Archive of all blog posts tagged 'review' for 2013

As The Veneer Of Democracy Starts To Fade (Mark Stewart) (2013/12/28 10:00)
The best bad-sounding record you'll ever hear.

Man of Steel (2013/12/17 01:00)
Man of Steel understands Superman well enough to know he should be taken seriously, even if it doesn't always quite know how to make that understanding real.

Bushido (Bushido: The Cruel Code of the Samurai) (Bushidō zankoku monogatari) (2013/12/16 10:00)
The cruel cost of the samurai code, across the generations.

The Great Gatsby (2013) (2013/11/19 01:00)
A punch bowl full of glitter and treacle.

Samuraiera (Various Artists / Kaoru Inoue) (2013/10/04 10:00)
A fistful of "lost grooves from the land of the Rising Sun."

The Avengers (2013/07/30 10:00)
What was it about last year's superhero blockbuster that turned out to be so ... average?

The Rabbi's Cat (2013/07/23 01:00)
A quirky and wholly original fantasy that's akin to an Isaac Bashevis Singer story mixed with an issue of Heavy Metal.

06:21:03:11 UP EVIL (Front 242) (2013/06/19 10:00)
The first ("male") half of Front 242's crowning moment.

One + One By One (Minimal Compact) (2013/06/12 10:00)
Israel's best-known contribution to "post-punk" takes the bad taste out of my mouth left by the term.

Improvisation (Derek Bailey) (2013/06/09 10:00)
One of free music's cornerstones, an album of heedless challenges and curious pleasures.

Gate of Hell (2013/04/14 10:00)
One of the best films of 2013 appears to have been made in 1954, and has now been lovingly restored for the ages.

Selected Ambient Works 85-92 (Aphex Twin) (2013/03/22 10:00)
An electronic pearl, an album for every home and every pair of ears.

Keith Jarrett: Hymns / Spheres (2013/03/09 10:00)
The full version of Keith Jarrett's highly experimental organ album, finally restored to life on CD.

The Dark Knight Rises (2013/03/08 10:00)
The last installment gives us the Batman we deserve rather than the Batman we want. Not a bad thing, actually.

Paradise Kiss Vols. 2-3 (Ai Yazawa) (2013/03/04 10:00)
A genre-transcending romance reaches its conclusion and ennobles itself in the process.

Epitaph of a Small Winner / The Posthumous Memoirs of Bras Cubas (Machado De Assis) (2013/02/18 10:00)
A winner. A work so "modern" and bracing it's hard to believe it was penned in 1880.

Hara-Kiri (2012) (2013/02/11 10:00)
Takashi Miike's remake of this austere '60s samurai classic is well-made and watchable, but why remake perfection?

Mekanïk Destruktïẁ Kommandöh (Magma) (2013/02/06 01:00)
The greatest moment from one of prog-rock's most maverick acts.

TRON: Legacy (2013/02/04 10:00)
Not great drama or great filmmaking, but it might well be darn good cinema.

Last Rights (Skinny Puppy) (2013/01/30 10:00)
How many soundtracks are needed for the end of the world? One ought to suffice.

The Land of Rape and Honey (Ministry) (2013/01/23 10:00)
The first full flowering of Ministry's foul ferocity, and possibly its best.

Prometheus (2013/01/21 01:00)
Ridley Scott's pre-side-quel to the "Alien" mythos has elements of great insight and wisdom coexisting with utter boneheadedness.

Cleanse Fold And Manipulate (Skinny Puppy) (2013/01/16 10:00)
On my first and pivotal encounter with a crucial if terribly-named band.

The Dark Knight (2013/01/04 10:00)
For some, The Dark Knight was the moment when the “comic book movie” finally became cinema. For others, it was the moment when the bottom fell out.

Intents And Purposes (The Bill Dixon Orchestra) (2013/01/03 10:00)
This one-of-a-kind jazz composition, originally in incredibly limited release, is now back on CD.

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