Author Archives: Brandon

The Whitewashing of the Red Light

Quartier Putain is just one of the many examples of how Amsterdam is trying to essentially erase its status as Europe’s Sin City. Recent city initiatives like Project 1012 have shuttered several of its iconic prostitute windows and continue to … Continue reading

Posted in coffee, Holland, politics, vice

20,000 Belgians All Grooving to a New Wave Song From the ’70s

I ventured across the border to Antwerp a few weeks ago to see Arcade Fire play a show at the Sportpaleis. Despite some sound problems at the beginning of the set, it was all sorts of wonderful. As the band left … Continue reading

Posted in Belgium, music, video

A Quick Look at Tim Burton’s “Long Lost” Hansel & Gretel

Back in the early ’80s, Tim Burton directed a short adaptation of Hansel and Gretel for The Disney Channel. It was considered so weird and disturbing that it aired only once; late on Halloween night in 1983, or so the … Continue reading

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10 Moody Snapshots From Rollende Keukens 2014

Nothing more, nothing less…

Posted in coffee, Europe, food, Holland

Premature Requiem for a Taco Shop

I’m sad to say that I may have had my last Super Burrito ever last night at The Taco Shop in Amsterdam. The owner hails from Colorado and has decided that it’s time to move home after 14 years in … Continue reading

Posted in food, Holland

Showgirls is a serious drama!

This morning, one of the Dutch channels was airing a chat with John Wilson, the founder of the Golden Raspberry Awards. The interviewer decided to grill him about Showgirls, the super-campy film directed by Netherlands native Paul Verhoeven. The interview couldn’t … Continue reading

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Attention Vampire Fans and Appreciators of Overdressed Ghouls in General!

Are you tired of what passes quality vampiric entertainment lately? Do you find True Blood impossibly dumb? Do the tedious antics of the Twilight twits make you want to drive a stake through their heads? Then I’ve got the movie for … Continue reading

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