Epitaph: A Novel of the O.K. Corral isn’t Mary Doria Russell’s first time in the saddle; the New York Times bestselling author had a western hit in 2011’s Doc, about John Henry “Doc” Holliday. Encouraged by the reception that her break from sci-fi convention into the world of historical fiction received, Russell mustered up what could be called her first-ever sequel, here part two, if you will, which is set around the actual events leading to the 1881 shootout at the O.K. Corral in Tombstone.
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Spaghetti westerns are marked above all by a monotonous emphasis on revenge, violence, and sadism perpetrated by ambiguous antiheroes and the men who hate them. The best examples inject social commentary or dress it up with a flashy style of widescreen vistas and ear-catching music. Day of Anger is among the better examples, especially when we can see it in such a clear, vibrant, properly letterboxed transfer.
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It’s been eight years since Aqueduct—initially from Tulsa, Oklahoma but now camped out in Seattle—released a full-length debut, the last time being 2007’s Or Give Me Death. That LP follows 2005’s I Sold Gold, which caught the group a new wave of critical appreciation and even an appearance on Conan O’Brien. The wait for a new Aqueduct album is now over, however, as Wild Knights is set to be released this summer.
For both a preview of Wild Knights and an example of frontman David Terry’s pop chops, you can stream the catchy “Simpleanimal” below. The direct yet subtly complex tune is one reason why this description from The Onion makes terrific sense: “[Aqueduct is] like a collaboration between the Beach Boys and XTC.”
First airing in September 2006, the first season of NBC’s Heroes found its audience in a big way. It combined an interesting cast, slick special effects (for the time), and a sprawling mythology to bring superpowers to the small screen that, in retrospect, really set the stage for today’s superhero TV line-up. However, Heroes’ success proved short-lived, as each successive season grew more convoluted and threw away a lot of the goodwill its debut garnered.
This year, the series is set to return with Heroes: Reborn, and there’s every reason to suspect it could be a real phoenix-rising moment for the show.