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Ken Richardson Posted: May 28, 2013 0 comments

John Fogerty: Wrote a Song for Everyone

New release (Vanguard)
Photo by Nela Koenig

Dusting off old songs, a veteran rocker teams up with (mostly) younger musicians for duets: Often, this can be a recipe for tedium, if not disaster. So it’s a joy to report that John Fogerty’s Wrote a Song for Everyone is among the best of such tributes.

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Josef Krebs Posted: Apr 30, 2013 0 comments

Silver Linings Playbook

In Silver Linings Playbook by director David O. Russell (Three Kings, The Fighter, I Heart Huckabees), former high school history teacher Pat Solatano (Bradley Cooper) gets out of a state institution after spending eight months incarcerated there.

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Josef Krebs Posted: Aug 14, 2012 0 comments

Jaws

The arrival of a giant man-eating great white shark on the shores of a New England beach resort in 1975 and its cruise out of the universal unconsciousness and through the international zeitgeist from was a historical and game-changing event.

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Josef Krebs Posted: Aug 20, 2013 0 comments

Boardwalk Empire: Season 3

This is a story of fathers and sons. As previous seasons have shown, every gangster, it seems, starts as a kid with a difficult relationship with their dad and every hood has an equally important relationship with their boy. James "Jimmy" Darmody (Michael Pitt) stabs his father, Commodore Louis Kaestner (Dabney Coleman).

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Josef Krebs Posted: Sep 25, 2012 0 comments

Bond 50

On this, the golden anniversary of the very first film appearance of the suavest, most unforgettable, most cinematically thrilling character ever, all 22 James Bond movies (not including the 1967 comedy version of Casino Royale), from Dr.

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Ken Richardson Posted: May 07, 2013 0 comments

Natalie Maines: Mother

New release (Columbia; tour dates with Dixie Chicks)
Photo by Danny Clinch  © Columbia

“Lots of albums by lead singers might just as well have been made by the band, but I think this is very different from anything the Dixie Chicks could make.” So says Natalie Maines about her debut solo album. It’s “a new direction,” her press release underscores. Most common translation I’ve seen to date: It’s “a rock album.”

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Josef Krebs Posted: Jan 08, 2013 0 comments

Dread

Graphic violence, gore, and wholesale shoot-'em-up slaughter. In the weak of heart or the strong of mind this might instill . . . well, dread - especially accompanied by catchphrase statements like "I am the law!" and "Judgment time!" - but the film is surprisingly inventive and at times visually striking.

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Ken Richardson Posted: Aug 20, 2013 0 comments

John Mayer: Paradise Valley

New release (Columbia; tour dates)
Photo by Sam Jones

John Mayer takes another journey into the Americana he explored on last year’s Born and Raised. No wonder. Paradise Valley is named for an area not far from his home in Montana, a refuge that obviously gives him great peace, inspiring him to create music that’s closer to the land. And in further evidence that Mayer has turned a new leaf after the hiatus that was necessitated by his throat surgery and his sometimes out-of-control verbal and physical behavior, this new album is all about understatement.

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Josef Krebs Posted: Apr 09, 2013 0 comments

Richard III

I'm no bard or balladeer, but I'd like to sing the praises of this Blu-ray (not to bury it).

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Philip Ryan Posted: Dec 15, 2011 0 comments

Time sure flies. Just 16 years ago, I was a senior in college at SUNY Binghamton. In my time there I had the pleasure of seeing Phish play a few shows at the Broome County Arena. The last of those concerts occurred 16 years ago this week (12/14/1995), and was released as the first in the Live Phish series.

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Josef Krebs Posted: Aug 06, 2013 0 comments

Oblivion

Based on director Joseph Kosinski's acclaimed graphic novel, Oblivion is set in the post-apocalyptic future in which an invading alien army is beaten but only through the use of nuclear weapons that leave the planet uninhabitable.

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