Fraction's brilliant characterization makes "The Five Nightmares" an engaging character study. He exposes Tony Stark as a character not in pitched battle against his own successor, but one for whom obsolescence, inadequacy and fear of failure are baseline states, and equally powerful motivational drives.
04 Mar 2009
There can be no doubt that the summer of 2008 stands as a high-water mark for superheroes. But in the wake of a superhero renaissance and the growing cultural legitimacy of the genre, the question must be posed: Has the superhero genre evolved beyond the comics medium?
27 Jan 2009
Given the dearth of material Sonny Rollins had to choose from and his sharp attention to quality, Road Shows, Vol. 1 represents some of the best music the saxophone colossus has released to date, which should come as no surprise.
18 Jan 2009
Today, any character who got into so many brawls would be sentenced to counseling; in 1960, it was part of the he-man's landscape, and the fights were important signifiers in any show about two guys living together in close friendship.
20 Dec 2007
The combination of great music and insightful notes makes this series as important as it is entertaining.
13 Aug 2007
Psalm 100 instructs, "Make a joyful noise unto the Lord!". What more joyful sound than the life-affirming song of protest, for that is the sound wrenched from the deepest grief and suffering, from exhausted and diseased lungs, and the voice raised in tuneful protest is among the most beautiful of human sounds. Sing out, indeed!
15 Jul 2007
Throw together some top-shelf bluegrass, some cornball humor, and some cooking tips, and you've got yourself a show!
24 Apr 2007
Anger can be seen not only as the godfather of queer cinema, but also of indie cinema: his budgets were virtually non-existent, and the production values might have been low; but the finished products were always regarded as works of art.
04 Mar 2007
Throughout this collection Van der Keuken always returns to the instincts of “the lonely, wandering eye” of his youth, documenting the individual in daily drudgery, looking for the subtle revelations of the unguarded moment.
24 Jan 2007
While its viewers are left out as mere spectators into this exercise in onanism, the incidental details that seep through the film -- such as his robotics engineer dad designing some of the equipment he uses onstage -- warm up the austere minimalist so that techno is finally given a real human face, however fleeting its glimpse.
22 Jan 2007
Excellent and educational compilation of folk songs, featuring members of Wilco, Freakwater, and the Bad Livers, as well as faculty and staff of Chicago's esteemed Old Town School of Folk Music.
15 Nov 2006
For the casual fan or curious neophyte seeking to own only the most talked-about or controversial episodes of the last few years, this might be a good buy, but for everyone else, it's a disappointment.
15 Nov 2006
If They Played the Game only gave a mirror to those who make a living with play this would be an adequate collection, but there are moments of pure wonder and delight that have nothing to do with the field.
01 Jun 2006
With the warmth of the sun beating down on a Sunday Morning, these power-pop veterans swoon lovingly through a collection of 1960s covers. And these birds can sing.
27 Apr 2006
After "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go", maybe this record's title asked too much. Still, this song cycle has the ambition of Stevie Wonder's 1970s work and Michael nearly had the talent to pull it off.
08 Feb 2006
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