Film Review: Marshall

October 13, 2017

A portrait of the justice as a young attorney       You would be forgiven for assuming that a film that takes as its title the last name of its protagonist would be an all inclusive, sweeping biopic about that individual. But director Reginald Hudlin and the father/son writing team of Michael and Jacob Koskoff […]

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Film Review: The Mountain Between Us

October 6, 2017”

Kate, Idris, and a dog battle the elements: Who will survive!?       I’ve always been a sucker for a good old fashioned, human-versus-the-elements survival story; 127 Hours is one of my all-time favorite films, and Everest, Into the Wild, and even Alive all captured my imagination and left me pondering the strength of my own […]

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Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2017: Friday Recs and Rundown

October 4, 2017

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass is here again, bringing a host of bands both new and familiar. The best music is not necessarily the most well known, and the greatest festival experiences are the surprises. Here’s the first of three posts to help guide your HSB journey, with recommendations, links, and descriptions. On Fridays, the crowds are […]

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Show Review: Andrew W.K. at The Independent, 9.27.17

October 3, 2017

This show had all of the essentials needed for a great metal show. Andrew WK, the patron saint of partying, leading his six piece backup band of very loud and technically adept musicians. Two members of his backup band were women, which made the party even better, as did the pizza guitar he played mid-set. […]

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Show Review: Deerhoof, Christina Schneider’s Genius Grant, Mayya and the Revolutionary Hell Yeah at Teragram Ballroom, 09/22/17

September 25, 2017

Deeeeeeeeeeeerrrrrrrhooooooooooofff! I cannot start this without immediately stating my bias. I love Deerhoof. I’ve been in love with this strange quirky band since I was 16 years old in high school, and a friend of mine played the cleanest version that exists of “Gore in Crown,” though we knew it as “Gore in Beans.” They […]

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Film Review: Battle of the Sexes

September 22, 2017

Stone and Carell serve up a winner in still timely ’70s tennis drama       Opening nearly 44 years to the day after the famous tennis match it’s named after, Battle of the Sexes chronicles the much publicized and widely watched (90 million viewers tuned in worldwide) 1973 match between then 29-year-old women’s champion […]

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Film Review: Brad’s Status

September 22, 2017

A midlife crisis worth watching: Stiller shines in funny and poignant story   Ben Stiller, who can play middle-age angst like no one else (see While We’re Young, for example), is in fine form in writer/director Mike White’s new film Brad’s Status. Although the film’s premise about a soon-to-be-50 straight white man facing an existential […]

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Film Review: mother!

September 15, 2017”>

If a stranger knocks at your front door… Standing before an unpainted bedroom wall, a young and thoroughly domesticated woman ponders which shade of eggshell will look just so. She mixes up a tester, applies a strip, and steps back to regard her work. Elsewhere an older man inhabits his writing study, conjuring magic onto […]

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Film Review: Home Again

September 8, 2017

Reese goes home again, but that doesn’t mean you have to     With Home Again, writer/director Hallie Meyers-Shyer’s debut feature, we see that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. The daughter of filmmaker Nancy Meyers (The Intern; It’s Complicated; The Holiday; Something’s Got to Give), Meyers-Shyer here copies her mother’s patented feel-good […]

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Spinning Platters Interview: Corin Tucker & Peter Buck of Filthy Friends

September 4, 2017

You have 15 minutes in a room with two of your idols to ask them whatever you want. Here’s how that goes… R.E.M. changed my life. If it weren’t for them, I probably wouldn’t have found rock ‘n’ roll. At least they were my gateway band, the band that introduced me to punk, folk, power […]

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