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True Grit Movie Review

Performances are predictably grand from this cast (Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, Josh Brolin, Barry Pepper) with the exception of newcomer, Hailee Steinfeld, who is a revelation; her elocution of the Coen's distinguished dialogue squarely hits the mark. History has shown that the Coen brothers produce basically two types of film: quirky and peculiar flicks that are borderline art house (A Serious Man, Barton Fink) and the crowd pleasers designed to return a reasonable box office (Intolerable ...

John Frusciante – The Empyrean Album Review

One of the most outstanding qualities of Frusciante's playing in the Chili Peppers is that even with the amazing facility he has on guitar, he never lets his playing degrade into mere histrionics. He keeps it earthy and real. With his solo stuff he tends to stray into the spacey and ethereal. So for fans with only the Peppers as reference, this isn't an easy work. This latest solo project is a concept album of sorts and in John's own words can be described as such "The Empyrean is a ...

Paloma Faith – Do You Want The Truth Or Something Beautiful? Album Review

She is listed as co-author of all the tracks on the album, so her work ethic seems intact and writing your own material (even with help) is a good indicator of intent. Her soulful delivery reveals that at the least she has a good record collection and the discerning taste to take advantage of it. Arriving onto the scene without all the baggage of that other self-destructive diva helps to place the focus where it belongs, on the songs. Less in the news results in more time on the turnta...

Augie March – Watch Me Disappear Album Review

The five-piece band from Shepparton, Victoria Australia has always delivered crystalline pop records that are instantly accessible and beautifully easy to digest. With the new record, they attempt to expand their sonic horizons and the results are a set of tunes that take their time getting under your skin. Recorded in Neil Finn's Roundhead studios in New Zealand, the band has taken inspiration from the varied landscape in that island nation and put a concerted effort into utilizing a ...

Star Trek 2009 – Movie Review

It matters nought that the unleashing of a black hole in the midst of our solar system results in little consequence to the neighbouring planets (or galaxies, for that matter); or that Simon Pegg's Scotty bears zero resemblance to James Doohan; or that an unlikely intra-crew love affair will require some significant (and potentially fascinating) narrative acrobatics in order to segue future franchise installments back into Gene Roddenberry's timeline. Star Trek is about the fun, the ...

The King’s Speech Movie Review

The film tells the tale of King George the VI (Colin Firth), the British royal who took over the crown under the most amazing of circumstances. It followed his brother David (Guy Pierce) and his abdication of the throne so he could marry the divorced woman Wallis Simpson and is set amidst the beginnings of World War Two. Poor George has a very bad stammer and must overcome this if he is to properly lead his people during these tumultuous times. He soon comes under the tutorship of speech ...