The Scoot Inn
"...Directed by: Alex Keshishian. Truth or Dare, the documentary about Madonna's 1990 Blond Ambition tour, is a chancy work of self-promotion..."
"...... And You WIll Know Us By the Trail of DeadMadonna (Merge) In both performance and on their 1998 self-titled Trance Syndicate debut, Austin's ....."
"...There's a very specific type of person who can rock the single name: Beyonce, Madonna, Cher, Diana, Prince. And, well, with the exception of that last one, they're usually all independent women with singing careers or other astonishing levels of fame...."
"...Sitting between guitarists Caspar Rawls and Matt Giles, Price closes her eyes and tilts her head to the side, as if waiting for a cue only she can hear. Her chestnut mane is shot with silver, and its loose, curly waves are draped around her face like a juke joint Madonna in meditation..."
"...Directed by: Uli Edel. Starring: Madonna, Willem Dafoe, Joe Mantegna, Anne Archer, Julianne Moore, Stan Shaw, Jurgen Prochnow and Frank Langella..."
"...Directed by: Madonna. Starring: Andrea Riseborough, Abbie Cornish, Oscar Isaac, James D'Arcy and Richard Coyle...."
"...Directed by: Madonna. Starring: Eugene Hutz, Holly Weston, Vicky McClure, Richard E..."
"...But as structured, her performance needs to carry the whole movie and… it simply doesn't. It's tempting to say that the problem began long ago, back when scriptwriter Todd Graff originally fashioned the story with Madonna in mind for the lead..."
"...That’s what ninth row, dead center, up against the railing to the stage extension last night in Houston’s Minute Maid Park felt like. When Madonna repeatedly leaned out into the audience on our side of the proscenium, she was no more than five feet away..."
"...Directed by: John Schlesinger. Starring: Neil Patrick Harris, Illeana Douglas, Lynn Redgrave, Josef Sommer, Michael Vartin, Benjamin Bratt, Rupert Everett and Madonna..."
"...Directed by: Alan Parker. Starring: Madonna, Antonio Banderas, Jonathan Pryce and Jimmy Nail..."
"...Mark Foley offers advice, Madonna snarks on Gaga, and Nick Gruber may be paranoid. Come to the AggreGAYtor’s window..."
"...Madonna gets out of jail free, Christopher Dorner sends out an awkward valentine, and Steve Doocy pledges Alpha Beta. Just when you thought ya seen it all, along comes today’s AggreGAYtor four foot tall...."
"...Manti Te’o has a gay panic, Madonna makes it rain, and Lea T scores an ad campaign. Today’s AggreGAYtor is falling on my head like a new emotion...."
"...Chris Kluwe puts on a happy face, Meghan McCain bogarts the joint, and Madonna feels dejected. Today’s AggreGAYtor is an afternoon delight...."
"...Geraldo Rivera keeps his eye on the cabal, Bill Keller forgets to cleanse the temple, and Madonna bruises some egos. Today’s AggreGAYtor has got something to say about it and it goes something like this...."
"...Cody Banks would probably be appropriate for the 13-and-older crowd, but it’s far too dopey for teenage sophisticates, even though it’s got "cool" stuff like Segway scooters and jet-powered snowboards and a holographic robo-babe. It’s easy to imagine the film’s army of producers (Madonna among them) confabbing over the product placement and the prominent mall-punk soundtrack..."
"...Not reviewed at press time. This remake of the 1958 Italian heist Big Deal on Madonna Street transposes the action to the projects of Cleveland, where a crew of bumbling crooks attempt to crack open a safe..."
"...The movie purports to offer a backstage glimpse at life behind the scenes of a controversial trash-talk show. But this is hardly a Madonna-like Truth or Dare backstage enterprise..."
"...That said, this version by director Bille August (Pelle the Conqueror) holds together extremely well; it's full of rich, dark hues and excellent overall casting that's highlighted by a bulky Neeson as the convict-turned-mayor-turned-redemptive archetype Jean Valjean and Rush as the grimly determined, obsessive-compulsive Inspector Javert. August is a master of distinctive shots and glowering close-ups (Thurman's woebegone Madonna/whore Fantine is almost always seen in grimy, gritty detail) and production manager Ales Komarek makes the most out of the film's Czech, Polish, and French location work..."
