Some films are so deeply cool, you feel cool by association just basking in their flickering glow. Writer/director Jim Jarmusch’s latest art house happening, Only Lovers Left Alive, is definitely this rare sort of cinematic experience. A languorous, gorgeously detailed meditation on endless love, the film stars Tom Hiddleston and Tilda Swinton as a vampire couple with impeccable taste. Hiddleston sets the tone in the film’s opening scenes as Adam, an undead musical savant struggling with a deep depression brought on by the stupidity of human folly. Read More
This week, the hottest theater ticket in N.Y.C. isn’t a big-budget Broadway extravaganza, but rather, a wildly imaginative retelling of Beauty and the Beast making waves on the Lower East Side and earning rave reviews, most notably from The New York Times. Starring feminist burlesque “It” girl Julie Atlas Muz and her disabled British actor/writer hubby Mat Fraser, the tale is really two stories in one. The first is a visually stunning rendition of the classic fairy tale about a beauty who must repay her careless father’s debt by shacking up with a freaky beast. Read More
Danish writer/director Lars von Trier has seemingly always been obsessed with women and their oppression. In his most well-known films—Breaking the Waves, Dancer in the Dark, Antichrist, and most recently, Melancholia—his storylines invariably revolve around a tortured heroine whose alienation escalates to unbearable heights. And his latest release (which is actually two releases—Nymphomaniac: Volume I, out March 21, and Volume II, out April 4) is no different. Read More
When it comes to Santa, I can take him or leave him. Instead, the guy who REALLY gets me in the holiday spirit is John Waters. Widely considered “The Pope of Trash,” the cult filmmaker, writer, and raconteur extraordinaire has made his acclaimed one-man show A John Waters Christmas his trademark live event for years. And this time around, his smutty sleigh is pulling up to a new Hell’s Kitchen N.Y.C. Read More
The fact that Bettie Page Reveals All is about the endlessly enthralling “Queen of Pinups” would be enough to make it a riveting watch. But having the subject herself narrating her only authorized documentary makes the production even more compelling. In interviews conducted throughout the last decade of her life (she died in 2008 at 85), Page candidly tells her gripping story from childhood to old age. Read More
It’s a common problem: dressers stuffed to capacity with keepsake T-shirts from teams, alma maters, and epic rock shows that are 2 Cool + 2 Be = 4 Gotten. Sure, they’re all great reminders of ragers gone by, but how many of these shmatas do those who hoard them actually wear? The answer is most assuredly, “not many.” Which is why a T-shirt quilt is such a great gift idea. Read More
“I feel like I’m a war photographer,” says photojournalist Jo-Anne McArthur in Liz Marshall’s brave new documentary The Ghosts In Our Machine. “I am photographing history, and photographing changes in history right now, in terms of animal rights and where it’s going.” This sense of global shift—of an old world order being cleverly undermined by a newer, more compassionate one—permeates Marshall’s graphic, often upsetting meditation on how the animal kingdom is used and abused by humanity at large. Read More
As this year’s winner of Cannes’ coveted Palme d’Or prize, the festival’s highest honor, Blue is the Warmest Color couldn’t be anything but beautifully shot and conceptually top-notch. Famed French filmmaker Abdellatif Kechiche directs Léa Seydoux (Midnight in Paris) and newcomer Adèle Exarchopoulos in this coming-of-age tale, most notable for having more graphic sex scenes than you can count on five sticky little fingers. Read More
  Since today is World Vegetarian Day, and since I LOVE being a vegetarian, I thought I’d celebrate by sharing links to some of my fave go-to veg recipes. Some have been seen here on bust.com before because they were too delicious to keep to myself. And some are appearing here for the first time even though I eat ‘em up every chance I get. Read More