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TV REVIEW: “THE LEFTOVERS” SERIES FINALE

by Justin Cline on Jun 5th, 2017

Justin C. here–

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On Sunday, The Leftovers not only finished its third season but the series itself came to a close. You may remember that the last time Damon Lindelof helped end a show was back in 2010 with Lost, a finale that still has fans divided to this day. So how did his latest effort stack up?

The following contains spoilers. Please act accordingly.

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FILM REVIEW: “THE POSSESSION OF MICHAEL KING”

by Justin Cline on Aug 20th, 2014

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It takes a lot for a horror film to scare me. But the thought of sitting through The Possession of Michael King a second time does just that. Make no mistake. I do not come to praise this movie. I come to bury it.

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Justin’s Film Review of ‘Mood Indigo’!!

by Justin Cline on Aug 3rd, 2014

 

 

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Michel Gondry has always been a bit of a mixed bag. For every Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, there are seemingly two The Green Hornets. It’s enough to make one mourn the demise of the ever-prevalent music videos that first brought him to prominence. So what can you expect from his latest venture, Mood Indigo? Is it an instant classic or will it make you join the queue to have the last ninety minutes of your memory erased? Read the rest of this entry »

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Film Review: ‘Le Chef’!!

by Red Zeppelbon on Jul 21st, 2014

Hey guys, Jana here,

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Clearly I love movies if I’m spending this much time writing about them. Even better than finding out details on new and upcoming films is getting to review them. I have always given my friends and family suggestions on TV shows or films they should watch. It may take them a while to come around to doing it, but once they do, they’re as much in love with it as I knew they would be. I have one friend that is still snubbing my suggestion of a cure for depressing days by watching Cameron Crowe’s ‘Elizabethtown’, but he’s not like everyone else. So I don’t count him.  I’m good at this if I know you.

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FILM REVIEW: ‘CHEAP THRILLS’!!

by Justin Cline on Jun 6th, 2014

Justin C. here…

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It’s an age-old question—“How much money would it take to get you to [fill in the blank]?”—, the idea being that every man, woman, and child have a breaking point, where the pay-off is simply too good to pass up.

For all intents and purposes, the filmmakers behind the movie Cheap Thrills ask the same question, but they’ve put their own unique spin on it. Not only do they want to know how much it’s going to cost but what you’re willing to do to prevent your competitor from accomplishing the task first. Read the rest of this entry »

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‘X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST’ – AN EDITORIAL!!

by Justin Cline on Jun 3rd, 2014

Justin C. here…

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This is not a review; this is a plea.

As of this posting, the Rotten Tomatoes score for X-Men: Days of Future Past is holding strong at 92%. And while it would seem that a score that high indicates the filmmakers got nearly everything right—in as much as anyone ever can—, I’d like to offer up a few suggestions for the next film, tentatively titled X-Men: Apocalypse.

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FILM REVIEW: ‘COHERENCE’!!!

by Justin Cline on Jun 3rd, 2014

Justin C. here…

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Certain movies defy traditional review.

It has nothing to do with ambivalence on the part of the reviewer but rather a desire to maintain a spoiler-free experience for moviegoers yet to come. In a time when Hollywood seems hell-bent on telling the same story and over again—practically requiring that any variation on theme be revealed in the trailer—, who am I to do damage to one of its few original, thought-provoking works by revealing too much?

Coherence is one such movie. Read the rest of this entry »

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Hi everyone, Bryan Here…

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We now have the FOURTH round elimination for our new Bracket or Elite 8, which is the Best TV Shows from the 1990s through present day. Several weeks ago, we took a couple of days to come up with 64 of the best tv shows from that time-frame, and we put them in a NCAA-style tournament bracket to see what would emerge as the best show of that time. We separated them into two categories, which were comedy series and drama series. Even in this THIRD round, there were some big fights amongst us. Blood was drawn, bones were broken, words were said, dogs and cats started living together – MASS HYSTERIA. You can click the link below to see the bracket in its entirety and print it out and play along.  This was a lot of fun. We will be posting some images of our bracket picks for you to see in full on our FACEBOOK page, which you should visit to catch up on all the latest information. And don’t forget to visit iTunes and Stitcher and subscribe to our podcast. Enjoy the show.

 2014 Television Show Bracket – Full Bracket

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Hi, Jana here,

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The Fabulous Fox Theatre in St. Louis, MO is ending it’s regular 2013-2014 Broadway Tour season with ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat‘. Talk about one excited girl! Joseph was my very first Broadway experience, and by experience, I mean it’s the first Little Theatre production I saw, the first time a show stuck with me deeply.

