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Zoom Gone Girl
2 stars out of 4

Director David Fincher, that tinker of brooding mood and stylized meticulousness, whose given us the blood and black satire of Fight Club and the cynically hard-edged ode to male disenchantment that is The Social Network, has finally made his first full-fledged Lifetime movie. Based on Gillian Flynn’s popular novel and written for the screen by Flynn, Gone Girl is glossy mainstream junk, the kind of disingenuous stab at “married life is hell” alarmism that seems at odds with Fincher’s notoriously rigid directing style.
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Gone Girl

2 stars out of 4

Director David Fincher, that tinker of brooding mood and stylized meticulousness, whose given us the blood and black satire of Fight Club and the cynically hard-edged ode to male disenchantment that is The Social Network, has finally made his first full-fledged Lifetime movie. Based on Gillian Flynn’s popular novel and written for the screen by Flynn, Gone Girl is glossy mainstream junk, the kind of disingenuous stab at “married life is hell” alarmism that seems at odds with Fincher’s notoriously rigid directing style.

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Zoom Frank
3 stars out of 4

Going into Lenny Abrahamson’s disarming new film Frank, the most pertinent question, both in terms of the audience as well as the picture’s protagonist and would-be musician Jon (Domhnall Gleeson), is “will he, or won’t he take it off?” This question, of course, pertains to the papier-mâché helmet the title character played by Michael Fassbender wears throughout as a kind of initially goofy performance-art stunt.
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Frank

3 stars out of 4

Going into Lenny Abrahamson’s disarming new film Frank, the most pertinent question, both in terms of the audience as well as the picture’s protagonist and would-be musician Jon (Domhnall Gleeson), is “will he, or won’t he take it off?” This question, of course, pertains to the papier-mâché helmet the title character played by Michael Fassbender wears throughout as a kind of initially goofy performance-art stunt.

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Zoom Interpol
El Pintor
5 out of 10

Gauging a proper reaction to the latest Interpool album really comes down to how much one swoon’s over the band’s gothic sense of melodrama. Their seminal debut, 2002′s Turn on the Bright Lights, really was one of those zeitgeist-defining records that emerged from the post-punk revival that began in the late 90′s, something that filled the void left by bands like Joy Division and The Velvet Underground. Since then, Interpol have spent most of their time penning gloomy tunes detailing some form of physical, emotional, or psychological torment; mostly under the guise of the damaged and/or spurned female lover.
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Interpol

El Pintor

5 out of 10

Gauging a proper reaction to the latest Interpool album really comes down to how much one swoon’s over the band’s gothic sense of melodrama. Their seminal debut, 2002′s Turn on the Bright Lights, really was one of those zeitgeist-defining records that emerged from the post-punk revival that began in the late 90′s, something that filled the void left by bands like Joy Division and The Velvet Underground. Since then, Interpol have spent most of their time penning gloomy tunes detailing some form of physical, emotional, or psychological torment; mostly under the guise of the damaged and/or spurned female lover.

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Zoom The Drop
2.5 stars out of 4

Tom Hardy slouches his shoulders, mumbles, and bonds with an abandoned dog in The Drop, the latest gritty crime drama from writer Dennis Lehane (Mystic River, Gone Baby, Gone) and Belgian director Michael R. Roskam (Bullhead). It’s a film that takes place inside seedy Brooklyn bars, grungy alleyways, and lonely apartments, all with the shadow of the Manhattan Bridge looming overhead. It’s got a crackerjack cast; which, aside from master thespian Hardy, includes James Gandolfini, Noomi Rapace, John Ortiz, and Bullhead star Matthias Schoenaerts. As written by Lehane, it has a lived-in believability and understanding of mundane neighborhood business.
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The Drop

2.5 stars out of 4

Tom Hardy slouches his shoulders, mumbles, and bonds with an abandoned dog in The Drop, the latest gritty crime drama from writer Dennis Lehane (Mystic River, Gone Baby, Gone) and Belgian director Michael R. Roskam (Bullhead). It’s a film that takes place inside seedy Brooklyn bars, grungy alleyways, and lonely apartments, all with the shadow of the Manhattan Bridge looming overhead. It’s got a crackerjack cast; which, aside from master thespian Hardy, includes James Gandolfini, Noomi Rapace, John Ortiz, and Bullhead star Matthias Schoenaerts. As written by Lehane, it has a lived-in believability and understanding of mundane neighborhood business.

