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Film Review: Time Out of Mind (2014)

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There are many sides to the persona known to the world as Richard Gere. There’s the handsome, charming guy we know from his romantic comedies – probably the side most known to the world. The more complex character actor who we witness in select films (Days of Heaven, I’m Not There, Arbitrage). That’s kind of it… honestly. I like Richard Gere, he seems like a nice enough guy and I genuinely enjoy watching him on screen even though he’s been in some really (REALLY!!!) shit movies. But for whatever reason(s) he had for wanting to make this film, he showed a side to him which I can’t remember ever seeing before.
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Director Spotlight: Michelangelo Antonioni

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It’s hard for me to say exactly why I’m focusing on Italian maestro Michelangelo Antonioni for my first article on Directors. He isn’t one of my all time favorites, although he has produced many films that I do indeed like, some very much, and at times I find him too oblique for his own good; but, there’s always something there. There’s something that grabs me in some way in every one of his films. There’s a spark, an idea, a gesture or camera movement/placement, in each and every one of his films there’s something there that strikes me. Even at his most patience testing and frustrating – there’s something there.
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Film Review: Southpaw (2015)

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Southpaw is the new film by Antoine Fuqua (who’s best known work remains 2001’s Training Day) starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Forest Whitaker, Victor Ortiz, Oona Laurence, and Rachel McAdams. This is a film that’s been highly anticipated by me (and from what I’ve read and heard from others – professional critics or otherwise). I’ve been a BIG Gyllenhaal fan for a long ass time and his recent string of films (End of Watch, Prisoners, Enemy, Nightcrawler) have made him surpass anyone’s expectations from him. When photos were released of his transformation, I was even more pumped to see this film.

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Review: Vattnet Viskar – Settler (2015)

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Back when I was writing on the old(ish) blogspot version of this blog, I remember being sent the self-titled EP from Vatnett Viskar. It’s weird to think that that band is now getting so much hype (good or bad) – since a very few select bands who play black metal ever really touch mainstream consciousness in any sort of way. Deafheaven did it – and from the stuff I’ve been hearing and reading, people are all making this record from VV out to be this years version of Deafheaven’s Sunbather. Is it?

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Weekly Listenings (7/9/15 – 7/16/15)

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Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Abattoir Blues/The Lyre of Orpheus (2004)
Obsequie – Aria of Vernal Tombs (2015)
Cannibal Corpse – Evisceration Plague (2009)
Django Django – Born Under Saturn (2015)
Leprous – The Congregation (2015)
Shape of Despair – Monotony Fields (2015)
Disarmonia Mundi – Mind Tricks (2006)
Pitbulls in the Nursery – Equanimity (2015)
Beardfish – +4626-Comfortzone (2015)

Album Review

Review: Sumac – The Deal (2015)

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I can safely say that Isis was a big game changer in terms of the type of music I was listening to before I heard them and the type of music I started listening to after them. Aaron Turner and the rest of the band created something I had never heard before. I remember it was the record In the Absence of Truth that was my first album experience with them, a record I still love. Since Isis broke up several years ago though, Aaron (along with the rest of the other members of Isis) have kept busy with various other side-projects and bands. Sumac – is the newest project from Turner.

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