Listen Closer: St. Vincent, Beck, Neneh Cherry, Lost in the Trees… and U2

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Got headphones? St. Vincent's new self-titled record is every bit the fireworks show that we've come to expect. I'm listening to it right now, and it's melting my head. … [Read more...]

Hard to Be a God — The Science Fiction Film of the Decade?

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Hard to Be a God... That title first won my attention when one of my favorite film critics, Michael Sicisnki, rated it a perfect "10." I've learned to sit up straight when Sicinski responds like that. The last time he awarded a "10," he'd just seen Abbas Kiarostami's Certified Copy, which remains my favorite film of this decade so far. I began to dig for information. What is this movie? Why such a bold title? … [Read more...]


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