Thursday, October 30 2014
Showrunners misses the opportunity to explore why creating fictional worlds continues to be gendered as masculine in our cultural imagination.
Brian and the Boz allows viewers to understand the contexts of star Sooner Brian Bosworth's life, including how the NCAA treats its players.
The Gigantic Beard That Was Evil feels timeless, because it contains truths you’ve known all along.
The Honourable Woman is smart, taut, and consistently suspenseful, without ever sacrificing character for plot, which is no easy feat.
Daniel Lanois has upped the ante with Flesh and the Machine by pledging to search "for something that’s never been heard before".
The second half of the19th century saw the murder rate drop precisely when "the activity of enjoying a murder became increasingly acceptable."
Home Everywhere is a brave record, one that you have to be patient with.
Betty Who's debut album is not the standout debut that this charismatic pop star deserves.
An ideal fusion of old school hard blowing jazz and new generation rhythms and attitude, this disc feels like the path forward.
Listening to the entire production on offer here means delving inside an artist's trajectory. Naivety, genius and clever pop.
What was it like to hear the Peter Gunn music for the first time? Some of us will never know for sure. But with this release, you're likely to have fun trying to recapture the moment.
Wednesday, October 29 2014
How do you take an image as powerful as Edward Hopper's "Nighthawks", and turn it into a tale about inherent social collapse? If you're Mike Mignola, John Arcudi and Tyler Crooks, the answer is, "quite easily".
The episodic format is a holdover from a time when it was necessary for Telltale to be able to continue making games and no longer seems like an inherent part of the stories they tell.
Cronenberg's Consumed feels similar to that of fellow Canadian sci-fi writer William Gibson, in that the narrative is globe-hopping in nature and both writers share a fetish for technology.
This is the release Nightbreed fans have been waiting for.
By compressing its revolutionary struggle into such a tightly compressed and void-encircled space, Bong Joon-Ho’s evocative post-apocalyptic actioner becomes furiously kinetic but metaphorically overburdened.
Lily & Madeleine may not shout or scream, or even cry, but they still want to be heard.
The Killer makes an album worthy of his reputation, aided by an all-star cast and co-producer (and fellow music legend) Jim Keltner.
Aware that theories about the horror genre can turn into fanboy rants, Jon Towlson's book is almost encyclopedic in its efficient division and referential format.
Today's weather forecast predicts rain, pain, moths and tombstones. Best pack an umbrella.