Another Dream Comes True in The Villages!: A Savage Journey into the American Dream in “Some Kind of Heaven”
America Is Doomed / Camp / Film

Another Dream Comes True in The Villages!: A Savage Journey into the American Dream in “Some Kind of Heaven”

Who among us can deny the alluring draw of golf carts circling and darting here and there in formation set to the rhythm of their instructor’s whistle and shouted directions, “Ted! Ted!!”? Certainly not me. Only a couple seconds into Lance Oppenheim’s intoxicating documentary Some Kind of Heaven, which opens with the faint sounds of … Continue reading

Jesus Loves Winners: Satirizing The American Scam In “Drop Dead Gorgeous”
Film / Trash

Jesus Loves Winners: Satirizing The American Scam In “Drop Dead Gorgeous”

“To live in a country where you can take an ugly old mountain and put faces on it—faces of great Americans who did so much to make our country super great—well, that just makes me…proud to be an American!” No, this perversely patriotic phrase wasn’t uttered at one of Trump’s demented and near unintelligible Rose … Continue reading

Tell Me I’m Your National Anthem: Pacifico Silano’s “John John”
Art

Tell Me I’m Your National Anthem: Pacifico Silano’s “John John”

After the dreamy crack of fireworks and a soar of cinematic strings, Lana Del Rey begins her lush love song “National Anthem” with the frank line: “Money is the anthem of success.” Celebrating the all-too-rich, beautiful and doomed, the corresponding 8-minute long video features Lana immersed in a Kennedy-esque Camelot fairytale with A$AP Rocky playing the JFK to Lana’s Jackie. Continue reading