May 2010

“If the guy I was then met the guy I am now, he’d beat the shit out of me.” “SLC Punk!” is a strange amalgamation of elements that seem to be operating at cross-purposes. It has passages reminiscent of John Hughes, “Sid and Nancy,” and Tarantino, a tone that convincingly encompasses dramatic shifts in temperament […]

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In “Iron Man 2,” Robert Downey Jr. again plays Tony Stark, the wealthy, selfish industrialist who is out to bring about world peace and stroke his giant ego at the same time. Thanks to Downey and a terrific cast that includes Gwyneth Paltrow, Scarlett Johanssen, Sam Rockwell, and Don Cheadle, this sequel is lighthearted and […]

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Sometimes the best tunes come from the spark of an outside collaborator. David Bowie entered the studio to sing backing tracks for a new Queen song, but ended up working with the group on another song called “Still Life.” Eventually that morphed into “Under Pressure,” which was credited to Bowie and all four members of […]

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Warren Cantrell (who spun off his love of writing Top 10s into his own website, 10rant) returns to Scene-Stealers! If you have an idea for a Top 10, email me at eric@scene-stealers.com. Here’s Warren: With the new versions of “Nightmare on Elm Street” and “Robin Hood” upon us, I thought it was time to tackle […]

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[Update: Listen to Phil’s interview on The Authority Smashing Hour (roughly 16:30-30:00) discussing the film and relevant topics with its director Jonathan Shockley.] “The public mind might have funny ideas about democracy.” Can a society whose political system functions in accordance with the self-serving strategies of big business call itself democratic? Is limited, programmed public […]

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