-THE THIRD ACT PODCAST: EPISODE 9-
On the ninth episode of THE THIRD ACT PODCAST, the gang unspools harebrained conspiracy theories regarding the new documentary Room 237, whisper in hushed voiceovers about Terrence Malick’s latest tone poem To The Wonder, and unleash a new segment involving high levels of ethanol. Malick aficionado/disciple Jonathan Houting co-stars.
-FILM PICK OF THE WEEK-
FROM UP ON POPPY HILL
Set in Yokohama circa 1963 just before the Olympics and after the devastation wrought by Word War II, From Up On Poppy Hill is a lovingly crafted, beautifully rendered, and emotionally moving portrait of first love and broken families. That the animated film from the legendary Studio Ghibli is not directed by Hayao Miyazaki, but rather by his son Goro, should not be a cause for too much concern since Hayao is a co-writer here and the story is based on his original idea.
-MUSIC PICK OF THE WEEK-
The Burgundy EP
Underground rappers Blu and M.E.D. have already collaborated with each other as well as hip-hop producer extraordinaire Madlib on separate projects before, so it comes as little surprise that eventually all three would join forces. The results of their labor, The Burgundy EP, is a mishmash of neo-soul atmosphere, fragmented hip-hop beats, jazz-inflected instrumentation, and laid back rapping.
-THE THIRD ACT PODCAST: BONUS EPISODE-
On a very special bonus episode of THE THIRD ACT PODCAST, Christian and Jericho get into some psychologically-charged hypnotherapy by going through their memories of Danny Boyle’s latest film Trance. Clocking in at just over 30 minutes, and sadly missing the quick-witted banter and ace filmic musings of Armando Rivera, this bonus episode nonetheless cuts right to the nitty gritty!
-SYMBIOTIC RECOMMENDS: 10 ALBUMS, MARCH 2013-
The clamoring fans have spoken. Here it is, my fellow music obsessives…it’s my 10 favorite albums from March! There’s some choice nuggets of auditory bliss here, including records from Spectral Park, Grill Cloth, Marnie Stern, and more!
CHECK OUT 10 ALBUM RECOMMENDATIONS HERE
6 out of 10
Anyone thinking for a moment that The Strokes want to be the same band that catapulted to fame 12 years ago after their auspicious debut Is This It? floored listeners, should really wake up. Even though 2003′s sophomore album Room On Fire was a critical and commercial success, the tide started to change with the release of 2006′s First Impressions of Earth, an album that was more experimental and sprawling than anything they had attempted before, resulting in the band’s first legitimate critical and financial misfire. Since the early 2000s, the genre known as “garage rock” has been gone the cyclical route of becoming nearly meaningless. With so many bands trying to emulate the sound that The Strokes more or less popularized, and with the advent of digital streaming, downloading, and the economic collapse, it seemed the band that was once heralded as the next big thing in rock was perilously close to becoming irrelevant.
-THE THIRD ACT PODCAST: EPISODE 8-
On the eighth episode of THE THIRD ACT PODCAST, cinematic elitists Christian, Armando, and Jericho dive into another shitty trailer starring some pot-smoking Hollywood pals, introduce a new ongoing segment that could spell the end of film criticism and good taste altogether, and wear their dagger-face tattoos proudly, taking a stab at Derek Cianfrance’s sprawling new film The Place Beyond The Pines, starring Ryan Gosling and Bradley Cooper.
3 stars out of 4
Hands are severed, limbs are ripped from bone, eyes are gashed, insides are spilled out. A nail gun is used. So is a needle. And then there’s the chainsaw, that iconic weapon of mass decapitation made so famous in Sam Raimi’s 1981 original. To say more would undoubtably ruin the gleefully grotesque way in which various appendages are splintered, snapped, and hacked in this latest version, but really, is any of this a spoiler?
3.5 stars out of 4
Harmony Korine’s Spring Breakers is like watching one long pulsating, feverish pop music video from hell with your eyelids taped open. This will either by a cause for celebration or, as is the case with many detractors of Korine’s work, another reason to lambast the guy for wallowing in trashy excess. Indeed, approaching Spring Breakers with any kind of objectivity will largely depend on how one views Korine’s filmmaking aesthetic as a whole.
-THE THIRD ACT PODCAST: EPISODE 7-
On the seventh episode of THE THIRD ACT PODCAST, resident film nerds Christian, Armando, and Jericho analyze vapid youth culture in Harmony Korine’s SPRING BREAKERS and unveil just how many appendage’s get ripped apart in the new EVIL DEAD. Jam-packed with bonus features and including a very special guest, Episode 7 expands horizons and offers titillating unrated action!