Don’t settle with success


Despite adoration from both crowds and critics, Carrie Brownstein resists the urge to get too comfortable with her success, and instead hopes to build upon it. “The notion that you’ve arrived, I think, is–first of all, it’s probably false–but it’s also a bad place to make any kind of art,” she says. “To have a sense of yourself as an impostor or an outsider kind of pushes you to not settle for something.”

Great feature article for any Portlandia or Carrie Brownstein fans…

I’ll be there: SF Sketchfest opening night at Castro Theatre

On Thursday night I’ll be attending the Night of the Shorts III: The Search for Schlock opening party for this year’s SF Sketchfest. I’m bummed because it now looks like John Hodgman is out on this party, but the rest of the lineup is sure to be funny and a trip to Castro Theatre is always a fun time.

RiffTrax Presents

Night of the Shorts III: The Search for Schlock

with Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett
and guest riffers David Cross, Bruce McCulloch, Eugene Mirman, Paul F. Tompkins, Cole Stratton, Janet Varney
Due to a TV conflict, John Hodgman will not be appearing in RiffTrax as previously announced, but will still be performing in all his other shows from Jan 20-22. We’re very pleased to announce that Eugene Mirman will be stepping in to take his place in the RiffTrax show.

Here’s the trailer for the full festival:

New Wes Anderson Movie Trailer: Moonrise Kingdom

Well this movie just looks delightful…

Set on an island off the coast of New England in the summer of 1965, MOONRISE KINGDOM tells the story of two twelve-year-olds who fall in love, make a secret pact, and run away together into the wilderness. As various authorities try to hunt them down, a violent storm is brewing off-shore — and the peaceful island community is turned upside down in more ways than anyone can handle. Bruce Willis plays the local sheriff. Edward Norton is a Khaki Scout troop leader. Bill Murray and Frances McDormand portray the young girl’s parents. The cast also includes Tilda Swinton, Jason Schwartzman, and Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward as the boy and girl.

It’s a pretty safe bet that anything Wes Anderson does is something I perk up and pay attention to, and this trailer is not to be missed if you’re a fan.

SHUT UP AND PLAY THE HITS Trailer hits the tubes

When the news came down that LCD Soundsystem was going to be breaking up, I honestly wasn’t immedaitely floored like I was when reading the news years back about Phish. For some reason I didn’t feel like LCD had the same effect on music or had that mojo that really did indeed put them above and beyond many other bands. Sure, I saw them once at Lollapalooza and it was fun as hell, but in hindsight I wasn’t in the right emotional state to enjoy that show and really take it in like I needed to.

Fast forward to the weeks leading up to this final gig, and I finally got it. And the band recorded it… and now they’re putting out a movie that will debut at Sundance called Shut Up and Play the Hits. Looks entirely compelling…

On April 2nd 2011, LCD Soundsystem played its final show at Madison Square Garden. LCD frontman James Murphy had made the conscious decision to disband one of the most celebrated and influential bands of its generation at the peak of its popularity, ensuring that the band would go out on top with the biggest and most ambitious concert of its career. The instantly sold out, near four-hour extravaganza did just that, moving the thousands in attendance to tears of joy and grief, with NEW YORK magazine calling the event “a marvel of pure craft” and TIME magazine lamenting “we may never dance again.” SHUT UP AND PLAY THE HITS is both a narrative film documenting this once in a life time performance and an intimate portrait of James Murphy as he navigates the lead-up to the show, the day after, and the personal and professional ramifications of his decision.

For more info on the movie, head over to