Eugenia Murguia

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'The Usual Suspects' Is a Gimmicky Movie Stupid People Think Is Smart

No less than Roger Ebert agrees.<p><i>This article contains spoilers for</i> The Usual Suspects<i>.</i><p>The first time I saw <i>The Usual Suspects</i> was in 1996. I was a freshman in high school, and I’d taped it off cable. It had already been heralded as a masterpiece when it came out the year before, the next big seismic …

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Here's How to Overcome Your Fear to Shoot Awesome Street Photography of Strangers (VIDEO)

So, you want to shoot street photography but you’re somewhat of a shy person: how do you overcome your fear so you can photograph total strangers in …

The Photo Exhibition Holding Things Together in “This Synthetic Moment”

Though we may obsess about the past or the future, alternately consumed by all that is not, the primacy of the present forever asserts itself. We …

10 Tracks That Defined Ostgut, The Legendary Berlin Club That Became Berghain

Go inside the records that shaped one of Berlin's most formative clubs with Ostgut resident André Galluzzi.<p>Before Berghain ever existed, there was Ostgut. The creative team behind Berlin’s most famous club ran a similar venue from 1998 through 2003. Housed in a now demolished freight depot in …

Great art isn’t always made by good people, but this is getting ridiculous

Perhaps because I have fallen in love with the work of so many writers and artists who were less than great moral role models, I spend a lot of time — perhaps too much — trying to keep aesthetics and ethics apart in my mind. I haven’t wanted to fall into the naivete of expecting great art to be …

Art

The True Story Behind the Movie Chappaquiddick

<i>Warning: Contains spoilers for the movie</i> <b>Chappaquiddick</b><p>The evening of July 18, 1969, started out as an ordinary midsummer’s night for one of America’s …

How to Be a Responsible Music Fan in the Age of Streaming

In 2012, I wrote a piece for this website breaking down the payments my first band, Galaxie 500, was receiving from streaming services, which were just starting to become a dominant force in the music industry. Spotify had sent songwriting royalties of $1.05 for the 5,960 times our single “Tugboat” …

10 indie anthems from 2008 that still sound amazing

Oh, the memories<p>2008 will probably be remembered as the year everything went to shit. The global financial crisis kicked off stateside, David …

Hereditary Review: Toni Collette Brings the House Down in a Scary Sundance Sensation

The film is emotionally and intellectually terrifying, if not a traditional horror movie.<p>Maybe my biggest genre blind spot as a critic is horror; an intense aversion to jump scares and gore keeps me away from movies a lot of people love. But from time to time, a horror movie will get the kind of …

Horror

The 10 Best Movies Awards Season Forgot

Just because they weren't Best Picture-worthy, that doesn't mean they're not worth your time.<p>The Golden Globes are behind us and the Oscars are ahead of us, which means it’s that time of year when we all get to vent about snubs, bicker about why so-and-so deserves it over other-so-and-so, and …

Pink Floyd Exhibit Opens in Rome: Pictures

The Arts

These 12 Bookstores Are Worth Traveling for

As long as books have existed, so too has the concept that reading one is like traveling without leaving your seat. Let us make the argument, though, for being transported both mentally and physically. In the age of Amazon, it’s nothing short of inspiring to see some of the most distinctively …

If The Posters For This Year’s Oscar-Nominated Movies Were Honest

<i>I, Tonya</i> poster made by The Shiznit.<p>This year’s Oscar nominations are in, and there have been some surprises, like a Wolverine sequel becoming the first superhero movie to garner a screenplay nomination. It seems The Academy seeks to reshape its image, and you know what would really reshape …

Posters

Personal, Political, and Otherwise: King Kendrick Rules Pazz Jop

Remember self-brander Amanda Palmer in the last days of 2016, blitzing journos in her safe Australian home? “Donald Trump is going to make punk rock …

Kendrick Lamar

Where to stream this year’s Oscar-nominated movies

Oscar nominations are finally out, which means a lot of people probably have a lot of movies to catch up on before the big ceremony arrives on March …

11 Completed Movies That Were Never Released (And The Murky Reasons Why)

When your film's too extreme for the Rolling Stones<p>For every movie that is released, there are countless that never made it. Scripts that were never picked up. Films shut down in pre-production. Even disastrous shoots that were called off before they could be completed.<p>There aren't so many that …