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Column 21: A Look Back at the Music Related Films of 2014

While 2014 had it’s fair share of amazing films and music, I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t exactly a classic year for either. Which is odd, because while both may have been lacking, the convergence between the two this year has been extraordinary. Whether it was great original songs, stellar soundtracks, or in…

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Column 14: The Heart-Pounding Intensity of The Knick

The Knick is the best show currently airing on TV. Well, after its season finale this past Friday, it’s technically on hiatus until 2015, but that doesn’t change the fact that it is a frenetically pulsating beam of television magic in an otherwise dull fall season. The show is truly a gritty, debris-covered gem mined…

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Column 11: Buffy Goes to the Bronze

In a very strong example of being late to the game, I’ve finally started watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer (thanks, Netflix).  I’m only two seasons in so far, but the Scoobie gang’s hangout, the Bronze, is already as endearing to me as it was to the millions of fans who kept current with the show…

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Column 36: The Performance of Pablo

In Screened Plays I normally write about the relationship of film/television and music, that’s exactly what today’s article was originally intended to be, before this all got a bit bigger. Last week I had the pleasure of being part of the Yeezy Season 3 theater experience which was beamed into theaters in eighty cities across…

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Column 28: Die Antwoord Teaches a Robot How to “Enter the Ninja” in Chappie

For anyone who’s seen Neill Blomkamp’s previous films, it’s no secret that he has a strong affection for his home country of South Africa. While other directors after achieving blockbuster success with a film like District 9 might see it as their ticket out of such an impoverished nation, Blomkamp has displayed a commitment to…

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Column 22: The Cotton-Candy Cultural Critique of Spring Breakers

(Warning: This article contains some spoilers) As I look through my Facebook feed, there’s two articles that seem to repeatedly pop up in my feed over the past month, the Vice article “This Sad Generation Doesn’t Know When the Party Stops” and articles about Iggy Azalea’s appropriation of black culture. And while one wouldn’t think…

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Column 19: Frank Sidebottom and the Craft of Avant-Garde Pop

While he’s not the household name he is in the UK, those who have spent any significant time with British indie rock are sure to have at least have heard of Frank Sidebottom. The comedian and singer/songwriter Chris Sievey spent the vast majority of his 30 year career donned with a giant paper-mache head assuming…

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Column 16: BBC’s Drive Experiment Crashes & Burns

When I was a kid, I remember trying to explore everything my computer could do. A personal computer was still an exciting new technology and I had so many fresh tools at my disposal. But of all these tools I had to use, I enjoyed messing with none more than Windows Movie Maker. I still…

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Column 13: Belle & Sebastian’s Stuart Murdoch Tries On The Movie Musical

Expanding on the world he’s created through his music comes Stuart Murdoch’s God Help the Girl. The frontman of indie-pop legends Belle & Sebastian makes his directorial debut with this coming-of-age musical that brings all the same retro twee kitsch and emotional vulnerability that style his music to his debut film. While the film’s plot…

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Column 7: Indie Teen for the Inbetweeners

“Soundtrack by Various Artists” is a phrase I’ve always secretly sought out. It’s probably because I’m not naturally gifted in the art of discovering the latest and greatest musicians. The mere thought of making a cohesive, nicely flowing playlist makes me overwhelmed and anxious. “Soundtrack by Various Artists” has taken the guesswork out of sampling…

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