Category: Opinion

“Uncut Gems” – A Believable Look

“Uncut Gems” is exhausting. It’s an intense film— one that never gives you a break. I felt tired after watching it. I mean this as a compliment. The story, written and directed by brothers Josh and Benny Safdie, follows Adam Sandler as Howard Ratner, a jeweler in New York City with a gambling addiction. He… Read more »

Zombieland 2: Double Tap — The same problems

“Zombieland 2: Double Tap,” is like the original film in many ways. It’s similar in terms of comedy, action and overall quality. Its problems are similar to the original’s as well, like feeling pointless at times and not carrying much weight.   Don’t get me wrong. “Double Tap,” like the original, can be hilarious, entertaining… Read more »

SideTracked: Best of 2010-2018

The end of the year is an exciting time for music journalists, especially when it’s the end of the decade. 2019 is winding down, and every publication’s agenda is dominated by determining which albums will stand among the best of the 10s. SideTracked is doing the same. This list features my favorite album each year… Read more »

Terminator: Dark Fate – Better than expected

Imagine you’re in a class you don’t like, taught by a professor you also don’t like. One day, this professor gives you a dumb assignment worth a lot of points. You give it all you have, turn it in and get a low B. You’re happy because it’s better than you were expecting. You can… Read more »

SideTracked: Any reason to call it quits – DEATH STRANDING: Timefall

Hideo Kojima is among the most important video game personalities in the world, mostly due to his revolutionary “Metal Gear” series which features a near-indecipherable plot centered around beefy soldiers, giant robots and existential and political conspiracies.  Imagine my surprise when I opened the soundtrack to his new game, “Death Stranding,” and saw that the… Read more »

Snap Reactions: Earl Sweatshirt, Westside Gunn, Nas

by Chance Chamberlain Snap Reactions is a column where two new albums and one classic album will be reviewed briefly after just one listen through. This provides instant thoughts and feelings that are often lost with multiple listens of an album. This week’s releases are Earl Sweatshirt’s FEET OF CLAY and Westside Gunn’s Hitler Wears… Read more »

SideTracked: Say with certainty – Reviewing Swans’ 15th album

leaving meaning. – Swans Released 10/25/2019 – Young God Records Genres: Experimental Rock/Gothic Country/Post-Rock/Avant-Folk The new Swans album is an hour and a half long meditation on existence. As the name suggests, “leaving meaning.” deals heavily with the absurd—from questioning our reality in “Annaline” to the dizzying dichotomies delivered on its title track. It’s also… Read more »

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood–a review

Like all of Quentin Tarantino’s work,“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” is a movie about nostalgia. This time it’s nostalgia for an era of Hollywood that, in memory at least, was much more innocent. It’s set in 1969, with the Charles Manson Family Murders looming in the background. This series of killings, including actress Sharon… Read more »