Thursday, September 20, 2018

September Reviews

These are the reviews 
and other pieces I'm 
working on this month.


The Stranger Film Openings: Bad Reputation Shows No One Is Better at Being Joan Jett Than Joan Jet and Love, Gilda, an Affectionate Portrait of a Great Comedian.



The Stranger Music Things to Do: Florence + The Machine, St. Vincent, Lizzo, Angel Olsen, Hand Habits, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Cheap Trick, Oh Sees, and Ty Segall & White Fence, Lavender Flu.

Video Librarian: Lou Andreas-Salomé: The Audacity to be Free, Full Circle - The Birth, Death & Re-Birth of Circle of Dust, Grace Jones - Bloodlight and Bami [Blu-ray], We’re Still Here - Johnny Cash’s Bitter Tears Revisited, Breaking Silence, The Jazz AmbassadorsLittle Stones, Serenade for Haiti, Shadow Nation, and Whipping Zombie.

Image: Joan Jett poster image from Magnolia Pictures.  

Wednesday, August 08, 2018

August Reviews

These are the reviews and other 
pieces I'm working on this month.


The Stranger Film Openings: That Summer, a Doc For Those Who Can't Get Enough of Grey Gardens and Half the Picture, a Documentary About How Hollywood Still Sucks for Women, Regina Hall Shines in Support the Girls.


The Stranger Music Things to Do: Amen Dunes, Okay KayaHop Along, Thin Lips, Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks, Soccer Mommy, and Six Organs of Admittance, Wino, Xasthur.

Video Librarian: 2e2 - Teaching the Twice Exceptional, Love
After Love, Sidemen - Long Road to Glory [Blu-ray], Larger Than
Life - The Kevyn Aucoin Story, Next Time I’ll Aim for the Heart, 
The Us Festival 1982: The US Generation, Badass Beauty 
Queen, and Neil Gaiman - Dream Dangerously.



Endnote: That Summer poster design from IFC Films.

Thursday, July 05, 2018

July Reviews

These are 
the reviews 
and other 
pieces I'm 
working on 
this month.






The Stranger Film Openings: Larger Than Life: The Kevyn Aucoin Story Is a Doc About a Makeup Designer Who Rose From Porn Shots to Top Models, and Black Man Who Can Talk Like a White Man Rises to the Top in the Miraculous Sorry to Bother You.

The Stranger Music Things to Do: Wye Oak, Harry Styles and Kacey MusgravesSheryl Crow, and the Roots.

Video Librarian: Borderline, Heaven Is a Traffic Jam on 
the 405Linefork, Love the SinnerMankiller - Activist, 
Feminist, Cherokee Chief, Many Loves One Heart,
Nothing Is ForgivenPride Denied - Homona-
tionalism & the Future of Queer Politics,
Tipping Point, and What Doesn't Kill 
Me - Domestic Violence and 
the Battle for Custody.



Endnote: Photograph by Peter Prato / Annapurna Pictures.

Thursday, June 07, 2018

June Reviews

Liz Phair circa Exile to Guyville
These are the reviews and other pieces I'm working on this month.






SIFFBlog: SIFF 2018: Texas Songwriters, California Filmmakers, and Single Fathers of Every Kind and updated, cleaned-up versions of La Chinoise and Suburbia.

The Stranger Music Things to Do: Yo La Tengo, Liz Phair - Girly Sound to Guyville Tour, Janelle Monáe, St. Beauty, Joan Shelley, Marisa Anderson, serpentwithfeet, Katie GatelyBrownout.

Video Librarian: Big Sonia, Forever Chinatown, Geek Girls,
Hippie Family Values, Straight/Curve - Redefining Body 
Image, Stumped, and The Wrong Light.



Endnote: Image from Matador Records (photo by Robert Manella). 

Wednesday, May 02, 2018

May Reviews

These are 
the reviews 
and other 
pieces I'm 
working on 
this month.




