Though Westerns are generally not my thing (I consider the genre’s zenith to be 1988’s Young Guns, which is effectively an issue of Tiger Beat in Stetson hats), I was drawn to Martin Koolhoven’s Brimstone on the strength of the cast and early buzz that its extreme content would fit appropriately in TIFF’s audacious Midnight Madness programme, if not for its sprawling running time. In both cases, I wasn’t disappointed. Koolhoven’s script is as heartbreaking and well-acted as it is uncompromisingly brutal and terrifying, and his cast, led by Dakota Fanning and Guy Pearce, execute the difficult material perfectly.
This year marks the 20th anniversary of Tiny Tim’s death, providing a good opportunity to revisit his heritage. By now, his place as a cult artist and important archivist of old songs is assured, and most of his work can be found on some compilation or other. This compilation from Cherry Red, however, collects his singles from his breakthrough or “peak era” as they call it, from 1966 to 1970. It represents his journey towards being a mainstream artist, and his attempts to remain one. That specific idea is a new one for a Tiny Tim compilation, and definitely interesting.
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By Laura L.
If you were to tell my twelve-year-old self that in my mid-twenties I would be participating in a local roller derby league, I would have responded with: (1) “What’s roller derby?” and (2) an eye-roll, not necessarily in that order. Having been born in a time in which roller derby was at a down point, to put it lightly, I did not become familiar with the sport until a few years ago, when the modern roller derby revival had cropped up in Chicago and an acquaintance of mine took part in it. While today’s derby may have a punk, DIY edge to it, it did not start that way.