Behind the scenes look at punk rock legends being fathers.
Comedy movie Tower Heist with all star cast of Ben /still, Eddie Murphy, and Matthew Broderick.
A review of the movie The Rum Diaries
Review of the movie Real Steel.
Review of the new movie Paranormal Activity 3.
Review of the new remake of the classic movie Footloose is less than well received.
Review of the movie “Ides of March
There are so many Hollywood darlings in Steven Soderbergh’s “Contagion” I was half expecting all the story lines to neatly tie in together in the end. But it isn’t that kind of feel-good movie. Rather, it’s a serious dose of “I don’t feel so good.” And for those who catch the fictitious virus, the story’s bad guy, there’s a one in four chance they make it out alive.
Joyce Manor – Joyce Manor
Make no mistake, this California four piece plays pop punk, but only in the loosest sense. Don’t expect any influences from Green Day and Screeching Weasel, or any similarities with contemporaries The Dopamines either. Joyce Manor is about urgency, energy and a fair dose of abrasion, editing their song structures down to the noisiest minimum requirements of a pop tune. Heartfelt lyrics and everyman vocals will have you singing along to this self-titled full length, and their deceptively strong musicianship will keep you coming back for more.
Shabazz Palaces – Black Up
Ishmael Butler AKA Butterfly was a hot commodity of alternative hip hop in the 90’s as a result of his de facto leadership role in Digable Planets. Since that group succumbed to infighting, Butler has kept busy: his solo effort under the masthead of Shabazz Palaces lifts the spirit of his work in Digable Planets and recontextualizes it in shocking and innovative ways. Jazz samples have been replaced by a cosmic and atonal sound palette which Butler pains with deftly. Black Up is spacey, obtuse, idiosyncratic, and easily the best hip hop release this summer. Chew on that, Lil’ Wayne.
Bomb the Music Industry! – Vacation
There are benefits and drawbacks to following a band through their career. On the one hand, you feel a part of something—you are the audience. You’re invested; on the other hand, any band is liable to take a sharp turn, inevitably flinging some fans to the wayside. On Vacations, BTMI finally take that turn, sloughing off most of their ska influences and embracing garage rock and their healthy appreciation for the Beach Boys. Lyrically it may be their best record yet, and although it requires some acclimation from long-time fans, Vacations may well be their magnum opus.
Much like last year’s Machete, Hobo with a Shotgun began as one of the fake trailers in Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino’s Grindhouse (if you have no recollection of it, that’s because it was almost exclusively shown in Canadian releases). In the vein of those films, Hobo is a movie keenly aware of itself and its limitations. Each beat of Hobo—the hambone villains, needlessly lewd and corny script, amateurishly oversaturated color and blood enough to drown a small army—rings true as an homage to the exploitation and B-movies of its heritage.