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TIFF 2016 Movie Review: (Re)Assignment

Published on September 23rd, 2016 in: Action Movies, Film Festivals, LGBTQ, Movie Reviews, Movies, Reviews, Upcoming Movies |

By Sachin Hingoo

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When the best thing you can say about a film is that “it’s not quite as transphobic as people are saying”, you know that film has major issues.
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Tyler Talks Horror: Night of the Living Dead

Published on September 23rd, 2016 in: Horror, Movie Reviews, Movies, Retrovirus, Reviews, Tyler Talks Horror |

By Tyler Hodg

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Hi, I’m Tyler Hodg and I’m a horror n00b.

My status is not an exaggeration. If I was to chronicle my experience with the genre, it would exclusively include the climax of Saw, and about 40 minutes of Amityville Horror II: The Possession. Impressive, huh?
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Music Review: Various Artists, Afterschool Special: The 123s Of Kid Soul

Published on September 23rd, 2016 in: Current Faves, Music, Music Reviews, Retrovirus, Reviews |

By Melissa Bratcher

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Have you ever listened to an album that is so charming that you just can’t bear it? I have. The fine folks at Numero Group have added to their considerable catalogue of genius compilations with Afterschool Special: The 123s of Kid Soul. Think: bubblegum pop + funk = sheer delight. Think: the Jackson 5. Think: infectious beats, voices so sweet you just want to curl into a ball and giggle, and true love. It’s hard for me to be objective; it’s so darling.
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Music Review: Amanda Shires, My Piece Of Land

Published on September 23rd, 2016 in: Americana, Current Faves, Music, Music Reviews, Reviews |

By Melissa Bratcher

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Some pregnant women nest by painting walls, decluttering, pasting photos in albums. Amanda Shires wrote an album. My Piece Of Land was written and recorded as a way of dealing with her pre-motherhood anxiety when she was pregnant and unable to travel. The result is introspective, incredibly honest, and furiously lovely.
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Music Review: Riley Etheridge Jr., Secrets, Hope & Waiting

Published on September 23rd, 2016 in: Americana, Music, Music Reviews, Reviews |

By Melissa Bratcher

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There’s always a trickiness to concept albums. Do the songs work on their own merits, or do they need the framework of the concept to bolster them? Is the concept explicit, or do you need to read copious press materials or liner notes to ferret out a theme? Will I need to take psychedelics to understand this album?
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Music Review: St Paul and the Broken Bones, Sea Of Noise

Published on September 7th, 2016 in: Current Faves, Music, Music Reviews, Reviews |

By Melissa Bratcher

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It would be hard not to like St. Paul and the Broken Bones. You can call them what you like, soul revival or neo-soul or just soul, but the end result is the same: a band that makes bracingly soulful music that feels both classic and modern. Lead singer Paul Janeway vocally brings to mind the greats (Otis Redding in particular) and adds his own particular twist, with his testifying vocals (as you may recall, Janeway studied to be a preacher, and it certainly shows in his voice).
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Music Review: The Meters, A Message From The Meters: The Complete Josie, Reprise & Warner Brothers Singles 1968-1977

Published on September 7th, 2016 in: Current Faves, Music, Music Reviews, Reissues, Retrovirus, Reviews |

By Melissa Bratcher

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We truly live in an age of miracles. You can stroll down to the record store and pick up A Message From The Meters: The Complete Josie, Reprise & Warner Brothers Singles 1968-1977, and then you will hold in your hot little hands, a collection of ALL of the Meters’s singles, with B-sides. And you will be given a fantastic entry point to the best funk band of all time (Oh yes, I will die on that hill because it is a true fact). You could even download it digitally, if that’s your jam, and then you’ll at least have it. But the point is, you need this album.
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Can I Get A Witness? Absolute Preacher Is A Triumph

Published on September 7th, 2016 in: Comic Reviews, Comics, Current Faves, Reviews, TV |

By E.A. Henson

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The first season of the darkly funny and hyper-violent Preacher TV series recently wrapped up and DC/Vertigo Comics has, coincidentally, just published the first volume of Absolute Preacher. If you’re a new fan of the show or an old fan of the comic this hefty tome is definitely something worthy of your attention.
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Music Review: Farewell Milwaukee, FM

Published on September 7th, 2016 in: Current Faves, Music, Music Reviews, Reviews |

By Tyler Hodg

farewell-milwaukee-fm-review-header-graphicWisconsin may get bitterly cold, but Farewell Milwaukee’s music is nothing but warm. Their fourth studio effort, simply titled FM, wraps around you like a heavy blanket, comforting you with familiar folk-rock sounds that are reminiscent of artists like Tom Petty and Bruce Springsteen. The album may not be the most original collection of music, but that doesn’t mean it still doesn’t have a lasting effect. (more…)

Blu-Ray Review: Venom

Published on August 26th, 2016 in: Blu-Ray, Current Faves, DVD/Blu-Ray Reviews, Horror, Movie Reviews, Movies, Reissues, Retrovirus, Reviews |

By Less Lee Moore

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It’s been a good year for Oliver Reed fans. Though the actor passed away in 1999, there have been several recent reissues of his work on Blu-Ray. First, there was Ken Russell’s The Great Composers box set from the BFI, which includes the rarely-seen but significant Reed performance in The Debussy Film. Then there was Hired To Kill, which Arrow Video reissued on May 17. And then, there’s Venom, reissued May 31 from Blue Underground.

I should make it clear that those last two movies are not exactly examples of Oliver Reed at his finest.

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