Monday, March 3 2014
It may be unfair to hold being merely very good against Dexter Gordon, but if he has better records, this 1955 one is still a crucial document to understanding Gordon's career and, thus, a vital piece of the history of jazz.
A lone-wolf pathologist finds himself tackling three murder mysteries whilst trying to resolve issues damaging his personal life.
Friday, February 28 2014
The best idea in Non-Stop is the plane. The space is tight and the camera is close -- especially close on Bill's (Liam Neeson) face.
"Over and over" is a good way to sum up The Bag Man, a movie that runs perilously close to two hours, and uses most of its bad ideas at least twice.
Gardiner approaches Bach with a great deal of consideration beforehand, leavened with the knowledge that music is about the transmission of emotion rather than logic.
This deadpan gem betrays a surprising warmth beneath its wry exterior. Simply put, it's one of cinema's richest and most compassionate tragicomedies.
Winter took his axe to newly discovered worlds of feedback and kept on whacking.
A couple of hipsters write and record music to some old, unpublished folk lyrics. Sound familiar? Well, you ain't heard nothing yet.
Sevenisn’t the utter triumph one might have hoped for, but it sees British soul pop icon Lisa Stansfield artistically reinvigorated, still as vocally divine as she's ever been.
Angélique Kidjo delivers a jubilant affair in Eve celebrating the women of Africa.
Sex and politics find equal footing on Vanessa Daou's latest, a return to her club music roots.
Thursday, February 27 2014
While many horror films are carried by deftly composed cinematography, Haunter benefits from a thoughtful script, with complicated turns that keep the audience guessing.
There’s a lot of space in these short stories, a sense of the vastness of the Canadian wilderness which surrounds and sometimes envelops the characters.
In the ambitious Night In Shanghai, Nicole Mones attempts to recreate a city of nearly a century ago.
Wong Kar Wai’s overkill kung fu epic about Bruce Lee’s teacher doesn’t cohere even as well as his more esoteric work, but its assembled shards make for a brooding, sumptuous experience.
ScHoolboy Q takes everything he's learned in the Top Dawg stable and unleashes it in a very finely tuned burst.
Vertical Scratchers' debut is a perfect rock record because it throws the order and interaction of elements in rock records into doubt.
St. Paul & The Broken Bones keep soul alive and well on debut Half the City
A noisy and occasionally thrilling live set from the Scottish rockers.
Though the music may seem far removed from our present day culture, we can connect to it on a human level. For, these are songs of hardship and joy, regret and celebration – in essence, songs of everyday life.