A Primitive Evolution: The Prize

Eric Garneau on February 28, 2013

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At first, a strong late-’90s alternative vibe emanates from The Prize, the second full-length effort from Toronto trio A Primitive Evolution. Indeed, singer Brett Carruthers could easily join a Soundgarden cover band to pay some bills if the need ever arises. read more

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  • What I Read 4/4: Daredevil, Animal Man, iZombie and more…

    Eric Garneau on April 06, 2012

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    I can’t read every book every week, but I read the ones I think I’ll like and write about them here. — more

    Tagged: animal man, daredevil, izombie, stormwatch, sweet tooth, what i read
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    Your 2012 Eisner Award Nominees (with Color Commentary!)

    Eric Garneau on April 04, 2012

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    I don’t know about you, but every time the Eisner Award nominations get announced, it reminds me just how few comics I read the previous year — at least important ones. I suppose it’s the same with any awards ceremony (though I was pretty up on this past year’s Grammys), but with comics, I always feel like I should know more of the primo stuff than I do. But hey, at least part of the reason these awards exist is to bring new attention to works that deserve it, after all. — more

    Tagged: daredevil, Eisners, unwritten
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    Bruce Springsteen: Wrecking Ball

    Eric Garneau on March 06, 2012

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    Bruce Springsteen is not typically one to sequelize his albums. Except for Nebraska/The Ghost of Tom Joad/Devils & Dust, which can rightfully be viewed as a sort of trio, most of his records attempt to do something markedly different from past efforts: Born to Run was a teenage epic, Darkness a working-class ode, The River a celebration of rock & roll, etc. Yet in Wrecking Ball we can see Bruce provide almost a direct sequel to one of his previous albums, one comprised of material that he didn’t even write — We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions. — more

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    Serial, Super Serial: Quantum of Solace

    Grisly Gunnar on March 05, 2012

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    Super Serial aims to dissect series of pop art — be it a filmography, discography or run of comics — by looking at its individual components

    It’s been a long, hard journey. We’ve been from Russia with love, to the Swiss Alps, and even to outer space. Through 22 (+1) films, I can’t say I’m a diehard fan — hell, I can’t even say I liked most of these films — but it was important for me to fill this gaping hole in my cinema experience. If anything, seeing all of these films over a few months span has allowed me to closely identify the running themes, similarities and differences between them. I’ll never forget some of the Bond Girls, villains, gadgets and songs (for better or for worse). Now that I’ve seen these films, there is no doubt in my mind that they are truly “iconic.” And even when they’ve been bad, they’ve still been fun. — more

    Tagged: james bond, marc foster, quantum of solace, super serial
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    Serial, Super Serial: Casino Royale

    Grisly Gunnar on March 05, 2012

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    Super Serial aims to dissect series of pop art — be it a filmography, discography or run of comics — by looking at its individual components

    I didn’t feel too bad about never seeing The Man with the Golden Gun or For Your Eyes Only, but you can have legitimate beef with me for never seeing Casino Royale. I have no good excuse other than holding out on Bond films because I hadn’t seen any of them. For that, I apologize.

    I’m not yet sure if I think Casino Royale is the “best” Bond film, but it has a definitive case. — more

    Tagged: casino royale, james bond, martin campbell, super serial
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    Serial, Super Serial: Die Another Day

    Grisly Gunnar on March 03, 2012

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    Super Serial aims to dissect series of pop art — be it a filmography, discography or run of comics — by looking at its individual components.

    Die Another Day (Bond #20) is a Bond film of these times — mostly because it has an obvious ADD problem. There are too many characters, too many twists and WAY too much CGI. — more

    Tagged: die another day, james bond, lee tamahori, super serial
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    Serial, Super Serial: The World is Not Enough

    Grisly Gunnar on March 03, 2012

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    Super Serial aims to dissect series of pop art — be it a filmography, discography or run of comics — by looking at its individual components.

    Denise Richards is a nuclear physicist. That, in a nutshell, is The World Is Not Enough. — more

    Tagged: james bond, michael apted, super serial, the world is not enough
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    Serial, Super Serial: Tomorrow Never Dies

    Grisly Gunnar on February 15, 2012

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    Super Serial aims to dissect series of pop art — be it a filmography, discography or run of comics — by looking at its individual components.

    In my review of Octopussy, I noted that a James Bond film cannot be satisfying without compelling villains and Bond Girls — that even a pretty good mission plot will stall without these notable characteristics. Tomorrow Never Dies, the eighteenth official film of the series, isn’t exactly the opposite of that, but even with memorable characters, the film leaves me a little cold. — more

    Tagged: james bond, roger spottiswoode, super serial, tomorrow never dies
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    The Best of ‘Chimes of Freedom’: A Spotify Playlist

    Eric Garneau on February 13, 2012

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    A few weeks ago Amnesty International released the massive 4-disc tribute album Chimes of Freedom: Songs of Bob Dylan Honoring 50 Years of Amnesty International. This record, which contains new or new-ish recordings of Dylan classics by artists as diverse as Adele, Ke$ha, Johnny Cash and My Chemical Romance, certainly does not skimp on talent. It also doesn’t skimp on time; this whole thing clocks in at over five hours long! And even though the artists represented here are varied enough to sustain your interest, it’s tough to slog through five hours straight of any one thing. — more

    Tagged: amnesty international, bob dylan, chimes of freedom, spotify
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    Serial, Super Serial: GoldenEye

    Grisly Gunnar on February 07, 2012

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    Super Serial aims to dissect series of pop art — be it a filmography, discography or run of comics — by looking at its individual components.

    Perhaps best known for the N64 game that single-handedly lead to massive multi-shooter parties in dorm rooms across the country, Martin Campbell’s 1995 GoldenEye is the seventeenth official James Bond release, and a reboot of sorts. Coming a full six years after its predecessor, the film is certainly a fresh start, with a recasting of major characters and its taking place in a world with a much different geopolitical landscape. Still, it borders the tone the Dalton films set — with less emphasis on humor and more on balls-to-the-wall action. — more

    Tagged: goldeneye, james bond, martin campbell, super serial
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