Sam McPheeters

Film

Kurt Russell on ‘The Hateful Eight’ and Skateboarding with Charles Bronson

We caught up with the Hateful Eight star to talk about his penchant for Westerns, working with Tarantino, and that time Snake Plissken startled four badass guys in East St. Louis.
Sam McPheeters
12.22.15
Film

Legenday Special-Effects Artist Rick Baker on How CGI Killed His Industry

We met the man behind some of the most enduring special-effects imagery of the 20th century, including 'The Exorcist, 'Star Wars,' and the "Thriller" music video.
Sam McPheeters
6.9.15
The Magic Hour Issue

When Malcolm X Met the Nazis

The strange alliance between the Nation of Islam and the American Nazi Party.
Sam McPheeters
4.16.15
The Uganda Love This Issue

A Ugandan Filmmaker's Quest to Conquer the Planet with Low-Budget Action Movies

Isaac Nabwana's RFP studio has made more than 20 films despite having very little money and inconsistent electricity. Can he make the world care about them?
Sam McPheeters
3.3.15
The Profiles Issue

How the Danish Legal System Gave Away Thomas Altheimer’s Identity

In September 2008, Danish artist Thomas Altheimer received a call from his eight-year-old daughter. She wanted to know why posters of his face were plastered all over Copenhagen.
Sam McPheeters
5.27.14
Movie Barn

Notes on the New Harry Dean Stanton Documentary

On Friday, I drove into Los Angeles to catch a showing of Partly Fiction, a new documentary about Harry Dean Stanton, and was reminded just how much audiences in LA love losing their shit over celebrities and celebrity culture.
Sam McPheeters
9.20.13
Movie Barn

Filming the Unfilmable

The Turner Diaries is a white-supremacist screed written by neo-Nazi activist William Pierce back in the 1970s. It partially inspired a half-dozen real-life crime sprees, including the Oklahoma City bombing. Could it ever be adapted into...
Sam McPheeters
9.12.13
Movie Barn

Coppola Gets Dickslapped

In the early 80s, following the prolonged public drama of Apocalypse Now, Francis Ford Coppola decided to make a nice little romantic comedy. He sunk over $25 million into the project, declared bankruptcy after its release, and spent the next...
Sam McPheeters
9.4.13
Stuff

The Worst People

“I kind of wish everyone on Earth hadn't died,” Casey Anthony said, running her fingers through Rick Santorum's hair. “Just so we could all rub it in their stupid faces that we did survive.” Howls of laughter filled the beach. Courtney Love said, “God...
Sam McPheeters
12.21.12
The Recent Unpleasantness

Reality Quiz

Greetings! In light of this week's election, your local GOP committee is sending out this quiz to gauge our party's commitment to reality. As a registered Republican, your input is crucial to determining future party direction. Remember, there are no...
Sam McPheeters
11.9.12
The Recent Unpleasantness

Yelping Halloween

I took my kids trick or treating yesterday and the second stop on our route was the Hadley household. Right off the bat, they lose a star for giving out Life Savers. Is this a 6th grade secret santa grab bag? Run out of carob chips? The candy you serve...
Sam McPheeters
11.2.12
The Recent Unpleasantness

Public Statement by Jerry Sandusky on His Release from Prison, February 2454

"First off, I'd like to offer my heartfelt appreciation for the miracle of cell-extension nanotechnology. Who knew it'd be so easy to add an extra thousand years to everyone's life? And I should acknowledge the US Supreme Court, for making sure...
Sam McPheeters
10.5.12
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