Keep Your “Supplies,” Or: What the Fuck is Justin Timberlake Doing?

With what will soon amount to five albums in sixteen years, former boy band staple Justin Timberlake has never bothered to get very political, relying instead on those classic motifs that made the likes of Elvis Presley and Ricky Nelson so “dreamy”: talk of love. Whether new love, love gone …

Class Envy: The Man Who Would Be Vogue vs. The Man Who Would Be FBI’s Most Wanted

With “The Man Who Would Be Vogue,” the first electrifying episode to kick off the second season of American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace, those faithfully devoted to the Ryan Murphy canon will instantly recognize the recurring motif of his work: a dedication to calling out the hypocrisy …

Børns to Die: Blue Madonna Album Highlights Are All About Lana Del Rey Collabs

Three years after the release of Børns’ debut album, Dopamine, his second offering to the music gods is a perfected product on a sound and motif that is so often missing from the pop world: innovation and meaning. With the positive reception of Dopamine, Børns flung himself head first into the touring …

File Under Why God Why?: Celine Dion’s “It’s All Coming Back to Me Now” Being Used in an Applebee’s Commercial

As though life was content to continue proving, “I will shit on everything you love,” Applebee’s use of the unspokenly sacrosanct power ballad that is “It’s All Coming Back to Me Now” is a new level of desecration–even when compared to Alan Ruck reviving Cameron Frye for the sake of …

No “Finesse” to What Bruno Mars & Cardi B Are “Doing”

Though the Cardi B and Bruno Mars collaboration, “Finesse,” a remix of a song already featured on the odious 24K Magic–the 2016 album that wouldn’t die–is ascending the charts at an alarming rate, one has to wonder, simply: why? So kids who didn’t grow up in the 90s can feel like …

Whether Miami, Tokyo or London, Taylor Swift’s “End Game” Video Is An Attempt to Channel “Carefreeness”

As Taylor Swift continues to retool her “reputation” to her advantage by becoming more of a bad girl, it seems the video for “End Game” is attempting to channel the ultimate in such terms, user name-wise: @badgalriri. Re-teaming with director Joseph Kahn (who was responsible for the heavy in ripoff …

Holiday & The Family Stone: The Artless Implications of What Happens When The Sister You’re Not Dating Has It Going On

Ah, is there any more complex relationship than the one shared between sisters? Likely not. For, in contrast to the brother-brother or brother-sister permutation, there can be no greater source of deep-seated competition rooted in jealousy than the rapport that exists among deux soeurs–especially ones close enough in age to …

Anger Begets Anger & Then Some in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri–Especially If You See It Post-Golden Globes Win

Martin McDonagh, a longtime playwright who has been quoted as saying he possesses a “respect for the whole history of films and a slight disrespect for theatre,” proved himself immediately in the former category with his feature debut, In Bruges. Going from that to Seven Psychopaths (a Guy Ritchie-esque sort …