REVIEW: The Killers [1946]

“Stop listening to those golden harps, Swede” “The Killers” is a dialogue-driven short story by Ernest Hemingway that describes the melancholic criminal comeuppance of a man long-removed from the deeds that signed his death warrant. It reads like a fast-paced and stripped-down script whose intrigue is built out of that which we’ll never know. Context provides motivations rather than meaning, the underlying sorrow ingrained within its matter-of-fact, gangster machinations conjuring existential empathy rather than good versus evil justice. The men tasked with killing a Brentwood resident they’ve never met aren’t…

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Posterized Propaganda July 2013: ‘Only God Forgives,’ ‘Pacific Rim,’ ‘Fruitvale Station’ & More

“Don’t Judge a Book by Its Cover” is a proverb whose simple existence proves the fact impressionable souls will do so without fail. This monthly column focuses on the film industry’s willingness to capitalize on this truth, releasing one-sheets to serve as not representations of what audiences are to expect, but as propaganda to fill seats. Oftentimes they fail miserably. Welcome to the heart of the summer folks—where giant robots, faux Native Americans, retired CIA operators, and mutants come out to play. It’s a tough time of year for true…

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Top 100 Albums of 2012

Honorable Mention: #100: Heartbreaking Bravery by Moonface with Sinai #99: Oceania by The Smashing Pumpkins #98: Break It Yourself by Andrew Bird #97: Golden Years by Brothertiger #96: Tramp by Sharon Van Etten #95: Out Of Frequency by The Asteroids Galaxy Tour #94: Cynic’s New Year by Horse Feathers #93: Bear Creek by Brandi Carlile #92: Sjung by Laleh #91: Outlands by Deep Sea Arcade #90: Something by Chairlift #89: A Gentle Reminder by The Jealous Sound #88: Lex Hives by The Hives #87: Stars And Satellites by Trampled By…

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Top 10 Albums of 2008

(short and sweet and to the point — culled from listening to 110+ 2008 releases) 1.) Sigur Rós: Med Sud I Eyrum Vid Spilum Endalaust 2.) The Kooks: Konk 3.) Uh Huh Her: Common Reaction 4.) Delays: Everything’s the Rush 5.) My Morning Jacket: Evil Urges 6.) The Black Keys: Attack & Release 7.) Dear and the Headlights: Drunk Like Bible Times 8.) Mystery Jets: Twenty One 9.) Feeder: Silent Cry 10.) MGMT: Oracular Spectacular Honorable Mention (11-25): 11.) Coldplay: Viva La Vida 12.) The Music: Strength in Numbers 13.)…

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