How Rihanna Crept Into Music As A Pop Princess Before Snapping Her Fingers & Becoming @badgalriri

While “Pon De Replay” might have been one of the summer anthems of 2005, it was the sort of Sean Paul-reminiscent track that could have easily belonged to the likes of a one hit wonder pop ingenue. Filled with the Barbadian rhythms that Rihanna would come to perfect on subsequent …

The Color Wheel Takes the Margot/Richie Dynamic Where Wes Anderson Wouldn’t

The steady presence of Alex Ross Perry in the world of what can still vaguely be constituted as “indie film” (once associated only with Miramax-distributed projects) began with 2009’s Impolex and continued, strangely, with an appearance in the behemoth of a self-pitying narrative that would launch Lena Dunham’s career, Tiny …

Black Panther: A Polemic That Can At Last Creep Into More Closed Minds

As one of the most momentous films released since, well, let’s face it, Gone With the Wind, Black Panther has an infinite amount of pressure to stand up to–to prove to all those studios who foolishly refrained from participating in making it that they’d made a huge mistake. And almost immediately Marvel Studios …

If Lana Del Rey Can Put A Car Into Space, So Can Elon Musk

In 2015, on the day of Lana Del Rey’s “High by the Beach” single release, an interview detailing her passion for the work of Elon Musk and SpaceX seemed almost antithetical to this end of the summer lament, all earthen yearnings (specifically for what weed enthusiasts like to call “the …

John Mahoney Is Not the Dad From Frasier, He’s the Dad From Say Anything…

It’s generally accepted that anyone who watched Frasier (and especially anyone who still watches it) is kind of a fucking weirdo. Not “sophisticated” like Frasier (Kelsey Grammer) and Niles (David Hyde Pierce), and not ever “blue collar” like Martin, but just a bit of an odd bird. That being said, the …