Beck the Chameleon

Musical chameleon Beck has been putting out albums for over 20 years. Any and every kind of style from banjo folk to hi-tech hip hop, blurring the lines between all genres and offering a fresh take on each form. People also like to use the word “pastiche” a lot. Here’s a sampling of the smorgasbord…

More than Gangsters and Guns

The Blaxploitation genre has been derided as shallow and degrading, but has also been exalted for its independence and unique contributions to the history of black cinema. The term originated from the Los Angeles chapter of the NAACP who eventually forced the genre’s demise in the late 1970’s. However, there are several notable films in…

Wilder & Pryor

With the recent passing of Gene Wilder, I would like to pay tribute to one of the great comedy duos of all time: Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor. These two made a handful of movies together, all of which are comedy classics, and hold a special place in my heart. I remember watching these movies…

Back to School

It’s that time of year again. Early morning bus rides and heavy backpacks full of books. The terrible lockers, the weird teachers, and awful cafeteria food. Don’t forget the cliques, bullies and constant peer pressure to do something…anything. Well, watching a good movie about school would be a start, and here are some great ones…