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by Brice Ezell

18 May 2015


In 2013, Jobs, a biopic about the life of the late Apple CEO and co-founder Steve Jobs, was released to little fanfare. Starring Ashton Kutcher as the titular figure, the film received a mostly mixed response, from both critics and the higher-ups at Apple. Bill Fernandez, one of the early employees of Apple, called it “the biggest, flashiest piece of fan fiction that there’s been to date.”

Two years have passed since then, and clearly Jobs’ story is still compelling to many filmmakers, as director Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, Slumdog Millionare) and Aaron Sorkin (The West Wing and Academy Award-winning writer for The Social Network) have prepared their own spin on the life of Jobs. Their film, entitled Steve Jobs, is “set backstage at three iconic product launches” and concludes “in 1998 with the unveiling of the iMac”, according to Universal Films’ official statement.

by Brice Ezell

15 May 2015


Photo: Susan Leach

With the compilation LP Bocce & Bourbon: The Comfortable Songs of Chandler Travis & David Greenberger, the two eponymous songwriters look back at a life’s legacy of making music, both together and with their many side projects. Travis alone has an almost impossible amount of bands he’s involved in addition to his solo career, including the Chandler Travis Three-O, the Catbirds, the Chandler Travis Philharmonic, and the Incredible Casuals, in addition to his work with Rabbit Rabbit. Featuring seven previously unreleased songs, one radical rearrangement, and 11 tunes that span the breadth of the aformentioned Travis projects, Bocce & Bourbon is a vivid catalogue of two impressively storied careers in music.

Below you can stream “Air, Running Backwards”, a tune by Travis’ the Chandler Travis Three-O, which received a special new version for this compilation.

by Brice Ezell

15 May 2015


Run the Jewels 2, which we here at PopMatters gave the top spot on our Best Albums of 2014 list, is a triumph and a breakthrough for the creative force that is the duo of Killer Mike and El-P. The record saw Run the Jewels receive their widest acclaim to date.

by Brice Ezell

14 May 2015


Winner of the 2005 Hugo Award and longlisted for the 2004 Man Booker Prize, Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke is a lengthy and complex alternate history of England, set in the 19th century during the Napoleonic Wars. With extensive footnoting and a lengthy backstory of a fictional history of magic in England, the novel is undoubtedly a titanic work, one that famed fantasy author Neil Gaiman called “unquestionably the finest English novel of the fantastic written in the last 70 years.”

Because of this loftiness, Peter Harness, who has now adapted Clarke’s novel for television, had a difficult task when deciding to take the story on. Starring Eddie Marsan (Norrell) and Bertie Carvel (Strange), the television version of Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell will see its American premiere on BBC America this summer. The show will run as a seven-part miniseries.

by Brice Ezell

14 May 2015


In a fresh spin on the narrative of Jesus’ temptation in the desert—famously staged in films such as Martin Scorsese‘s The Last Temptation of Christ—director Rodrigo García adds an additional dimension to the tale through a narrative involving Jesus leaving the desert. As he does, he encounters the Devil, with whom he grapples over a situation involving a family in crisis.

The plot details have not been made widely available beyond the description above, but the one thing that is known is that Ewan McGregor is taking on a daring double role as both Jesus and the Devil, undoubtedly one of his most creative steps as an actor yet. McGregor is joined by a small cast, including Tye Sheridan, Susan Gray, Ciarán Hinds, and Ayelet Zurer.

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Pop Unmuted Podcast: Resilience, Melancholy, and Rihanna's "American Oxygen" with Dr. Robin James

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