The Year Madonna Forced the U.S. To Face Their Sexual Taboos

It isn’t to say that Madonna wasn’t (and isn’t) constantly challenging the world with her in your face sexuality. From the moment she released her oozing-with-sensuality first single, “Everybody,” Madonna established a theme that would reign supreme throughout her career: sex, and the associated desires and fetishes that come with …

The Lana Del Rey/Harvey Weinstein Revelation Accents a Larger Truth About the Singer

For someone as nonplussed by the buzzing of mouths as Lana Del Rey, it certainly seems that the less she responds, the more people want to speculate. The latest deliberation is about one of the most prototypical of her baroque style songs, “Cola.” Released in late 2012 on the Paradise …

Who Knew George W. Bush Would Turn Out to Be A Master Shade Thrower?

It’s hard to believe there was a time when America thought that George W. Bush was the worst president we’d ever had, a manifesto elevated to caricature proportions by once great documentarian Michael Moore’s 2004 film, Fahrenheit 9/11. And yet, almost twenty years after Bush stole the presidency (much like …

The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected): The Jewish Royal Tenenbaums

Considering Noah Baumbach’s working relationship with Wes Anderson (the two co-wrote The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou and Fantanstic Mr. Fox together), it’s unsurprising that a hint of his fellow auteur might creep in occasionally to his work–as is the case with his latest, The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected). …

What Message of Positivity Could Actually Come Out of An Amy Winehouse Musical?

Though it’s been over six years since Amy Winehouse joined the twenty-seven club, for some reason certain parties–particularly her own father–can’t seem to let the already over pillaged soul rest in peace. As Asif Kapadia’s controversial documentary, Amy, showed us, Mitch, among others (especially and including Blake Fielder-Civil), didn’t seem …

God Hates Non-Famous Landmarks, Spares The Parent Trap House from Wildfires Raging Near Napa

As one of the few films set in Napa (apart from, obviously, Sideways), the 1998 remake of The Parent Trap stands out not just for its tableau and being directed by the inimitable Nancy Meyers, but for serving as Lindsay Lohan’s film debut. Before this, she was relegated to As …