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Hey there, little rock n’ roll devils, Napkin Art here…

Alright, so I realize I’m a few days behind on talking about the Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds show from March 14th, but hell, I’m still reeling from how awesome the experience was. Needed a few extra days to process it all.

As anticipated, Australia’s dark and lovely darlings, Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds, hit up SMU’s McFarlin Auditorium in support of their 15th album release, Push The Sky Away, with guns, fists and instruments blazing, like it was a real gunfight at the OK Coral. No eardrum or blackened soul was spared during the two hour set. Read the rest of this entry »

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Misty, Here…..

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Hello Walking Dead fans!!! I don’t know about you, but I am super pumped that this season of The Walking Dead.  I cannot wait to see if The Governor fall this season or not. Let’s get to it.  The season finale left us with Merle and Darrell standing in the middle of a wrestling ring about to fight to the death. The Governor was standing with that sick smile on his face watching and Andrea was being held back to prevent her from busting in on it.  The show starts with the continuation of that scene. Andrea is pleading with the Governor to stop the fight because Daryl is her friend. The Governor says that it’s not up to me anymore, the people have spoken. The Governor tells Merle that it is brother against brother and to fight to the death. Merle states that his loyalty lies with the town and begins to beat on Daryl. Walkers are now brought out and when Merle had Daryl on the ground, he tells him to follow his lead and that he is going to get them out of the town. Rick and Maggie then appear and begin to shot out the lights and at people. Rick throws a gas bomb and Daryl and Merle get away. Andrea gets on her knee and sees the fall of the town while The Governor watches Merle and Daryl leave.

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The Doors: Live At The Bowl ’68 LP (REVIEW)

by NapkinArt on Jan 5th, 2013

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Howdy Classic Rock fans, Napkin Art here…

I don’t know about you guys and gals, but the 2012 Holiday Season was pretty bitchin’, in terms of all the new and vintage vinyl I was able to get my hands on. Needless to say, there is still some choice vinyl gems that are on my wish list, but at least The Doors: Live At The Bowl ’68 double LP now resides in the permanent collection. Read the rest of this entry »

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Neil Young: Journeys Blu-Ray (REVIEW)

by NapkinArt on Jan 5th, 2013

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I have just one question: Who the f*ck doesn’t love Neil Young?

The ‘Grandaddy of Grunge’ has been on quite a roll over the last few years, musically and artistically, releasing several critically acclaimed albums, an autobiography (finally), not to mention releasing the long, long-awaited “Neil Young Archives: Volume 1” to the masses, proving again and again that ‘rust never sleeps.’ After all, Young is pretty old for a rock and roll star. However, his love for making music and shredding guitars on stage never ceases to wane, as is evident in his latest concert documentary film, “Journeys,” from Shakey Pictures and Sony Pictures Classics. Read the rest of this entry »

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Howdy classic rock fans, Napkin Art here…

There aren’t many musicians or performers left these days that can be considered true artists of their craft, not just musicians, and Peter Gabriel is a true artist, as is quite evident in this definitive authorized making-of Classic Albums documentary of Gabriel’s seminal 1980s album, “So.”

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Opera Review: ‘Aida’

by Gumbercules9000 on Nov 1st, 2012

Claire S. Here….

The Dallas Opera’s production of Aida was well-staged, the arias were well-sung, the choreography was well-danced, and yet despite these technical proficiencies, I was emotionally unmoved by the production as a whole.  Although this opera has always been loved for its grand pageantry, the true essence of the story lies in the intimate relationships between the three main characters. Unfortunately, here, the three leads Latonia Moore (Aida), Nadia Krasteva (Amneris), and Antonello Palombi (Radames) had little chemistry on Wednesday night, and their lack of intimacy created a hollowness that plagued the entire performance.

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Gary Moore “Blues For Jimi” Blu-Ray (REVIEW)

by NapkinArt on Oct 24th, 2012

Jonathon K. Here….

First off, you’re probably asking yourself “Who the $%@# is Gary Moore, and why is he playing Jimi Hendrix songs?!?” Sadly and admittedly, I had to ask myself the same thing. Until recently, I had never heard of Moore. As a rock n’ roll connoisseur, I should have been more familiar with a guitar bad ass such as he, but as I say time and time again…the music will find you when it’s supposed to.

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The Polyphonic Spree Does Christmas

by NapkinArt on Oct 23rd, 2012

 

It might not yet be Halloween, and there are still a few days left to carve up that jack-o-lantern for the front porch, but The Polyphonic Spree is ready to ring in the Christmas spirit with or without you, with their first full length holiday album, “Holidaydream: Songs of the Holidays, Vol. 1”.

