Here’s a variation on the parlor game question, “what famous person would you most like to have dinner with, and why?” What two famous people would you like to stick in a room together for ten minutes, and why? I imagine a fair number of readers might think of Hunter S. Thompson and Keith Richards, and the why is pretty obvious.[...]
Jacques Derrida could enjoy a good movie like anyone else. In a 2002 interview with TIME, he declared “I have watched The Godfather 10 times. I must watch it whenever it’s on.” Who couldn’t?
Coppola films were one thing. Apparently sitcoms quite another.
The long-looming 2016 United States presidential election has already got many of us, even (or maybe especially) non-Americans, instinctively flinching at anything that smacks of political campaigning.[...]
There are few things in life that I can enjoy uncritically—totally surrender to—and yet also appreciate as intellectually complex, finely-wrought works of art. The music of Kate Bush is one of those things.[...]
We wouldn’t be doing our job here at Open Culture if we didn’t let you know that Seasons 1-3 of Bob Ross’ The Joy of Painting are now free to watch on the official Bob Ross Youtube channel. Watch Season 1 here. Season 2 here. And now Season 3 above.[...]
In 1979, cult musician Tiny Tim ditched his ukulele and tiptoed out of the tulips to cover Rod Stewart’s “Do Ya Think I’m Sexy” on The Tonight Show, above.
The Gong Show-worthy performance left host Johnny Carson—and presumably the majority of home viewers—speechless.
You’re at a social gathering, in a classroom, at a weekend getaway. Someone makes a reference and everyone gets it but you. It happens, so what? No one can possibly have seen all the films, read all the books, heard all the albums.[...]
Bruce Lee’s TV acting career began in 1966, when he landed a part in The Green Hornet. (Watch his thrilling audition here). But it took another five years before he gave his first–and, it turns out, only television interview in English.[...]
We’ve focused a fair bit here on the work of Delia Derbyshire, pioneering electronic composer of the mid-twentieth century—featuring two documentaries on her and discussing her role in almost creating an electronic backing track for Paul McCartney’s “Yesterday.[...]