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One Punk’s Guide to “The Dark Ages” by Billups Allen

One Punk's Guide to the Dark Ages

Much like the term “new wave,” serious people will not acknowledge your discussion of “The Dark Ages” without trying to convince you not to use the term. It’s hard to ignore the period of roughly four hundred years after the fall of the Western Roman Empire when very little progress was made in science and literature. People struggled year-round just to feed themselves. If you weren’t royalty or one of the very few who had money, raw survival was your main concern.

One Punk’s Guide to the Films of Pedro Almodovar by Billups Allen

One Punk’s Guide to the Films of Pedro Almodovar by Billups Allen

Almodovar films are an unyielding orgasm of color and anarchy. His movies are simultaneously an exploration and cannibalism of genre. Almodovar stuck with his vision through an obstacle course of financial barriers, making an astoundingly minimal number of compromises. There is not a film he created solely for a paycheck and not a frame of his work that is not worth seeing.

Jamaica’s Image in the Cinema by Billups Allen

Jamaica’s Image in the Cinema by Billups Allen

A small canon of music films helped define and shape how Jamaica is perceived in the film industry. Babylon is highly recommended. I recommend starting with The Harder They Come and Rockers. These films create an invaluable overview of the history of reggae music.

Interview with All We’ve Got director Alexis Clements by Billups Allen

“Each bookstore has its own personality, but feminist bookstores have a long history of being super queer friendly. Many of them were started by queer people and they’re gone. They’re just by and large gone. They just can’t make the math work.” –Alexis Clements

Serrated Edges by Billups Allen: The use of unorthodox story structure in horror films

Cerebral horror can be rewarding if you let yourself go. It takes a conscious effort to avoid saying, “That would never happen.” Unorthodox plot lines and experimental production techniques can cause a movie to stick with you long after it’s over.

One Punk’s Guide to Electronic Music Pioneer and Disco Producer Patrick Cowley by Billups Allen

During his short career, he released electrocuted versions of rock’n’roll, morose electronic masterpieces, and quality pornographic soundtracks. But Cowley is best known as a disco producer who broadened the definition of electronic dance music.