- Music Reviews
- December 8, 2016
Thrill Me! (New Granada). Review by Scott Adams.
Dash Shaw has been one of the most innovation cartoonists of the last decade. His new animated film, My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea, voiced by Reggie Watts, Lena Dunham, and Jason Schwartzman, was illustrated by hand over a six year period. Lily and Generoso Fierro sat down with Shaw at AFI Fest for an interview.
One of the biggest surprises of this year's AFI Fest came with Buster's Mal Heart, the impressive second feature by director Sarah Adina Smith that stars Rami Malek, Kate Lyn Sheil, and DJ Qualls. Generoso Fierro spoke at length with Smith about the film, its Y2K era setting, and the race and class discussions contained within.
Lily and Generoso Fierro were fortunate enough to speak with director Juho Kuosmanen and cinematographer J.P. Passi after the debut of their sweet and poignant new film, The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki, the true story of the famed Finnish boxer and his shot at becoming the 1962 World Featherweight Boxing Champion.
The reissue of Love Is A Drag has James Mann recalling his father.
Honeyblood rocked with a great sound, close to perfect if it weren’t for the crappy sound mixing from Baby’s All Right.
From November 10th to the 17th, the American Film Institute Festival celebrated its thirtieth year of connecting audiences with world-renowned directors and actors by presenting new works and classic films. Lily and Generoso Fierro take you through the many special events, conversations, and most importantly, the reviews of twenty new feature films that premiered at this year’s festival in Hollywood.
Yellowcard bid farewell to 20 years worth of fans in Orlando, and Jen Cray was there to capture it all.
A look at the 2016 election and the path forward with political cartoonist Ted Rall.
Mitski brings her stark bedroom pop to Orlando’s BackBooth, but Jen Cray finds openers Fear of Men and Weaves more delighting.
May Terry witnessed the reaction to Donald Trump’s win in New York.
In remembrance of Veterans’ Day and the centennial of World War I’s bloodiest year, the UCLA Film and Television Archive is screening a series of related films. Generoso and Lily Fierro speak to the series’ programmer about the lasting impact of war films.
The Fest isn’t just another music festival, it’s a community — one that Jen Cray is happily a part of.
A series of murders revolve around 1968 photographs, and the victims all have coins on their eyes. Francesca does homage to Giallo.
A rather thin and uninformative quickie documentary on the unlikely political campaign of Donald Trump as he seeks the Presidency.
Dillinger is a stylish view of the biggest gangster of the Depression era, told in a lurid, tabloid manner.
The world is ending in Australia, and all the punk kids are locked up in a drive in and given free food, sex and drugs. What more could you want?
A fan-made documentary about Back to the Future and the mania that has developed around it.
Moody Blues frontman Justin Hayward is alive and kicking in the 21st century, and we get a good view on how his progressive rock roots have bloomed over the years.
Without Getting Killed or Caught: The Life and Music of Guy Clark is a remarkable look at one of the greats.
Beautifully designed coffee table book featuring never before seen photos, collections, and stories from the seminal post-punk band Bauhaus, curated by drummer Kevin Haskins.
Two new graphic novels deal with fatherhood, dating, and time travelling.
Mutant ice cream terrorizes America as evil corporations make money off the resultant exploding brains.
Chapter Six — The Final Chapter (Moonshine). Review by Vanessa Bormann.
It’s refreshing to hear a compilation where something as intangible as loose,…
Interview by Matthew Moyer
Event Review by Leo Oiler
Carl F Gauze fears that the authors of the Worst Case Scenario series may have gone to the well one too many times. That doesn’t mean, however, that he didn’t bookmark the section on Wagon Circling. You can never be too careful.
And here’s yet another release from hardcore band Earth Crisis. This album ha…
Modjo (MCA). Review by Vanessa Bormann.
Deeper Still (Artemis). Review by Stein Haukland.
Inspiration Information Vol. 4 (Strut). Review by Matthew Moyer.
Funeral Car (Deep Elm). Review by Daniel Mitchell.
The Golden Age (Thrill Jockey). Review by Max Hauser.
Four Great Points (Quarterstick). Review by Andrew Chadwick
A mixture of interview audio and incidental footage, About A Son allows rockdom’s left handed martyr to tell his own story. Matthew Moyer appreciates the minimalism.
Trigger Themes (BiFocal Media). Review by Daniel Mitchell.
Thinking It Over (V2). Review by Stein Haukland.
The whirlwind electro-pop of Hot Chip, complete with giant glasses and walls of keyboards, makes a convert of our very own Chris Catania. The opening bands weren’t half bad either.
The Other Side (Right On). Review by Andrew Ellis.
Suture (Invisible). Review by Matthew Moyer.
Hiddenforbidden (Secretly Canadian). Review by Chad Bidwell