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Burn Movie Review

Sizzlingly Odd
In his debut feature, writer/director Mike Gan has created a small film that, if there's justice, will attain a cult-like status. "Burn" takes place in the course of one evening and entirely within the confines of a rural, out-of-the-way gas station shop.
It's the kind of place that loners might wander into for a hot cup of coffee at 3am. Obviously this is not a big budget film, but Gan squeezes an awful lot of goodness out of it. Maybe we should call it badness.





Burn Movie Review

Sizzlingly Odd
In his debut feature, writer/director Mike Gan has created a small film that, if there's justice, will attain a cult-like status. "Burn" takes place in the course of one evening and entirely within the confines of a rural, out-of-the-way gas station shop.
It's the kind of place that loners might wander into for a hot cup of coffee at 3am. Obviously this is not a big budget film, but Gan squeezes an awful lot of goodness out of it. Maybe we should call it badness.

Apple Card Not To Be Kept With Denim And Leather

Apple Inc. developed Apple Card is now available to the US customers. The company has now released details about how the titanium card should be cleaned. A set of instructions has been released which has details for protecting and maintaining the card. This might come as a surprise for many that the card should not come in contact with denim or leather – this could make jeans and most of the wallets off limits as there is a potential of permanent discoloration that can be impossible to wash off.

Young Thug - So Much Fun Music Album Reviews

Featuring several of his acolytes, So Much Fun remains a triumphant showcase for the iconoclastic Young Thug and one of his best albums to date.
Before he turned 25, Young Thug had already reshaped the way we looked at rappers and birthed an entire subgenre in his wake. Between 2014 and 2016, the Atlanta-born space alien released the premier collaborative album of the 2010s, the rare trilogy that wasn’t a disappointment, and his opus, Barter 6. So what would come after his first quarter-century? Young Thug didn’t know.

The Hold Steady - Thrashing Thru the Passion Music Album Reviews

The Brooklyn indie rock institution’s seventh album is as joyous and rousing as their best efforts.
At this point, new Hold Steady albums can no longer be taken for granted. After a proud run of six albums in 10 years, the one-time Brooklyn workhorses have settled into a more leisurely, part-time rhythm. Age has cut down their time on the road; they now prefer weekend residencies to touring (“More of our time together is spent playing and performing music than setting up and taking down gear, driving it to the next place, setting it up again,” they wrote in a Bandcamp post, sounding like parents newly aware of how precious their time is.) And as either a symptom or a cause of the band’s reduced availability, frontman Craig Finn has been dedicating more time than ever to his solo career. His latest effort, I Need a New War, dropped just this spring.

Various Artists - Control the Streets, Volume 2 Music Album Reviews

The Atlanta label home to Migos and Lil Yachty overstuffs their new compilation with lackluster raps from stars who seem to be stuck in a loop.
Quality Control, the label that brought us Migos, Lil Yachty, City Girls, and Lil Baby, is looking to reassert its authority. A lot has happened since they dropped the first Control the Streets in 2017. That was the year Culture swept America and Yachty became a brand. On Vol. 1, the title seemed like a commandment: The label was planting its flag and asserting its dominance. With Vol. 2, it sounds more like an attempt at crowd control, like trying to wrangle a disinterested mob.

Taylor McFerrin - Love’s Last Chance Music Album Reviews

The Los Angeles-based producer and composer adds singing to his repertoire, setting snapshots of past romances against warm, nostalgic production.
Taylor McFerrin released his 2014 debut, Early Riser, on Flying Lotus’ Brainfeeder label. Channeling McFerrin’s jazz chops through a spacey, synth-heavy lens, Early Riser fit snugly into the forward-thinking Brainfeeder vault. But its reliance on guest singers—including McFerrin’s father, the gifted improv vocalist Bobby McFerrin—made the album feel more like a collage of influences than the arrival of a sharply defined new voice. Five years on, McFerrin’s second album redresses that issue: The Los Angeles-based producer and composer adds singing to his repertoire, and emotes nostalgic feelings over self-produced backdrops with the detectable influence of late-’80s UK soul. Love’s Last Chance intends to establish McFerrin’s talents as a lyricist, rather than simply a production foil for other vocalists.

