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AuthorMathew Watkins

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March 20, 2017

A staple feature of Kozelek as a man, not just a musician, is that he is unapologetically frank about his thoughts and feelings — regardless of how they can be taken. Over the last three years of mainstream popularity he’s offended more than his fair share of people in the industry, including feminist reviewers, by […]

October 2, 2016

★★★★ Director: Yeon Sang-ho    Yeon Sang-ho’s Train to Busan is easily the best horror / action film since Danny Boyle’s 28 Days Later. (I classify it as ‘action’ over horror, as zombies haven’t actually been ‘scary’ since 1968’s Night of the Living Dead.) Seok-Woo is a workaholic living in Seoul with his young daughter, […]

October 2, 2016

★★★★½ Director: Na Hong-jin    The Wailing is a suspenseful, atmospheric supernatural thriller that rivals The Exorcist. Korean director Na Hong-jin will have you not only question your faith, regardless of your belief, but also the meaning of good and evil. The film revolves around Hyo-Jin, an oafish police officer living in a small Korean […]

August 14, 2016

★★★★★ Director: Jim Hosking   This completely bizarre, stomach-churning, fun-filled film with infantile dialogue, cartoonish gore, and full-frontal male nudity is an absolute masterpiece.  At its core, the film is about a love triangle between a father (Big-Ronnie), his simple-minded son Brayden (who runs a walking disco-tour), and one of their only customers Janet. Meanwhile […]

August 7, 2016

★★★ New Zealand’s James Milne, aka Lawrence Arabia, released his fourth album last week. I was pretty excited for this album as a follow up from 2012’s The Sparrow and it’s hard not to be, given his résumé of a Silver Scroll, a Taite music prize, and a VNZMA. In fact I’d consider him one […]

August 7, 2016

Fourth release (Absolute Truth) and four years since The Sparrow (2012). What have you been up to? Living in New York and touring Europe. During that time my girlfriend was pregnant so I was bringing up a newborn for a while. I started recording the new album in the aftermath of that, had it mastered […]

August 7, 2016

★★★★ Director: Thorsten Schütte   Frank Zappa was a prolific musician and composer from the early 1960s until he died of prostate cancer in 1993. Unlike the more “traditional” music documentary style where the filmmaker interviews distant friends and family who often barely knew them (see every Kurt Cobain, Elliot Smith, and Nick Drake documentary […]

July 24, 2016

The power of music is profound; it has the ability to build you up, tear you down, or transport you to a different time and place in your life. It also has the ability to heal. Chances are you’ve had a nasty break-up before. You listened to Elliot Smith or Taylor Swift on repeat and […]