Rod Bastanmehr

Film

'Matangi / Maya / M.I.A.' Looks at How M.I.A. Married Terrorism and Pop

All Stephen Loveridge's doc wants to do is *gunshots* and a *click* *cash register noise* and look at the pop star's groundbreaking politics.
Rod Bastanmehr
10.5.18
Film

'The Square' Is a Brilliant Takedown of the Art World

Ruben Ostlund's latest satire bites back at the limits of altruism.
Rod Bastanmehr
10.27.17
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'Behemoth' Shines a Light on the Horrific Lives of Mongolian Coal Miners

We chat with the legendary director about his newest film, ghost towns, and the future of China.
Rod Bastanmehr
5.30.17
Film

Does 'Barb Wire' Actually Suck?

The much-maligned Pamela Anderson film takes place in 2017, so we look back to see if it holds new relevancy—or if it's still terrible.
Rod Bastanmehr
3.27.17
Film

Does 'The Artist' Actually Suck?

We look back on the French silent film that won 2011's Best Picture Oscar and see if it still holds up.
Rod Bastanmehr
2.28.17
Film

Being a Farmer Sucks

The new documentary 'Peter and the Farm' is an unflinching look at the highs and lows of being the only farmer on a one-man farm.
Rod Bastanmehr
11.4.16
Culture

How ‘Black Mirror’ Went from Being a Clever Show to a Televised Thinkpiece

Charlie Brooker's show has moved from TV to Netflix, bringing in an American sensibility that leaves you wondering what its underlying message achieves.
Rod Bastanmehr
10.22.16
Stuff

How the Most Bizarre and Offensive Reality TV Show of All Time Got Made

FOX's 'The Swan' chronicled 16 women as they underwent extensive plastic surgery and weeks of intensive therapy. Over a decade later, the key players involved with the reality TV show look back at what made the show so particularly surreal.
Rod Bastanmehr
9.4.16
Culture

'Lady Dynamite' Is the Funniest Show About Mental Health That You're Not Watching Yet

Comic Maria Bamford sweeps her biographical story of mental illness into an absurdist, quick-fire comedy show that feels like a revelation.
Rod Bastanmehr
6.11.16
Film

What It Was Like to Be Stanley Kubrick's Assistant for Three Decades

In the memoir 'Stanley Kubrick and Me: Thirty Years at His Side', the director's longtime assistant sheds light on Kubrick's famously controlled sets and offers a unique portrait of one of the 20th century's most famous filmmakers.
Rod Bastanmehr
5.15.16
Film

The Founder of the Razzies Explains What the Academy Awards Are Getting Wrong

"Something that pompous and over-the-top as the Oscars is just begging to be ripped apart! It's like there's a big red balloon in front of you and you're holding a big, sharp pin—what are you going to do, not pop it?"
Rod Bastanmehr
2.28.16
Film

'Brokeback Mountain' Ushered in a New Era of Gay Cinema

In honor of the ten-year anniversary of the release of the iconic gay Western, we spoke to B. Ruby Rich, the film scholar who coined the term 'new queer cinema,' to discuss the evolution of gayness on the silver screen.
Rod Bastanmehr
12.13.15
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