"...Sanchez-Gijon is likewise excellent. Her scheming, ultra-sexy Amanda is a multi-layered temptress, the madonna/whore complex brought to vivid life..."
"...to pen his memoirs. He takes a quick shine to hustler Monti Ward, played by fashion model and former Madonna boy-toy Tony Ward (who has appeared in her “Justify My Love” and “Cherish” videos)..."
"...At the beginning of the movie, there's a montage of famous Monroe shots: her dress blowing up over her face as she stands over a subway grating in Seven Year Itch, her unsuccessful seduction of Tony Curtis in Some Like It Hot, the cheesecake calendar pose that launched her career. None of this generated a flicker of recognition amongst the unofficial Jason Priestley fan club assembled in the audience until the shot of Madonna's video imitating Monroe's “Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend” number from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes..."
"...Cheung is especially excellent as the gorgeous, sex-starved Inn-mother who, more or less, just wants to have fun. Imagine Madonna with nothing better to do and you'll get the picture..."
"...China's answer to Steve McQueen, the suavely inscrutable Chow Yun-Fat, stars here as “Jeff,” a tough-as-nails nightclub bouncer who becomes mixed up with a gang of Thai killers when his pal Sam fails to pay back a vicious loan shark on time. Led by Judge (Hong Kong fashion model Yam), a preening dandy with a penchant for Day-Glo handkerchiefs and underage boy-toys, this odd triumvirate also includes a Mohican Neanderthal and the ironically named Virgin, a creepy moll so sex-mad that she makes Madonna look like a pale imitation of Mother Teresa..."
"...His ear for wordplay is faux Mamet; his gift for situations is Pinteresque. Although not as wryly funny as his other movies, Simple Men has its simple pleasures: a bossy nun sneaking a cigarette, a gas station attendant performing an electric guitar solo of “Greensleeves,” a drunken dissertation on Madonna and sexual exploitation..."
"...Certain events and actions just don't add up. The script is by Brad Mirman, who is also responsible for Madonna's dreadful Body of Evidence which is also in current circulation..."
"...Giger's brainchild face off in this beautifully shot and utterly uninteresting sequel. Director Fincher is best known for his music videos (Madonna, Paula Abdul) and his MTV sensibilities are in full evidence, right down to the film's breakneck pace and jagged editing..."
"...Two years ago, Seattle singer-songwriter Mary Lambert offered a longshot deal on Kickstarter: Donate $1,000 and join her at the Grammys if she ever went big. No one jumped on the deal, but in January there she was – flanked by Madonna on one side, Queen Latifah on the other – belting out the chorus of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ marriage anthem “Same Love.”..."
"...Elton John and Madonna continue their feud, Larry Craig drops a doozey, and John Travolta throws some shade. Today’s AggreGAYtor counts its chickens before they hatch...."
"...Music would solely be judged on what comes out of the speakers. Would David Bowie have the same impact? Madonna? Lana Del Rey?..."
"...Thank your lucky stars, young unicorns, because not only did Austin make the list of lesbianiest cities, but there's good same-sex marriage news, a push for trans-rights in the military, and a queer-friendly guide to this week's hyper-masculine celebration of heteronormative violence… (or for those who just really wanna see Madonna's half-time show)...."
"...It also turns out that one of the most rabidly anti-gay candidates loves gays, as well as good gay rights news and a fabulous bitchfight brewing between Elton John and Madonna in this week's round-up of extra sparkly LGBT news!..."
"...I first became aware of Kay Turner's wacky and intelligent presence in the late 1980s through performances of her band, Girls in the Nose. Singing songs about breasts, pantyhose, and menstrual huts, the band hosted a Madonna Hoot Night at Chances that featured a living buffet of fruit served from a reclining woman's navel..."
"...Trail of Dead's new album, Madonna, sacrifices just enough of that onstage spontaneity to bring the artistic merits of the music itself to the forefront. The end product of this slight refinement is one of the most engaging and fully realized rock albums to come out of Austin this year..."
"...Just as the world is divided into Andrew Lloyd Webber lovers and Andrew Lloyd Webber haters, so exists the pro-Madonna and anti-Madonna factions. Count me in with the Webber lovers and pro-Madonna stance: When she started her campaign to play the lead in the film version of the fabulously successful Broadway musical Evita, I cheered her on..."
