Film Review: “Metallica: Through The Never” — Nimród Antal (2013)

Rating: 10 / 10 (if you’re a Metallica fan) Rating: 8 / 10 (otherwise) During the opening scenes of the new concert / video montage / Anarchy-gone-berserk film Metallica: Through The Never, a young roadie named Trip (Dane DeHaan) is making his way backstage before a Metallica show. He first passes singer/guitarist James Hetfield, who glares at…

Film/Album Review: “Give My Regards To Broad Street” — Paul McCartney (1984)

This is a first for me. In a rare display of vertical integration in such a heretofore wholly insular blog such as this, I have decided to do a Two-For-Tuesday review (albeit one published on a Wednesday, and written in pieces over several days). Ahh… remember when Two-For-Tuesday was a big deal on AOR radio?…

My weekend — Miles, Monsters, Lulz, and Legends, or: “Here I am with eight more lives…”

A quick weekend recap of what was a pretty goshdarn swell time! 1. FRIDAY I’M IN LOVE (with not having to wake up early on Saturday) I decided to do my “Long Run” on Friday night — June 21, 2013. Summer solstice. Longest day of the year. I must have been out of my mind.…

Film Review: “Il Posto” — Ermanno Olmi (1961)

Rating: 9 / 10 Life’s most agonizing transition arguably occurs when the fragile boundary between childhood and adulthood blurs and rather quickly vanishes; that emotionally quizzical overlap during which the insecurities and uncertainties of youth immediately and awkwardly merge with the responsibilities and gray-scale cynicism of adulthood. It’s a heady mix of fear and excitement…

Oscar noms and my top movies of 2012, or: “Success walks hand-in-hand with failure along Hollywood Blvd…”

So they announced Oscar nominations this morning, which I suppose is a big enough deal for me to comment about it here, but let’s be frank: as much of a pop-cultural milestone the Academy Awards are to film nerds, movie dorks, cinema snoots, or just gay men in general, they’re pretty much functionally useless in…