White Chocolate Cake

White Chocolate Cake is a moist and tender cake with coconut and pecans that is topped with a creamy white chocolate cream cheese frosting. Top it with more pecans and it’s like a white chocolate twist on a German Chocolate Cake.

Cambridge Audio Melomania 1 Review

Not only do the Cambridge Audio’s Melomania 1 wireless earbuds last longer and sound better than most rivals, they're also cheaper. Find out more in our full review.
Should I Buy The Cambridge Audio Melomania 1?
There's really very little to complain about with these amazing true wireless earbuds from Cambridge Audio. Not only are they cheaper than most big name rivals, they offer longer batter life, some neat features and overall excellent sound quality too.
Unless noise cancelling is a must, they're a no-brainer.

Tronsmart Spunky Pro Review

The Tronsmart Spunky Pro are budget wireless earbuds with long battery life and decent audio quality. Are they worth your money? Here's our full review.
Should I Buy The Tronsmart Spunky Pro?
A great pair of wireless earbuds for casual listening during a workout or on the commute, but not ideal for extended use. The Tronsmart Spunky Pro offer great value, and surprisingly decent audio quality. Battery life is also strong.

Acer Chromebook 15 (315) Review

Acer's Chromebook 15 offers a large display and a low price. We see if it lives up to its promise in our full review.
Should I Buy The Acer Chromebook 15 (CB315-2H)? A large display might seem a big draw, but unfortunately the panel itself is dull and lifeless unless you have it turned up all the way. The keyboard is the main drawback though, regularly failing to register taps of the space bar and quickly becoming a huge frustration.
The CB315 is cheap and that's the main reason to buy it.

The Witcher 3 (Switch) Preview

Here's what we think of The Witcher 3 on the Nintendo Switch after a hands-on session at Nintendo HQ
Should I Buy The "The Witcher 3" (Switch)?
We'll withhold our final judgment until the game is officially released, but we've got mixed feelings about Geralt's appearance on the Switch right now.

Sleater-Kinney - The Center Won’t Hold Music Album Reviews

St. Vincent’s sleek, streamlined production stands out from the rest of the band’s catalog, but all of the elements you first fell in love with are still here.
The Center Won’t Hold, Sleater-Kinney’s ninth album, is about ambition, desire, and fear. Their alliance with St. Vincent has resulted in sleek, streamlined, capital-P Production that stands out from the unadorned directness of the rest of their catalog. But it is bold and loud in the same way we expect from Sleater-Kinney; the tight economies of their previous work are still present, just manifesting themselves differently. The lyrics, too, remain direct and immediate, yet elegant and precise. None of these are new descriptors for Sleater-Kinney. The three women who recorded this album are products of modern society, and they know the rules: Women aren’t allowed to age in public. They’re supposed to camouflage their bodies; they aren’t supposed to still want anything, whether intellectual, artistic, or carnal. All of those hung…

Channel Tres - Black Moses EP Music Album Reviews

Pairing Midwestern hip-house with Los Angeles G-funk, the South Central native emphasizes subtly bumping grooves and gruff, hypnotic rhymes.
Channel Tres emerged in 2017 with the single “Controller,” an effortless slice of hip-house that sounded like Dâm-Funk mixed with Todd Terje and infused with the swaggering bodaciousness of West Coast rap. The five songs on his self-titled EP extolled the virtues of life’s simplest pleasures—driving with the top down, drinking Hennessey, and stealing your girl—with ounces of bounce to spare. Lyrically, Channel Tres often shares less with the G-funk of his native South Central, a regular sonic reference point in his instrumentals, and more with the gleefully vulgar, verging-on-pornographic tracks of Detroit ghettotech producers like DJ Assault.

