3 1/2 out of 5 *****
Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Donald Sutherland, Elizabeth Banks, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Willow Shields (more…)
The release of Janelle Monae’s sophomore album, The Electric Lady is one of those rare cultural occasions that demand my undivided attention. I’ve written before about why that is. However, it doesn’t feel apposite to write a review of lengthy prose. Apart from anything else, you can find people who are much better at that than me, such as Emily J. Lordi and Trudy from Gradient Lair.
Instead, I’m going to go through the album track by track, and see if it justifies the warm critical reception that it’s received:
SPOILER ALERT: This isn’t going to be a negative review. (more…)
As I begin to write this, the dust is settling on The Day of The Doctor. I’m afraid that I don’t have the capabilities to assemble my thoughts in ordered prose form right now. So in attempt to post something coherent, here’s a stream of consciousness detailing my reaction:
Yes, I know The Doctor’s not British. He’s not even a citizen of Earth. He’s Gallifreyan. But being from another planet didn’t seem to hinder Superman standing for “the American way”. Even in the world of genre-fiction, where the only ostensible boundary for a writer is their own imagination (and the show’s budget), the environs and characters that live on our screens tend to closely mirror aspects of their auteurs. The actor Mehcad Brooks recently touched on this topic stating that, “Superman’s from Krypton, but he has to look like Mitt Romney’s son.” (more…)
I just read this http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-19512_7-57602264-233/five-disappointing-things-about-the-iphone-5s/?ttag=fbwp and my shit filter is clogged. I need to unclog it.
Initially I had planned for this to be a review of Pacific Rim. However, not only was Adam Halls good enough to take care of that, but simply put, I didn’t think a great deal of the film. You can read Adam’s review here, but my thoughts on the film can be summed thus: it was this generation’s Independence Day, just with a bit more diversity across race, gender, and nationality. Without its huge budget (and the passion of Guillermo Del Toro), it’s the type of film one would see on the Syfy channel. (more…)
DOES NOT COMPUTE, DOES NOT COMPUTE, DOES NOT COMPUTE.
That’s what my brain repeated last weekend as I left the theater after “The World’s End.”
Oh, I know I’m going to lose some friends by not liking this one.
But it’s a bad sign that I walked away empathizing more with the film’s antagonists — the mechanical body-snatchers who, it turns out, are trying to elevate mankind for participation in galactic civilization — than I did with our supposed hero, Gary King (Simon Pegg).
Director Edgar Wright has a flair for visuals, for pratfalls, and mixing the grim and gut-busting. He does all of those well here. A jumping-a-fence callback to “Shaun of the Dead” and “Hot Fuzz” got a big laugh. And the cinematography is crisp and dynamic. It looks great for all its $20 million budget.
I like Simon Pegg. I like Nick Frost. I like that “World’s End ” flip-flopped the caricatures they adopted in Wright’s earlier movies (Pegg was the pathetic knucklehead here while Frost was reserved).
But the rest of “World’s End” was a squishy mess that sends some pretty dumb messages.
You may have heard me sign up for Google Music All Access on a recent episode of Tech It Or Leave It. Before then, I thought I hated music. Not all of it you understand, just every released after 2001. It’s a condition most commonly known as “being in your 30s”. But like I said, that was before. Now, it’s after. I like music again! Isn’t that nice. And so I need a way to consume lots of it, as it turns out that as long I stay away from chart music, there’s actually quite a lot of it I like. So it’s time for the battle of the streaming music services. This will include Google Play Music All Access, Spotify, Napster, Rdio, and an honourable mention for iRadio. For the most part they offer free trials, so I’ve been giving them a go.