Archive for November, 2012

‘Anna Karenina’ film captures the beauty of the novel, but lacks in its darkness

‘Anna Karenina’ film captures the beauty of the novel, but lacks in its darkness

| November 30, 2012 | 1 Comments

The makers of the latest film adaption of Leo Tolstoy’s “Anna Karenina” found a creative way to share this dramatic story, but in their attempt to capture the beauty and romance, did they miss out on some of the story’s darkness?

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‘Killing Them Softly’ is just too derivative

‘Killing Them Softly’ is just too derivative

| November 30, 2012 | 0 Comments

Andrew Dominik’s “Killing Them Softly,” with a cast full of big names and a barrel full of clichéd moves pulled from the last 20 years of crime films, joins a long line of movies that wouldn’t be the way they are if not for “Reservoir Dogs” and “Pulp Fiction.” Now, I’ve never been one to say that derivative equals bad. Many really, really good films were in no way inventive. But “Killing Them Softly” is just too derivative.

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Warm up with Driver Friendly’s new holiday song ‘X-mas in Texas’

Warm up with Driver Friendly’s new holiday song ‘X-mas in Texas’

| November 29, 2012 | 0 Comments

Texas might not be the first place people think of when they’re thinking about Christmas, but Austin band Driver Friendly’s new holiday song might just put it on the map as the premiere holiday destination. 85 degrees instead of snow? We’ll take it.

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Album Review: American Youth – Swan Sessions #1 EP

Album Review: American Youth – Swan Sessions #1 EP

| November 28, 2012 | 0 Comments

                ARTIST: American Youth ALBUM: Swan Sessions #1 EP Huddled together in an apartment, American Youth, an indie avant garde folk group, record their stripped down EP titled “Swan Sessions #1”. For being recorded in a band member’s apartment, the sound quality is very impressive. Granted, I know […]

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Contest: ‘This is 40′ advance screening

Contest: ‘This is 40′ advance screening

| November 25, 2012 | 0 Comments

From writer/director Judd Apatow comes the the semi-sequel to Kocked Up. This is 40 is an original comedy that expands upon the story of Pete (Paul Rudd) and Debbie (Leslie Mann) as we see first-hand how they are dealing with their current state of life.   We have a few advance screening passes to give […]

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Pentatonix proves a capalla music isn’t just for the gleeks

Pentatonix proves a capalla music isn’t just for the gleeks

| November 23, 2012 | 0 Comments

Hugs, handshakes and high fives travel across the crowded floor of Lincoln Hall in waves of excitement and anticipation. Ex-choir members break out into their favorite Top 40 songs, raining intricate roulades upon the rest of the audience as they wait for Pentatonix to take the stage. A young college student next to me turns […]

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‘Silver Linings Playbook’: a quirky and atypical romantic comedy

‘Silver Linings Playbook’: a quirky and atypical romantic comedy

| November 21, 2012 | 1 Comments

Movies are always more charming when we can identify with the characters on-screen. While few of us may know what it is like to be a womanizing spy, many of us know what it is to struggle with mental instability and lost love. In Silver Linings Playbook, Pat Jr. (Bradley Cooper) is really trying to get his […]

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Set sail on the beautiful journey in ‘Life of Pi’

Set sail on the beautiful journey in ‘Life of Pi’

| November 21, 2012 | 1 Comments

2012 has been the year of the ‘unfilmable’ books made ‘filmable.’ “Cloud Atlas,” “Anna Karenina” and even “The Hunger Games” are all challenging books for the cinema that have all made it to the big screen. Joining the list is Yann Martel’s “Life of Pi.” Much like the other books made into movies this year, there are some really spectacular and impressive elements to the film version of “Life of Pi,” but there’s also plenty to be desired.

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Truth bomb: Motion City Soundtrack, Jukebox the Ghost and Now, Now put on a killer show

Truth bomb: Motion City Soundtrack, Jukebox the Ghost and Now, Now put on a killer show

| November 20, 2012 | 0 Comments

There are few bands who have aged as well as Motion City Soundtrack.

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In Photos: The Wallflowers with My Jerusalem at The Midland

In Photos: The Wallflowers with My Jerusalem at The Midland

| November 19, 2012 | 0 Comments

Jakob Dylan (who is really looking more like father Bob Dylan these days) reunited with the rest of the Wallflowers at The Midland in Kansas City on 11/15. They performed in front of a decent sized crowd with My Jerusalem. Photos by Scott Spychalski     Edit this setlist | More The Wallflowers setlists Midcoast StationMore […]

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