The Duke of Burgundy

Studio: Sundance Selects
Directed by Peter Strickland

Jan 23, 2015 Cinema Web Exclusive

At Duke of Burgundy's core is an OK idea—exposing the audience's preconceptions and hang-ups via a sub/dom relationship between two women—yet instead of allowing it to take on its own life, Strickland fleshes out his idea with maddeningly over-bearing style. More

Jan 23, 2015 Books Web Exclusive

At a time where rock bios have settled into a safe place of delivering shocking moments with mostly filler, Marky Ramone delivers a book that’s as intriguing as it is smile-inducing.

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Black Sea

Studio: Focus Features
Directed by Kevin MacDonald

Jan 22, 2015 Cinema Web Exclusive

Tracking twelve desperate men on a hazardous mission, Kevin MacDonald’s Black Sea runs on the same tightly-wound, masculine tension that fueled classics like Wages of Fear and The Treasure of the Sierra Madre. More

Jan 22, 2015 Music Web Exclusive

In the chorus of "A New Wave," halfway through Sleater-Kinney's new comeback album, No Cities to Love, Carrie Brownstein sings "No one here is taking notice/No outline will ever hold us/It's not a new wave, it's just you and me." More

Safe Blu-ray/DVD

Studio: Criterion

Jan 21, 2015 DVDs Web Exclusive

In Safe, director Todd Haynes and star Julianne Moore created a perfect film, and achieved a collaborative symbiosis for the ages. The sturdy folks at the Criterion Collection heve saved the film from relative obscurity with a pristine renovation and repackaging that highlights an irreproachable artistry and singular vision. More

Cake

Studio: Cinelou Films
Directed by Daniel Barnz

Jan 21, 2015 Cinema Web Exclusive

Claire Bennett (Jennifer Aniston) lives alone in her upscale Los Angeles home. Her primary, day-to-day interactions are with her hired caretaker, Elena, who prepares her meals, drives her to and from physical therapy sessions, and helps her re-up when she exhausts her supply of painkillers. More

Alex Calder

Strange Dreams

Captured Tracks

Jan 21, 2015 Music Web Exclusive

In press notes, Alex Calder is often described as a "Mac DeMarco collaborator." It's a dubious way to introduce the singer/songwriter, who did time with DeMarco in the formative band Makeout Videotape, because it immediately and unjustly places him in DeMarco's shadow.  More

Jan 20, 2015 Music Issue #52 - January/February 2015 - St. Vincent

This box set gathers the first three proper albums from Australia's The Go-Betweens, plus rarities and a fine disc of formative singles. It's music that wholly deserves to be spoken of in the same reverent tones reserved for canonized '80s guitar-pop legends, from R.E.M. and The Smiths to top-tier Kiwis, The Clean. More