Troma Entertainment, for the uninitiated, is the longest-running independent film studio in the United States and home to the most ridiculous low-budget films ever made. If you’ve ever been to a midnight screening, stumbled upon an esoteric public access television show or even ventured over to the “weird” side of YouTube, then you’re only about halfway there.
Have you noticed something odd about Netflix’s comedy specials? A lot of the trailers either promote them as “Jokes of Mass Destruction! #TriggerWarning Snowflake!” or “No Balls, No Patriarchy, No Problem: A Female Comics Journey.” Even the specials themselves have a certain duality to them.
“Rocko’s Modern Life” had a certain edge not quite found in Nickelodeon’s previous efforts and helped usher in a new generation of animated shows. We spoke to “Rocko” creator Joe Murray about coming back to the special, after twenty years off the air.
Being a younger kid between the late ‘90s and throughout most of the first decade of the 2000s, one of the things that’s stuck with me the most is the television. Yeah, the shows were great, but what I’m talking about in this case is what came between the shows and the commercials.
The latter part of the 2010s has proven to be nothing short of a hellscape of scandal, opinions and angry mobs. It’s a cultural phenomenon called “The Culture Wars”, and the deeper into it we get, the more divided we seem to become, with the left calling for the right to be punched and harassed, the right calling for the left to be “owned” and “triggered,” and both calling for the shutting-up of those damn centrist “fence-sitters” who have committed the unearthly sins of being politically open-minded and legitimately hearing both sides out.
Young adult representation in media has always been nuanced. For every “Superbad”, there’s a “13 Reasons Why”. Young people have always had a tough time getting some sort of break in being properly represented.
Packed away haphazardly under the J/M/Z in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn sits a small alleyway — locally referred to as “Punk Alley.” In it resides a used book store, a used record shop, a cassette-based experimental noise record label and, of course, KPISS: the resident pirate radio station.
The Chicago quintet brought their exuberant brand of indie pop to an exhilarated crowd last Saturday in Brooklyn.
Romance Dawn Aesthetic is a buzzword that can have an immense amount of power. At its best, aesthetic is something that communicates a certain emotion or idea. It’s something that represents its subject as a concept. Nowadays, especially in the…