Heath Ledger RIP

The actor Heath Ledger was found dead in New York earlier today, possibly by his own hand. Sad news. In addition to being too young to go, he was a great talent. His performance as a passionate man lost the closet in Brokeback Mountain (pictured) was what made that film great rather than good. And…

Angoulême 2008

We here at the Bunker are rather depressed that none of us will be going to Angoulême (Jan. 24-27) this year. In addition to always being worth the visit, we’re going to miss all of our Angoulême friends — the great people we unfortunately only meet there, once a year. Please be assured that we…

A Blazing Baroque

There Will Be Blood directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, loosely based on Upton Sinclair’s 1927 novel Oil!, and out now, is a great piece of baroque cinema. Sharing more than a passing semblance with Erich von Stroheim’s monumental Greed (1924), this is high Hollywood classicism brought through the wringer of idiosyncratic, but grand ambition. As…

Ike Turner 1931-2007

Ike Turner went to see the preacherman on December 12. I wanted to acknowledge that before the year was over. I was never one of his greatest fans, but a lot of the 60s material is still damn good. Known more as an abusive bastard than as a musician these days, we would do well…

Et halvt århundrede med Stegelmann

Et stort tillykke til Jakob Stegelmann, der i dag bliver 50. Skønt vi her på Metabunkeren langt fra deler Jakobs smagspræferencer (klik fx her for overtegnedes ganske civiliserede korrespondance med fødselsdagsbarnet), og til enhver tid vil argumentere for at Jakob har spildt alt for mange kræfter på at advokere for bovlamme Disney-produkter i årenes løb,…