On the Firing of Owen Gleiberman from Entertainment Weekly

Matt Zoller Seitz mourns the loss and assesses the damage: What really depresses me about Owen’s firing isn’t just that a fine writer got axed from a magazine that he helped define. It’s that the journalism industry, if you can even call it that anymore, is unwilling or unable to support writers like Owen, or Lisa [Schwarzbaum], or… I was about to list other critics … Continue reading On the Firing of Owen Gleiberman from Entertainment Weekly

Gioia Wars Spread to Movies

“Maybe I’m bad at my job, but I’ve rarely utilized anything from my college Film Theory course while writing a review. I’m sure it doesn’t hurt to have that information floating around in the back of my mind, but I don’t think it’s particularly essential. Maybe I’m wrong? Hell, I probably am, but at least for me, it hasn’t been an essential piece of the … Continue reading Gioia Wars Spread to Movies

Interview with Raul Sandelin (dir. A Box Full of Rocks)

Because he’s so closely identified with Creem magazine and Detroit on the one hand, and New York City and post-punk on the other, it’s easy to forget that Lester Bangs’s roots lie somewhere else entirely, in the small-ish (current population less than 100,000) town of El Cajon, CA, just outside of San Diego. Raul Sandelin’s feature-length documentary, A Box Full of Rocks: The El Cajon … Continue reading Interview with Raul Sandelin (dir. A Box Full of Rocks)