Nick Catchdubs - UFO Music Album Reviews

In accordance with his label’s ethos, the Fool’s Gold co-founder connects the dots between the hip-hop and dance worlds on a space-themed record that bounces from rap to rave to electro.
Fool’s Gold Records has forged its reputation on an ability to connect distant corners of the hip-hop and dance worlds. The brainchild of A-Trak and Nick Catchdubs, the Brooklyn-based indie boasts a discography that gleefully places New York City house icon Todd Terry next to Danny Brown’s charismatically caterwauled rap theatrics, and successfully follows Kid Sister’s spunky hip-house revival moves with Kid Cudi’s lilting sing-song delivery. It’s a DJ-focused mentality that spotlights common ground between artists rather than segregating sounds. Catchdubs’ latest addition to the Fool’s Gold vault runs with a space-age theme that promises interplanetary genre-hopping kicks and nods to the usual mix of influences associated with his label. But beyond a smattering of standout cuts, there’s a frustrating …

Friendly Fires - Inflorescent Music Album Reviews

The UK trio’s first album since 2011 finds new life in the smooth surfaces of house music.
Friendly Fires debuted in 2008, in the long shadow of Bloc Party’s Silent Alarm and the shorter shade of the “Gossip Girl” soundtrack. They went on hiatus just three years later, exiting at precisely the moment when the band’s hazy blend of disco and effervescent funk was primed for a mainstream takeover (Walk the Moon, Mike Posner). They’ve spent the years since 2011’s Pala collaborating with a litany of pop producers who lean into the band’s more electronic tendencies—Disclosure, FaltyDL, Dusky. Inflorescent, then, is a bit of an inversion for the band: Rather than live-sounding danceable post-punk, they’ve found a new home in the smooth digital surfaces of house music.

Steelhead Trout with Creamy Barley & Herb Salad

Steelhead and rainbow trout are the same species, but steelhead are anadromous, meaning that, like salmon, they migrate from the ocean to freshwater to spawn. Salmon and arctic char are a good substitute if you have trouble finding steelhead. The creamy barley the fish is served with has a texture similar to risotto, and toasting the grains before cooking gives the dish a nutty flavor. A knob of fresh horseradish is worth seeking out for this; it has a more nuanced flavor than jarred. Serve this healthy fish recipe with a glass of chenin blanc for an elegant and hearty dinner.

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active vs Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2

You might be surprised by the Galaxy Watch Active 2 arriving so soon, so what's new? We compare Samsung's 2019 smartwatches to find out.
Should I Buy The Samsung Galaxy Watch Active?
With the two Galaxy Watch Active models coming being introduced less than six months apart it's no surprise that not a huge amount has changed.
The Active 2 might have a bigger screen, touch sensitive bezel, ECG and LTE but all of these tweaks come at quite a lot of extra cost. The older model is better value and still feels essentially brand new.

2020 Volkswagen Tiguan Review

Spacious digsClassy, conservative designGood standard techLots of crash-avoidance gearDISLIKES Comical third rowSo-so fuel economyCan get expensive with optionsR-Line’s just a teaseBUYING TIP
Now that active safety gear is standard, the best Tiguan might be the cheapest: The 2020 VW Tiguan S.

Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare Preview

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare could be the best CoD title in years - find out why in our hands-on preview
Should I Buy The Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare?
We'll await the full release before delivering our final verdict, but we're very excited by what Modern Warfare looks to offer gamers.

Razer Blade 15 (2019) Review

Good GPU power, a superb screen and sleek design make for an impressive esports option – but it’s expensive, and more CPU ability can be found elsewhere. Here's our Razer Blade 15 review for 2019.
Should I Buy The Razer Blade 15 (2019)? The addition of an RTX 2070 Max-Q and an impressive 240Hz screen make the latest Blade an excellent – if expensive – option for esports and conventional gaming.
Razer has improved this machine’s thermal performance, too, and the exterior remains one of the slimmest and sleekest on the market. Just be aware that the Blade is not cheap – and its keyboard won’t sate some serious players.