In the spirit of full disclosure, I have to say this preceding review may be partially biased, as I spent a good many months leading up to the album’s release, working on the album art, layout, pressing of vinyl, etc., so needless to say, I’m quite thrilled to see (and hear) the album’s existence.

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It’s gotta be one of the sexiest record covers in music history, especially from a red-blooded American male perspective, giving you a little bit of a visual tease of nipples and pubic area without giving away too much. You’ve seen the album countless times in magazines, on record store shelves, probably even hanging on your big brother’s wall, but have you actually heard any of the songs on Roxy Music’s “Country Life” LP? Read the rest of this entry »

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You know the covers. You’ve seen them millions of times, and they continue to captivate upon every gaze. But what is behind those marvelous covers, encased in voluptuous black wax? Admittedly, we hang our heads in shame for saying this, but there are several albums from the past few decades we’ve seen on record store shelves and in ‘top ten’ lists year after year, but have yet to experience for ourselves. More precisely, we’ve never listened to these records in any shape or form. Read the rest of this entry »

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Neil Young “Journeys” (Review)

by NapkinArt on Jul 19th, 2012

 The ‘Grandaddy of Grunge’, Neil Young, has been on quite a roll over the last few years,  musically and artistically, releasing several critically acclaimed albums, not to mention finally  releasing the long, long-awaited “Neil Young Archives: Volume 1” to the masses, proving  again and again that ‘rust never sleeps.’ After all, Young is pretty old for a rock and roll star.    However, his love for making music and shredding guitars on stage never ceases to wane, as is  evident in his latest concert documentary film, “Journeys.” Read the rest of this entry »

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When I first saw the line up of this concert I knew this was something I had to go to. It was one of those once in a life time concerts you had to go to if you even remotely considered yourself a metal fan. Granted, out of the four bands, I only knew 3 of them, Motorhead, Megadeath, and Lacuna Coil. I had no idea who or what a Volbeat was. For a month I thought the fourth band on the list’s name started with an “I”. It was two days before the show, that I even went to see who the fourth band on this truly epic line up was. But two legends of rock and a band that I adored, those I knew. Without Motorhead, there would be know Megadeath. As it was so eloquently put after the concert by a fellow fan, “without Motorhead, there would be no Metalica, without Metalica there would be no Dave Mustane and there for no Megadeath.”And Megadeath influenced their own slew of musicians. Needless to say I was tickled pink to be able to say “I will be there.” And be there I was!

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It’s brutally impossible to fathom The Doors’ 1971 Elektra Records masterpiece, “L.A. Woman,” is the Los Angeles quartet’s sixth and final album with singer/poet/shaman Jim Morrison, not to mention sounding as fresh and amazing as anything that has come out since, by any band. What’s equally impossible is to hear an album you’ve heard millions of times in your life for the very first time, and yet, “Mr. Mojo Risin’: The Story of L.A. Woman” is a uniquely superb and insightful document chronicling the making-of the band’s storied swan song that allows you to experience this magnificent piece of work for what feels like the very first time (again.) Read the rest of this entry »

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BLU-RAY REVIEW: WES CRAVEN 4 FILM SERIES

by Justin Cline on Jan 16th, 2012

 

For your viewing pleasure, Miramax brings to Blu-ray Dracula 2000, Dracula II: Ascension, Dracula III: Legacy, and They, four films presented by Wes Craven. Read the rest of this entry »

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BLU-RAY REVIEW: THE PROPHECY

by Justin Cline on Jan 12th, 2012

“Marked by fate.  Doomed by prophecy.  Time is running out for mankind.”  In the meantime, Miramax has released the Blu-ray edition of The Prophecy. Read the rest of this entry »

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Classic Waxxx: Jimmy Reed “At Soul City”

by NapkinArt on Jan 5th, 2012

With the start of a new year at Classic Waxxx HQ there are large stacks of incredible vinyl to sort through that was obtained over the holidays. Rock n’ Roll, Jazz, Country, Bluegrass and the like all wait to be played and shared. It’s such a treat to discover new music by groups loved and practically unknown, and with another year come and gone it means there is just more music out there that needs some attention.

It was a difficult decision to pick the new year’s first record review, but Jimmy Reed’s “At Soul City” LP snuck in from left field for several reasons. First of all, I love blues records. Maybe more than most other records in the CW collection. I also love live recordings, and especially live blues records. But, I do have a little bone to pick with Vee-Jay Records for their release of “At Soul City.” Read the rest of this entry »

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It’s hard to believe that another year is just about over, and the spirit of Christmas is already swirling in the air. All the department stores and specialty shops will no doubt be playing a bevy of Christmas music over the speaker system, but I can almost guarantee you they won’t be playing anything as cool as “The Ventures’ Christmas Album.”

