If you think you have bad luck? You have nothing on Mickey (Bill Skarsgard) and Jules (Maika Monroe), the protagonists of the new movie Villains. Having successfully committed what they believe to be the last robbery they needed to achieve their dream of moving to Florida to sell seashells by the sea shore, they wind up running out of gas. That's not the worst of it, however.
I have a deep, dark, confession to make as a Bruce Springsteen fan and as a fan of the Cameron Crowe movie Jerry Maguire: I hate the song "Secret Garden." This will come as a shock to friends with whom I have discussed this song and movie with previously. I lied to you. This song is bad and terrible and in this random song review, I intend to explain how I came to despise the song that brought Bruce back to prominence in the mid-90s after a brief, fallow period of his superstar career.
Warning: this is going to be a movie review, but it is also going to be a wide ranging therapy session for the critic writing this. Strap in.
Where did the idea of festivals mixing art and music come from? Some will credit Lollapalooza or Burning Man for creating this unique combination of art and music. But, the real origin of a truly punk festival of music and art may be Desolation Center. Director Stuart Swezey was the founder of Desolation Center in the 1970s and now, Swezey has taken the reigns to tell the story himself of the founding of a festival.
There is something both old school and incredibly modern about Artik, the latest low-budget horror surprise from the good folks at Dread Central. The film posits a serial killer with influences that reflect both comic books and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. It's a strange, off-kilter mix of influences anchored by lead performances that bring those influences to bear.
The Last Black Man in San Francisco is a wonderfully quirky drama with fascinating characters and a story that meanders in a way that is incredibly charming in its own way. The story goes that Jimmie Fails, played by Jimmie Fails, is obsessed with his childhood home in a now gentrified part of San Francisco. Though Jimmie was only in the home when he was very young, he recalls vivid memories of living there and the comfort he found there.