Posts Tagged ‘original’

Martyr and Man

Big Ticket
Dr. Samuel Johnson once wrote that “when a man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight, it concentrate his mind wonderfully.” The condemned character in Ernest Gaines’ A Lesson Before Dying needs a bit of assi...


Hidden Gold

And the Oscar goes to ... that guy. An analysis of the awards’ not-so-major categories.
Kristian Lin
The Oscar nominations came out this week, and for once the talk about who got the nods might actually be overshadowed by speculation about whether the writers’ strike will derail the show.



The Derailers

Listen Up
My philosophy on tribute albums: When covering popular songs, a band should make its own artistic statement rather than mimicking the original.


Adaptation

Stage
There’s an old maxim that, in the food chain that is the so-called Hollywood system, the craft services people rank higher than the screenwriters, and not just because craft services such as on-set caterers actually provide f...



Running Dead

An overrated zombie flick grows staler in a sequel set 28 Weeks Later.
Kristian Lin
Think it’s depressing being American these days? Try being British.


Various Artists

Listen Up
Taking its name from revolutionary rebels in Nicaragua, Sandinista!, The Clash’s groundbreaking album from 1980, is “an exciting, sprawling mess,” according to writer Jimmy Guterman, who put together The Sandinista! Proje...



Urizen

The Show
Urizen is a local metal quartet, though “metal” may be too limited a word to describe exactly the kind of racket Urizen makes. Their music also has touches of jazz, Threepenny Opera, and pianistic lounge, among other stuff....


James Hunter

Listen Up
When sung by white folks, old-school soul and R&B is often called “blue-eyed soul,” especially in reference to a pasty Englishman like James Hunter who digs that sound. It’s easy to listen to … Believe What I S...



Dirty Dozen Brass Band

Listen Up
On What’s Going On, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band applies its unique mix of soul, hip-hop, and New Orleans-style funk to a classic R&B album to make a statement on Hurricane Katrina. The inspired, similarly named remake of ...


Look Up in the Sky

Kristian Lin
Forget the buzz that the latest Superman movie has a “Superman is gay” subtext. The real subtext of Superman Returns is that Superman is Jesus. The film is drawing raves from my fellow critics, and I wish I could join in, b...