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Friday, October 25 2013

The Trouble with Fandom and ‘The Elizabethans’

A.N Wilson's The Elizabethans is a very readable history, despite the author's inability to get out of his own way.


Thursday, April 24 2014

‘Only Lovers Left Alive’ Is an Ode to the Eternally Undead City of Detroit

These vampires anticipate and understand death, and yet they mean to avoid it. Just so, Detroit -- decaying, yet vivid and eternal -- is their most perfect self-reflection.


Dionne Farris + The Russell Gunn Quartet: 10 April 2014 - New York

Exploring jazz with the Russell Gunn Quartet, Dionne Farris is clearly in full bloom.


The Butterfly and the Scorpion: ‘Whistler: A Life for Art’s Sake’

This biography of James Whistler is full of sharp notes of detail and anecdotes that help one glean various shades of his inscrutable personality


‘Sensation: The Story of the Who’s Tommy’ Lives Up to Its Name

What more is there to say about the rock opera, Tommy? Quite a lot.


‘The Great Beauty’ Is a Magnificent, Sensory-Rich Visual Poem that Pulsates with Life

Rome has mastered a balletic balance in chaotic dichotomy, where ruin and exultation beg for a kind of seduction that only film can provide.


Death: III

The once-forgotten Detroit proto-punk pioneers' third album is spotty at times, but still contains some true gems.


The Menzingers: Rented World

For what it is, Rented World slays.


‘The Man Who Invented Rock Hudson’ Is a Revelatory Dissection of What It Was to Be a Gay Movie Star

Beyond tales of who slept with whom and who wrecked whose marriage, this is a unique character study of Henry Willson, who was a genius in his own right.


Emm Gryner: Torrential

Retired Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield guest stars as a vocalist on Gryner’s 10th studio album, bolstering this from being just another indie release from a Canada cult icon.


Davidge: Slo Light

The Massive Attack producer's fruit doesn't fall far from the downtempo tree.


Matt Wilson Quartet + John Medeski: Gathering Call

Jazz's most fanciful drummer, his great band, plus the everything-at-once keyboard wiz equals celebratory music that also turns tender when it wants to.


Wednesday, April 23 2014

Catherine Deneuve Hits the Road in ‘On My Way’

While the title On My Way implies the start of a journey that might be energetic and fresh, by film’s end, Bettie doesn’t seem like she’s moved much at all.


‘On Such a Full Sea’ Challenges Our Notion of Free Will, but Leaves So Much More Unchallenged

What are we willing to trade off in order to have a steady income, food on one’s plate and a house over one’s head?


Specters of Marquez: “Iron Fist, the Living Weapon #1”

Writer-artist Kaare Andrews shapes an entirely new mythology for Iron Fist—not so much “like unto a thing of iron,” but “when offered life, he chose death…”


‘Bayou Blue’ Takes an Unflinching Look at Death in the Dark

These men are painted as those that easily disappear, and when they do disappear, it takes nearly ten years to bring their killer to justice.


‘Pokemon Battle Trozei’: How Many Times Do I Need to Catch Them All?

Other games that have a successful collection system follow the idea that what the player collects should have some sort of pragmatic value. This iteration of Pokemon does not.


‘To Chris Marker, An Unsent Letter’ Has Insufficient Postage

Collaborators and admirers provide an enlightening, but at times opaquely idiosyncratic assessment of the maverick French filmmaker.


Eels: The Cautionary Tales of Mark Oliver Everett

Mark Everett admitted that Cautionary Tales was an uncomfortable record to make, but what's most unsettling is how familiar it sounds.


Father and Son = Author and Reader in ‘A Fairy Tale’

Jonas T. Bengtsson takes us down unexpected paths, reminding us that life is too complex for us to assume we know how things will turn out.


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