Shot the Piano Player (Tirez sur le pianiste)

Let’s just get this out of the way: the book is better. Shoot The Piano Player by David Goodis is a poetic, bleak story about a man who hides from his shattered life by doing the only thing he  ...

The Bank Dick

Click the poster to buy it at MovieGoods.com W.C. Fields was and remains a comic hero to the world’s misanthropes. His perennial character was a thinly disguised version of his offscreen personality: a man  ...

3 A.M.

Something like an Abel Ferrara take on Jim Jarmusch’s Night On Earth, 3 A.M. is an interesting attempt at a movie, which fails because it overstuffs itself. There are at least four plots here, each one jockeying for attention  ...

Below the Under – The Color Red

The Color Red is a young, up-and-coming rock band whose songs are melodic enough for easy listener access (that is, they've got choruses), but still retain a hard, almost metal edge. The metal element emerges most clearly on this  ...

Resurrection Blvd.

One day a movie or TV show will tell the story of a Latino family as dysfunctional as the family in The Ice Storm — a family whose members resent and avoid one another, take meals together as a  ...

Atlas Eclipticales, Winter Music, 103 – John Cage

Suggested reading: Silence (1973), John Cage Talking Music: Conversations With John Cage, Philip Glass, Laurie Anderson, and Five Generations of American Experimental Composers (1999), William Duckworth The music of John Cage represents "difficulty"  ...

Big Fun – Miles Davis

Big Fun is one of the forgotten items in Miles Davis's discography. Recorded with four different bands (one for each of its album-side-long cuts), it falls somewhere between the expansive soundscapes of Bitches Brew and the chugging, anarchic funk-noise  ...

Layin’ In The Cut – James Carter

Tenor saxophonist James Carter has risen to relative prominence in the current "serious" jazz scene; he's not the name Joshua Redman is, but he's a far better and less hokey player, not as willing to blatantly pander to the  ...