"...Can I write at the same time about "The Power of Madonna" episode of Glee (Fox) and Sunshine – Austin filmmaker Karen Skloss' meditation on how the "unwed mother" has morphed into the more acceptable "single mother" in her lifetime? I'm going to give it a shot, because "The Power of Madonna" episode and Sunshine travel over similar territory. Each project's mission is distinctly different, but there is something curiously familiar in both...."
"...MadonnaMusic (Maverick) Madonna, that cheeky little wench, has obviously had her fill of the Britney-Jessica-Christina clones encroaching on her sacred Queen of Clubs dance floor, so what does she do? Shimmies into get-the-hell-out-of-Dodge duds, cocks her index finger like a gun, and blows away the competition. Returning to her dance roots is a smart move, but she's very coy about it, always keeping one step ahead of the game..."
"...Directed by: Allison Anders, Alexandre Rockwell, Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino. Starring: Tim Roth, Antonio Banderas, Jennifer Beals, Paul Calderon, Sammi Davis, Valeria Golino, Madonna, Ione Skye, Lili Taylor, Marisa Tomei, Alicia Witt and Quentin Tarantino..."
"...KABBALAH KLAPTRAP Why can't they just leave the ancient, well-respected, and deeply spiritual alone? Well, the way things are going, it will soon be impossible to find a celebrity who has not fallen under the über-trendy spell of the Kabbalah. (Whenever I hear about it, I always recall this weird board game that my brother had circa 1967, called Kabbalah, with a mechanical apparatus so creepy looking that we never did get around to learning how to play it.) Madonna, in her never-ending quest for the new and unusual, has brought the same major attention to this particular spiritual altar as she does every time she reinvents herself..."
"...And while Loveridge’s doc follows the usual chronology of a musician’s trajectory, or as Maya puts it, a “starving child from the mud hut who made it,” filled with home movies of her dancing to Madonna, discovering hip-hop, traveling back to Sri Lanka in her 20s to document her family, the film begins to cohere in ways that are surprising. Of course she would embrace post-colonial theory, of course she would meld hip-hop and dancehall with the traditional sounds of her culture, while telling stories of the disenfranchised..."
"...– Madonna, "Material Girl"..."
"...Rrrwor. Rosie O'Donnell - Honestly, you could take this one many different directions: buy a bunch of kooshes and fling them at party-goers, wear a baseball uniform and act crass (see Madonna as well), or even, do you guys remember that horrid haircut she shaved in to impress Boy George? Ellen Degeneres - Wear a slim suit with a graphic tee, do a little dance, cry a little bit (for that poor dog) and go to town..."
"...He makes himself tiny as well, via some obscure magical process involving a telescope, a full moon every 10 months, and a tribe of African warriors. Then he meets a generically kickass tiny princess (Madonna) and kind of helps her save herself..."
"...Starring: Britney Spears, Anson Mount, Zoë Saldana, Taryn Manning, Kim Cattrall and Dan Aykroyd. After a prologue, the movie begins with Britney Spears dancing around her peaches-and-cream bedroom in her Jockey underwear to the sound of Madonna crooning her hit “Open Your Heart.” The scene is a groan-worthy start to this pop tart's debut film performance..."
"...Ünloco didn't realize Feldmann was moonlighting as A&R for Madonna's Maverick label until they were invited to Los Angeles four days later for an audition -- a performance that led to the local metal band recording a song for the Little Nicky soundtrack. The track, "Nothing," was recorded in Chicago with producer Johnny K (Disturbed), which led to a recording contract being offered the following week..."
"...As the film opens, we get to know the young Francie: He lives with his alcoholic father and suicidal mother, and jokes and plays with his friend Joe (Boyle), with whom he play-acts a rich fantasy life based on bits and piece of (primarily American) popular culture. TV shows such as The Lone Ranger and The Fugitive, comic book superheroes, space alien movies, Atomic Age news reports, and iconographic wall hangings of the Madonna, JFK, and a happy honeymoon photograph portrait of his parents -- these are some of the unfiltered images slopping around in Francie's brain..."
"...AC: I once read your favorite artists are Madonna and David Bowie. They certainly shook up their careers at most points...."