A big devil’s-horns sign of appreciation for Iceland’s ‘Metalhead’

Can a movie inspire head-banging? The too-little-known Icelandic import Metalhead blows away the cliches of movies about music with a deeply felt coming-of-age story — and some inspired wailing on the guitar. Read more [...]

‘Christiane F.’: How the story of teenage junkies in West Berlin became a phenomenon

Screening at the L.A. Goethe-Institut on Wed., Sept. 16, 2015: At one point Christiane F. was the highest-grossing native film in West Germany, which is astonishing when you consider how dark it is. The movie features a soundtrack of Berlin-era David Bowie songs, and Bowie himself in concert. Read more [...]

‘Valerie and Her Week of Wonders’: what a phantasmagoria looks like

Finally out on a worthy Region 1 release: The 1970 Czech film Valerie and Her Week of Wonders offers an overload of stimuli. It's a surrealist take on a Gothic novel, filmed in a quasi-psychedelic style, with a "freak folk" score. Horror-fantasy has never looked or sounded so enchanting. Read more [...]

In honor of Record Store Day: Which character on ‘Mad Men’ would have the coolest record collection?

As Mad Men counts down to its final episode next month, I can't resist speculating what the gang at Sterling Cooper and their (un)loved ones might have listened to at home. Mad Men takes place during the heyday of the long-player and the hit 45, after all. Read more [...]