5 Songs That Remind Me of Movies

I haven’t done one of these lists in a while, which is a bummer, because they’re always a lot of fun and they inspire spirited feedback. But when a dear childhood friend of mine mentioned on Facebook that he can’t hear the song “Just Once” by James Ingram without thinking of the heart-wrenching ending of […]

Gimme Shelter

Roadside Attractions PG-13 for mature thematic material involving mistreatment, some drug content, violence and language — all concerning teens. Running time: 101 minutes. One and a half stars out of four. “Gimme Shelter” is a clunkily-made, batshit-crazy parable that hammers you over the head with its Christian, anti-abortion message. An after-school special blown up on […]

What the Flick?! — Gimme Shelter

It’s just a shot away … it’s just a shot away … Wait, sorry. This is not a documentary about the rioting at Altamont, nor is it an analysis of Martin Scorsese’s use of pop music in his films. But man, you’ll wish it were. Vanessa Hudgens continues to shed her Disney Channel trappings as […]

Hollywood’s Biggest Morning

Oscar nominations morning is actually really fun, despite the ungodly hour. For years, I’d cover the nominations from the Academy on Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills alongside all the other reporters and producers. Everyone’s in a good mood, if a bit bleary-eyed, buzzing on a combination of caffeine and expectation. This morning, I rolled out […]