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The Best Generation X Movies Ever: 7 Totally Zeitgeisty Films That Aren't On Your Sucky Listicle

(26) Comments | Posted June 4, 2013 | 2:20 PM

Welcome to the all-time greatest collection of Generation X movies ever assembled. Or as I like to call it: My so-called listicle.

The genesis of this totally tight compilation began last week in Lincoln Square, after I caught a screening of Before Midnight, the third installment in Richard Linklater's warmly...

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Can We Please Stop Pretending Taylor Swift Is a Tortured Artist?

(91) Comments | Posted August 30, 2012 | 1:54 PM

There are a lot of reasons to be angry these days. Just look around. Unemployment, homophobia, foot-in-mouth politicians, the fact that Erin Burnett has a show -- valid targets for outrage are all around us, which makes it all the more perplexing why so many of today's pop-music icons seem...

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What Makes a Great Rock Biopic? (Hint: It's Not Factual Accuracy)

(6) Comments | Posted July 16, 2012 | 3:28 PM

Midway through Oliver Stone's 1991 film, The Doors, Jim Morrison and the boys are in a recording studio when a car commercial comes on television featuring a bubblegummy version of "Light My Fire." Morrison, played to dusky precision by Val Kilmer, scowls at the small screen in disbelief. Upon discovering...

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Chasing Amy Winehouse: The Cult of the 27 Club and Why It's Good for Music

(3) Comments | Posted July 2, 2012 | 6:33 PM

This month will mark the first anniversary of the death of Amy Winehouse, a pop-music princess who accomplished that rare feat of achieving mass commercial appeal without sinking to the lowest common denominator. Sacrificing neither rawness nor honesty, the terminally troubled songstress managed to make waves in an overly pitch-corrected...

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Perpetual Virginity: Five Writers Who Turned Unrequited Love Into Literary Gold

(2) Comments | Posted June 26, 2012 | 12:48 PM

"There is always some madness in love," wrote Friedrich Nietzsche, "but there is also always some reason in madness."

Coming from a philosopher whose mustache looked like a wounded tribble, ruminations on sanity should always be taken with a grain of salt. But it turns out Nietzsche...

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The Myth of the Tortured Artist -- and Why It's Not a Myth

(15) Comments | Posted June 18, 2012 | 3:46 PM

It's always been my belief that all great art comes from pain. Van Gogh painted The Starry Night while in emotional torment; Lennon and McCartney forged their creative partnership following the death of their respective mothers; Milton penned Paradise Lost after losing his wife, his daughter, and his eyesight. Such...

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