America Undercover: Small Town Ecstasy

Buzzed: The Straight Dope About the Most Used and Abused Drugs from Alcohol to Ecstasy (1998) The Politics of Ecstasy (1998) Timothy Leary The HBO documentary series America Undercover spends 90 minutes at a  ...

The New Deal

Electronic music seems to have one specific, defining characteristic: it must be made on keyboard- or computer-based instruments, not with guitars and drums. The Canadian trio, The New Deal, have decided that’s a little restrictive for their tastes. They  ...

Point Blank

Just deciding to remake Point Blank was a big mistake on Mel Gibson's part, but he compounded the error in two ways in his 1999 film Payback: attempting to turn it into an ironic black comedy, and casting himself  ...

American Porn

The PBS series Frontline has aired documentaries on all sorts of "controversial" subjects over the years, and they've finally gotten around to the porn industry. Possibly because they're on PBS, and not a ratings-driven network, they take a slightly  ...

Cappadonna’s Iron Fist Pillage

It’s difficult to imagine a member of the rap group Wu-Tang Clan being familiar with Woody Allen’s What’s Up, Tiger Lily?, so it must be assumed that Cappadonna came up with Iron Fist Pillage’s concept on his own. He,  ...

Silent Running

He is Bruce Dern. He speaks for the trees. In the early 1970s, Hollywood went through one of its worst periods of puling earnestness, constantly attempting to enlighten its audience about some social problem or another. Silent  ...

The Fluffer

Porn actors are forever talking about the dream of "crossing over" to mainstream moviemaking. It'd be nice if somebody with porn-world experience did cross over, but as a screenwriter. Then maybe some movies which portray the "adult film industry"  ...