| Jan 18, 2014
| 4:30 AM
A human corpse is on the receiving end of much of the so-called humor in "God's Pocket," but it's the movie that feels dead on arrival, a strained and tedious pileup of small-town stupidity that might more honestly have been titled "Sad Sacks 'R' Us."...
| Jan 27, 2014
| 1:43 PM
In an effort to correct the missteps of literary history, Bookslut has launched the Daphne, a prize for the best book published 50 years ago. Sure, there was a National Book Award in 1963 -- but Bookslut thinks it went to the wrong title.
| Dec 26, 2013
| 2:21 PM
In its simplest terms, “Her” — the new feature from director Spike Jonze — is a romance between a man and his computer. Or, to be more accurate, between a man and an artificial intelligence construct that seems to have every...
| Dec 10, 2013
| 7:00 AM
When the 2013 Oscars opened in February, host Seth MacFarlane declared that the show had a theme. The Academy Awards, MacFarlane said, would be celebrating the marriage of film and music. Though such a thesis may have been obscured by the ensuing song-...
| Dec 10, 2013
| 10:30 AM
Much has been made of the vocal performance that Scarlett Johansson delivers as the title character in Spike Jonze's latest film, "Her," about a computer operating system named Samantha who falls for her human owner Theodore Twombly (Joaquin Phoenix)....
| Nov 7, 2013
| 6:30 PM
Of the year's 10 top-grossing films, three fit what the Academy celebrates via its 13-years-young animated feature category: "Despicable Me 2," "Monsters University" and "The Croods."
But then, what do you call "Iron Man 3," "Oz the Great and Powerful,"...
| Oct 23, 2013
| 3:48 PM
Here’s one scene you won’t be seeing in “Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa” when it hits theaters Friday.
Rendered unrecognizable in heavy prosthetic makeup as his libidinous 86-year-old grandfather character, “Jackass”...
| Oct 31, 2013
| 2:30 PM
Spike Jonze will be busy this Sunday. Along with serving as the creative director for the YouTube Music Awards in New York, he'll be shooting a "live music video" for Arcade Fire's "Afterlife" track off their "Reflektor" album at the ceremony.
| Oct 13, 2013
| 12:29 PM
NEW YORK — Over a two-decade directing career, Spike Jonze has often been about the big hook, visually and conceptually. In his videos and films, he's offered up plenty of ideas, and made them look sharp to boot. But could he square all that with...
| Sep 30, 2013
| 9:00 PM
Pop phenomenon Lady Gaga, rapper Eminem and indie rock darling Arcade Fire are among the mainstream acts to headline the inaugural YouTube Music Awards.
YouTube will host its first live-streamed music awards show Nov. 3 to honor top performers and...
| Dec 1, 2012
Never mind the Morlocks. For a book lover, the most chilling scene in the 1960 screen adaptation of "The Time Machine" is the one in which the Time Traveler is taken to the decrepit library of the Eloi race. "I can learn all I want about you from books,"...