Archive for ‘October, 2013’

Motorhead’s Aftershock: there’s life in the old beast yet

Lemmy may be too sick to tour these days, but the band’s new CD shows that the seminal metal band can still kick ass — at least sometimes.

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Detroit rocks — but these two new CDs by two of its best bands don’t rock enough

New CDs by the Dirtbombs and Electric Six are okay, but fall well short of the best either band can do.

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The Counselor is flawed, but better than you’ve (probably) heard

Yeah, it’s too talky, and Cameron Diaz is awful, but Ridley Scott’s adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s first produced screenplay has much to say about the relationship between the U.S., Mexico, innocence, and the drug trade along the border.

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Dark Lies the Island: more masterful storytelling from Ireland’s Kevin Barry

The former journalist’s third book, and second short story collection, features fantastic writing, brilliant dialogue, and another cast of memorable characters.

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Carrie is a bloody good — and thoroughly modern — take on the 1976 original

Kimberly Peirce’s new take on the Stephen King novel about a troubled teen and her religious nutjob mom succeeds with excellent performances, and by tapping into the zeitgeist.

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Americana: Ray Davies’ love letter to America

The Kinks’ leader’s new memoir looks at his sometimes rocky relationship with our country — and his 2004 near-fatal shooting in New Orleans.

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Captain Phillips: a tale of a ship, a hijacking, and two very different men of the sea

Tom Hanks and newcomer Barkhad Abdi as a principled pirate combine for a riveting retelling of the 2009 takeover of the Maersk Alabama off the west of Africa.

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