Lee Gardner Archives
- Film Review: Jodorowsky’s Dune
A film about a film that never was
- Film Review: Sorcerer
William Friedkin’s near-forgotten story of tropical torture
- Swing Set
Sax man Ellery Eskelin comes home for a residency at Towson
- Film Review: The Past
Asghar Farhadi’s second effort stumbles but doesn’t fall
- Film Review: Nostalghia
In the early ’80s, director Andrei Tarkovsky left his native Russia behind and devoted his first film shot outside the Soviet Union to looking back.
- Music Review: Carcass’ Surgical Steel and Gorguts’ Colored Sands
Carcass dubbed the short burst of creamy, harmonized guitar lines that opens its first album in 17 years “1985,” and it’s aptly titled.
- Film Review: The Grandmaster
Wong’s lack of interest in traditional movie action smacks you in the face.
- Bergen County Breakdown
Glenn Jones brings Jersey sensibility and John Fahey’s “Primitive” guitar licks to the Windup Space
- Book Review: Karen Houppert’s Chasing Gideon
Tales from the struggle to give poor defendants a chance
- Louder Than Hell: The Definitive Oral History of Heavy Metal
"They're in it for the pussy. The music's important too, but it's more about the pussy."
- Post Tenebras Lux
Directed by Carlos Reygadas
- The Friedkin Connection: A Memoir
Any film nerd hungry for stories of golden-age post-studio Hollywood adventure and excess will be sated.
- Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow
Slabs of broken stone lie in tumble-down piles as muted screams ebb and surge.
- What the Brothers Sang
Dawn McCarthy and Bonnie “Prince” Billy
- Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief
Lawrence Wright’s new book tackles the cult of Scientology
A married couple’s love faces its final test
- 2012 Top Ten in Home Video
Margaret, Heaven’s Gate, Beyond the Black Rainbow, Weekend, Alps, and more
- Zs Score: The Complete Sextet Works 2002-2007
Score: The Complete Sextet Works 2002-2007
Improvisation has been the cornerstone of contemporary underground music for a decade now, maybe two, the exploratory/winging-it impulse that launched a kabillion CD-Rs and warehouse-space sets
- Beyond the Black Rainbow
Beyond the Black Rainbow
Directed by Panos Cosmatos
At the Charles Theatre Nov. 14 at 9 p.m.
The numbers, red on black, slowly reveal themselves, one at a time: 1. 9. 8. 3. Even a few minutes into Beyond the Black Rainbow, the year is already almost a punchline.
- Sympathy for the Stones
Chris Forsyth reimagines Robert Frank’s elusive Rolling Stones tour doc Cocksucker Blues
- Baltimore for Kids
Having a kid changes your idea of fun, luckly baltimore offers plenty of opportunities to keep the tykes amused.
- The Yearly Grind
Pig Destroyer celebrates 15th anniversary with more “short, fast, and loud”
A cult classic featuring naked space vampires.
- The Silence of the Lambs
Over-the-top serial killers Hannibal the Cannibal and Buffalo Bill may chew up the screen, but Starling's at the center of the story.
- Technical Ecstasy
Local metal heroes Dying Fetus birth a new orthodoxy of extreme
Andrzej Zulawski’s exploration of a divorce goes for the gut
- Geoffrey Baker
A local photographer talks about documenting the survivors of the toughest marathon in the world
- We Have a Pope
What if you were offered one of the most powerful—and daunting—jobs on the planet, and what if you were wise enough to know exactly how daunting, nay impossible, such a position might be?
- The Innkeepers
A standard haunted-house flick but still packed with some scare power
- The Deep Blue Sea
The only thing that outshines Rachel Weisz in Terence Davies’ drama of postwar Britain is Davies himself
- Jiro Dreams of Sushi
David Gelb’s documentary opens by explaining/confirming its title: 85-year-old Jiro Ono spends all day, almost every day, preparing and making sushi.
- The Raid: Redemption
Indonesian martial-arts flick beats the crap out of tired Hollywood action
- The Kid With a Bike
The Kid With a Bike
Directed by Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne
At the Charles Theatre
Cyril (Thomas Doret)
knows his dad didn’t just leave him at a group home and move away with no plans of coming back. He certainly didn’t sell Cyril’s bike, despite th
- Steve Lehman Trio Dialect Fluorescent
A classic trio record, straight up.
- We Need to Talk About Kevin
Scottish director Lynne Ramsay’s flick about the mother of a murderer lacks subtlety
- Crazy Horse
Filmmaker Frederick Wiseman puts his focus on Le Crazy Horse de Paris, the French cabaret
- What Is an Alt-Weekly?
We’ve been trying to figure that out for 35 years
- Cover Story
Judging City Paper and life in Baltimore by 35 years’ worth of each
- Pallbearer: Sorrow and Extinction
This Arkansas doom quartet’s debut album is so distinctive and bitchin’
- Jerry D’s Seafood
Who doesn’t love a wee-nee?
