A “mockumentary” about (very) old-fashioned vampires living in a modern world. Fans of HBO’s Flight of the Conchords (which also stars Jemaine Clement) will love the similarly understated, dry humor of the film. Equally satirical of pop culture’s current love affair with the undead and our obsession with reality television at the expense of our privacy, What We Do in the Shadows has the making of a cult classic.
After ten years of creative silence, David Bowie’s newest album The Next Day came as a surprise to many fans. Apparently crafted over the course of four years, The Next Day was a closely guarded secret by everyone involved in the project up until just two months before its release date.
Composed entirely of new material and produced by Tony Visconti (who previously worked with Bowie on Young Americans, Low, Heroes, and Heathen, among others), The Next Day is a very solid rock album reminiscent of Bowie’s later work (Heathen, Reality). It is atmospheric and powerful, with the kind of clever (and sometimes obtuse) lyrics one expects from Bowie-penned songs, making this album certainly worth the wait.
Bowie is a living music and cultural legend, and The Next Day makes it very clear that he is far from retired.
Double Indemnity is a classic film noir offering that any fan of the genre should watch at least once. It was nominated for seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Actor (Barbara Stanwyck) and Best Director (Billy Wilder).
A little meandering at times, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford was nevertheless an enjoyable film. Everything was very low-key and melancholic from beginning to end, which is a change of pace from the format of most modern films. It doesn’t try to force the viewer to see the events in a certain light, only presents the (semi-fictionalized, I’m sure) facts so the viewer may draw their own opinions.
However, it seems as though it tries to reach the viewer emotionally but falls just short, grasping for but never quite reaching the desired connection with the audience. Additionally, it has beautiful cinematography (Oscar nominated) and a stunning soundtrack composed by Nick Cave (who makes a cameo appearance near the end of the film) and Warren Ellis.