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.
Thursday, August 21 2014
Watching the movie now, it seems to anticipate its own cult.
There's much to like about Roddy Frame, and much to admire about this album. Shame it lacks a killer tune.
Connections' Into Sixes is the band truly hitting its stride while also testing its limits in exciting ways.
The unlikely, improbable, unbelievable – and totally true – story of Iceland’s anarchist comedian turned politician.
They say that misery loves company, which is why blues music remains so popular.
It all comes down to the songs, and that weathered 'n' warm voice and guitar.
Throwback chameleon Paloma Faith changes skin again, appointing herself the Queen of Retro Soul Disco and infusing every track with her irrepressible melodrama and charm.
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.