Taylor Swift - Taylor Swift Music Album Reviews

Today on Pitchfork, we are taking a critical look at the rise of Taylor Swift—from country underdog to pop superstar—with new reviews of her first five records.
Taylor Swift’s self-titled 2006 debut arrived at a fortuitous moment for young women in country music, particularly those with crossover ambitions. The beers-and-trucks bro-country grip of Florida Georgia Line and their ilk was a few years away from fully tightening; Carrie Underwood had won the 2005 season of American Idol; and the Dixie Chicks’ defiant “Not Ready to Make Nice” and Sugarland member Jennifer Nettles’ syrupy Bon Jovi duet “Who Says You Can’t Go Home” were making inroads into Top 40 radio (the Chicks’ anti-George W. Bush stance had gotten them kicked out of country rotation).

Roasted Cauliflower Steak & Spanakopita Melts

In this genius carb swap recipe, we take all the flavors of the Greek spinach pie, spanakopita, and put it on a low-carb roasted cauliflower steak. Plus, because you don't have to deal with the fussy layers of phyllo, it's perfect for an easy weeknight dinner.

Fossil Sport Review

The Fossil Sport is the brands first to integrate the Snapdragon Wear 3100 processor, comfortably under £250. Find out if it's worth it in our full review.
Should I Buy The Fossil Sport?
The Fossil Sport is a very beautiful sports watch with undeniable advantages such as its bright display, its many pre-registered activities, a heart rate monitor and notification management.
However, it's not all plain sailing as the watch lacks in responsiveness and suffers from poor battery life.

2020 Volkswagen Jetta Review

Low-stress personalityHigh-tech interiorGood safety recordZippy Jetta GLIDISLIKES
Could have more zestPerhaps too blandFront seats could be betterActive safety tech still not standardBUYING TIP
Grab the Driver Assistance Package for essential collision-avoidance tech.

Spider-Man: Far from Home (2019) Sinhala Subtitles

Synopsis Our friendly neighborhood Super Hero decides to join his best friends Ned, MJ, and the rest of the gang on a European vacation. However, Peter's plan to leave super heroics behind for a few weeks are quickly scrapped when he begrudgingly agrees to help Nick Fury uncover the mystery of several elemental creature attacks, creating havoc across the continent.

Acer Aspire 3 (A315-54) Review

The Acer Aspire 3 is under £500 but offers above average performance thanks to a Core i5 processor. Find out more in our review.
Should I Buy The Acer Aspire 3 (A315-54)?
It's not a perfect budget laptop but the Acer Aspire 3 has a lot going for it. Namely an 8th-gen Intel Core i5 processor offering levels of performance found on rivals that are around twice the price.
Build quality is good but we're left wanting from from the screen and battery life.

John Wick Hex Preview

We played John Wick Hex with developer Mike Bithell at Gamescom 2019. Here's how he elevated a movie tie-in into a full John Wick sim
Should I Buy The John Wick Hex?
John Wick Hex is basically a top-down tactics game with the time system of Frozen Synapse or Superhot, but it’s maybe best to think of it as its own new genre: the John Wick sim.
From top to bottom this is meant to make you feel like Keanu’s iconic assassin, and the remarkable thing is that even with a floating camera and cel-shaded visuals it absolutely achieves it. WWJWD?

Taylor Swift - 1989 Music Album Reviews

Today on Pitchfork, we are taking a critical look at the rise of Taylor Swift—from country underdog to pop superstar—with new reviews of her first five records.
If there’s one thing Taylor Swift wants you to know about her, it is that she once felt deeply uncool. Even as a superstar with best-selling albums, stadium tours, and high-profile friends, she said in 2014 that she had never felt “edgy, cool, or sexy.” Her first four albums hinge on that feeling, full of vivid, sprawling documents of failed romances that left her gasping for air, wondering how to be someone her lovers would miss. She was almost always the one who was in pain, the outsider, the underdog.

