Ever heard the term “non-representational art”? If not, watch this movie for the definition. It’s a futuristic nightmare comedy, a dystopian satire. It was so bizarre in fact, director Terry Gilliam almost never saw its release. As the story goes, Universal Pictures felt the movie was too weird and delayed its release. So, Gilliam screened it for the LA Film Critics Assoc. They named it Picture Of The Year for 1985 and basically embarrassed Universal into releasing it.
Whether you really like jazz or just know you should like it, this forthcoming collection from the Smithsonian will get you up to speed. The Smithsonian Anthology is an 111-track, 6-CD set with a 200-page book that puts the history, culture and key players all in perspective. They’re calling it a “jazz appreciation course in a box.” We call that cool.
In between directing the cult classics Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction, Director Quentin Taratino wrote the screenplay for True Romance. It has just as much blood, maybe even more bullets than both. 90s Hollywood hotshots Christian Slater and Patricia Arquette lead a cast that includes Brad Pitt, Christopher Walken, Dennis Hopper (RIP), Gary Oldman, Samuel L. Jackson and more.
You must’ve read Motley Crue: The Dirt, maybe you even read Nikki Sixx’s tell-all drug book The Heroin Diaries. But did you know the Crüe’s rhythm guitarist was also a photographer? His latest book, This Is Gonna Hurt is part photo book, part journal. In it, he bears his soul and shares his vision through stark photography and true stories of a life lived on the edge.
Kubrick was a peerless master of film: The Shining, A Clockwork Orange, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Full Metal Jacket, and so on. Why then was his historical epic on Napoleon never made? Did his grandiose plans scare the studios? Regardless, after two years of exhaustive research the project was shelved. Now Taschen books is releasing a massive volume of Kubrick’s research for the film. It takes you inside Kubrick’s creative process and contains thousands of pre-production photographs.
Do you really know how an internal combustion engine works? Can you fix your own computer? 99% of us answer no to questions like these. In author Matthew Crawford’s estimation, convenience technology of the modern world is alienating us from basic hands-on skills. Blending philosophy, cultural commentary and his own personal insights as a craftsman, Crawford explores the dynamic of a world moving farther away from understanding or engaging in the automation of everyday life.
In the realms of the surreal, dreams become reality. And for director David Lynch (Blue Velvet, Dune) surrealism is familiar territory. Follow actors Bill Pullman, Patricia Arquette, and Balthazar Getty into a strange montage of illusion, dread, and violence. Let’s not forget mystery, intrigue and psychedelia, too. This movie is tweaked but like all Lynch films, just let it wash over you like a dream and revel in the weirdness.
People who don’t understand the complexity of boxing write it off as base, a celebration of violence and primal pugilism. But they don’t know jack. This collection pulls from a wide array of great American writers who dealt with the subject in their work. From Jack London to Richard Wright to Norman Mailer and more, the culture & history of boxing is explored in literature; where the emotion and passion of the sport rise above punch counts and ringing bells.
Smart, funny, fearless. Spy Magazine was ahead of its time. Quick to pounce on celebrity scandal and dripping with sardonic humor, the 80s/90s-era mag died an untimely death. But thanks to the magic of the internet, Google Books has now put the entire back catalog online. Donald Trump, Schwarzenegger, Madonna, Bill & Hillary—they all got put through the ringer. Click through an issue and ask yourself why this kind of jacked journalism isn’t happening now.
The old Beastie Boys. Talk about a blast from the past. These whitebread, hip-hop pioneers haven’t dropped a new record since 2007, so you know they’re gonna funk shit up on their new 16-song release Hot Sauce Committee Part 2. The boys have always been unpredictable; what kind of weirdness did they whip up with featured guest artists like Nas and Santigold? Guess we’ll have to wait until May 3rd to find out.