Still
Music

Still

Still is a grab bag, an odds ‘n’ sods collection for Joy Division completists that is easy to fault for what it is not:  Next to the band’s studio albums, efforts they curated with the utmost care, it feels like a bunt.  But of course, you say.  It would.  It’s Factory Records cleaning up, rummaging … Continue reading

“Just Like Honey”
Music

“Just Like Honey”

“Just Like Honey” opens Psychocandy, The Jesus and Mary Chain’s debut album. The song epitomizes the band’s signature cocktail of Beach Boys pop and V.U. fuzz. For a while, I thought its perfection was entirely self-contained; I considered it an unsurpassed gem in the band’s catalog, as the band’s starting and finishing points in one tidy … Continue reading

Paul Verhoeven
Film

Paul Verhoeven

Paul Verhoeven tends to invest formula (be it sci-fi in nature, or modeled on Hitchcockian suspense) with a mad, pulp energy, as though he felt like anything short of a cackling, sensationalist dive into pop trash—perfectly tuned for the horny boy—would cheat the masses.  He’s not out to make movies that transcend their genre-based roots. … Continue reading

Full Metal Jacket
Film

Full Metal Jacket

The tightest, funniest, most disturbing Stanley Kubrick film since Dr. Strangelove is (so I hear) the Vietnam movie soldiers love best. In neat halves—the first part takes place in a slightly otherworldly version of basic training, the second in a slightly otherworldly version of ‘Nam—Full Metal Jacket constructs and conceives of War as more than … Continue reading

Moonraker
Music

Moonraker

John Barry’s James Bond soundtracks are majestic.  Choosing one over the other is a game best played by those who like their martinis shaken, not stirred.  (OK, that was lame.  Forgive me.)  Still, I’ve always had an affinity for his sappy stuff.  He imbues the Bond films, Moonraker in particular, with a lush sort of melancholia … Continue reading