Doomsday Films: A Compendium
Jun10

Doomsday Films: A Compendium

The end of the world may or may not come. That Mayan calendar thing turned out to be nothing, Y2K did not cause planes to fall from the sky. Television and tent revival preachers have been predicting the end of days for generations. It may be the second coming, a rogue comet hurtling toward Earth, nuclear annihilation,
or any of many other options.

Read More
The Return of Haim + Two Other Pop Records We Need Right Now
May29

The Return of Haim + Two Other Pop Records We Need Right Now

As we wait out over a month before Este, Danielle and Alana officially unveil the album, it can be comforting to know that there are plenty of other artists within the same vein delivering considerably excellent work, and we need to give them attention.

Read More
Pick Six: Overlooked Tracks of 2017
May26

Pick Six: Overlooked Tracks of 2017

Music did its best to try and apply soothing antiseptic to an otherwise frightening 2016. At least we had some sort of positive, yeah? The incredibly strong year for music has seen no issue carrying over, seamlessly, into the first three-plus months of the new year.

Read More
Krull & the Creation of a Critic
Apr27

Krull & the Creation of a Critic

Movies are meant to do a lot of things: Shine light into a dark world, educate, enlighten and bring truth to the screen. They’re meant to tell a story that you’ve never been told before, or put a new spin on a tale you’ve heard before.

Read More
Blood Simple
Apr25

Blood Simple

Though the film has a seemingly linear storyline, there is still an eerie sense of unpredictability: the unconventional structure and tone makes sense, all of these years later, when you are familiar with the unmistakable abilities of the movie’s creators.

Read More
The Red Shoes
Apr16

The Red Shoes

Sweat lacquered, brow furrowing, thirsty dudes are on the hunt to destroy everyone’s careers, even their own, in Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger’s 1948 classic, The Red Shoes.

Read More
Forgetting for an Hour: Colors, Waves, Broad Strokes
Apr14

Forgetting for an Hour: Colors, Waves, Broad Strokes

The symphonic infrastructure of art across all mediums does indeed still exist in 2017, but it requires some digging beneath the surface to unearth, especially in music and cinema.

Read More
Drink Up with the Popravinas
Apr09

Drink Up with the Popravinas

Formed in Los Angeles in 1983, the Mutts built up a legend for raucous live shows, ragged pop gems about blondes with bangs, John Hughes movies and the burning desire to live in San Diego.

Read More
Eyes Without a Face
Apr02

Eyes Without a Face

It is clear to see the influence this film has had on certain works from the likes of John Carpenter, Pedro Almodovar, Guillermo Del Toro, and countless others.

Read More
Bacchanal to Basics: Low Ceilings & Loud Music in ’80s San Diego
Mar30

Bacchanal to Basics: Low Ceilings & Loud Music in ’80s San Diego

Back before the earth cooled and life crawled from the primordial ooze, nightclubs dotted San Diego’s map. The Spirit (off of Morena Boulevard) always had great bands running through and if they knew my I.D. was fake, they never made a big deal out of it.

Read More

Like Cinema Spartan? Help spread the word by sharing with your friends!