Thursday, August 7 2014
When the first scene in a movie has someone arranging refrigerator poetry, it's already out of ideas.
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.
Wednesday, August 20 2014
In her final issue, writer Gail Simone provides the space for Batgirl to start over in a new world.
Woven like a colorful tapestry of many characters, all of whom share the misfortune of having lost a child, this is structured like an epic poem which, despite its short length, feels fully realized.
This holiday special perfectly balances the recognizable elements found in horror movies and the elements of the Toy Story universe.
For the most part, the shorts are some of Disney's strongest, and taken as a whole they offer a variety of animation styles, characters and tones.
With the help of Gotye, you can't help but feel like Kimbra's follow up to her magnificent debut squanders her undeniable talent.
From MOOCs to Second Life to chairs that move, Elizabeth Losh discusses all things technological in The War on Learning.
Like all good country music, Cory Branan is hard, if not impossible, to define.
On Ray Raposa's first Castanets record in five years, the elements of the formula haven't changed very much, though the album works best when the balance between those elements shift in fresh ways.
The Mark Lanegan Band's first official release since 2012 is, unfortunately, a lackluster and unfocused affair.
The Who, however it survives, repeats that that youthful concerns and ideals matter, no matter how long the band or we endure.
Tuesday, August 19 2014
As a movie, The Expendables 3 is kind of a shambles. As part of a never-ending retirement party, it's kind of a gas.
Not many readers have put themselves in the headspace of a caped vigilante, but Jon and Suzie, the dynamic duo of deviant thoughts and sexcapades, embody our deepest desires, shame, regrets, and fears.
Hercules is a Disney animated film that shows the studio riding the wave of its '90's renaissance, but not reaching the heights of earlier classics.
Little Rock's Pallbearer add some studio sheen with their sophomore release while maintaining the mudslide-like heaviness of their acclaimed debut.
In one of the best books of 2014, Rebecca Makkai tells a story of time, ghosts, fate, unrequited love, requited love unconsummated, and art.
Thorn appreciates the little things in life one takes for granted: family, love, a good rock beat, etc.
The Provincial Archive makes a wonderful folksy racket, and, should you saunter down to your local record store and pick this up, you’ll be more than glad that you did.
We hear about wrecking balls as a musical metaphor all the time. But what happens when you hand the controls over to an elephant?