Album Review: Blondie – Pollinator

Michael Roffman '70s, '80s Nostalgia, Album Reviews, Classic Rock News, Disco, New Wave, Pop, Punk News, rock 0 Comments

Blondie’s intentions were clear when they released “Fun” and “Long Time” earlier this year. The two singles for their 11th studio album, Pollinator, make the case that zero time has lapsed since the band’s 1978 masterpiece, Parallel Lines. Of course, several decades have come and gone since Blondie emerged as part of New York’s punk rock scene in the mid-1970s. Whereas their CBGBs …

The Handmaid’s Tale Speaks Through Pop Music

Philip Cosores '80s Nostalgia, '80s Pop, Alexis Bledel, Editorial, Elisabeth Moss, Hulu, Joseph Fiennes, Pop, Punk News, The Handmaid's Tale, TV, TV Reviews 0 Comments

There aren’t many music cues in the first three episodes of Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale, but the handful of song choices all illuminate a particular aspect of the narrative. First, there’s the initial episode’s end credits, which features the late Leslie Gore’s anthem “You Don’t Own Me”, the most on-the-nose of the selections, in which Gore proclaims her own independence from …

Donnie Darko Returns: Director Richard Kelly Talks ’80s Nostalgia, Tears for Fears, and the Possibility of a Sequel

Michael Roffman '80s Nostalgia, Donnie Darko, film, Interviews, Jake Gyllenhaal, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Nostalgia, Punk News, Richard Kelly, Science Fiction, Seth Rogen, Southland Tales, The Box 0 Comments

In 2001, filmmaker Richard Kelly introduced the world to Donnie Darko, a peculiar suburban teenager from Virginia, who had a penchant for strong literature, Smurf Theory, and girls named Gretchen. He also had apocalyptic visions that stemmed from a man-rabbit named Frank, who may or may not have been influenced by Watership Down. Now, over 15 years later, the film …