Starman
Film

Starman

Starman is a sad, sweet road movie about a widow (Karen Allen) who finds a reason to go on living. On the surface, the film is about the romance she has with an alien (Jeff Bridges) who takes to the widescreen highways of America to meet his mothership. But for their chemistry, and John Carpenter’s underhanded … Continue reading

David Bowie: Live
Music

David Bowie: Live

The live album is a wild card.  Sometimes it’s fodder to fill a contract.  Sometimes it is more – a new vantage, say, on the artist or the songs featured.  In theory, a live album by one of my favorite artists is rife with potential: to hear something I like reworded, rearranged – renewed, even, by … Continue reading

Django Unchained
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Django Unchained

Writer-director Quentin Tarantino’s approach to cinema is privately important to him. He is the movie-movie fan’s king.  He has a good ear, a good eye, and a good sense of movie past.  The QT joint is a lubed thing of spare parts, a Frankenstein beast from a video-store vacuum.  With the blood of a thousand giallos, … Continue reading

Baby
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Baby

Co-written and produced by David Bowie, Iggy Pop’s “Baby” is a sketch.  It’s drum-less and tight — a model of almost James M. Cain-like restraint.  No less direct than the violent vamps for which the Stooges were infamous, this lover’s lament (a warning in mourning) is, lyrically and melodically, richer than anything the Ig had … Continue reading

Tequila Sunrise
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Tequila Sunrise

Heavy on talk and short on stunts, Tequila Sunrise is an 80s crime flick that goes for a vibe – Casablanca, say, meets 8 Million Ways to Die – and barely succeeds. Mel Gibson, Michelle Pfeiffer and Kurt Russell play, respectively, a shy drug dealer, a sleek Italian restaurateur, and a slick cop.  They’re wise fools, hot bods on whom … Continue reading