SIFFBlog: SIFF 2018 - Dueling Ian McEwan Adaptations, Convention-Defying Documentaries, and Stunning Archival Restorations.

The Stranger Music Things to Do: Taylor Swift - The Reputation Tour, Nordic Nights: Jenny Hval, Iceage, Wooden Shjips, Prana Crafter, Black Whales, and Yo La Tengo



The Stranger Film Opening: 1945. 

Video Librarian: Shameless - The Complete Eighth Season [three-disc set], Robert Glasper Experiment - Live, Advertising at the Edge 
of the Apocalypse, Ask the Sexpert, and A Better Man.

Endnote: 1945 image from Menemsha Films.

Friday, April 20, 2018

April Reviews

These are the reviews and other  
pieces I'm working on this month.

The Stranger Music Things to Do: The Breeders and Khruangbin, the Mattson 2.

The Stranger Film Openings: Claire's Camera, a Film by the Productive Korean Auteur Hong Sang-Soo, New Wim Wenders Thriller Submergence Goes Through the Motions, and Death Metal and Techno Joan of Arc in Jeannette, the Childhood of Joan of Arc.

The Stranger SIFF Notes: Angels Wear White, I Miss You 
When I See You, Last ChildNaila and the Uprising, On 
Borrowed Time, and Virus Tropical.

Video Librarian: A Revolution in Four Seasons, The Divine Order, OneRepublic: Live in South Africa, and A Woman and Her Car.

Endnote: Image from L'Avventura Films. 

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

March Reviews

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the reviews 
and other 
pieces I'm 
working on 
this month.






The Stranger Film Openings: Pushing Dead, The Twilight of an ACT UP Activist in the Engaging After Louie, and All I Wish Heralds the Return of Sharon Stone.

The Stranger MTTD: U.S. Girls, Guests, Beth Ditto, SSION, and Alvvays, Frankie Rose.

Video Librarian: Endo What?, Generation Zapped, Out of State, She Started It, Spettacolo, The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin, Birdboy - The Forgotten Children, and Robert Plant and the Sensational Shape Shifters - Live at David Lynch's Festival of Disruption.



Endnote: Image from U.S. Girls' "Window Shades" video

Tuesday, February 06, 2018

February Reviews

These are the reviews and other pieces I'm working on this month.

The Stranger Film Openings: A Ciambra, a Martin Scorsese-Produced Film about a Romani Community and In the Remarkable Doc The Departure, Life Is Heavy for a Japanese Monk Dedicated to Suicide Prevention.

The Stranger MTTD: Tune-Yards and Sudan Archives, Gaz Coombes, Piney Gir, and Lee Ann Womack, Eddie Berman.

Video Librarian: Mama ColonelMen - A Love StoryMy Bolivia, Just Charlie, Somos LenguaDriving With Selvi, and The Empathy Gap - Masculinity & the Courage to Change.


 
Endnote: Image from Sundance Selects. 

Saturday, January 06, 2018

January Reviews

These are the 
reviews and other 
pieces I'm working 
on this month.

SIFFcast: Best of 2017 Part 1 (with Caleb Landry Jones) and Best of 2017 Part 2 (with Rachel Morrison and William Oldroyd).

The Stranger Film Openings: The Nina Simone of Kinshasa Has a Don't-Fuck-With-Me Face in Félicité  and Aida's Secrets Is a Documentary About the Only Secrets That Matter—a Family's Secrets

The Stranger MTTD: Spoon and White Reaper, Filthy Friends and Acapulco Lips (cancelled due to health issues), Circuit des Yeux and somesurprises, and Jessica Lea Mayfield and Sun Seeker.

Video Librarian: After Fire, Black Girl in Suburbia, By Blood, Gen-
der Troubles - The Butches, Live from UB - Rock & Freedom in the New Mongolia, CMA Awards Live - Greatest Moments 1968-2015 [10-disc set], M.F.A. [Blu-ray], and The Defiant Ones [Blu+DVD disc set].



Endnote: Image from MUBI by way of the IMDb.