Showtime network has the sickest shows. And…the Dexter series is hands-down, the sickest. The multi-Emmy-nominated series about a crime scene scientist who is also a serial killer on his days off, may just be the best thing on TV. As well as…worth every extra penny on your cable bill. If you’ve missed anything so far, Seasons 1-4 DVD box set will get you up to speed. If you’re a die-hard, it’ll be a cherished collectible.
You saw Memento – hard to follow, confusing, dark. It was the handywork of director, Christopher Nolan. Well, Following came first. If you like movies that test your mental and take you into the warped minds of others – you’ll like this one, too. A man obsessed with following strangers is led into a world even weirder than he hoped for.
There’s something deeply romantic about towing your little house-on-wheels down the road & parking it in front of the vista of your choice. The design of these vehicles – part home, part car – made them strange and iconic. The hardcover book My Cool Caravan celebrates the unlikely elegance of the camper in 160 pages of stunning images from photographer, Hilary Walker with cool tidbits from the authors.
America’s greatest modern poet was a beer-drunk, lowbrow maniac named Charles Bukowski. He wrote the script for Barfly about himself. This 1987 cult-classic, featuring Mickey Rourke in the lead, is dark, humorous and tragic. It’s a series of sloppy bar room scenes and a passionate doomed-love hellride featuring a haggard Faye Dunaway in the role of Wanda, Rourke’s love interest/drinking partner. This movie will definitely make you want a drink…maybe two.
San Diego’s lo-fi pop trio Wavves dole out surfy, snotty punk that, like their home city, is sunny, vapid & devoid of culture. But San Diego is fun and that’s what their forthcoming release, King Of The Beach is all about. Simple, unrefined musicianship is bolstered by tricky arrangements from producer, Dennis Herring, who most recently made Modest Mouse sound “talented.” The Wavves make a perfect summer soundtrack. Turn it up…drive fast.
Your dad had Bruce Springsteen with his scratchy voice, tumbledown lyrics and American Flag. Who knew he’d become a legend? Well…today we’ve got The Arcade Fire. Equally unassuming: scratchy voice, tumble-down lyrics and a Canadian flag. The vibe is hauntingly similar. Their third album The Suburbs should be every bit as raw and heartfelt as their last two records. If so, maybe these guys will still be on tour 25 years from now.
The good thing about having this reference book, Vintage Spirits and Forgotten Cocktails, is if/when you blackout you won’t have to remember any of the recipes. You can just dry out for a few days, open the book back up and start-over. Just avoid the Mind Eraser this time.
A bank robbery gone bad. Not quite Dog Day Afternoon, unless you add heroin, a hooker, buckets of booze & enough blood to drown Quentin Tarantino. This dark thriller from Director Roger Avary (who co-wrote Pulp Fiction and worked on True Romance & Reservoir Dogs) is a mess on purpose. Avary has actually been called a Tarantino rip-off, which isn’t really a bad thing when you get actors like Eric Stoltz and Julie Delpy in the mix.
Rules For My Unborn Son by Walker Lamond is chock full of fatherly aphorisms, affirmations & advice. Words to live by – you could say. Lamond packed 224 pages with sage advice like, “When in doubt, wear a tie,” and “Men with facial hair have something to hide.” Part entertainment, part real wisdom, this book is a great gift for a father-to-be or your own inner child who still hasn’t grown up.
Just when Vince Vaughn was hitting his stride, between Swingers and Zoolander, he was cast as serial-killer cowboy, Lester Long, in Clay Pigeons. It’s a dark comedy centering around a suicide witnessed by lead man Clay (Joaquin Phoenix ) and the ensuing investigation by FBI agent, Jeanine Garlofalo. Call it deranged-funny.