The surf guitar quartet that made the original ‘Hawaii Five-O’ theme song popular (“Walk, Don’t Run”) trades in the beach and sand in favor of snow and mistletoe with their ever-awesome renditions of holiday classics. Read the rest of this entry »

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Christmas is definitely one of my favorite times of the year, despite the crazy holiday shoppers, insane schedules to keep and the stress of travel the season brings with it. However, the thought of Loretta Lynn’s “Country Christmas” seems to make all those anxieties disappear.

I’ve always thought of Loretta Lynn as an awesomely warm and caring aunt, much like Rosalind Russell in the film “Auntie Mame.” She’s been there and done that, has all the great stories to tell from her experiences, and is definitely a hip lady you want to listen to. Read the rest of this entry »

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It’s that time of year again where traditions reign supreme: Yule tide greetings, holiday parties, fighting with family, caroling, trimming the tree, spiked egg nog and awesomely bad Christmas album covers. It’s nice to know some things never change, like there being no such thing as a good Christmas album cover. So, as you settle in for your long winter’s nap with a cup of hot cocoa, here is another round of groovy Christmas albums covers to give you a giggle. Read the rest of this entry »

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It can be argued that The Rolling Stones are in fact the greatest rock and roll band in the world, one that is still touring and recording music nearly 50 years after their debut. In that period of time the band certainly has amassed one hell of an impressive archive of unreleased studio and live recordings, and to every fan’s delight, The Stones recently launched their ‘Stones Archive’ website, which gives fans the incredible opportunity to take a peek inside that treasure trove of material, bit by bit. Read the rest of this entry »

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As time goes by the albums that have already obtained classic status continue to become greater classics, nay, timeless. Of course, there is also room for more recent albums of late to obtain such status, but some become classics the day of their release, such as The Black Keys’ debut LP “The Big Come Up.”

I thought I take a moment to recognize a really great record from the last ten years into a new segment for Classic Waxxx. It was also an opportune moment to word play on “Black Friday” as well as celebrate the band’s first release, as they ready their seventh and latest LP “El Camino,” which is sure to be a great addition to the rest of their catalog. Read the rest of this entry »

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Trailer Analysis – Catch .44

by Justin Cline on Nov 20th, 2011

After watching this trailer, my question is this:  is Catch .44 really a movie?  Or is it an ad for a new game show entitled Mexican Stand-off, where each contestant is given a deadly weapon and a disturbing piece of info about one or more of their fellow contestants before being pushed into a room with them? Read the rest of this entry »

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Trailer Analysis – Don’t Go In the Woods

by Justin Cline on Nov 18th, 2011

Our next trailer is for what appears to be a strange hybrid of rock and roll and horrorshow entitled Don’t Go In The Woods.

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Hollywood has a rich tradition of releasing competing movie projects at virtually the same time.  Armageddon squared off against Deep Impact.  Before that, Big duked it out with Vice Versa and roughly 87 other body-swapping comedies, the last of which was kept on a shelf until finally being released earlier this year (The Change-Up).  So it is that two studios have set their sights on updated interpretations of Snow White, currently scheduled to be released with 3 months of each other. Read the rest of this entry »

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Trailer Analysis – The Hunger Games

by Justin Cline on Nov 17th, 2011

Translating a book–especially a popular one–to the big screen is a tricky thing.  If you’re in need of confirmation on this, just look to the Harry Potter series, where the movies were just as often accused of getting it wrong as they were praised for getting it right.  Should the filmmakers be more concerned with producing a good movie or being slavishly reverent to the source material?  That’s a difficult question to answer.  For my money, the film must be able to stand on its own while not entirely disavowing the core of what made it popular in the first place.  The cast and crew must continuously walk a fine line between winning over a new audience and alienating the old one.

That having been said, let’s take a look at the most recent trailer for The Hunger Games. Read the rest of this entry »

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Seems like most of the really important music to come out of the 20th Century was very topical in nature, songs that reflected what was happening in life and society at that time.

Take one of Bob Dylan’s early songs, “The Times They Are A-Changing”, Woody Guthrie’s “Dust Bowl Ballads” and The Weavers’ rendition of “What Side Are You On,” a song originally written for the United Mine Workers Union in Kentucky in the early 1930s, shifted slightly to bring attention to the growing fears of Communism and McCarthyism in the 1950s. All of these songs were powerful then and still very much are today, as well as being important documents of the American fabric of history, how the music has shaped our people as a country, and how change in our society has been brought through by the platform of music. The exact same can be said of John Lennon and his Plastic Ono Band’s “Power To The People” song, written and released in 1971. Read the rest of this entry »

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