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.
Thursday, December 5 2013
Entering into Gomes’s hypnotic triptych gives the viewer a chance to see just how far cinema has come, and just how far it can go in the hands of a master.
Ivan Klíma emphasizes moral dilemmas in spare, simple prose, shorn of philosophical digressions; as his autobiography demonstrates, Klíma avoids cant or cliché.
The great band featuring Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke, and Tony Williams, at its best.
The 2003 indie-rock classic gets its reissue in the same year that its creator, Jason Molina, died.
Beastmilk's unabashed re-imagination of the music of their influences is so well conceived and unapologetic that the lack of originality at the heart of Climax becomes little more than an afterthought.
Caroline Norton is a little known woman who arguably changed the world. Author and scholar Diane Atkinson explains how.
Hunters' paradigm of noise-punk layered with melodic hooks is a common enough model, but Hunters pursue some sideways diversions on the grime-ridden path.
The Brightest Light isn’t a perfect album from the Mission. That said, it is very good and has the potential to please established fans as well as the newly interested.
The title track will floor you: a stunning return to form for our favorite indie rock weirdos. The rest of this slapdash EP? Not so much.
Wednesday, December 4 2013
The premiere suggests exactly why this period isn't more often plundered by television, namely, the extraordinary difficulty of shaking off the popular culture clichés of the period.
What strange magic has propelled writer-creator Robert Kirkman's zombie apocalypse epic, The Walking Dead for so long? Whatever it is, it's alive and kicking still in issue #116.
This substantial documentary displays the genre at its most vital: telling a story for a subject incapable of voicing complaint.
American journalist Max Lerner claimed "to reject the word is to reject the human search." Under the Third Reich, the book industry faced its own destruction, leaving the people with empty words bursting with Nazi propaganda.
How can global destruction have the same effect in a world that has already endured too much of it?
Like the band's proper albums, its singles collections get better each time around. Volume 3 is the best collection yet, with some downright gems and curious if imperfect steps into the unknown.
This new collection of critical essays on Twin Peaks has bright moments, but suffers from poor curation.
Intending to pique and whet before note one, this partnership between members of Neon Indian and Tigercity infuses some sorely needed sexuality back into oft-sterilized electronic pop.
Father John's soundtrack to his wife's upcoming short film wants to be hypnotic and foreboding; it settles for fitfully pretty and forgettable.
The UK pop star barely avoids a sophomore slump with this retro, hook-heavy set.