1980s

‘Dirty Rotten Scoundrels’ Is Still the Best Comedy About How Men Con Themselves

Early on in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, a two-bit American con artist named Freddy Benson (Steve Martin) is having a conversation with Lawrence Jamieson (Michael Caine),…

Don’t Forget the Bands That Blew Your Mind in College

Combing through used vinyl at Amoeba Music the other week, I came across an inexpensive copy of Talk Talk’s debut album, The Party’s Over. I…

How ‘Fatal Attraction’ Forever Changed Our View of the ‘Crazy’ Other Woman

On Sunday, Glenn Close may achieve what she’s never before accomplished in a 45-year career. A decorated actress who’s earned three Emmys and three Tonys,…

When It Comes to Corey Feldman, Empathy Overrules Irony

Like seemingly everyone, I watched Corey Feldman’s ill-fated Today Show performance of “Go 4 It” with morbid fascination and palpable pain. Yet I know way…