Our culture abounds these days with dystopic visions of modern society. Yet the dystopic visions offered by Radiohead or Fight Club or Office Space have the uncanny ability of showing a vision of the world as grey, dreary drudgery without simply affirming your psychotic whisper, "yes, everything is pure shit." Fortunately for the fate of… Continue reading U of C succumbs to Temptation
The band is brought into the Roman Coliseum. The crowd chants for blood or glory, the emperor rises to pronounce judgement. To the lions or freedom? His thumb wavers, he cannot decide. So it is with the new self-titled album from Supergrass. The lyrics–not so cheesy as to offend, not so profound as to move–might… Continue reading Supergrass — Self-titled
When your nightly routine includes madly screaming into your pillow, you might need a friend to confide in. Don’t tell your Mom though, she’ll send you away. Just go see the Pleiades Theatre’s newest production, The Turn of The Screw, and you’ll meet a fellow inhabitant of I-think-I-might-be-crazy land. The play follows the thread of… Continue reading Henry James examines madness
A bit of this and a piece of that is combined to make the cure for an anxious human mind, the relief that comes with judgment. The arbitrary nature of judgment and its penchant to deliver an answer more desired than truthful is the subject of Marcelle Hudon’s new multi-media production Portraits of a Fox.… Continue reading Portraits of a Fox : Truth or perceived truth?
Back from the deep-end and swimming in local watering holes, the Northern Pikes are getting ready to start a tour in support of their new release, Hits and Assorted Secrets. Their first in six years, the album is made up primarily of greatest hits with three unreleased tracks. "We had tonnes of material that never… Continue reading They ain’t pretty and they don’t look that way
The struggle to explore new forms of artistic expression continues away from the glare of shock art. Much of shock art’s attraction is in its ability to be condensed into a media-friendly event suited for the man of modern times who Paul Valery described as "[he] who no longer works at what cannot be abbreviated."… Continue reading Halladay’s squiggles challenge viewers
Before Tom Green dazzled audiences by humping a moose, there was Andy Kaufman. While Green’s shows are usually split into half brilliant comedy and half dull shock, both sides can be seen in Kaufman. Kaufman, who is too often solely associated with his stint on Taxi is the subject of the new Jim Carrey movie,… Continue reading To the moon, Jim Carrey!
Music is defined by the emotional response it illicits. Popular examples like Korn and Limp Bizkit appeal to the anger of suburban kids and promise big releases in the form of a huge hook. The unleash of anger is like kicking a head: fun for some, curious and creepy for others. Yet there is another… Continue reading Take an Earthquake Pill
The parallel between Martin Scorsese’s new film Bringing out the Dead, and Taxi Driver has and will be noted by many. Unfortunately, comparisons made on the basis of leading actors have predictable and reductive results. As long as it is viewed as DeNiro versus Cage, then the greatness of Bringing out the Dead’s co-stars and… Continue reading Cage brings out bad acting
Upsetting our usual moral judgments, Audrey Wells’ directorial debut, Guinevere, tells the love story of a dominating older man and an impressionable young woman. Sara Polley plays Harper, an awkward young woman with desires that surpass her wealthy and dysfunctional family. Her escape is the suave Connie (Stephen Lea); an older man who has perfected… Continue reading Guinevere avoids potential clichés