Category Archives: Miscellaneous

Albums of the Month: March 2017

The Rolling Stones drown in sex, drugs, and rock and roll to produce the genre’s greatest album, The Clash announces the ending of rock music by envisioning a future in which it is mixed with other styles, Tom Waits celebrates the darkest aspects of life by going primal and swimming in its sewage, and Pink Floyd writes a rock opera on human relations and the isolation that stems from their rupture.

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Strength of Strings

If Pixar movies cleverly appeal to both adults and children by presenting levels of strong messages under the visual sugarcoating, Laika – here – does something somewhat similar. The difference is that the line they choose to walk is a far more dangerous one, because not only does Kubo and the Two Strings carries its heaviest themes more blatantly on its sleeve, it also deals with emotionally charged subjects; at times, even feeling like a Studio Ghibli work, one that is an adult movie disguised as a beautiful and appealing animation.

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Albums of the Month: February 2017

Pavement throws its biggest curveball, the Arctic Monkeys combine hip-hop tendencies with Black Sabbath distortions, R.E.M. explores the darkest depths of the South, and The Kinks build a bridge between American and British rock music.

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Albums of the Month: January 2017

Weezer produces a masterpiece out of a total nervous breakdown, Pulp strips sex out of all its romance to reveal its awkwardness, Neil Young sinks to new lows due to his unedited prolificness, and The Stooges manage to put their ferocity on a record.

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Magic in the South Pacific

Consequently, the key to Moana’s greatness as a movie does not lie in its general format. Its excellence is actually found in the construction of its setting and in how it uses the hearts of two characters, with all their beautiful qualities and weaknesses, as the main roadblocks that separate total doom from the coveted goal. It is, therefore, the Disney fairy-tale with which it is the easiest to connect, because although it does deal with the supernatural in many occasions, the ultimate problems that need to be solved are those that exist within ourselves, and no amount of magic can help us overcome them. In the end, then, Moana’s journey and growth may be a tad cliched, but the way in which it is rolled out is absolutely fantastic, and transforms the movie into yet another great entry in the hall of Disney animation.

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Albums of the Month: December 2016

Metallica finds solid rehabilitation, The Rolling Stones locate the fountain of youth, Joy Division floats amidst a vacuum of sadness, and The Replacements give rebels and outcasts their greatest musical statement.

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Albums of the Month: November 2016

AC/DC mourns the loss of Bon Scott by releasing their best album, Green Day goes back to their leaner kind of pop punk, Suede amplifies the magnitude of their dramatic tendencies with a cinematic album, and Tom Waits paints nightlife with his music.

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