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Wednesday, June 25 2014

‘Freedom Summer’ and What Remains

This critical film underscores both differences and connections between then and now -- now as when the Voting Rights Act of 1965 is being dismantled.


After the Invasion: “Trees #2”

The Trees are intelligent life that fail to recognize humans as anything more than parasites, if that. It’s the ultimate nature fights back tale. Except these Trees are invading from space.


Conception II: Children of the Seven Stars

Even calling the seven women of Conception II "heroines" is almost disingenuous, since it's clear from the start of the game who the hero is and who the "help" is.


Kiarostami’s ‘Like Somone in Love’ Is Like Something Beautiful

Iranian master Abbas Kiarostami doubles-down on familiar themes in this film, with varying results.


‘The First World War: The Complete Series’ Is an Outstanding Primer on This Multi-Faceted Conflict

Often overshadowed by the World War II 20 years later, the Great War remains, in many sad ways, the yardstick for futility, pointlessness and waste.


Strand of Oaks: HEAL

With each album, Tim Showalter complicates our understanding of him and, really, of what we should expect from singer-songwriter records.


Stephen King, ‘Mr. Mercedes’, and Our Love of Literary Junk Food

Why can't a reader enjoy both Stephen King and Alice McDermott? Fancy Michelin critics have been known to go wild for Shake Shack, after all.


How to Dress Well: “What Is This Heart?”

The latest album from How to Dress Well sounds similar to his previous work, but doesn't have enough to keep it interesting the third time around.


Tijuana Panthers: Wayne Interest

Tijuana Panthers mix surf, garage, and punk rock to mostly great effect. Except when they rely on the same exact mix for a few too many songs.


Flashlights: Bummer Summer

On the band's sophomore record, Florida's Flashlights peel back on some of their their scrappy, crashing rock sound, exposing the complex pop sensibilities underneath and letting them carry the day. It's a risky shift, but one that paid off.


Ingrid Michaelson: Lights Out

Less a record than a highly calculated means to a bigger end, Lights Out is an attenuated statement of purpose to further develop the Michaelson brand.


Divine Fits: Live at Third Man Records

While still one of the best “supergroups” out there, Divine Fits' latest release seems a bit forced and perhaps unnecessary.


Tuesday, June 24 2014

Excessively Bad Days and Bad Moods: “Batgirl #32”

An insight into the worst days of Barbara Gordon's life.


‘Whitey: United States v. James J. Bulger’: Lies, Files, and Silences

Whether officials' lying and covering up in order to crack cases are a matter of necessity, ambition, or ineptitude, the lack of investigation in this case is just that, a lack.


In ‘300: Rise of Empire’ We See How Xerxes Became That Bald, Pierced Badass

If 300 is the cinematic equivalent of a video game, then 300: Rise of an Empire, is at water level: murky, awkward and not nearly as fun.


‘Winter’s Tale’ Is Blinded by the Light

The love story should be at the heart of this film, but it instead gets caught up in the supernatural elements.


Mastodon: Once More ‘Round the Sun

Mastodon's Once More 'Round the Sun condenses the prog of Crack the Skye into the structures and trademarks of hard rock.


Black Bananas: Electric Brick Wall

Black Bananas carries enough high voltage for most stadium acts, and Electric Brick Wall is chock full of fretboard acrobatics and thrasher-chick swagger.


The Rock*A*Teens: Sweet Bird of Youth (Reissue)

Released 14 years ago, the final album from Atlanta's Rock*A*Teens' failed to find an audience its first time around. Merge's reissue gives it a much-deserved second chance.


Fennesz: Bécs

This is not easy music, but at the same time it is experimentalism made accessible through the artist’s cunning methods


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