Taylor Swift - Fearless Music Album Reviews

Today on Pitchfork, we are taking a critical look at the rise of Taylor Swift—from country underdog to pop superstar—with new reviews of her first five records.
When Taylor Swift moved to Nashville as a teenager with hopes of becoming a country star, she faced an uphill battle. “Basically, all the record companies went, ‘Ah, how cute. She’s just a little kid,’” Swift said in 2008. “They also said, ‘Give up your dreams. Go home and come back when you're 18.’” “I would feel like they were deleting me from their Blackberrys as I was telling them,” Scott Borchetta, president of her label Big Machine, told The New York Times of the Nashville industry’s reaction to signing Swift. She never wanted her age to be “the headline,” or a number that screamed to writers and producers that she was just a starry-eyed hobbyist making music in her bedroom.

Taylor Swift - Speak Now Music Album Reviews

Today on Pitchfork, we are taking a critical look at the rise of Taylor Swift—from country underdog to pop superstar—with new reviews of her first five records.
After two hit records, Taylor Swift decided that her third would be longer and more personal, and she would write it entirely by herself, no co-writers. The songs would concern major events in her life, many of which occurred in the public eye. The lyrics would take the form of letters, direct addresses, one-on-one conversations where she always got the last word. She wanted to use her newfound wisdom to reflect on her parents, her dreams, and how it felt to stand on stage and notice a bigger crowd every night, shouting the words back at her. The working title was Enchanted, though she didn’t always feel that way. After 2008’s massively successful Fearless, Swift wrestled with her outsider persona and sudden celebrity, and the dissonance weighed heavily on her relationships. But she was learning fast.

Taylor Swift - Red Music Album Reviews

Today on Pitchfork, we are taking a critical look at the rise of Taylor Swift—from country underdog to pop superstar—with new reviews of her first five records.
In early 2012, Taylor Swift turned in 20 songs to her label for what would become her fourth album, Red. They were all further outgrowths of the pop-country sound she had mastered in her early years, as a teenager finding her voice in the Nashville scene, trying on songs like “Tim McGraw” to reflect the starlight over Georgia and the allure and disappointment of romantic love through a lens that was unmistakably hers. As she amassed a body of work for Red, she was still writing songs about love and its fugitive presence, songs about relationships that swelled like an obsessive thought, songs that picked up and enhanced the smallest pixels of intimate detail as if they were scanning security footage in a crime procedural. When she strummed a chord, it shimmered and just hung there. It sounded like Swift, an organic progression f…

Cauliflower Tikka Masala with Chickpeas

In this vegetarian riff on a popular Indian dish, we swap in cauliflower and chickpeas for the chicken in tikka masala. The cauliflower's nooks and crannies are particularly good at soaking up all the intense flavors of the sauce. Serve over rice for an easy healthy dinner that's ready in just 20 minutes.

Polaroid 4K HDR Dolby Vision TV (P49UPA2029A) Review

Can a 4K smart TV with HDR and Dolby Vision at under £300 really be any good? Well Polaroid has certainly tried with its latest set.
Should I Buy The Polaroid P49UPA2029A?
As you might expect for a TV this cheap there are ups and downs to the Polaroid P49. The design is nothing special and the remote has its caveats but over all it's fine.
Importantly, the TV offers a crisp 4K image along with an intuitive interface offering lots of streaming services. Sadly, the panel isn't bright enough to give HDR and Dolby Vision the punch it deserves.

Spotify Launches Improved Subscription Plans For Families

Digital music streaming service, Spotify is upgrading its Spotify Premium Family Plan with some new features due this week. The new features are being introduced as it will help the users to manage their subscription better and give them more control. With the help of the new update, parents will be able to control what kind of content their kids and other family members can listen to.

Yubico Launches First Lightening Security Key For Apple iPhones

US based hardware manufacturer, Yubico is all set to release the YubiKey 5Ci with a price tag of $70 and is the first security key that can plug in to the iPhone’s Lightening port or a USB-C port. Moreover, it is also compatible with the popular password vaults LastPass and 1Password out of the box.

Apple TV+ To Launch In November At Competitive Rates

Apple also seems to be ready to give a tough competition to its rival Netflix. Fans, who have been waiting for the launch of the Apple TV+, might not have to wait for long. Reports say that Apple is planning to rollout its film and TV service by November. This would be pre-empt the launch of rival Disney Plus in the US on November 12, 2019.

