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Monday, January 12 2015

‘The Facts of Life’ Is the Ultimate ‘80s Comfort Food Sitcom

Almost 30 years after its conclusion, putting The Facts of Life on the TV feels like hanging out with an old friend.


Saint the Boss, Intercede for us Sinners…

In attempting to distance Springsteen from his sainted reputation by humanizing him, Ryan White only manages to sanctify him all the more.


Ben Frost: V A R I A N T

A U R O R A has a little step-sister named V A R I A N T. And just like that, Ben Frost's discography is saddled with an attractive piece of filler.


Exit Verse: Exit Verse

One can’t help but being drawn in by the output, rather than the method, by the pure creative act, instead of the artistic potency


Sleaford Mods: Retweeted

Sleaford Mods deliver a burly compilation, filled with complaints and rabid rants.


Charlie Haden - Jim Hall: Charlie Haden - Jim Hall

An undiscovered duet concert between the two jazz musicians whose 2014 passing hurts the most.


Friday, January 9 2015

The Story Is Inside and Outside Joaquin Phoenix’s Mind in ‘Inherent Vice’

P.T. Anderson's adaptation of Thomas Pynchon's 2009 novel is an atypical noir, where narrative freely flows in and out of the mind of Doc (Joaquin Phoenix).


‘Safe’ Is Often Lost in a World of Ideas

Julianne Moore's evocative performance aside, Safe often feels designed specifically for film-studies interpretation, without its own soul.


‘It Happened One Night’ Is Graceful and Quick as a Magic Trick

Frank Capra's Oscar-dominating film is still funny, still romantic, and still quite beautiful to look at 80 years later.


Thursday, January 8 2015

‘Broad City’ Skillfully Juggles the Heartfelt and the Absurd

Broad City is funny, but it's also heartfelt in unexpected and strange ways.


Wednesday, January 7 2015

‘People of the Twenty-First Century’ Reveals Just How Invisible Our Clothes Make Us

Hans Eijkelboom’s approach to street style photography is effective because it parodies the unique-individual-who-stands-out-in-a-crowd trope.


‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ Is Not Worth a Cowabunga

The new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie will have longtime Turtle fans shouting “No, ninja, no, ninja, no!”, for this reboot is a mindless mess.


Micah P. Hinson: Micah P. Hinson and the Gospel of Progress

This record shuns cynicism. It is, rather, an honest, romantic exploration of heartbreak wherein, despite his many accompanists, Hinson lies exposed and raw.


‘How to Be a Good Wife’ Fits the Feminist Legacy of Stories About Misdiagnosed Women

Outwardly, Marta and Hector Bjornstad’s long marriage appears tranquil, harmonious, happy. So why is Marta having visions nobody else sees?


Matthew Ryan: Boxers

Despite attempts to disguise his voice behind a series of too-obvious influences, Matthew Ryan reveals in a whisper here and there his true, and worthy, vocal character.


World/Inferno Friendship Society: This Packed Funeral

If the term "punk rock cabaret" doesn't grab you, maybe the strong storytelling and creative musical arrangements will.


Tuesday, January 6 2015

‘Mr. Sloane’ Displays An Allenesque Dark Charm

Robert B. Weide's British period comedy Mr. Sloane was cancelled after just one season, depriving viewers of an engaging, wise and beautifully-made character study.


‘A Temporary Future’ Unpacks David Mitchell’s Nesting Doll Novels

Patrick O'Donnell's survey of David Mitchell's six novels dives into the labyrinthine, "screaming Russian doll" structures they all share.


K. Michelle: Anybody Wanna Buy a Heart

For all the major moves she made this time around on her second album, K. Michelle still can't break away from the shackles of her contemporaries.


Githead: Waiting for a Sign

Githead were never ones to put a great deal of passion into their pop. But even by their standards, this album feels a bit cold.


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