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STRANGER BY THE LAKE  directed by Alain Guiraudie (France, 2013)

This absorbing and uncompromising movie is the kind of a psychological thriller Alfred Hitchcock might have made if he’d been gay. 435 more words


Today in Madonna History: August 20, 2001

On August 20 2001, Sal Cinquemani published this review of Madonna’s MUSIC album in Slant magazine:

After her hugely successful and critically-lauded Ray Of Light, Madonna could have gone in one of several possible directions: (1) a more hardcore trance route, enlisting a world-class DJ like Sasha (who remixed a few tracks from Ray Of Light and whom Madonna allegedly dismissed after collaborating on several tracks early in the recording process of this new album); (2) staying in safe territory by writing and recording once again with William Orbit, the mastermind behind Ray Of Light; or (3) a weird, more experimental direction, commissioning someone like French electronica guru Mirwais Ahmadzai. 638 more words


On March 18, 2003.

On March 18, 2003, “Merge Records” label released “Transfiguration of Vincent” the third M. Ward studio album. “Slant Magazine” ranked the album at number 88 on its list of best albums of the 2000s. 54 more words

Style and Substance: "Klaus" Wants It All

My full review of Klaus can be found over at Slant Magazine. Worth emphasizing here, however, is that despite the subtle repetition of puzzles (acid and lasers operate in the same fashion; the touchpad-assisted operation of objects never gets any more complex than in the first level),  423 more words

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What's the Amplitude, Kenneth? A Music Game of the Mind

One of the most fascinating thoughts–the one that drives my criticism, actually–is the idea that we all see things differently. The shifts in our perspectives and spectrums might be minute to the point of things being the same, more or less, much as… 515 more words

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Homeland Recap Season 5 Episode 8: "All About Allison"

As it turns out, Dar Adal and I have one very important thing in common: we don’t believe in coincidences. I may end up being proven as wrong as Dar Adal (about Saul’s loyalty, about Carrie’s usefulness, about Allison’s information, about Quinn’s mission), but right now, nothing on  475 more words


Reminder: Homeland Recaps at Slant

I’ve been lax about updating things here at the blog because I’ve been posting via Twitter and Facebook. Most unprofessional, I know, although maybe all the paranoia from watching  282 more words