Linda Ronstadt - Heart Like a Wheel Music Album Reviews

Each Sunday, Pitchfork takes an in-depth look at a significant album from the past, and any record not in our archives is eligible. Today, we revisit a landmark of mainstream ’70s soft-rock, the peak of Linda Ronstadt’s power as a singer nonpareil.
As their taxi rode uptown in the Manhattan predawn, the singer-songwriter Jerry Jeff Walker leaned over to Linda Ronstadt and told her about a song. This should not have been a memorable occurrence; among their early-’70s country-rock circle of musicians and writers, songs were one of the only things worth talking about—creating them, selling them, matching them to the right singer.
But something about a lyric struck Ronstadt. Writing in her memoir, Simple Dreams, more than 40 years later, she recalls the memory like it just happened: “Jerry Jeff’s face was barely visible in the gray light… He bent his head low, closed his eyes, and softly sang for me all he could remember of the song.”

Greek Spinach Pie Calzone

This spinach pie-inspired calzone is stuffed with the traditional spanakopita filling, but is made with prepared pizza dough so it's much easier than making pies with phyllo. Serve this easy calzone recipe for a weeknight dinner, or slice them and serve as part of a casual party spread.

Bluetooth Can Be Unsafe To Be Used

Bluetooth has become a very common tech and is found on various devices. It is a technology that is used to connect the phones, smart speakers, cars, toasters, vibrators but it can be problematic for reasons that are more serious than pairing issues. The tech has from time to time faced security issues and has also posed privacy threats but one can easily escape the threat by just turning the switch off.

New Grammar And Spell Check To Work In Real-Time On Gmail

For now the in-built spell check functionality on Gmail has to be enabled manually and brings the users in an editing mode. Search engine giant Google is now rolling out real-time spell detection that can make automatic corrections along with grammar suggestions. At present the current Check Spelling feature has to be enabled from the More Options menu in the bottom right corner of the compose window.

Huawei Launches AI Chip To Compete Against Products Of Qualcomm And Nvidia

Chinese multi-national tech company Huawei has announced that its artificial intelligence chip is now available commercially. The company made the official announcement on August 23, 2019 and the launch has pitted the product against some of the major American giants like Qualcomm and Nvidia as it continues to receive U.S. pressure and prove it can still bring out the core technology. The new chip is called as the Ascend 910 and was first unveiled in October 2018.

Apple Watch 5 Expected To Be Launched In September

The audience is eagerly waiting for the upcoming iPhones and all attention is concentrated there for the time being. Amidst the new iPhone reports, fans of Apple Watch might have been worried about the lack of rumours about the wearable device. Some of the recent reports say that the year 2019 will see the launch of a new Apple Watch that might come with a bog change.

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard - Infest the Rats’ Nest Music Album Reviews

On their second album of the year, the ever-mutating Aussie psych-rock outfit embrace throwback thrash metal to soundtrack the end of life on Earth.
Heavy metal demands true devotion. It disdains the hipster tourist; it maintains purity through its own antifa(lse metal) movement; it requires that at least 85 percent of your wardrobe be given over to black band t-shirts. King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard, on the other hand, are non-commital by nature—the ever-mutating Aussie psych-rock outfit are synonymous with impulsive aesthetic shifts, resulting in a deep, frequently updated discography in which no two albums sound alike. But even by the Gizzard’s scatterbrained standards, 2019 has yielded two albums so diametrically opposed, you’d think one of them was mislabeled. Following the whimsical electro-glam boogie of April’s Fishing for Fishes, the Gizzard return with Infest the Rats’ Nest, an album that embraces the contentious stance that metal isn’t necessarily a way of life, but a …

Various Artists - STUMM433 Music Album Reviews

John Cage’s notorious “silent” piece 4:33 is an exercise in listening. But a compilation of covers—from New Order, Depeche Mode, and others—proves that interpreting it is not as easy as it might seem.
It’s been almost 70 years since John Cage debuted 4:33, his infamous silent piece, to a baffled crowd in Woodstock, New York. A lot of people left the concert pissed off. His friend and colleague Christian Woolf was mortified to have brought his mother, who dismissed it as “a schoolboy’s prank,” while Lou Harrison, another peer, said Cage’s work was “quite boring.” But in 2019, the hubbub having long since died down, the feeling is that someone had to do it. However grating it might have seemed, 4:33 remains arguably the 20th century’s most elegant artistic thought experiment. It’s a moon-landing-level gesture of the avant garde’s triumph over history. In a century obsessed with liberation, Cage deftly penned the ultimate musical permission slip.

