Friday, October 25 2013
A.N Wilson's The Elizabethans is a very readable history, despite the author's inability to get out of his own way.
Friday, March 14 2014
The story repeatedly takes a backseat to the style. Anderson is meticulous with his details and creates a candy-colored world within which to situate his whimsy.
Veronica Mars is a movie based on the beloved TV show that's about TV shows as much as it's about anything else.
Le Week-End seems like one of those brutal marriage retreat experiences, where couples are locked in their hotel rooms and directed to talk and write to each other for three days straight about what's bothering them.
King’s X appears destined to remain an under-the-radar secret for their loyal fans, but no one’s complaining about still getting to see the band up close and personal.
You’re not rewarded for getting through a level without dying, but you’ll strive for it nonetheless purely for aesthetic reasons. Failure just isn’t graceful.
Gertrude Van Tijn was a social worker who became a Jewish leader in Amsterdam and spent her life securing the emigration of Jewish refugees. Unlike Anne Frank, Van Tijn survived.
This new 10th anniversary Blu-ray offers a pair of new interesting bonus features that have new perspectives on the film.
The Mancunian quintet seem to be reassessing their songwriting approach, experimenting a bit, and tweaking their signature sound. If this sixth album is any indication, Elbow’s chef-d'œuvre is still ahead on the horizon.
For Dream a Little Dream, Portland-based genre-hoppers Pink Martini are joined by the newest generation of the Von Trapp family. While the band continues to expand on its omnivorous creative energies, the results are scattershot.
Hollow & Akimbo's debut is made up of big-sound production, layers of texture and indistinct instrumentation arriving in waves of color, the melodies often crashing into heavily percussive pandemonium before reassembling themselves from the din.
The Chicago house education continues with this nice package that gets into the genre's second, early '90s phase, including something called "Ghetto House".
Jellyfish pursued what Brian Wilson famously termed “teenage symphonies to God,” complete with sweet vocal harmonies and guileless baroque arrangements that seem effortless despite their sophistication.
Thursday, March 13 2014
Particle Fever tells a fascinating, intangible, vastly complex story of what it means to discover the Higgs boson, specifically, what it means for a fascinating, emotional, wholly appealing assembly of scientists.
Hangouts at a drive-in theater, bowling alley, or mall have moved to online spaces as changes in commuting, school districts, and chronic overscheduling of teens means they need a new way to network.
Russian transcendental filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky’s expansive tapestries define meditativeness.
Ripper Street's greatest strength is to avoid direct reference to the killings as an investigative project and to treat them as traumatic events from which its characters are trying to recover.
Just why Acorn Media recently released Hetty Wainthropp Investigates: The Complete Collection nearly 20 years after its initial broadcast is hardly a mystery.
With strong echoes of Krzysztof Penderecki, late Scott Walker, and the orchestral work of Terry Bozzio, Danny Bensi & Saunder Jurrianns' score to Enemy is bursting at the seams with tension and suspense. It's also the best score of 2014 so far.
Wareham's new solo record is a smooth, low-key affair that showcases his evolution into a more direct songwriter.