- Friends With Kids
A new romcom really wants to be something other than another romcom and almost succeeds
- Eat Russia With Love
Pickles, dumpling, and other adventures in learning about the food of the other Motherland
- Stolichny European Deli
The 20 or so different salamis and sausages alone guarantee we’ll be back
- The Unthanks: Songs of Robert Wyatt and Antony and the Johnsons
Sisters Rachel and Becky make a modest career in singing/messing with traditional folk songs
- Thin Ice
Thin Ice suffers by comparison with another Midwestern white-out noir
- Blank City
Kino Lorber DVD and Blu-ray
Celine Danhier’s documentary on New York’s underground film scene delves so deep into NYC hipster history that it features photographs of director Jim Jarmusch with dark hair. Thus Blank City qualifies as essential
- Toss: A Gourmet Pizzeria
- Staging Over Manipulation
Gallery show examines the relationship between art, marketing, and even art marketing
- The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceausescu
For nearly three hours, you watch former Romanian Communist autocrat Nicolae Ceausescu give speeches
- A Separation
A gripping Iranian domestic mystery introduces a rare cinematic talent to American viewers
- Asghar Farhadi
A Separation’s director tells just enough of the truth (in his film)
- Do It Herself
Wye Oak’s Jenn Wasner flies solo as Flock of Dimes
- House of Holes - Nicholson Baker
Baker's sexcapade is raucous, raunchy ... and somehow quaint
- Fist fights & harmonies
The rise and fall of a legendary country duo
- Midtown BBQ and Brew
- Essential Killing
"Starring Vincent Gallo" wouldn't ordinarily be considered a sign of progress to a more nuanced view of the Afghanistan conflict
- Holding on to Jah: The Genesis of a Revolution
The way reggae and Rastafarianism arose and ultimately grew together
is the subject of a new documentary
- Satan Is Real: The Ballad of the Louvin Brothers
The Louvin Brothers' rise and fall as a unit and an act rightly forms
the substance of Charlie's lively recollection
- Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives
Thai film ponders the ineffable down on the farm
- Albert Nobbs
Glenn Close’s cross-dressing-servant passion project fumbles its passions
- Loinclöth: Iron Balls of Steel
Skull-oscillating total metal overkill, Loinclöth isn’t a joke
- Freud and Jung go toe-to-toe in A Dangerous Method
Talk?" Even in her wild agitation — barely able to force out words, writhing in her seat — Sabina Spielrein's puzzlement is clear. But that is exactly what her new physician...
- A Dangerous Method
When it comes to the roots of psychoanalysis, David Cronenberg’s latest isn’t all talk
Many of the best films in the western genre bear an elegiac quality
Roman Polanski’s black comedy mostly assaults your patience.
The uncategorizable trio talks Baltimore’s new thing, playing quietly, and the philosophy of Lil Wayne
- Week End
Directed by Jean-Luc Godard
At the Charles Theatre Jan. 14, 16, and 19
If there was ever a time for a Week End revival, it’s our wearily recessionary, Occupied era. This vivid restored print of Jean-Luc Godard’s 1967 era-ender can beam out ove
- Film Socialisme
John Huston was making great films right up until his death at 81
- The Short List
Esme Devra West, Independents, Sac au Lait, Attack! Attack!, and more
- People who died in 2011
Lesser-known but significant figures
- The Final Number
With the Iraq War over, we can stop adding up the casualties and start adding up the cost.
- People Who Died
Our annual homage to the late, little-known shapers of our world
- Tura Satana
The Sharpest Claws
- Sylvia Robinson
- Bert Jansch
It Don’t Bother Me
- Chul Hyun Ahn explores the Infinite Void
The humble materials in Ahn’s work help preserve an approachable quality
- Bobby Fischer Against the World
Virtually every American and billions around the planet knew his name
- The Short List
Bret Michaels, DJ Anchor, Dan Deacon Ensemble, Wye Oak, and more.
- The Future
The real make-or-break point for The Future comes early
- Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone
A solid documentary gets inside Fishbone’s extraordinary career
- New This Week
Alvin and the Chipmunks, Mission Impossible, Sherlock Holmes, and more
- World on a Wire
A lost Fassbinder sci-fi film returns to the screen, here in the future where it belongs
- Barry Levinson
The Baltimore-born director celebrates the 30th anniversary of Diner with a hometown screening—and a conversation about his career apart from Baltimoriana
A focus on aimless urban twentysomethings
- Will Hermes: Love Goes to Buildings on Fire
Five Years in New York That Changed Music Forever
- Gino’s Burgers and Chicken
Everyone went nuts at the news that the old-school burger franchise was reopening a location in Towson, we were curious, and suspicious.
- Atlas Sound: Parallax
Bradford Cox knows what he’s doing, Parallax remains resolutely indie in sonics, introverted in orientation.
It’s the end of the world as we know it, and Kirsten Dunst feels like crap
- The BSO Tackles Jeanne D’Arc au Bûcher
This weekend, Marin Alsop will take her customary place on onstage at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall for a rare, eclectic performance.
- Ross McElwee Bridges a Generation Gap In Photographic Memory
Ross McElwee bridges a new generation gap on camera
- MICA Students Create An On-the-Spot Portrait of Occupy Baltimore
A new MICA course called Visual Journalism requires students to take their drawing materials out into the city
- Putty Hill/Hamilton
Matt Porterfield’s portraits of his Baltimore hometown hit home video
- Tom Lawrence: Water Beetles of Pollardstown Fen
The microsonic world of a collection of aquatic insects biding their scant days on this earth in the waters of an alkaline marsh in County Kildaire, Ireland.
- The Skin I Live In
Pedro Almodóvar’s latest isn’t as good as it looks
- A Serbian Film
Porn, a child’s exposure to porn, explicit sex, physical abuse and degradation, explicit sex in front of a child, pedophilia, forced drug use, rape, murder, necrophilia, more physical abuse and degradation
- If This Is a General Election, Then These Are Endorsements
City Paper trots out its coverage of the various races.
- New This Week
The Grapes Of Wrath, Martha Marcy May Marlene, Tower Heist, A Very Harold and Kumar 3D Christmas, Went the Day Well?
- City of Life and Death
The Japanese Imperial Army does carry at least one mid-20th-century mass atrocity on its ledger.
- Take Shelter
When you think you have the extraordinary Jeff Nichols film all figured out, it proves you wrong. And then it does it again
- Secret Secrets: Chiromagica
opening the third eye wide with psych-rock.
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