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  • R.E.M. Road Movie

    R.E.M. Road Movie

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    R.E.M.—aka my absolute favorite band of all time, ever—just released a 25th-anniversary deluxe remastered edition of 1994’s excellent Monster. The reissue has given me a much deeper appreciation of a record I’d always underrated—not exactly an easy listen, to be sure, but it’s still some of their best and most strangely beautiful work. In that spirit, I figured I’d finally give this overlooked nugget from the Monster-adjacent era (a major contender for the band’s…

  • Bad Boys II

    Bad Boys II

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    “I’ve got so much brass up my ass, I could be playing ‘The Star-Spangled Banner.’”

    For better or for worse, Michael Bay is the most American filmmaker in cinema history. His movies are the audiovisual equivalent of shotgunning a six-pack of Mountain Dew while stockpiling guns atop the Washington Monument. And like America itself, they’re rife with contradictions: Two Black cops disrupt a KKK rally only to eventually find themselves forced to enlist the help of a jailed Klansman. The…

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  • Misery

    Misery

    And when my prayers to God were met with indifference
    I picked up a [typewriter]—I wrote my own deliverance

    Makes even one of the oldest tricks in the cinematic book—exposition via newspaper headlines—seem fresh and electrifying.

    Caan and Bates are obviously brilliant in this but Farnsworth, Sternhagen and Bacall deserve much more credit for giving grounded performances that make King’s gleefully psychotic little yarn feel more grounded in reality—and as a result, a whole lot scarier. Heck, even the pig is good!

  • Hollow Man

    Hollow Man

    I dragged my feet across the seat
    Jumped out the passenger side
    The only thing worth looking for
    Is what you find inside
    But that had not yet appeared
    Lost, invisible here
    Tel Aviv and Agadir
    Tone-deaf or almost
    Before I learned to see
    The vanishing point appeared

    I looked for you everywhere
    I looked for you everywhere

    There is a calm I haven't come to yet
    I spent half my life figuring what comes next
    I telescoped in, I…

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