What’s new this week?
- Frightened Rabbit performed another installment of A.V. Undercover with its version of Cheap Trick’s “Surrender.”
- We welcomed our new film editor, A.A. Dowd, so get ready to see his name popping up a lot more in the coming weeks/months/years/millennia.
- In honor of 4/20, we made a list of cinematic drug experiences that don’t go over the top and a list of heroic stoners in film.
- Jason Heller delved into The Cure’s lengthy discography, offering up entry points for those looking for a way to appreciate Robert Smith’s pop songs and goth-tinged post-punk in equal measure.
- Donal Logue told us several great stories behind the most memorable (or least memorable, as the case may be) characters he’s played.
- As a response to a Wall Street Journal article that unfairly maligned metal, the aforementioned Heller defended the genre in a piece that poked holes in the myth of the “metallectual.”
- With Record Store Day imminent, we used Hear This as a way to look at reissues we’re hoping to nab this weekend.
- Joshua Alston asked us to consider the way white film critics have pulled their punches when it comes to Tyler Perry movies, and why that may be changing.
- Todd VanDerWerff explained how the producers of Rhoda killed the show by making it better and how to save network television.
This week in Great Job, Internet!:
- Patton Oswalt rambled on for quite a while about what the next Star Wars movie should be, and it was glorious.
- Every fake website from Law & Order was compiled in one handy supercut. It’s almost as good as the Tumblr that chronicles every time a character was spotted eating food while walking on the street.
What are we arguing about this week?
A reader asked our staff what album we’ve loved the longest, and we offered up responses that were, overall, pretty solid. Way to be, former selves.
See: Rob Zombie’s The Lords Of Salem is an ambitious, trippy, and somewhat spotty affair that both benefits and suffers from its missteps.
Read: William Friedkin exorcises his past in his detailed new memoir, offering a glimpse into the life of one of the premier film directors of the ’70s.
Listen to: After teasing new music in 10-second loops for weeks, Daft Punk released a new song in full.
Watch: An effective Parks And Recreation doubleheader offers up a hilarious guest appearance from Patton Oswalt and the departure of the bumblingly loveable Jerry.