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(Photo courtesy Eric Himan)
Eric Himan is a tattooed rocker from Tulsa, but his approach to songwriting is folkier than you’d expect, jazzy in a timeless way, and consummately sensitive. The out musician has also written many songs that represent a specifically gay point of view, and that still qualifies as a novel and kickass idea in 2013. He values his personal perspective and independence, and that comes across loud and clear — albeit breezily — in his cool and distinct music.
Himan’s new album Gracefully showcases that fierce honesty, and the disc’s striking video “Red Hot Tears” tells you almost everything you need to know about him: He’s commanding even when he’s announcing a teary-eyed weakness. And as you might remember, I personally can’t get enough of the song.
We caught up with Himan to discuss his songwriting influences, living in Tulsa, and his gay artistic hero of choice. »
- Louis Virtel
Brad Pitt's star power helps his new film avoid disaster. So what does it take to make a genuine modern mega-flop?
You can almost taste the disappointment in the air: World War Z turned out all right, after all. "Advanced word said [it] was the walking dead. This was the giant zombie turkey, come screeching from the shadows to tear the careers of director Marc Forster and producer/star Brad Pitt to shreds," wrote Henry Barnes in this paper, before admitting the film to be "a punchy, if conventional action thriller".
As anyone who understands the ecosphere of Hollywood will know, this was most ungentlemanly of Pitt, the only thing keeping the press alive during the wall-to-wall marketing jamboree of the summer being the slim hope that one film will mount the diving board and execute a perfect triple summersault and twist, before going splat on to the concrete. With bear-baiting now illegal, »
- Tom Shone
This week "Bullet to the Head" hits the big screen and marks the long awaited return of a singular voice in American film, Walter Hill. His first film since 2002's marginal prison boxing movie "Undisputed," Hill is probably best known for his role in Ridley Scott's "Alien." Hill produced and co-wrote (with frequent collaborator David Giler) the original script, adding in the Ash reveal and developing the characters more fully. (Together with Joel Silver and Robert Zemeckis, Giler and Hill would co-create the highly influential "Tales from the Crypt" TV series; Hill would direct three of the series' most memorable episodes, including the pilot.) As a writer/director, Hill has had a long and varied career. On the eve of the release of "Bullet to the Head," we thought we would run down his five best films. In recent years, Hill's surly disposition has gotten the better of him, »
- Drew Taylor
3 items from 2013
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