Sam McPheeters

Film

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

We caught up with the <i>Hateful Eight</i> 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
Stuff

The Real Reason Donald Trump Bombed on 'SNL'

Trump is not just the world's most famous New Yorker, he's also one of the great New Yorker villains, every bit a Big Apple Bad Guy as Son of Sam, King Kong, or Boss Tweed. So why was he pretending to be a regular guy?
Sam McPheeters
11.8.15
Film

Legendary 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

A look at 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
Drummer

The Dessert Psycho

In 2009, <i>VICE Magazine</i> ran it's first-ever chef story about Brooks Headley, a member of legendary punk band, Born Against, who transformed into a world-class chef with alarming swiftness. We're resyndicating this story as a tribute to the pastry...
Sam McPheeters
10.20.14
The Profiles Issue

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

Although the <i>The Sovereign</i> presents Danish artist Thomas Altheimer as a fictional character, he is referred to by his full legal name. The text includes his actual home address, the names of his children, and passages from his blog and private...
Sam McPheeters
6.13.14
Movie Barn

Notes on the New Harry Dean Stanton Documentary

On Friday, I drove into Los Angeles to catch a showing of <i>Partly Fiction</i>, 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

<i>The Turner Diaries</i> 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 <i>Apocalypse Now</i>, 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
Movie Barn

Where Are All the Films About Economic Apocalypse?

So far, the films of the Great Recession have brought us the majestic biceps of <i>Thor</i>, the weaponized pecs of James Bond 6.0, and the beef Prometheus of <i>Captain America</i>. But let me direct your attention to Neal Israel's <i>Americathon</i...
Sam McPheeters
8.28.13
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
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