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  • Sisters with Transistors

    Sisters with Transistors

    ★★★★½

    Here is how you do a historical tech-based music documentary (I'm looking at you the producers of The Pedal Movie). Sisters with Transistors is positively hypnotic from start to finish. And no, you don't need to be a synthusiast or musician to appreciate the storytelling or socio-political goals of this film. Anyone who is familiar with the CD/DVD boxset Ohm: The Early Gurus of Electronic Music will recognize some of the footage and sounds, specifically concerning Clara Rockmore, Pauline Oliveros,…

  • The Pedal Movie

    The Pedal Movie

    ★★★

    It would be a gross oversight if I didn't throw my two cents in about this overstuffed ad/pedal demo made under the guise of a documentary. It's amazing how the viral visual medium can blur the lines of marketing and almost become a genre of art unto itself, albeit filed under the "info-tainment" sub-category. It's like if eBay made a Beanie Babies documentary. Aside from the obvious ulterior motive of a nice PR piece for Reverb.com - a site where…

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  • Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

    Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

    Beloved character Nude Scaramanga has returned for another entry in J.K. Rowling’s distended cinematic universe as Doctor Who-ry Potter in Blandtastic Queefs: Donaldtrump Grumblekin’s Series of Plantagenet Misdeeds. In this dreck-citing shit-eration of the lucrative franchise, Johnny Depp does his best impression of David Bowie humanizing Hitler while Eddie Redmayne, crippled by social anxiety disorder, bumbles about, mumbling, stumbling upon fantastical CG creatures while people either murder babies or reminisce about babies dying. There is a lot of child death…

  • Annihilation

    Annihilation

    ★★½

    In the ever increasingly difficult task of keeping science fiction fresh there are bound to be a few casualties. I did not expect director Alex Garland would disappoint with his follow up to 2014's Ex Machina, but Annihilation is the very definition of a sophomore slump. Much like another audacious but vacuous sci-fi outing, Inception, the film boasts dazzling visuals in service to a thin plot that's lacking any semblance of an emotional core. A cool concept is squandered in…