Past Stories

DEFINITELY, MAYBE

Lately romantic comedies have had a distressing lack of believability or chemistry between the lead actors, and in that genre nothing could be worse. Did anyone really believe that Katherine Heigl and what’s-his-face were...


The Small Screen

Charles Mingus once said, “making the simple complicated is commonplace; making the complicated simple, awesomely simple, that’s creativity.” And that’s exactly what Romanian writer-director Cristian Mun...


THE OTHER BOLEYN GIRL

When Sandy Powell does the costumes for a movie, you know you’re always in for a treat. More than any other costume designer, Powell—an Oscar winner for The Aviator and Shakespeare in Love—manages to design wa...



SEMI-PRO

Sometimes in basketball the ball bounces off the rim and seems to hang there, undecided. Enough English on it and it’ll probably go in, but there’s an equal chance it will fall the other way and result in nothing. S...


CASSANDRA’S DREAM

When it all comes down to it, Cassandra’s Dream (written and directed by Woody Allen) is all about priorities, and how one person’s priorities can shift another person’s priorities, etc. Brothers Ian (Ewan McG...


STRANGE WILDERNESS

It is impossible to know if the filmmakers behind Strange Wilderness were, in fact, stoned while they made it, but one suspects as much. From Happy Madison Productions (Adam Sandler’s company) the film follows Peter Gaulk...



INDIANA JONES: THE ADVENTURE COLLECTION

Just in time for the release of the long-awaited Indy 4, this collection of the three prior Indiana Jones films serves to rev-up casual fans for the new installment but doesn’t add a whole lot for those who bought the&hel...


I’M NOT THERE

What’s great about I’m Not There is what’s great about any Todd Haynes film: He really doesn’t give a shit if people don’t “get” what he’s doing, he’s making his movies for ...


THE GOLDEN COMPASS

It’s hard not to place the failure of The Golden Compass as a movie squarely on the shoulders of Chris Weitz (About a Boy) as he not only directed it, but also adapted it from Philip Pullman’s acclaimed young adult&...



CLOVERFIELD

Amazingly, what J.J. Abrams and company have managed to do in Cloverfield is to make something kind of hard look deceptively simple. The movie can be easily summed up as a monster movie á la Godzilla shown through the ey...


JUNO

It’s not really a surprise that “celebrity screenwriter” Diablo Cody receives the star treatment on the DVD version of Juno—last year’s little pregnant-teen comedy that could—although it&rsqu...


The Small Screen

If Paul Thomas Anderson (Boogie Nights, Magnolia) ever chooses to make a horror film, we can expect that it would be truly terrifying, since he’s managed to make a historical epic of the American oil industry (based on an...



DETHKLOK

Wielding an inordinate amount of social power—and being the self-proclaimed 12th largest economy on Earth—Dethklok may be the most brutally dominating metal band ever. On TV. But the riff-slinging metal heads may be...


HOBO JAZZ CD RELEASE PARTIES

 Buy ‘em by the sack: hot, tasty nuggets of sonic goodness you need to crank up/link to/check out/gawk at, in the IE and beyond . . .    HOBO JAZZ CD RELEASE PARTIES The finest band in all the IE?…


THE UNFORGIVEN LIVE FOREVER

 THE UNFORGIVEN LIVE FOREVER Memorial for the great ‘80s IE band that should’ve been mega, even though with those poodle haircuts, it’s kinda hard to imagine 20 years later. Still, this is the most compre...



INLAND EMPIRE MUSIC AWARD WINNERS

 INLAND EMPIRE MUSIC AWARD WINNERS All the cool people won, including our personal faves like the Casket Salesmen and Conspiracy of Thought. The rest? We’re sure you’re deserving of our precious ink, but we can...


UP TO 11

 ALLISON SATTINGER, WEDNESDAY AT THE PERFORMANCE LOFT Sweet-voiced, piano-plinking chanteuse reminds you of a more lofty, soulful Patty Griffin, with the songs to match. If you miss her, she’ll also be at Back to the...


upto11

 THE IRON MAIDENS AT TREMORS, SATURDAY Everyone’s favorite all-female Iron Maiden tribute band—are there any others? Because these days, only a woman could hit the impossibly high notes in the chorus of “...



The Bells’ Toll on Rock ‘n’ Roll

“I look into the mirror and I see a rock ‘n’ roll ghost . . . “ –The Replacements   It’s been a long, lonely, lonely time since many powerhouses have rock and rolled. Countless bands thr...