Month: January 2023

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Culture

La Bestia y El Tren de la Muerte

“La Bestia,” a documentary about kids traveling thousands of miles on top of trains from Central America to try to get to the United States, truly broke my heart. It is an utterly gut-wrenching and wholly vital watch at the same time. The main train line these kids often ride is called La Bestia ("The Beast"), also known as El Tren de la Muerte ("The Train of Death"). It takes […]

todayJanuary 30, 2023 662

Film Review

Troll Hunter

By Gareth Jo André Øvredal’s career was launched with this humorous and remarkably poignant found-footage love letter to the traditional trolls of Norwegian folk tales.  Before moving on to The Autopsy of Jane Doe and Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, Øvredal used the limitations of the found-footage horror genre to challenge his team to create something innovative and entertaining.  The story is simple.  A bear is suspected of […]

todayJanuary 26, 2023 170

Music Review

Guided By Voices – La La Land

By Kristi Houk Recommended if you like: The Who, British Invasion, Dinosaur Jr. You might be thinking—do I really need to hear another Guided by Voices record? And understandably so. Since the band’s return in 2017, La La Land is their 14th release. However, the answer is unequivocally, YES you really need to hear this. Everything you love about GBV is here—melodic, esoteric, moody, clever, and just fucking good rock […]

todayJanuary 26, 2023 229

Film Review

Requiem for a Village

By Gareth Jones For fans of poetic cinema, Lindsay Anderson, folk horror, experimental cinema Sight and Sound has compared this unique film to other British films such as The Wicker Man and A Canterbury Tale, both examples of the conflict between old and contemporary Britain.  This film, directed by noted painter and editor David Gladwell, meets much of the same criteria of folk horror, including some startling rape scenes.  The […]

todayJanuary 19, 2023 198

Film Review

The Big 4

By Gareth Jones For fans of violent slapstick humor, Indonesian martial arts with lots of gore, Timo Tjahjanto, and…did I mention gore? Timo Tjahjanto has amassed an impressive resume in ten years of directing on his own.  He burst (literally) onto the scene with Safe Haven, his contribution to V/H/S/2. He continued in the horror genre with two May the Devil Take You films, while also making two extraordinary martial […]

todayJanuary 12, 2023 106

Music Review

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club – B.R.M.C. 2xLP (Levitation Edition)

By Kristi Houk Recommended if You Like: Doesn’t matter. Just listen to it if you never have - but seriously; Velvet Underground, T.Rex, Love and Rockets, The Kills, Film School Stand out tracks: “Love Burns,” “Spread Your Love,” “Red Eyes and Tears” 2001 was a pretty good year for music releases.  You had a little record called Amnesiac by Radiohead, Is this It? by The Strokes, and Vespertine by Bjork […]

todayJanuary 12, 2023 416

Culture

tris·kai·dek·a·pho·bi·a

By Jason Hamric   tris·kai·dek·a·pho·bi·a /ˌtriskīˌdekəˈfōbēə/ noun extreme superstition regarding the number thirteen.     What makes the number 13 such bad luck?   While it evokes sheer dread in some, it completely plays on feelings of nostalgia and wonderful children’s games with others.   BUT, if you add in “Friday” to that 13 in there it s a straight up super villain holiday, and indisputable BAD LUCK DAY! But, where did that […]

todayJanuary 12, 2023 223

Music Review

Helvetia – Get Lost and Other Dimensions

By Kristi Houk Recommended if you like: Sebadoh, Codeine, Duster, Girlpool Stand Out Tracks: “Rays of You”, “Stolen”, “”Breakfast Spot” Helvetia’s latest record, Get Lost and Other Dimensions kicks off with lots of dissonant guitar and a strong penchant for that lofi vibe.“Rays of You” is already one of my favorite tracks with its sweet, almost melodic beat. Think Lou Barlow - Sebadoah era, at his most stripped down. I […]

todayJanuary 6, 2023 175

Film Review

The Holly and the Ivy

By Gareth Jones For fans of post WWII British cinema, Ralph Richardson, thoughtful Christmas stories George More O’Ferrall was known primarily as a British television director and producer, but between 1952 and 1957, he directed seven feature films beginning with the Christmas-themed film The Holly and the Ivy.  Starring the always brilliant Ralph Richarson and Celia Johnson, it tells the story of a splintered family returning home for Christmas.  Richardson […]

todayJanuary 5, 2023 82

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