Friday, June 19 2015
Making their films resistant to easy consumption and demanding respect for the artiste is essential to the spirit of Birdman and Uttama Villain.
Thursday, June 18 2015
The music constantly shifts and moves in Steve Coleman and the Council of Balance's Synovial Joints, flexing one set of instruments against another in a creative tension.
Wednesday, June 17 2015
Why is it that cartoons, more than any other expressive form, have incited the wrath of religious backlash?
Monday, June 15 2015
For all the alarmist propaganda about political correctness in the US, insensitive speech is still protected by the First Amendment. The complaints about PC are BS.
Friday, June 12 2015
Assassin's Creed 3 is an enormous, beautifully rendered sandbox game designed to kick sand in your face.
Thursday, June 11 2015
A decade after its release, Coheed and Cambria's third full-length album remains the group's highest benchmark, as well as one of the genre's best modern albums.
Wednesday, June 10 2015
Lessons from Europe and history help show the impact of a United States Supreme Court ruling allowing gay marriage.
Tuesday, June 9 2015
In The River, Renoir transcends his own attractive colors, stumbling into a “realistic” philosophy of nature that the portraiture of color so often forbids.
Monday, June 8 2015
Bob Dylan's current show is a book musical without the book, crafted by the American Shakespeare.
Friday, June 5 2015
Novelist and poet Catherine Lim, the most persistent critic of Singapore's government, talks candidly about her new memoir, the half-century anniversary of the city-state, and the death of founder Lee Kuan Yew.
Thursday, June 4 2015
Louie knows that if we do, ever, really encounter aliens, they're sure as hell not going to bend over backwards to accommodate our point of view.
Wednesday, June 3 2015
The Longest Journey isn’t just dated because it has obtuse puzzles and blocky graphics. It’s dated because it tells a serious story that it doesn't know how to take seriously.
Tuesday, June 2 2015
Wendy Brown charts the ‘stealth revolution’ that’s transforming every aspect of society -- and now has democracy in its sights.
Monday, June 1 2015
It takes a superior actress to convey a character’s entire history in one scene, and in this film, at least, Meryl Streep does it masterfully.
Thursday, May 28 2015
The mortal authenticity of Charles Bronson’s face needed no surgical denials or plastic justifications, unlike the onscreen stars of today's image-obsessed culture.
Wednesday, May 27 2015
Series 2 of Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith's Inside No. 9 provides a perfect balance of tragedy and comedy.
Tuesday, May 26 2015
Two fascinating bits of Americana, Black Gold and Face of Fire, are defined by racial themes, yet tackle the subject quite differently.
Friday, May 22 2015
Two Canadian forays into sci-fi television, Ascension and The Starlost, bear interesting parallels to modern life in Canada.
Thursday, May 21 2015
An electrifying story of deadly obsessions and poisonous pedagogy, Pin captures perfectly the dread and unease of '80s American suburbia.
Wednesday, May 20 2015
All too often, when you have a token female in a story, that character's primary super power is simply that she's a girl.