“Boogie Nights”: Porn Parody Perfection

Boogie Nights (1997) launched many careers: Director Paul Thomas Anderson, star Mark Wahlberg, vixen Heather Graham, as well as the pudgy duo of John C. Reilly and Philip Seymour Hoffman. It’s entrancing mix of 70s naivete and porn exploitation, with the decor to match, still stands up nearly 20 years later.

Livin’ Thing: An Oral History of ‘Boogie Nights’

Grantland.com, 12.10.14

80’s Icon Max Headroom

Max Headroom, the glitchy cyberpunk AI, was everywhere in the 80s, on both sides of the Atlantic. He “worked” at an MTV-like TV station, interviewed celebrities, and, of course, he was in commercials. The Verge covers the conception of the unique project, his blazing success, and his lasting social impact.

Live and direct: The definitive oral history of 1980s digital icon Max Headroom

TheVerge.com, 4.2.15

Butler’s Magical Run to the 2010 National Championship Game

Most college basketball fans couldn’t tell you where Butler is located (Indianapolis) but they remember the greatest Cinderella run in recent memory, as Butler crashed the Dance and made it to the championship game against vaunted Duke. Butler stayed with Duke throughout the game and had a chance to win it on Gordon Hayward’s half-court shot. It wasn’t meant to be but the ride is certainly worth revisiting. The Indianapolis Star does a great job of recapping the run and the piece includes a full video feature as well.

3 inches from the greatest basketball story ever told

IndyStar.com, 1.12.16

 

Independent Smash: “Swingers” (1996)

The story of Swingers is a bunch of nobodies with no money and no real experience making an incisively funny look at 90s single culture and burgeoning bro-hood. It launched the careers of Vince Vaughn, Jon Favreau, and Ron Livingston and remains one of the more successful independent projects of recent vintage.

So Money: An oral history of Swingers

GQ.com, 1.22.14

 

The “Wayne’s World” Rocking Tribute to “Bohemian Rhapsody”

It’s one of the true “rock out” scenes in American film: five white boys headbanging to Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” in a tiny car. Mike Myers insisted on the song choice, and the rest is history.

The Oral History of the ‘Wayne’s World’ ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Scene

RollingStone.com, 11.30.15

Kevin Garnett: Intensely Awesome

Kevin Garnett is by far the most successful player to skip college in NBA history, but that almost sells the future Hall of Famer short. His unmatched intensity, his legendary mouth, and his long career are all covered in this expansive piece by Bleacher Report.

A Man in Full: An Oral History of Kevin Garnett, the Player Who Changed the NBA

BleacherReport.com, 5.18.15

Dr. Dre’s Masterpiece: “The Chronic” (1992)

The Chronic stands as the most influential rap album of all time and established Death Row Records as the definitive gangsta rap label, soon to nurture the brilliant careers of Snoop, Tupac, and Eminem. L.A. Weekly provides choice excerpts from the 2013 book Welcome to Death Row: An Oral History of Death Row Records.

The Making of The Chronic

LAWeekly.com, 11.19.12

The Successful Guerilla Marketing Behind “Frog Fractions 2”

The first Frog Fractions came out in 2012 and was a darling of the game development community due to its subversive humor and satirical take on “edutainment” games. The sequel released at the end of 2016 after an unprecedentedly complicated launch requiring fans to piece together clues from the web and over 20 other independent games.

The jig is up: Behind the years-long reveal of Frog Fractions 2

Polygon.com, 12.26.16

The Intense Authenticity of the Rap Battles in “8 Mile”

8 Mile was a bit of a surprise hit in 2002 and maybe more so because the filmmakers focused on the grimy underbelly of much-maligned Detroit. What showed through was talent, intense ambitious talent–all taken from the thriving local rap scene.

Losing Yourself All Over Again

Grantland.com, 4.16.14

Netscape and the Opening of the Web

Netscape was one of the first heavily used web browsers in the world, and it was created by a handful of astonishingly talented individuals. This transcribed retrospective covers the innocent beginnings of the Netscape corporation as well as the laundry list of impressive projects the principals have worked on since.

On The 20th Anniversary – An Oral History of Netscape’s Founding

InternetHistoryPodcast.com, 4.3.14