Keeping the exploitation-film fires burning with Nicolas Winding Refn

I like Nicolas Winding Refn’s films—the ending of The Neon Demon was enough to redeem that otherwise flawed film for me, though that’s a topic for another time—but I’m a huge fan of his ongoing side gig as a film preservationist. He first caught my eye when he bought a collection of film prints by obscure exploitation…

Sorry To Bother You does everything great science fiction should

You’ve probably heard this from a bunch of people already, but it’s pertinent enough that I don’t really care about being repetitive: Go see Sorry To Bother You. Depending on when you’re reading this, you might still be able to catch it in theaters, but really, any way you can get it is good. Director Boots Riley has…

Bubbles and beds: Two recommendations for better drinking and sleeping

Look, the secret is out: Nobody can really tell the difference between competing club sodas, and even individual flavors are tough for folks to identify when the brightly colored can is taken out of the equation. La Croix has been sitting pretty at the top of the sparkling-water mountain for a while, and that seems…

With a little help from Nikola Tesla, The Invisible Hours expands our idea of what a VR "game" can be

Having recently succumbed to my ever-growing urge to join the “TV screen strapped 3 inches from my dumb face” set—which is to say, I finally broke down and bought myself a PlayStation VR—I’ve been casting around semi-desperately for a steady stream of new content to justify my ludicrous purchase. Few digital…

Get the party started with this celebration of P&P Records’ “underground disco”

At this point, it’s safe to say the report of disco’s death was an exaggeration. The backlash against it, culminating in 1979’s infamous Disco Demolition Night by an attention-hungry rock DJ, only accomplished sending disco back underground, back to all the othered communities to which it originally belonged. From…

The spirit of 1993 is alive in a legendary rapper’s jazz album

It is still possible, in 2018, to come across people who insist that hip-hop is some sort of “lesser” form of music. I know this because honest-to-god adults have said it to my face, quite earnestly. It’s all samples, they’ll cry, with no one actually pressing fingers to frets, no one reading sheet music! Rapping is…

A Watergate podcast that’s as much about the past as it is the present

Even when considered only at surface value, Slate’s Slow Burn podcast is a great idea. Hosted and masterminded by reporter Leon Neyfakh, it’s a miniseries that dives deep into Watergate, using audio clips from the era and new interviews with relevant parties to pick apart the scandal and the way it unfolded in the…

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