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Zoom THE 41ST TELLURIDE FILM FESTIVAL WRAP-UP
There’s something idyllic and undeniably quaint about Telluride. Nestled at 9,000 feet elevation atop the Colorado mountains, this sleepy town seems like the last place a popular film festival, featuring both Hollywood heavy-hitters and smaller independently-minded fare, would manifest itself. But for decades, Telluride has distinguished itself from the glitz and glamour of other like-minded festivals, focusing on the actual content of the films being rather than red carpet shenanigans.
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THE 41ST TELLURIDE FILM FESTIVAL WRAP-UP

There’s something idyllic and undeniably quaint about Telluride. Nestled at 9,000 feet elevation atop the Colorado mountains, this sleepy town seems like the last place a popular film festival, featuring both Hollywood heavy-hitters and smaller independently-minded fare, would manifest itself. But for decades, Telluride has distinguished itself from the glitz and glamour of other like-minded festivals, focusing on the actual content of the films being rather than red carpet shenanigans.

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Zoom Ty Segall
Manipulator
7 out of 10
Is Ty Segall this generation’s answer to Robert Pollard? Speaking entirely in terms of productivity, the trajectory feels apt, as the prolific San Francisco has released a staggering assortment of material since appearing as a solo artist in 2008. Even a cursory glance at his discography reveals an insatiable need for productivity, with 17 albums, aside from his solo work, coming out under different monikers and collaborations with others like-minded artists. Manipulator, Segall’s seventh official studio record, is something of a commentary on his past work as well as a bold step forward.
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Ty Segall

Manipulator

7 out of 10

Is Ty Segall this generation’s answer to Robert Pollard? Speaking entirely in terms of productivity, the trajectory feels apt, as the prolific San Francisco has released a staggering assortment of material since appearing as a solo artist in 2008. Even a cursory glance at his discography reveals an insatiable need for productivity, with 17 albums, aside from his solo work, coming out under different monikers and collaborations with others like-minded artists. Manipulator, Segall’s seventh official studio record, is something of a commentary on his past work as well as a bold step forward.

READ FULL REVIEW HERE!

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Zoom The Zero Theorem
3 stars out of 4
A collective sigh, mixed with a sense of deja vu, seems to be at the heart of the general reception for Terry Gilliam’s latest madcap dystopian opus The Zero Theorem. That the idiosyncratic auteur behind verifiable masterpieces such asBrazil as well as divisive pictures like Tideland can release a film in 2014 without so much as a half-hearted shrug from both a tepid marketing campaign and a distributor seemingly giving up on it’s commercial chances, is a sad commentary on our cinematic culture. 
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The Zero Theorem

3 stars out of 4

A collective sigh, mixed with a sense of deja vu, seems to be at the heart of the general reception for Terry Gilliam’s latest madcap dystopian opus The Zero Theorem. That the idiosyncratic auteur behind verifiable masterpieces such asBrazil as well as divisive pictures like Tideland can release a film in 2014 without so much as a half-hearted shrug from both a tepid marketing campaign and a distributor seemingly giving up on it’s commercial chances, is a sad commentary on our cinematic culture. 

READ FULL REVIEW HERE!

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Zoom -SYMBIOTIC RECOMMENDS: 10 ALBUMS, AUGUST 2014-
It’s that time of the month again. Music listening can be so hormonal! Come peer behind the curtain and gawk at the sight of my favorite records from August, chock full of undiscovered gems and heavy-hitting sonic adventures.
Check out album recommendations here!

-SYMBIOTIC RECOMMENDS: 10 ALBUMS, AUGUST 2014-

It’s that time of the month again. Music listening can be so hormonal! Come peer behind the curtain and gawk at the sight of my favorite records from August, chock full of undiscovered gems and heavy-hitting sonic adventures.

Check out album recommendations here!

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Zoom Boyhood
2 stars out of 4
Perhaps a more appropriate title for Richard Linkalter’s latest film Boyhood would be “12 Years A Boy”, not only because the writer/director (Slacker, Dazed and Confused, the Before series) shot and edited his picture over the course of 12 years, but also in terms of of the hyperbolic praise it’s received, similar to Steven McQueen’s Oscar-winning 2013 slavery epic 12 Years A Slave.
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Boyhood

2 stars out of 4

Perhaps a more appropriate title for Richard Linkalter’s latest film Boyhood would be “12 Years A Boy”, not only because the writer/director (Slacker, Dazed and Confused, the Before series) shot and edited his picture over the course of 12 years, but also in terms of of the hyperbolic praise it’s received, similar to Steven McQueen’s Oscar-winning 2013 slavery epic 12 Years A Slave.

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