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MGMT and the Plot to Save Indie Music

Mark R. Collins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Mark R. Collins

MGMT's new album is an EP devoid of singles, decidedly different from the band's breakout album, Oracular Spectacular.

Mighty Movie Podcast: Survivors' Stories: Mia Hansen-Love on The Father of My Children

Dan Persons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

The reported death of the serious, small drama -- the kind of things that major studios used to do before opening-weekend grosses became all-important...

Mighty Movie Podcast Interviews: Waking Sleeping Beauty and Chloe

Dan Persons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

This episode features interviews with Don Hahn and Peter Schneider of Waking Sleeping Beauty, the documentary that looks at how, in 1984, the Disney Company sought to revivify their moribund animation division.

Cinefantastique Podcast: Shrek Forever After and Survival of the Dead

Dan Persons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

This week, the Cinefantastique Horror, Fantasy & Science Fiction Podcast scrutinizes a pair of sequels that seem to have nothing in common: Shrek Fore...

Mighty Movie Podcast Interviews: Survival of the Dead and Micmacs

Dan Persons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

Y'know, people probably shouldn't be this gleeful about issues of mortality, but in the cases of the movies being discussed in this episode, we're kin...

Indie Filmmaking Is a Marathon, Not a Sprint

Abe Schwartz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Abe Schwartz

I wrote the first draft script forBad Batch, my first feature, about 3 years ago. I joined a writer's group in which the challenge was to write a full screenplay in 2 weeks. This got my ass in gear to write something I knew I eventually would want to direct on a tight budget.

What Makes Art "Christian?": Flannery O'Connor, Sufjan Stevens, and Vocation

Christopher Cocca | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Christopher Cocca

The questions ought to be: does this song make us stop? Does this book make us think? Does this art feel like the suffering we know and the hope we hope for anyway?

Mighty Movie Podcast: Magic is in the Details: Tomm Moore on The Secret of Kells

Dan Persons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

I'm not sure when I first heard of The Secret of Kells. Probably last year, likely through AICN, definitely way before it wound up on the Oscar nomine...

Mighty Movie Podcast Interview: The Exploding Girl and Tales from the Script

Dan Persons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

So actress Zoe Kazan slips into the room, gives director Bradley Rust Gray a hug, and lingers a minute to answer a couple of questions. Quite unantici...

Mighty Movie Podcast: It's Beautiful, Now It's Mine: The Art of the Steal Interview

Dan Persons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

At one point in the new film The Art of the Steal, one of the people protesting the moving of Dr. Albert Barnes' art collection (Picasso, Modigliani, ...

Mighty Movie Podcast: All Power to the Pilgrim: Jessica Hausner on Lourdes

Dan Persons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

Lourdes observes the day-to-day process of nuns, priests, and wait staff serving a steady flow of faithful, and tracks what happens when Christine stands from her wheelchair and starts walking.

Mighty Movie Podcast: Family Crash: Michael Palmieri and Donal Mosher on October Country

Dan Persons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

A tangent here, but stick with me: At the beginning of the animated film, My Neighbors the Yamatas, director Isao Takahata envisions the world of his ...

The Best Bands in the US(LA): The Monolators

Jonathan Kim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Jonathan Kim

Anchored by the husband and wife team of Eli and Mary Chartkoff, the Monolators have been scorching and seducing Silver Lake/Echo Park/Eagle Rock audiences for nearly eight years.

The Bestest Films 2009

Marc Ruxin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marc Ruxin

Two of the scariest movies of the years had nothing to do with alien prawns or paranormal activity but were obviously one-sided explorations of how we humans treat animals (or mammals).

Mighty Movie Podcast: Lars von Trier's Antichrist: A Conversation

Dan Persons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

"Lars von Trier isn't going to talk to a lot of press." Yeah, yeah; yadda-yadda. But just because he isn't talking to us doesn't mean we can't talk about him, particularly about his childhood.

Fantastic Mr. Fox: This Roald Dahl Adaptation Gets It Somewhat Right

Alex Remington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Alex Remington

Fantastic Mr. Fox the film is about realizing that you can't run from who you are. But like Where the Wild Things Are, the movie has an uneven tone thanks to its adapters and intended audience

My Favorite Records of the Decade

Chris Campbell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Chris Campbell

Nothing has given me more pleasure this year and this decade than music. It's my therapist, joy, shoulder, understanding and just about everything else that compliments the emotions.

Mighty Movie Podcast: The Underdog Bites Back: Tom Hooper on The Damned United

Dan Persons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

I've got nothing against sports films that exult in good sportsmanship and the triumph of the underdog. But I'm more inclined towards films like The Damned United that scrape past the noble veneer of sports.

Mighty Movie Podcast: Shrieks from the '80s: Ti West on The House of the Devil

Dan Persons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

The Saw franchise may be more efficient in logging a body count, but The House of the Devil is the kind of film that reminds you how cool it is to settle back and just let the dread soak in.

Matt Osborne | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Matt Osborne

This has been a decade of complete, systemic government fail by people who disbelieve in the concept of effective governance.

ACL 2009 Festival Highlights: Them Crooked Vultures, Dirty Projectors, Bon Iver, Pearl Jam and More

Stephanie Keller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Stephanie Keller

Three days, 130 bands, eight stages. Downpours and all, there was no shortage of enjoyed spectacle and divine sounds over the weekend at the Austin City Limits Festival.

Mighty Movie Podcast: The Script That Kills: Austin Peck on The Blue Tooth Virgin

Dan Persons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

A TV writer tries his hand at a feature film. His friend reads the script, thinks it's an ungodly mess of muddled symbolism and Freud 101 anxieties. "Be honest," the writer says.

Mighty Movie Podcast: These Moments in Time: Michael Almereyda on Paradise

Dan Persons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

Michael Almereyda is no stranger to toying with film form. His latest documentary, the deceptively free-form Paradise, is an affecting -- dare I say, paradisiacal -- experience.

On the Rise: A Call to ARMS

Jon Chattman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jon Chattman

"I've been sort of kicking myself for not writing Grizzly Bear's 'Two Weeks. Too perfect," Golstein said. "I'm going to cover it just so I can make myself feel a little better."

MOONing for Earth

Christal Smith | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Christal Smith

Moon is about the vital role that furry slippers can play in mankind's exploration of outer space. And along the way it's about what happens when you meet your own clone.