Proper. - I Spent the Winter Writing Songs About Getting Better Music Album Reviews

The Brooklyn band's explosively verbal, shapeshifting, and snarky emo-pop explores how intersectional identities move within predominantly white spaces.
When Erik Garlington changed his band’s name from Great Wight to Proper., his fans immediately assumed the stylization was an Into It. Over It. homage. Considering his rich history of playing emo inside baseball, they could be forgiven. After all, Great Wight included a song about a life-changing Tiny Moving Parts basement show on 2017’s The Suburbs Have Ruined My Life, and while that album title could pass for a Wonder Years lyric, I Spent the Winter Writing Songs About Getting Better comes from an actual Wonder Years lyric. The reality is that “Proper.” is a reference to the one topic that always takes priority in Garlington’s lyrics: “We got it from white people telling us, 'You talk white. You talk, like, real proper. One of your parents must be white!'” The subject matter hasn’t changed much from The Suburbs Have Ruine…

Spanakopita Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

These grilled cheese sandwiches give you all the flavors of the Greek spinach pie, spanakopita, without dealing with fussy layers of phyllo—perfect for an easy weeknight dinner. The creamy flavor-packed filling works well in more than just a sandwich: try it in a calzone or on top of a roasted cauliflower steak too.

Driven Movie Review

Drive on By
"Driven" is the latest on-screen exploration of the story of automobile icon John DeLorean. It is light years better than Framing John DeLorean, which was released a few months earlier, but it's still not worth watching. This gives you an idea of just how bad "Framing John DeLorean" is.
To quickly recap, John DeLorean was atop the world of automobile manufacturing before striking out on his own with his signature DeLorean car. It was stunning in looks, but a machine that looks nice and doesn't work real well is not a formula for success. Toss in trying to deal large quantities of cocaine and you know how this will play out.

Ready or Not Movie Review

Hide and Screak
After a parade of disappointing blockbusters this summer, an imperfect but completely capable horror-comedy like "Ready or Not" is a nice surprise, especially as we head into Oscar season. Working with a runtime of 95 minutes, directors Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett don't waste much time getting things going and keep the film moving at a propulsive clip. The movie fumbles along the way but its quick and manic energy keep you involved almost every step of the way.

Luce Movie Review

Could Be Tighter
Julius Onah's "Luce" seems like it should be a very good, and possibly great, movie. Its lead characters are portrayed by Naomi Watts, Octavia Spencer, and Tim Roth, three excellent actors. It's only Onah's second time directing a feature, but it isn't poorly directed. He also wrote it, but I didn't have a problem with the writing.
My primary issue with "Luce" is that it didn't ring true to me. I never quite bought into the story that revolved around the title character, portrayed by Kelvin Harrison Jr. I don't think he did a poor job, either, but the way all the pieces failed to mesh properly reminded me of a jigsaw puzzle missing a third of its pieces. The sum is most definitely less than its parts. Despite everything I've said, I still think it's worth seeing.

Gwen Movie Review

A Holy Gwen?
William McGregor's debut feature, "Gwen," is bleak piled upon bleak, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. Here it is conducive to a mood piece where you're never quite certain where you're headed, and in most respects that's a good thing, despite the film's dancing around the real story. It makes things a bit confusing, but not quite enough to annoy.
Despite the overwhelming feel of a supernatural or horror movie, "Gwen" eventually unveils itself as more of a grounded-in-reality horrible living situation even if you're unsure exactly what the horrible situation is. Hints are dropped, but until very near its conclusion, you are left more in the dark, figuratively and literally.


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