REVIEW: Un couteau dans le coeur [Knife+Heart] [2018]

She’s playing with real life. Anne Parèze (Vanessa Paradis) has ruined her love. What she’s done to push Loïs (Kate Moran) away is unknown, but her desperation ensures we know she was dumped and not the dumper. Whatever happened hasn’t soured their relationship completely, however. Loïs still cares enough about Anne as a person and especially as an artist to remain editor on her cheaply produced gay porn films utilizing the same loyal troupe of actors—her eye forever lingering on Anne’s smile whenever it’s caught on-camera before François (Bertrand Mandico)…

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Top 100 Albums of 2016

Honorable Mention BJ the Chicago Kid – In My Mind; Opeth – Sorceress; She Is We – War; The 1975 – I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it; Ed Harcourt – Furnaces; J. Cole – 4 Your Eyez Only; Nada Surf – You Know Who You Are; Against the Current – In Our Bones; Tall Heights – Neptune; The Lumineers – Cleopatra; Lissie – My Wild West; Thrice – To Be Everywhere Is to Be Nowhere; Green Day – Revolution Radio;…

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Top 100 Songs of 2016

#100: Pacifico by Majid Jordan #98: Swooner by The Zolas #96: Come Alive by The Jezabels #94: Faint Of Heart by Tegan & Sara #92: So Much Sky by The Temper Trap #90: Touch by Shura #88: Sometimes by Oscar #86: Hell’s Kitchen Angel by MAX #84: Drive It Like You Stole It by Sing Street #82: Zombies by Childish Gambino #80: Someone That Loves You (ft. Izzy Bizu) by HONNE #78: Your Love by Cardiknox #76: Fight Song by Rachel Platten #74: Call You Up by Viola Beach #72:…

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DESIGN: 2016 In Music

Tracklisting:Disc 11. “Stranger Things” • Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein • 01:08 • Stranger Things OST, Vol 1, Lakeshore Records2. “Can’t Let Go, Juno” • Kishi Bashi • 04:23 • Sonderlust, Joyful Noise Recordings3. “Bright Lights” • Gibbz • 03:15 • Oh My God EP, Gibbz4. “I Can’t Stand You Anymore” • Sleigh Bells • 04:02 • Jessica Rabbit, Torn Clean5. “Giant” • Banks & Steelz • 03:51 • Anything But Words, Warner Bros. Records Inc.6. “Feet Don’t Fail Me Now” • Foxes • 03:24 • All I Need, Sign of the…

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REVIEW: Les rencontres d’après minuit [You and the Night] [2013]

“Always follow the clues in dreams” Everyone wants to describe Yann Gonzalez‘s films as kinky escapades of campy, colorful eroticism rather than mention what lies beneath that excitingly daring sheen: a profound sense of sadness. It’s a powerful longing for acceptance and love, a desire for more than our minds believe possible. The orgy constructed at the center of his feature length debut Les rencontres d’après minuit [You and the Night] isn’t therefore about sex or even pleasure. Instead it serves as a gateway to memory and a hopeful expression…

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Top 100 Songs of 2013

#100: Let Us Move On by Dido #99: City of Angels by Thirty Seconds to Mars #98: Exit Wounds by Placebo #97: Flashbacks, Memories, And Dreams by The Virgins #96: Ready to Go by Guards #95: If I Could Change Your Mind by HAIM #94: After the Fire by Andrew McMahon #93: Close Enough by I Can Make a Mess #92: Surrender the Night by My Chemical Romance #91: Come Here by Talib Kweli (ft. Miguel) #90: Mermaids by Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds #89: Bad Girls by M.I.A.…

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DESIGN: 2011 In Music

Tracklisting:Disc 11. “Hanna’s Theme” — The Chemical Brothers 2:09 | from Hanna: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack; Back Lot2. “Polish Girl” — Neon Indian 4:24 | from Era Extraña; Static Tongues/Mom + Pop3. “Desire” — Anna Calvi 3:52 | from Anna Calvi; Domino Records4. “Someday” — Middle Brother 3:40 | from Middle Brother; Partisan Records5. “Solitude and Vine” — John Ralston 3:47 | from Shadows of the Summertime; Self Released6. “All the Sand in All the Sea” — DeVotchKa 4:50 | from 100 Lovers; ANTI- Records7. “Coeur d’Alene” — The Head…

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Top 100 Songs of 2011

(short and sweet and to the point; culled from listening to 501 releases—at time of publishing—from 2011. ask me tomorrow and the list will probably be drastically different, but you have to lock ’em in sometime.) #100: Dolly by Fruit Bats — #99: Take the World by She Wants Revenge — #98: Postcards by The Sorry Kisses listen here — #97: The Day by Moby — #96: Piledriver Waltz by Arctic Monkeys — #95: Kids by The Features — #94: Say No by The Feeling — #93: Ohio by HoneyHoney…

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Top 100 Albums of 2011

(short and sweet and to the point; culled from listening to 501 releases—at time of publishing—from 2011. ask me tomorrow and the list will probably be drastically different, but you have to lock ’em in sometime. click album cover for website) Honorable Mention:

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REVIEW: Prom [2011]

“What are you, his peer counselor or something?” Please Disney, give me overwrought angst, earnest adolescents, and a stereotypical high school melting pot of checked sexuality within a PG world. Moviegoers have been clamoring for it, haven’t they? Why give us gimmicks like High School Musical when you can lay it all out in an overly dramatic rendition worthy of after school special timeslots? Please help make stressed out seniors everywhere stop biting their nails over lame music and a disco ball. Thank you Joe Nussbaum and Katie Wech for…

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