Stay Home: Four Great New Indie Movies, Available On Demand

As we've mentioned in the past, Labor Day weekend is one of the worst on the Hollywood calendar. It's when studios dump their duds, knowing full well that everyone is too busy doing one last barbecue before summer ends. So rather than suffering through The November Man or As Above, So Below, why not treat… » 8/27/14 9:40am Yesterday 9:40am

Restaurant Removes Bacon Sign, Ignites Culture War

This is it, folks. This just might be it. Your love of bacon will bring you to ruin, our ancestors said, but did we listen? Did we heed? No we did not. And now: Here we are, careening bacon-scented over the precipice of disaster. "My grandfather was alive in 2014," they will say, huddled furtive over a… » 8/26/14 3:07pm Tuesday 3:07pm

Stone Arrogant Bastard: An Obnoxious Name For An Outstanding Beer

Time Out Chicago's Amy Cavanaugh recently criticized Pig Minds Brewing for naming their new blueberry beer "PD California Style Ale." The label features a waist-down image of a cartoon lady in a skirt with her underwear around her ankles, leaving no doubt what PD stands for: This beer is designed to make women drop… » 8/26/14 12:16pm Tuesday 12:16pm

Get Bent: I Watched The Simpsons Marathon For 24 Hours Straight

I wasn't allowed to watch The Simpsons growing up. It wasn't until I was 10 or so that my parents let my sister and I watch a single episode, and then only because they'd heard it had some kind of moral: "Bart learns a lesson," something along those lines. I remember the exact episode: "Radio Bart," season 3,… » 8/26/14 10:37am Tuesday 10:37am

Beyoncé's VMAs Performance, With Her Vocals Isolated

When we put up the isolated vocal track from Taylor Swift's MTV Video Music Awards performance last night, skeptics protested that "you could do that with any performer and it would sound just as bad." In response, here's Beyoncé's full 16-minute, show-ending mini-set, using just the unaltered audio from her… » 8/25/14 12:37pm Monday 12:37pm

This Awkward Report From The Urbana Sweetcorn Fest Is Full Of Lies

Maggie Hockenberry had the unenviable task of up-selling the Urbana Sweetcorn Fest in Urbana, Illinois and every step of the way the camera saw right through her. "Oh my gosh, Amanda. Downtown Urbana, corn is what everybody's craving. There's a line behind me of people just waiting to get their ears." She turned… » 8/23/14 12:12pm Saturday 12:12pm

Good Night, Don Pardo, 1918-2014

Don Pardo was an announcer at NBC for 60 years. He started in television so long ago it was on the radio, in 1944. The heaviest moment of his career was in 1963, when he was "booth announcer" on a shift at WNBC-TV in New York. Pardo did an off-camera "rip-and-read," from a big marked-up paper printout of an Associated… » 8/22/14 4:01pm Friday 4:01pm

Film Noir For Dummies—Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, Reviewed

1. The original Sin City movie felt so inventive and revolutionary in 2005 that it's not really fair to make fun of it for how poorly it holds up now ... but you can't help it. For all the loveliness of Frank Miller's compositions—and considering how lousy his co-director Robert Rodriguez's movies usually look, it's… » 8/22/14 2:00pm Friday 2:00pm

How To Fix The Police: A Former Chief Is Here To Take Your Questions

Norm Stamper is a retired Seattle police chief, columnist, advisory board member of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, and the author of Breaking Rank: A Top Cop's Exposé of the Dark Side of American Policing. He is in the comments below and ready to take your questions about Ferguson, militarization of police… » 8/22/14 2:00pm Friday 2:00pm

Big In Jamaica: Why Reggae Fans Mysteriously Love Air Supply

Last week, English art&b enigma FKA twigs released her much-feted debut album, LP1. Born to a Spanish mother and a father of Jamaican heritage, and raised in the large Jamaican expat community of Gloucestershire, the artist also known as Tahliah Barnett is a backup dancer turned singer/fashion cipher/abstract… » 8/22/14 12:43pm Friday 12:43pm

A Bunch Of Terrible People Have Raised Over $130,000 For Darren Wilson

Someone has started a Gofundme page for Darren Wilson, the police officer who shot and killed an unarmed 18-year-old named Mike Brown earlier this month. The fund exists to raise financial support for Wilson and his family to use during this "trying time in their lives." So far, nearly $140,000 has been raised, and a… » 8/21/14 2:20pm 8/21/14 2:20pm

The Heroic Trio: A Female-Superhero Classic For Stoners Everywhere

Recently, news circulated that we are finally getting a full movie about a female superhero. It's going to be a spinoff of the current not-great Spider-Man series, and we don't yet know if the female superhero in question is going to be Spider-Woman or Silver Sable or the Black Cat or what. It's a few years off. But… » 8/21/14 12:27pm 8/21/14 12:27pm