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Kevin Abstract - ARIZONA BABY Music Album Reviews

The BROCKHAMPTON star’s latest solo album is an often powerful document by a queer artist who has weathered life’s bruises.
In a move inspired by Shia LaBeouf’s bemusing catalog of durational work, Kevin Abstract recently endured 10 hours on a treadmill on a suburban street of his hometown, Corpus Christi, Tex. While running, the BROCKHAMPTON singer and rapper multi-tasked: He took selfies, signed sneakers, posed with a baby, and mumbled along to the chorus of his recent single, the yearning gay love song “Baby Boy.” Abstract vaguely told one fan that the performance was to teach empathy—indeed, you could interpret it as an allegory for the upstream battle to make it out of suburbia for so many kids—but that didn’t save it from feeling like a stunt.





Lucky Them Movie Review

Ellie Klug (Toni Colette) is a Seattle music critic who has been going through the motions for quite some time. She made her bones years earlier when she helped launch the music career of local musical icon, Matthew Smith, who was also her lover. When he committed suicide, her life slowly crumbled. It became random sex with random lovers and not much interest in her writing gig. She still worked, but mostly through the grace of her boss, Giles (Oliver Platt).

"Lucky Them" takes place ten years after the death of Matthew. Giles gives Ellie an assignment she doesn't want to take on, but it is not an offer, it's an ultimatum. Take the assignment or take a hike. There is a rumor that Matthew is actually alive and he wants her to follow up on it, even though she knows it to be untrue. Sales at the publication are flagging and Giles believes that it might make for a great piece. Ellie sets off on what she knows is a waste of time.

Charlie (Thomas Haden Church) is a bored millionaire who wants to be a documentary film maker. He is pretty clueless about it and equally clueless about most everything, but he convinces Ellie that he should accompany her on her trek to hunt down Matthew. Church is his usual off-center self, and it is his character that most often holds the audience's attention by adding a bit of humor to an otherwise serious film.

The search for Matthew is filled with odd situations and the feeling that it is all a tremendous waste of time, especially for Ellie. Yet, after a couple of twists,  the endearing relationship that develops between Charlie and Ellie is fun to watch.

Director Megan Griffiths holds it all together and despite it feeling contrived and unbelievable at points, I somehow was able to look past its shortcomings and enjoyed it a great deal. It is far from memorable but while you are there, you will feel lucky enough.



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