Motionless In White have long proven their ability to produce hard-hitting music with messages that range from believing in yourself to fighting against the corrupt bullshit you see in the world around you. Along the way, the group has undergone a spectacular evolution that has taken them from screamo beginnings to a sound that now appeals to rock fans from all walks of life. These changes have caused fans to come and go over the years, but with their third studio album it seems Motionless In White may have …
Film: No Good Deed
Starring: Idris Elba, Taraji P. Henson
Directed by: Sam Miller
There is a difference between adding a twist to a film and omitting information from the first half of your story in order to make the second half more compelling. No Good Deed falls victim for confusing the latter for the real thing, and that is only the start of its many troubles.
Colin Evans (Idris Elba) is an unstable serial killer with a mysterious criminal history that is explained at length during the opening credits of No Good Deed. He’s suspected of …
Meghan Trainor’s debut EP leaves a lot to be desired.
Artist: The American Scene
Label: Pure Noise Records
Genre: Alternative, Indie
The American Scene found themselves far too underrated after the release of Safe For Now, an album that created intricate guitar lines, hauntingly soft and delivering vocals, and a longing desire for more. Two years later we find ourselves presented with Haze, an album that reinvents the musicianship found on Safe For Now for the better, illuminated by cautious production and only the most fitting tones.
Introduced by the title track, it can be immediately heard that The American Scene has delved further into their …
‘Love Is Strange’ may be the best film of 2014. Alfred Molina and Jon Lithgow are fantastic, the script is hilariously heartfelt, and the cinematography turns even the most mundane moments in life into something worth watching.
Film: The Possession Of Michael King
Starring: Shane Johnson, Ella Anderson
Directed by: David Jung
If you have seen one movie with a title that begins with The Possession Of… then you have seen them all, right?
If you had asked me that very question a week ago I might have agreed without a second thought, but living in a world where I have witnessed The Possession Of Michael King I no longer know what to think. Blending POV filmmaking with a documentary-like twist on found footage, the film manages to find thrilling new ground in a sub-genre riddled with …
Film: As Above, So Below
Starring: Perdita Weeks, Ben Feldman
Directed by: John Erick Dowdle
There is a moment fifteen or twenty minutes into As Above, So Below when it seems as if the film will finally be the long awaited title that raises the bar for found footage across the board. For a few fleeting minutes the characters are interesting, the story is thrilling, and there is a genuine sense of mystery to everything taking place on screen. Then, just as the catacombs begin to close in, things take a turn for the predictable.…
Album: The Trick is Not Minding
Label: Animal Style
Henrietta took me by a complete and utter surprise. Maybe I didn’t have my head in the right place, or maybe it was because I wasn’t looking hard enough. Either way, the time it took for Henrietta to make it to my ears was nothing short of a misfortune.
The band’s debut full-length The Trick is Not Minding plays nothing like a debut. It is collected, consistent, massive, and rewarding. Featuring songwriting that showcases a band with a clear image and purpose, The Trick is Not Minding…
Film: The November Man
Starring: Pierce Brosnan
Directed by: Roger Donaldson
There is a difference between violent storytelling with an inherent sense of fun and violence for the sake of violence. November Man is more often than not the latter, and that is only the start of its many problems.
Making his first return to the world of spies and the lives they can never out-run for the first time in over a decade, Pierce Brosnan leads a cast of relative nobodies as an aging spy who thought his professional life was behind him. He walked away from training and …
Artist: Ty Dolla Sign
Album: $ign Language
After seven years of making people move with his original take on urban music, Ty Dolla $ign makes it clear that he is ready for the next level of stardom with $ign Language.
Most people in music today have made their money leveraging a signature sound and perfecting it again and again. Ty Dolla $ign did this quite a bit early on, but over the last two or three years the California native has been exploring the possibilities of urban music through a series of mixtape and EP releases. The …
Film: When The Game Stands
Starring: Jim Caviezel, Michael Chiklis
Directed by: Thomas Carter
When The Game Stands Tall hopes to sell audiences on religion by leveraging the intensity of high school sports, but fumbles every good idea it has along the way.
I am not the type of person who spends their year waiting for the start of football season, but for as long as I can remember I have been a sucker for films about high school sports. I think everyone is, at least to an extent, but when audiences pay to see movies they expect to feature …
Film: Life After Beth
Starring: Dane DeHaan, Aubrey Plaza
Directed by: Jeff Baena
Mixing genres can be a tumultuous task in film making today. In Life After Beth, writer/director Jeff Baena tries to raise the romantic drama genre from the grave whilst spinning a hilarious tale about zombie love. Unfortunately, all the film compiles into is an amalgam of wasted comedic talent that can’t seem to unearth the most worthwhile qualities from separate genres. Not to mention that this little zombie apocalypse setting that Baena produces is minimalistic and leaves a lot up to interpretation.…