Sing Street Hits All the Right Notes [Review]

When viewing a film, I often ask myself if it is merely enough to witness someone or something perform simply well. Are Michael Bay’s maniacal explosions and sometimes muddled messages “enough,” knowing he does it well? Should I be satisfied with a fine little potboiler Read More …

The Brilliance of Return of the Jedi‘s “Sail Barge Assault” Score

Star Wars would not be Star Wars without several key factors: the commitment to classical literary themes in a science fiction setting; the dramatic use of advanced special effects to move the story along; and the evocative musical score, written by legendary film composer John Read More …

Mike Duquette’s Rest of 2015: Squeeze, Slackers & Goons

It’s December, a time to reflect on the greatest movies, music, comics, etc. of the last twelve months. And while we try to keep up with the best of everything as they’re released, occasionally something sneaks by us. With the Rest of 2015, we hope to highlight Read More …

Creed is a Captivating Knockout [Review]

For better or worse, there’s no arguing we’re in the era of peak franchise in Hollywood. Of the year’s top 10 grossers thus far, seven are sequels or spinoffs, one is based on a novel, and another on a fairy tale made into an animated Read More …

It’s Aziz Season on Master of None [Review]

If you’re one of those dudes who puts way too much stock in television reviews and recaps (don’t worry, you’re not alone), you’ll notice that Master of None, the new Netflix comedy co-created and starring stand-up comedian Aziz Ansari, is getting rapturous reviews. Like, too good Read More …

Listen Here: Baa-Dee-Ah

Listen Here is a monthly playlist picked and curated by members of the Deadshirt staff around a certain theme. This month’s theme is Early Autumn, with a playlist selected by Mike Duquette. I’ve lived in my first apartment a whole year as of September 6, so, Read More …

“We Don’t Need Roads”: Caseen Gaines and the Best Back to the Future Book Ever [Interview]

When I think of Back to the Future, the time-travel comedy that’s captivated millions of moviegoers since its release in 1985 (along with two surprisingly sturdy sequels in 1989 and 1990), I think about the “universal question” that Christopher Lloyd’s mad scientist Emmett L. “Doc” Brown asks in a Read More …

Long Way Down: The Strange Brilliance of “Holiday Road”

July 24, 2015 saw a bizarre, inevitably underreported musical phenomenon occur: WaterTower Music, Warner Bros.’ soundtrack arm, released the companion album to the new film Vacation, a record anchored by three unique versions of Lindsey Buckingham’s “Holiday Road,” the theme to 1983’s National Lampoon’s Vacation. Those versions—a remix of Read More …