The new Netflix documentary, Tony Robbins: I Am Not Your Guru, was doomed from the start. Going in, I was unaware that the film, which grants a crew unprecedented access to document Tony Robbins’ $5,000 six-day motivational retreat, Date With Destiny, was funded by its own subject. This is kind of like when I knew Saving Mr. Banks, a fictional film about Walt Disney, couldn’t be both a Disney production and the profile we need of the progenitor of one of the world’s most influential companies. Even without this problematic funding issue, this documentary was made by a man, Joe Berlinger, who recently attended Date With Destiny and was moved enough to share the event with the world. In other words, aside from the major problem of Robbins funding his own portrayal, this film was preordained to be promotional.Read More
This week Steve K, Steve C and a special guest discuss their favorite tracks from each Tears for Fears record and talk about the upcoming show in Grand Rapids, MI.
BONUS: No annoying audio issues this time! WOO HOO!Read More
With every Tears For Fears album and B-side dissected what else could there possibly be for Steve and Steve to discuss? VIDEOS! This week we spend some quality time with Tears For Fears extensive music video backlog, as well as several live concerts and the music documentary, Scenes From the Big Chair.Read More
In honor of the fifth anniversary of Drive, Adam and Jake take a look at the career of the most famous Danish filmmaker not named "Von Trier" or "Dreyer," Nicolas Winding Refn. Is NWR still pumping out hyper-stylized, stone-cold classics, or has he jumped the shark?Read More
Historically, the romantic comedy genre is about the cohabitation of males and females. Rom coms are known for using the Battle of the Sexes trope to mine comedy and conflict, all in the name of finding true love. Within this prototype, heteronormativity and accepted gender roles are both reflected and negotiated. Recently, I watched What Women Want (2000), Kate & Leopold (2001), and Little Black Book (2004). Besides all being romantic comedies, these three aren’t explicitly tied by much, but each film is uniquely obsessed with the idea of the woman’s career and how it fits within the modern woman’s life.Read More
Justin Vernon's second annual Eaux Claires music festival has come and gone, having featured an impressively diverse line-up of currently relevant and classically hip acts: James Blake, Phosphorescent, Erykah Badu, Jenny Lewis, the Melvins, Mavis Staples, Beach House, Cornelius performing Fantasma (!), a full performance of a surprise new album from Vernon's Bon Iver, and so much more that's had people buzzing for more than a month afterward. However, amongst the heavyweight roster was a rather curious inclusion: Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers performing The Way It Is. Granted, that album was a hugely popular hit and 2016 marks its 30th anniversary, but The Way It Is has always seemed to be more like a punchline to a joke about mediocre tastes in the 1980's than a serious landmark record.Read More
Back by popular demand! With a live performance in Grand Rapids, MI looming, Steve K and Steve C dive into the fringe of Tears for Fears work and discuss the side projects and solo albums that we missed in episode seven.Read More