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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.


Friday, August 1 2014

OlliOlli

OlliOlli just might be the purest embodiment of skate culture in a game to date. It doesn't care about conforming, it doesn't care about its peers, and it doesn't care what you think of it. All it cares about is landing that trick.


Thursday, July 31 2014

‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Has Lots of Boys and “The Girl”

Gamora's role as The Girl is key to the appealing formula of Guardians of the Galaxy, a movie that delivers to expectations like nobody's business.


‘Literary Miniatures’ Reveals Souls of Giants

This collection of remarkable interviews with some of the world’s greatest writers is as creative and beautiful as the works it analyzes.


Aronofsky’s ‘Noah’ Interprets the Bible With Intensity

The film retells the story of Noah's Ark filtered through Aronofsky's intensity, rather than the pageantry of the faith-movie industry.


Common: Nobody’s Smiling

The veteran Chicago rapper returns to his troubled hometown on a conscious album for a post-conscious age.


Alvvays: Alvvays

Alvvays is an exciting opening album from a band who bring refinement to a genre that make them sound mature beyond their years.


‘Romany and Tom’, Ben Watt’s Second Memoir, Is a Quiet, Reflective Tale

Watt, best known as a musician, DJ, and one-half of pop duo Everything But the Girl, takes a second foray into memoir with Romany and Tom.


Jim Lauderdale: I’m a Song

A fine, fine record which could do with a little more pep down the stretch, or a slightly stronger editing hand.


Phox: Phox

Epiphanies emerge and fade and come back again. The tempo stays steady and deliberate even when individual players pick up speed when adding baroque touches to the composition; an aural rendition of an optical illusion.


Luther Dickinson: Rock ‘n Roll Blues

By not glossing over the rough patches in a life spent pursuing a childhood dream, Dickinson provides a grounded perspective and lack of hubris on Rock 'n Roll Blues.


Wednesday, July 30 2014

‘Fallen City’ and Life, as It Is, After the Earthquake

None of the answers in Fallen City seem simple, as the film offers three stories of survivors after the 2008 earthquake in Beichuan.


Have Our ‘Hearts and Minds’ Really Changed?

There are lessons aplenty about Vietnam in Hearts and Minds—it's a shame we still haven’t learned them.


The One You See Coming: “Moon Knight #5”

Moon Knight #5 is a testament to the surrealization (not a word, do not use as one) of violence.


Linda Williams on the Melodrama of Black and White in ‘The Wire’

On The Wire is a must-read book for everyone who believes that the HBO series is life-changing fiction of the highest order.


Paul McCartney: 16 July 2014 - Sprint Center, Kansas City, Missouri

Paul McCartney commanded the stage in Kansas City with an astonishing degree of seemingly effortless finesse. A most glorious concert.


Naomi Shelton and the Gospel Queens: Cold World

With Cold World, Naomi Shelton and the Gospel Queens deliver funky throwback gospel-tinged soul music of the highest quality.


Goatwhore: Constricting Rage of the Merciless

Unrelentingly pummeling and brutally oppressive, Constricting Rage of the Merciless is a thrilling ride.


‘Fourth of July Creek’ Doesn’t Live up to Its Janet Maslin Review

This story carries a huge load of ambition, and carries it with intermittent grace and conviction, but its doesn't carry the children well.


Gustavo Santaolalla: Camino

Gustavo Santaolalla may have some Grammys, Oscars, and Global Globes at home, but Camino is for himself.


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