April 24, 2014 |
The penultimate episode of "Vikings" Season 2 airs Thursday, and it's packed with fighting, infighting and treachery. In "The Choice," debuting at 9 p.m. April 24 on History, the dispute between Ragnar Lothbrok and King Horik grows when they disagree on whether to negotiate with or fight against King Ecbert's army. Ragnar once again sits back and let's events unfold, observing just how much King Horik can screw things up. Ragnar also shows his pride for his son in the episode, dubbing him Bjorn Ironside for his prowess in battle.
December 3, 2013 |
Condoms: they are not perfect. A condom's job is basically to be there without seeming like it's there. It's the most important thing in your sexual life, in a way, and you never want to actually have to acknowledge it exists in the moment. Condoms are the character actors of the sex world, doing great work, never getting the love and credit they deserve. Condoms are John C. Reilly. But guess what! Bill Gates, Rich Person, has decided to donate lots of money toward making condoms better, because even the best ones kinda suck.
October 16, 2013 |
You can look at Eminem's new rap song, “Rap God,” in one of two ways. It's either “This is the sound of a man who hasn't been considered dope in a long time reminding people that hey, I'm not bad at this rap thing,” or “Wow, Eminem kinda fell off.” As far as the song itself, Eminem is a Ph.D candidate in rap studies, effortlessly switching the flow from slow and enunciated to homages of '80s one-hit wonders J.J. Fad and Chicago's...
August 26, 2013 |
When Andy Eninger co-founded GayCo through The Second City Training Center in 1996, DOMA had just been passed into law and such a thing as an LGBT sketch comedy group was almost unheard of. Now, 17 years and more than 25 comedy revues later, GayCo debuts its latest show, "#GodHatesHashtags," which explores LGBT life - and such topics as the inanity of social media profiles, the rise of twerking and the corporatization of gay rights groups -...
July 18, 2013 |
**** (out of four) When Quentin Tarantino delivers a violent cartoon like (the highly entertaining) “Kill Bill: Vol. 1,” no one bats an eye. “Sure, chop off as many limbs as you want,” viewers think. “We're all just kidding around.” Yet when a filmmaker depicts the ugliness of brutal violence, people reject it. Starring Ryan Gosling in another collaboration with director Nicolas Winding Refn (“Drive,” 2011's best movie), “Only God Forgives” was widely loathed at the Cannes Film Festival.
February 4, 2013 |
*** (out of 4) My Morning Jacket have always offered something of a mystical experience. Maybe it's the specter of the South that floats over the Kentucky band's music. Maybe it's just singer Jim James' voice, which is best described as celestial. Either way, to suggest (as some have) that it's a radical departure for James to head down a more spiritual road on his solo debut, “Regions of Light and Sounds of God,” would not be wholly accurate. Reportedly inspired by an old book about an artist's battle with demons, the...