Brandon Sanderson: Oathbringer

There was a time, a long time, where I didn't read any fantasy.  It was my lifeblood as a kid, reading and re-reading Tolkien, Terry Brooks's Shanara series, and dozens upon dozens of careful perusals through my tattered copies of my Dungeons & Dragons tombs.  I used to take colored pencils so I could bring... Continue Reading →

Pillärs: Abandoned (2018) – for 9C

Over at Nine Circles I fall hard for the crust-punk hardcore doom charge of Cleveland, Ohio trio Pillärs.  Debut full-length Abandoned is a righteous voice rising above the tumultuous thrum of 2018, with lyrics that touch on everything from loss to spiritualism and faith, but never loses sight of the fact it has to first... Continue Reading →

Tag (2015)

Sometimes a director's vision strikes you in such a way you'll follow them even if the direction they're moving in feels a little, well...off.  Such is the case with Sion Sono, whose Love Exposure was a giddy, surreal ride with a central conceit so insane I was instantly hooked.  Working in the same absurdist realm... Continue Reading →

El Dorado (1966)

When it's below zero and the hot water heater's busted, all you want in life is a warm blanket, a reasonable estimate from a plumber, and a comfort movie to hold you over until you can feel the sweet hot soapy suds again.  This was the situation I found myself in today watching El Dorado,... Continue Reading →

Raw Force (1982)

There are no guilty pleasures, and yet there is a certain amount of sleazy, joyful guilt I got from watching Raw Force, aka Kung Fu Cannibals.  I imagine it's the same sort of sleazy, guilty joy writer/director Edward Murphy (not that Edward Murphy but imagine if it was...) got as he made the film.  Take... Continue Reading →

David Bowie: Lodger (1979)

"I am a DJ, I am what I play" A fitting line to kick this thing off, coming from David Bowie's "D.J.," kicking off side B of Lodger, the third in the misnomer that is Bowie's "Berlin Trilogy" (the album was actually recorded in Switzerland and New York).  Over the past two weeks I'd come... Continue Reading →

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