sat through the first 30 minutes of a film, palms sweating, heart pounding, only to be disappointed by some ridiculous resolution th...



INDIANA JONES AND THE KINGDOM OF THE CRYSTAL SKULL

Rest assured, the special features on the two-disc edition of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull are of the variety that make you wish you could have been a part of the making of the movie. This…


October 1, 2008, IE Weekly

Catching the Drift How having cars on the edge of control has become an American phenomenon Idiosyncratic Theorizing The Claremont Museum of Art’s new Multiverse has some imagination Don Rickles at San Manuel Bingo and C...


THE HAPPENING

One thing you’ll learn watching the special features for The Happening is that M. Night Shyamalan wanted to make “the best B-Movie ever,” which goes a long way to explaining the laughably horrendous dialogue i...



CHAPTER 27

To transform into Mark David Chapman, the infamous killer of John Lennon, for Chapter 27 Jared Leto gained a whopping 67 pounds. Was he upset that Christian Bale had beaten his paltry 28 pound Requiem for a Dream weight loss&he...


September 18, IE Weekly

The Bar Issue Karl Rove Met With Protests at McKenna College The Loneliest Hunter David Foster Wallace, R.I.P A Flock of Seagulls at Morongo, Saturday, September 20 ¡ASK A MEXICAN! TORCHWOOD: THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON&nb...


TORCHWOOD: THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON

Torchwood, the Doctor Who spin-off from Russell T. Davies (the British answer to Joss Whedon), is ridiculous, illogical and thoroughly fun. Set in modern day Cardiff, where a Rift in the space-time continuum allows all sorts of...



Deception

The night after I watched Deception (starring Hugh Jackman and Ewan McGregor) I dreamed that it was really a remake of a 1930s screwball comedy and it had modernized the earlier film’s secretarial pool into a sex club. Ir...


September 4, IE Weekly

JUMPIN’ & JEERIN’ WITH JIM CROW -  Wignall’s Mammygraphs reveals the artistic side of racism ¡ASK A MEXICAN! The Weekly Jive  -  CD Reviews Katt Williams  -  at San Manuel, Thursday, S...


THE BIG LEBOWSKI – 10TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION

The term “cult classic” was born in college dorms, when kids clamp onto a film over time because it’s smart, infectiously colloquial and refreshingly unorthodox. Religious mimicry is the first sign of a cult c...



August 28, IE Weekly

Shot Glass Politics  What Norman Mailer and Hunter Thompson tell us about campaign 2008 http://www.ieweekly.com/cms/story/detail/shot_glass_politics/1542/ The Melvins Double Up for Nude With Boots  And Agent Orange&r...


MARRIED LIFE

As a movie, Married Life seems to operate under the “if you collect enough good actors, you’ll have a great film” line of thinking, but unfortunately, the sum of its goodness doesn’t quite add up to grea...


August 21-27, IE Weekly

Back to School: http://www.ieweekly.com/cms/story/detail/back_to_school/1524/ Portugal. The Man: http://www.ieweekly.com/cms/story/detail/portugal_the_man/1525/ Local to Climb Mt. Fuji-Four Times in 24 Hours: http://www....



REDBELT

Let’s just get this out there right off the bat: Redbelt is not a Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) movie, despite Randy Couture’s “big” role, UFC broadcaster Mike Goldberg’s cameo and the interview with UF...


DIRTY JOBS: COLLECTION 3

What is it that makes watching the Discovery Channel’s series Dirty Jobs so much fun? Easy . . . Mike Rowe. The host is about as game a person as you can imagine, taking a deadpan joy in filth, hard…


THE LIFE BEFORE HER EYES

Art, in any form, is meant to inspire an emotional response, and film is a medium that has the most tools at its disposal to achieve that. Between music, images and the natural tendency to be empathetic to the emotional…



SURFWISE

There is a tendency to want to swallow documentaries whole as “truth” just as we read non-fiction books that way, or watch news reports on TV. But the real “truth” is that all of those things are merely ...


NIM’S ISLAND

It’s really nice to know that Hollywood studios haven’t entirely abandoned the 10-year-old girl as a target audience. After all, they’ve clearly put the big bucks behind Nim’s Island, a sweetly refreshin...


DOOMSDAY

Paying homage to your influences is a time-honored tradition in art, but Doomsday, from writer/director Neil Marshall (Dog Soldiers, The Descent), although surely intended as homage, reads more like a montage cribbing the best ...



21

21 makes winning at blackjack in Vegas seem absurdly easy. By using “Basic Strategy” (a system of play that reduces a dealer’s advantage to 1%) and a “simple,” method of card counting (as explained...


THE BANK JOB

The Bank Job is “based on a true story”—the most freeing words in a filmmaker’s repertoire, right alongside “inspired by true events.” Both phrases give a project an air of authenticity while...


THE X-FILES: REVELATIONS

Make no bones about it, The X-Files: Revelations is a shameless marketing tool. The new two-disc set contains eight episodes (spanning six seasons of the TV series) deemed “essential” by creator Chris Carter and lon...



DRILLBIT TAYLOR

Based on the Russian-nesting-doll progression of Seth Rogen in Knocked Up, Jonah Hill in Superbad and Troy Gentile in Drillbit Taylor, it wouldn’t seem out of left field to expect the next entry in Apatowmania to be Look ...