Posts Tagged ‘review’

The Man From Primrose Lane by James Renner

The author of this book, James Renner, is a friend of mine. Reading this book is like watching a freight train barrel toward you and being unable to move, while remembering a time in your past when you watched a freight train barrel toward you, only to wake up to find out there’s a freight […]

Transform

Powerman 5000‘s latest LP, Transform, marks a transition for the band from gothic space-rock to a niche between n?-metal and standard hardcore. Its not as good as it used to be, but at least it ain’t Linkin Park or Limp Bizkit. If it is anything, Transform is one of the strangest calls to arms I’ve […]

Deloused in the Comatorium

Deloused in the Comatorium [DITC], the new semantic experience from The Mars Volta. Read my pompous review, but first go buy the album. When At the Drive In split a while back, my friend Kyle was pretty miffed, they were one of his favorite bands. From the splinters of this band emerged two new musical […]

The Decemberists: Castaways and Cut-outs

Hell, I’m always on the lookout for some good new music. Unfortunately my search often results in less than good new music. There are far too many bands out there with delusions of grandeur, weird gimmicks, and stranger sounds, all of which don’t particularly agree with my constitution. Thankfully, The Decemberists album Castaways and Cut-outs […]

The Matrix: Reloaded – Gothic Production Values

The second entry, and then I must needs say no more about matrices till November. As a film, The Matrix [original] was authentic in its rawness of mise-en-scene, tight plot, character construction and philosophy. The Matrix: Reloaded, has the mangy paw of Hollywood overproduction and overengineering all over it. Now that the goth look is […]

The Matrix: Reloaded – Fides et Ratio

I’ve seen The Matrix: Reloaded twice now. Fittingly I will give it two entries, one on philosophy and one on its cinematic qualities. This is the philo one. Most likely they will both contain spoilers. To start out, those who say that this second film lacks [in substance and thought provoking material] are idiots. They […]

Turn On The Bright Lights

I’ve been burning up Interpol in my CD player lately. Theirs is a musical experience that I have never had the pleasure of listening to before. Turn On The Bright Lights is a very taut album. It goes through a series of anxious peaks and introspective valleys but remains rife with a feeling akin to […]

Y Tu Mama Tambien

after seeing Y tu Mam Tambien last evening i decided to go with a song by nonpoint called orgullo. that’s spanish for pride. the whole song is in spanish, so i only understand one word in ten but it still kicks ass. as for the movie, its been awhile since i’ve seen unorthodox editing and […]

4 Barebones Movie Reviews

4 barebones movie reviews: Le Pacte des Loups (Brotherhood of the Wolf) This French film is often compared to Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and it is similar insofar as the fight sequences are well choreographed by Tak-ngai Yeung and shot in the Hong Kong style. It was also flamboyantly edited by another Asian, David Wu. […]

Book Review: Mark Z. Danielewski’s House of Leaves

i’m not one who has much knowledge of literary trends in novel-writing but House of Leaves strikes me as a book that could very well be the great work of postmodern literature. which means everything and nothing. as an experimental novel it is a remarkably well constructed thing. i had a bit of trouble getting […]

Movie Review: Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (here be spoilers)

after the extreme quality of the first movie in every aspect, this film was a vast disappointment for me. Hollywood had its dirty mitts all over the plot, adding sequences that were meaningless for the story, changing around the structure and timing of the story itself, making characters behave in manners absolutely contrary to the […]