column – 2015’s best movies

2015 was a good year for movies. Great movies popped up in every genre, and managed to entertain and move moviegoers everywhere. While there were disappointments and straight-up terrible films too, this list is not about those titles. This top 5 celebrates the movies that grabbed my attention, sparked my imagination and made me come…

column – 2015’s best TV shows

Another year, another batch of great TV shows. While some shows returned with seasons that could rival previous outings – such as Penny Dreadful‘s haunting and terrifying second season -, other series returned only to fizzle out – such as Halt And Catch Fire‘s soapy second season. Other shows debuted with wonderful results, like Marvel…

music review – Silversun Pickups, Better Nature

One thing’s immediately apparent when you listen to Better Nature‘s title track “Cradle (Better Nature)”: Silversun Pickups’ first album on their own label New Machine Records marks a decidedly different direction for the band. It’s much bigger and louder than previous efforts, and significantly more produced. While the band has collaborated with producer Jacknife Lee…

tv review – HBO’s True Detective, season 2

Let’s get one thing out of the way first: True Detective Season 2 is written by the writer of its first season, but other than that it has nothing to do with Season 1. True Detective‘s second season tells a new story with an entirely different cast of characters in a new setting. This needs…

film review – The Man From U.N.C.L.E.

2015 is a good year for spy movies: Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation was a spectacular thrill ride that bested the previous entries in the┬áMI franchise, and November sees the release of the much-anticipated 24th James Bond film, titled Spectre. In between these two juggernauts Guy Ritchie’s The Man From U.N.C.L.E. has arrived, a Cold War…

tv review – NBC’s Hannibal, episode 3.13

Ahead of watching ‘The Wrath Of The Lamb’ many viewers were cautious: could and would this season finale wrap up the story in a satisfying manner and not leave its audience wanting more? It’s an understandable concern given Hannibal‘s cancellation: the last episode of this particular season turned out to be the note the entire…

film review – Sinister 2

The first Sinister, directed and co-written by Scott Derrickson, was released in 2012 and was a genuinely scary horror flick: the blend of nasty snuff films and the supernatural worked very well, and all of it was grounded by Ethan Hawke’s wonderfully earnest performance. The solid direction and eerie soundtrack also added a lot of…