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.
Monday, March 17 2014
Resurrections are common in comics, but they're also easily complicated.
Thief, like the best crime films, forces the viewer to rethink traditional conceptions of criminality.
The decision to take an approach to the story that leaves it clipped and juvenile at best and utterly unintelligible at worst is the most egregious of the game's many poorly-designed elements.
Richard Florida is one-upping Karl Marx, casting the creative class as the rightful inheritors of the fruits of the Earth.
Twice Born takes what has the potential to be an engrossing cinematic backdrop—the horrific Bosnian War—and turns it into cheap sentiment.
Drew's voice is clear and high in the mix here, the songs behind him lush and building, subtle enough that we focus not solely on layers of sound but also on what Drew has to say.
Dark-hued Toronto band makes another "quiet and aggressive" album that's as much a source of connection and support as it is scary.
Lack of substance and interest plagues Tycho's fourth album.
With his new release, klezmer clarinetist David Krakauer has crafted his most successful and boundary-smashing work to date.
These two useful guides to regional Mexican radio hits should be way more entertaining.
At 80 years of age, Phill Niblock is still finding notes that aren't there.
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.