Nicolas Cage on going full Nicolas Cage in Mandy: "It is something I surf with"

There are three sides to Nicolas Cage. There is Serious Actor Cage, who produces humane, Oscar-winning performances that mask a deep, boiling sea of emotion behind his bleary eyes. There is Left Behind Cage, in which he murmurs for awhile until they give him his check. And there is, well, Cage Cage, where viewers feel…

This oral history of the Judgment Night soundtrack doubles as a history of rap-rock

Stephen Hopkins’ Judgement Night is a decent enough action-noir, but more people remember the soundtrack than they actually do the movie itself, which was shuffled out of theaters quickly due to poor box office return and a well-publicized shooting that unfolded during a screening. A new oral history of the soundtrack

David Simon pens anti-Twitter opus, calls its CEO "a fuckbonnet for our time"

David Simon hasn’t stopped doling invective upon Twitter since the social media platform slapped The Wire and The Deuce creator with a two-week suspension for telling CEO Jack Dorsey to “die of boils.” Now, in a lengthy, vitriolic, and frequently hilarious blog post on his personal website, Simon has distilled his…

Let's figure out what "big franchise film," codenamed "Huckleberry," Werner Herzog is in

Werner Herzog’s career contains multitudes: The German filmmaker risked his life to craft some of the ‘70s’ and ‘80s’ most daring films, before emerging as one of our most ambitious modern documentarians. What often gets lost in the maelstrom of the man is his acting, which has found him playing it straight (Jack

Which pop-culture depictions of sex work resonate most with actual sex workers? 

The Deuce, David Simon’s sleazy, big-hearted look at porn and prostitution in ‘70s New York City, returned for its second season last night, delivering a compelling hour reintroducing us to sprawling ensemble. Still, though the show may offer a raw, empathetic look into the era’s subculture, that doesn’t mean it…

Here's an exhaustive breakdown of each Trump cohort's Simpsons analog

Comparing pop culture figures to the cretins in President Donald Trump’s circle is nothing new, but, Jesus Christ, a writer named Alessandro King has definitively conquered this particular brand of meme. When he promised on Twitter to discover the “Simpsons analog” of “everyone in Trump’s orbit” he wasn’t kidding, and…

Important work is being done toward a unified theory of famous, likable bros

Now that self-proclaimed “nerds” and “fanboys” have emerged as villains in our great culture wars, it’s come time to reevaluate the “bro” and just why the word has become such a dirty one. Sure, you know you’re in bad company when some lughead can’t address you or anyone else without it, but what of the good and…