If there’s a better action film this year, ‘The Raid’ will kick its ass into nonexistence.
Action Rod Lott
Fans of pure action cinema are apt to grow delirious with glee over The Raid: Redemption,
an Indonesian crime thriller that relies so much upon the universal
language of violence, one could enjoy it without subtitles.
Documentary Rod Lott
I'd say Peter Gabriel has aged wonderfully, judging from the concert film Secret World,
but the performance is nearly two decades old, from 1993. Although far
removed from his heyday as an MTV idol — the venue looks as if its
audience were lifted from a BMW dealership super-sale — he still sounded
Electronica Joshua Boydston
With M83 catching fire in the past year, it’s a shame that Oklahoma
listeners haven’t caught onto their very own Colin Nance, who’s quietly
doing an outstanding job in that same realm of shoegaze pop. In a
six-track follow-up EP to 2011’s Summer Fever, Nance has refined an already blossoming sound, and Warmthis just as inviting as it sounds.
Electronica Rod Lott
Nearly six years ago, an Oklahoma City duo by the name of Tympanic
Frenzy sent my eardrums into just that with a terrific, if oddly
punctuated electronica album in Cerebral Funktion .. in Process …
Rock Joshua Boydston
Few bands enjoy the steady acclaim that The Walkmen have, with each passing album stacking right up to the one prior. Heavenis no exception, sounding like a victory lap for an amazing career.
Action Rod Lott
MGM's marketing campaign for 1972's Cool Breeze played up — if not centered around — a connection to Shaft.
That connection? Both were blaxploitation films released by MGM. I
guess audiences thought that wasn't enough of a lure, because Breeze is an obscure entry in the genre, just now seeing the light of DVD, courtesy of the Warner Archive archivists.
Thriller Rod Lott Kill List
is not your ordinary, average hit-man thriller — it’s an excellent one.
The UK film skirts into areas of horror before plunging in at the end,
but maintaining an uncompromising level of excellence throughout. It's a
strong candidate for that year-end best list. That said, its subject
matter will prove to be too much for most to take.