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.
Friday, December 13 2013
American Hustle is not only about the awkwardly intricate and emblematic fictions designated "Abscam", but also about the stories the scammers tell themselves,
At this point, it would be foolish to expect Peter Jackson to change his approach to The Hobbit films.
Sorcery! Episode 2 continues to keep the surprises and sense of old school adventure coming.
P.L. Travers would have hated this charming revisionist tearjerker, but then she didn’t think her Mary Poppins should have been a musical.
Four films starring, or more accurately including, Vivien Leigh,only intermittently register the star power she brought to her American productions, though her collaborators acquit themselves well.
Powerful performances and excellent bonus material await the curious Claptonite on Give Me Strength: The 1974/75 Recordings.
Even when Dâm-Funk and Snoopzilla are talking about love, they are just as much talking about music, about funk.
Just Desserts is, top to bottom, filled with songs that are memorably funny, pensive, angry and just bitterly honest.
A Chicago trio delivers an exhilarating blast of sneering, snarling, punk-fueled heavy metal.
Throw everything at the wall and see what sticks.
Thursday, December 12 2013
Although this lacks some of the teeth of its source material, it is a powerful document nonetheless, buoyed by outstanding performances and a straightforward, no-nonsense visual style.
The two-disc, Blu-Ray release of The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones really, really wants you to be absorbed in that world.
1985's Hallelujah All the Way Home is not just a Flying Nun gem, it's an underappreciated rock record of the 80's, and Juvenilia is a solid companion piece to the album.
Cover to cover, Fan Phenomena: Buffy the Vampire Slayer is a solid collection, well rounded, well researched, and written in an accessible tone.
The cover photo alone, with Hendrix singing and jamming on his upside-down Strat, is enticing and captures in one frame the energy he delivers to this entire performance.
Odd Future collective MellowHigh thrive off of being cocky and unapologetic on debut MellowHigh.
For what it's worth, this is the greatest homage to late '70s horror movie music ever recorded.
Wednesday, December 11 2013
Are these girl-power barrel racers post-feminist figures?
This "Rich Mahogany Edition" of Anchorman features lots of bonus stuff, including an extended cut and the supplemental film, Wake Up, Ron Burgundy: The Lost Movie.