One of the Best Movies of 2019

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Crawl is one of the best movies of 2019. When it starts, it is ostensibly about a hurricane that is about to hit the east coast of Florida. As the film progresses, it becomes a story about a giant alligators who attack humans.

I love monster movies, and this seems like the modern day version of them. It is never bogged down in politics. The monster is scary and feels real. It feels like a real threat.

There is an amazing sequence where Kaya Scodelario’s character sees a gas station across the street…

Yves Tumor Returns

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Yves Tumor gets funky and soulful on his new album, Heaven to a Tortured Mind. It’s the follow-up to their masterful 2018 album, Safe in the Hands of Love. I like it even better, and for many of the reasons that publications like Pitchfork perhaps didn’t like it as much. It’s more accessible, more commercial, smoother, and just more fun. The production is clear, slick, and impeccable. It’s a slice of post-2010s R&B for the avant garde set.

Stand-out track “Strawberry Privilege” is my pick for the best song on the album. With it’s sultry groove and…

The Strokes Are Back

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The Strokes are back. Their new album, The New Abnormal, finds them in rare form. They get funky on tracks like “Selfless” and “Eternal Summer,” electronic on tracks like “At the Door,” and soulful on standout track “Not the Same Anymore.” Julian Casablancas’s voice has never sounded better, and his lyrics have never been sharper. The twisty guitar playing of Albert Hammond, Jr. and Nick Valensi curls itself around Casablancas’s vocals in a way that is reminiscent of their first two albums, 2003’s Room on Fire and 2001’s seminal Is This It. …

Leigh Whannell’s Upgrade is not what you might expect it to be.

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Upgrade (2018) is pleasingly trashy.

Harrison Gilberston is in the Dane DeHaan role as the mad scientist Eron Keen who invented STEM.

After his wife is killed and he is shot, paralyzing him, Grey is upgraded with the use of STEM.

Upgrade was written and directed by Leigh Whannell, known for the Saw franchise and the Insidious movies.

Logan Marshall-Green plays Grey Trace, a man who has everything taken from him, but then is given back his life by Eron Keen through the use of STEM. Or so…

Slave of the Cannibal God (1978)

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Slave of the Cannibal God, a.k.a. Mountain of the Cannibal God, is a proper cannibal movie by Italian maestro Sergio Martino. Martino became known such innovative giallo movies as The Strange Vice of Mrs. Wardh and Your Vice Is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key. Many of these featured Edwige Fenech, who is currently my favorite actress of all time. I first saw her as the Art School Teacher in Eli Roth’s Hostel: Part II, but it was Martino who helped make her a star. …

Under the Silver Lake is, for all of its pretensions, by far the most interesting American movie of 2019 so far.

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Under the Silver Lake is, for all of its pretensions, by far the most interesting American movie of 2019 so far.

Andrew Garfield’s character, Sam, leads a seemingly lonely existence. However, he has a fuck buddy played by Riki Lindhome, of Garfunkel and Oates fame, and a buddy buddy played by Topher Grace. We also see him interacting with Allen, played by Jimmi Simpson, in the funniest performance of all the supporting players. Allen appears to be more of…

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“I listen to ‘Style’ by Taylor Swift, which is my favorite Taylor Swift song, and it’s playing through my earbuds and I’m laying in bed. I’m hungover and Annie is laying next to me, and I can’t remember if we fucked or not and I’m sort of grateful for that. I don’t want to get up. I just want her to leave so I can watch TV.

The quintessential line in any Taylor Swift song comes at the chorus of ‘Blank Space,’ her…

Cannes 2019 and the Most Anticipated Movies of 2019

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The 72nd annual Cannes Film Festival ran from May 14th to May 25th, 2019. Mexican filmmaker Alejandro Gonzalez Innaritu served as jury president. Along with Inarritu, the main competition jury included Elle Fanning, Yorgos Lanthimos, Kelly Reichardt, Pavel Pawlekowski, and Alice Rohrwacher. The Palm D’Or was awarded to Bong Joon-Ho for his new film Parasite, making him the first Korean director in history to receive the award. Other winners included Antonio Banderas as Best Actor for his performance in Pedro Almodovar’s Dolor y gloria. The Dardenne Brothers shared the Award for…

Nine Inch Nails and the Making of The Downward Spiral and The Fragile

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There are certain artists whose lyrics I always mishear. Even after a few listens, I still hear the same thing. Kurt Cobain is one of these. Alex Turner is another. I usually let this go on for some time, years even, before ever looking up the actual lyrics. When I found out that Alex Turner sings “handbook” instead of “anvil” in the Arctic Monkeys song “Fake Tales of San Francisco,” I nearly fell off my chair. At a certain point, I begin to prefer my versions of…

Alfonso Cuarón reaches new heights in his latest.

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In Roma (2018), Mexican director Alfonso Cuarón reaches new heights. According to Wikipedia, “the title refers to Colonia Roma, a neighborhood in Mexico City” ( It was chosen by Time Magazine and the New York Film Critics Circle as the best film of 2018, and by the National Board of Review as one of the ten best. Alfonso Cuarón wrote, directed, produced, co-edited, and photographed the movie. Also according to Wikipedia: “Set in the early 1970s, the film is a semi-autobiographical take on Cuarón’s upbringing in Mexico City.”

Yalitza Aparicio plays Cleo…

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