MOVIE REVIEW: “St. Vincent” (2014)

To say that Bill Murray is getting better with age is an understatement; that he chooses interesting, meaty roles would probably be an accurate assumption.  Going back to his masterfully world-weary Herman Blume in Rushmore, he’s been consistent and worth ...

Soul Serenade: The Exciters, “Do-Wah-Diddy”

Like many musicians of my generation it all began for me on February 9, 1964. That was the night of the Beatles first appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show. Nothing was ever the same after that.

The reality is that ...

10 Movies…That Are Remakes of Classic Horror Films

Horror movies derive most of their power and enjoyment (you sicko) from a combination of novelty and surprise.The novelty: how the filmmakers will have this particular bad guy stalk and kill the good guys. The surprise: OHMYGODLOOKOUTBEHINDYOUDREWBARRYMORE!

Nevertheless, because horror movies are ...

Film Review: “Moonrise Kingdom”

You don’t go see a Wes Anderson movie expecting much in the way of depth or character development—or at least, I don’t. I enter the theater or select the rental knowingly, well aware of the fact that I’m likely in ...

SXSW Day Three – Up Close and Way Too Personal

AUSTIN – Perhaps at this junction it might be helpful to briefly summarize the physical nature of the South by Southwest (SXSW) music festival, so it can serve as a road map of sorts for the stories that will follow ...

Soundtrack Saturday: “Scrooged”

I wasn’t going to resurrect another holiday Soundtrack Saturday post, but I couldn’t help it. A) This is such a great movie, B) It has a great soundtrack and C) I wanted an excuse to reintroduce you all to ...

Digging for Gold: The Time-Life “AM Gold” Series, Part 13

So, 1965. The year that President Johnson announced the Great Society, the year the United States sent its first combat troops in Vietnam, and the year Bob Dylan went electric. Yes, change was certainly in the air in ’65 — but ...

Basement Songs: “Groundhog Day”

“I wake up every day, right here, right in Punxsutawney, and it’s always February 2nd, and there’s nothing I can do about it.”

A couple of years ago I was in a record session for the animated series,

World Cup: Matchday 18 Recap and Matchday 19 Previews

Netherlands 2-1 Slovakia

After all of yesterday’s drama, this game was bound to be a return to what we expect in the group stage: a perpetual favorite dispatching an overmatched opponent without too much trouble. Arjen Robben’s return to the starting lineup ...

Farkakte Film Flashback: Hazy Shade of Winter Edition

It’s been a while since I’ve contributed a Farkakte Film Flashback here at Popdose, but I have a good excuse: I’m freakin’ freezing! It’s hard to type when you’re under three layers of sweater and a Snuggie.

Still, winter can be an ...

DVD Review: “City of Ember”

City of Ember, the most recent film from Walden Media, starts on a bit of a downer. In a post-apocalyptic era, a city has been built deep in the earth’s core, presumably to protect the human race from nuclear fallout. The ...

Exit Music (For a Film): “Lost in Translation”

When I was living in Johannesburg, I spent about four months dating a woman who worked as a professional editor for film and television commercials. She put together a video of surfing clips for me to help me promote “Groundswell,” and while ...