If you are in my advertising demographic -- 18 to 34 -- the pop culture you loved as a child is terrible. The Power Rangers were terrible, the Transformers were terrible, the Ninja Turtles were terrible. Michael Bay didn't ruin any of it; it came pre-ruined. I loved all of it (I love the memory of i ... More >>
As video-on-demand continues to become the preferred route of distribution for a certain kind of independent film, much is being made of Nicolas Cage's willingness to slum for a paycheck, with recent examples including already-forgotten, small-screen-friendly items like Seeking Justice, Trespass, St ... More >>
Editor's Note: Shea Serrano is an award-winning music writer and goofball whose recent exploits include Bun B's Rapper Coloring and Activity Book. In his new column, he writes about his life and times. 3:20 p.m.: Today I am chaperoning our school's Valentine's Day dance. A line of about 100 kids is ... More >>
Erotic novelist Alice Clayton doesn't write your typical, love-at-first-sight romance novels, with sex on the beach and meaningful eye contact. Her characters worry about their unshaven legs, and one gets pooped on by a seagull before she ever gets the chance to have a roll in the sand. "For me, re ... More >>
Last week, Battleship, a movie based on the movies based on Transformers and a board game starring a bunch of plastic pegs that really suck to step on by accident and Rihanna, opened to $25 million. This week, Men in Black 3, starring noted pop-rapper Will Smith, will open to significantly more than ... More >>
These are the facts on the ground, as I see them: First, if a fourteen-year-old boy has ever loved a TV or movie franchise, there will be an AMV (from "Anime Music Video") about it. Second, if there's an AMV about something, half of the fourteen-year-old boys in the universe have synched the ... More >>
Here at Gut Check, we've had our share of fun mocking Michael Pollan's food rules. However, longtime readers of this blog know that I, personally, am a big fan of The Omnivore's Dilemma and In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto.That said, I must admit I cringed when I saw the three new food ru ... More >>
Why won't you DIE?!
The Singers: Along with the Stylistics, the Spinners and Harold Melvin & the Bluenotes, the Delfonics were one of the premier Philly soul acts of the '60s and '70s. Hit-making producer Thom Bell helped the group hone its sound with hits like "Didn't I (Blow Your Mind This Time)" and "La-La (Mean ... More >>
No Country released on DVD
Julian Schnabel sees only treacle in the story that inspired his Diving Bell.
A few more changes would've helped Transformers.
Rush Hour 3 director Brett Ratner has been called a fauxteur, a womanizer and, worse, over budget. Why you should take him seriously anyway.
The Great Raid's compelling story never comes to life
Michael Bay's up to his old tricks -- now older than ever
Week of July 20, 2005
Tuesday, July 12; Creepy Crawl (412 North Tucker Boulevard)
In the season of sequels and Happy Meal toys, 05 may be a pleasant surprise.
Team America takes no prisoners and spares no swear words
The Alamo gets what it always needed -- a happy ending!
Week of July 16, 2003
Audiences love Jerry Bruckheimer. Critics don't. Like he cares.
Pearl Harbor's sound and fury signify nothing but a new kind of war porn
Co-written and directed by Raoul Ruiz
Written and directed by Christopher McQuarrie
Directed by Don Bluth and Gary Goldman
Directed by John Woo
Co-written and directed by Oliver Stone
Written and directed by Tom Tykwer