Pastels/Tenniscoats

Two Sunsets

Domino/Geographic

Sep 21, 2009 Music Web Exclusive

During the 2000s, The Pastels cultured a lasting connection with the avant-garde pop community of Japan. Thus, the Scottish duo's long-gestating collaboration with the Tokyo pop duo, Tenniscoats is somewhat predictable. Saya and Ueno Takashi play their instruments like they're pattering rain on a grassy knoll or butterflies hovering above flowers. More

Bright Star

Studio: Apparition
Written and directed by Jane Campion; Starring Abbie Cornish, Ben Whishaw and Paul Schneider

Sep 18, 2009 Cinema Web Exclusive

Writer-director Jane Campion's Bright Star is a sensory experience, an exquisitely photographed period romance that forsakes sweeping camera movements and swelling orchestral score for the quiet immediacy of the moments that occur when love takes root. More

Sep 18, 2009 TV Web Exclusive

The glass is still half empty when HBO's Curb Your Enthusiasm returns for its seventh season Sunday night, but Larry David just might be adding more water. Although he's always sneered at NBC's offers for a Seinfeld reunion, David realizes if he agrees he can swoon his actress ex with the part of George Costanza's ex-wife. That setup seems classic, especially with who's involved. More

Jennifer’s Body

Studio: 20th Century Fox
Written by Diablo Cody; Directed by Karyn Kusama; Starring: Megan Fox and Amanda Seyfried

Sep 18, 2009 Cinema Web Exclusive

Instead of a Facebook-era update on Heathers, screenwriter Diablo Cody's follow-up to Juno quickly devolves into the kind of B-movie rubbish that became outdated decades ago. More

Sep 18, 2009 Live

“My dying breath will be spent complaining about the brevity of a band’s set.”  I’ve said this so many times, that trotting out this complaint yet again may simply come off as white noise. But seriously Chairlift—let’s talk about your show at the Troubadour. Eight songs and no encore? You’re so much better than that! And I ‘aint too proud to beg. More

Sep 18, 2009 TV Web Exclusive

You almost have to feel bad for Jason Schwartzman, in that during the decade since he stole hearts in Rushmore, no one besides Wes Anderson has really found a suitable vehicle for him. So here he is again, this time starring as novelist/journalist Jonathan Ames in HBO's adaptation of Ames' amateur private detective novella, published earlier this year in The Double Life Is Twice As Good.  More

Charlatan Ball

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Story by Joe Casey, Art by Andy Suriano

Sep 18, 2009 Comic Books Web Exclusive

Charlatan Ball, by Joe Casey and Andy Suriano, might be described as a wonderful mess. It follows the adventures of subpar stage magician Chuck Amok and his rabbit Caesar, who get whisked into an alternate dimension and dropped into a mystic tournament to the death. While the journey turns Caesar into the buffest anthropomorphic rabbit this side of Captain Carrot, Chuck stays precisely the same: powerless, weasel-like, cowardly, and way, way over his head. He wants no part of the action, but gets thrown into it all the same thanks to the machinations of an evil sorcerer, Demon Empty. More

Sep 18, 2009 Music Web Exclusive

In the liner notes to their eponymous debut album, Rodrigo Sanchez and Gabriela Quintero make the point that "A lot of people, when describing our sound, say we play flamenco. We don't. We blend a lot of styles into our playing, but this area of music is not one of them." In the three years since the release of Rodrigo y Gabriela, the Mexican duo has become one of the most exciting live acts on the circuit thanks to fluid, rapid-fire guitar play and stylistic experimentation. More

Sep 17, 2009 TV Web Exclusive

The Soup’s Joel McHale plays Jeff Winger, a lawyer who faked his college degree and now faces disbarment unless he attends community college and earns his diploma. More