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.
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.
-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.
-REVIEWS AT A GLANCE: AUGUST, 2014-
Check out what I’ve been watching and listening to this month. Five films. Five records. All for you’re reading pleasure.
What have YOU been watching and/or listening to?
INSTANT GRATIFICATION: VOL. 2
Hey people, I’ve got the second addition of INSTANT GRATIFICATION over here. It’s loaded to the gills with flicks currently streaming on Netflix Instant. No particular year or genre. Just movies I like. Movies, movies, movies!
Check out Instant picks here!
Guardians of the Galaxy
2.5 stars out of 4
Throughout James Gunn’s giddily entertaining, but not quite good enough, space opera adventure Guardians of the Galaxy, comedic actor Chris Pratt does his best Han Solo by way of Andy from TV’s Parks and Recreations, and provides us all with a reason to hold onto our beloved childhood mixtapes. How one responds to Pratt’s goofy charisma (or lack thereof) will likely determine how much one loves the film, even though he’s only theoretically the central protagonist.
-MUSIC PICK OF THE WEEK-
Melbourne five piece Total Control go full-on synth-punk on Typical System, their brilliant followup to 2011′s crackerjack debut Hengebeat. This time, the keyboard-based influences hanging around the edges of that record are fully embraced, culminating in a bonafide game changer for the band.
-FILM PICK OF THE WEEK-
The Cold Lands
Writer-director Tom Gilroy’s second feature is a lovingly realized, naturalistic coming-of-age drama that focuses on the plight of a teenage boy named Atticus (Silas Yelich, suitably blank), who retreats into the Catskills wilderness after the sudden death of his mother (a wonderful Lili Taylor). The film, which moves at a leisurely pace and is gorgeously shot by cinematographer Wyatt Garfield, is more experiential than plot-driven, more prone to encapsulating the confusion of a young life thrown into disarray by a tragic event than highlighting what we should be feeling at every given moment.