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Tuesday, August 12 2014

‘Fifi Howls from Happiness’: In Thrall to Iranian Artist Bahman Mohassess

Brilliant, loving, and as intensely political as any of Bahman Mohassess' works, this film celebrates connection as much as it reveals isolation, dedication and outrage.


‘The Ghost in the Electric Blue Suit’ and Graham Joyce’s Slipstream Writing

A bit unusual for Joyce, this book mutes the fantastical elements and reads more like a straight-up coming of age story.


‘Amen’ is What Political Cinema Is All About

Troublesome though the implications of Amen are, it is nonetheless a fine example of Costa-Gavras at his most incendiary.


Dilated Peoples: Directors of Photography

After an eight-year gap, Dilated Peoples are back and picking up right where they left off.


William Shakespeare and George Lucas? Could Any Two Writers Be Farther Apart?

Ian Doescher's translation of Return of the Jedi into the style and syntax of William Shakespeare steps between the ridiculous and the sublime.


Marc Broussard: A Life Worth Living

By whitewashing lies and deceit with hopeful, sorry songs, the homogenized A Life Worth Living resonates as false.


Ricardo Lemvo and Makina Loca: La Rumba SoYo

Veteran Congolose singer and band's seventh album, a gloriously international affair.


Avery Sunshine: The SunRoom

Avery Sunshine makes her audience feel at home on the warm, uplifting The SunRoom.


Dave Van Ronk: Live in Monterey 1998

Although over 30 releases already bear Van Ronk's name, including several wonderful live discs, Omnivore Records has issued a new one.


Monday, August 11 2014

Many Faces of Lady Whirlwind: ‘The Angela Mao Ying Collection’

Angela Mao is wholesome and badass, a personality that, when brought to her fight scenes, immediately marks her as a star—although the scripts she was given don't often give her the chance to maximize that stardom.


Comic-Con Offers an Unmatched Kaleidoscope of Sci-fi / Fantasy / Superhero Pop Culture

There was a spectacular display of goods from almost every pop culture property one could think of all in one place, making Comic-Con feel like a cross between Christmas and Halloween (as well as Black Friday).


The Book of the Revelation: “Thanos: The Infinity Revelation”

The greatest transformations in this story occur not among the stars, not in the above and beyond, not in the court of Infinity and Eternity, but in the characters themselves.


In ‘California’ the World Has Gone to Hell for No Good Reason

The careful yet laconic nature of Edan Lepucki’s writing mirrors that of her post-catastrophic setting; life is finely captured but little seems to matter, anymore.


The Gaslight Anthem: Get Hurt

Jersey boys' fifth flirts outrageously with flamenco, Hi-NRG, dubstep and Oompah. No, not really.


Prawn: Kingfisher

Kingfisher is absolutely fabulous and a thrilling discovery.


Some Assembly Is Required for Reading ‘Boston Mob’

At times, Mark Songini stretches ideas beyond their breaking point, making the reader reassemble them with Krazy Glue and chicken wire.


Grace Askew: Scaredy Cat

Despite a center stage spotlight viewed by millions, former The Voice contestants often fail to build a fan base outside the narrow scope of the network lens.


Orrin Evans’ Captain Black Big Band: Mother’s Touch

A terrific, powerful pianist has his tunes revved up for big band: loose and grand.


Seahaven: Reverie Lagoon: Music for Escapism Only

Reverie and its new sound may throw some old fans, but that’s a good thing.


Friday, August 8 2014

‘The Dog’ from ’ Dog Day Afternoon’ Would Do It All Over Again, Hell Ya

This documentary follows John Wojtowicz's story, including the fears and fantasies fueling the Brooklyn bank robbery that would later become the basis for Dog Day Afternoon.


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