A Music Review By Stefan VlahovAlmost nine years after the trilogy's final film was released theatrically, and five years after the final chapters of the films and soundtracks got the 'extended' treatment, The Lord of the Rings remains ingrained in the conscious of regular film-goers everywhere. But there is another group of people who've become … Continue reading Music Review: Grand Rapids Symphony Preforms "The Return of the King"
A Film Review By Stefan VlahovDirector Oliver Stone has a knack for turning seemingly grandiose premises into small personal tales about individuals, instead of he major events surrounding them. Throughout his filmography he's tackled such major conflicting people and events as John F. Kennedy (JFK), Richard Nixon (Nixon), the Vietnam war (Platoon), Alexander the Great … Continue reading TC Tribute #12: Born on the Fourth of July (1989)
A Music Review By Stefan VlahovIn the months leading up to the release of Kanye West's Magnum Opus My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, the controversial rapper decided to release free rough cuts of tracks that may or may not make it on the album each Friday through his Twitter account and blog. By the end, West … Continue reading Music Review: What "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy" Should Have Been
A Book Review By Stefan VlahovIf there is anything that E.L. Doctorow can be faulted for is his unrelenting ambition. The Book of Daniel is only his second published work, but he does things with it that an author penning his 50th wouldn't, in his or her right mind, pursue. The novel is written as a rough … Continue reading Book Review: "The Book of Daniel" by E.L. Doctorow
A Film Review By Stefan VlahovA documentary whose sole existence is meant to repulse its unsuspecting viewer, Paul Provenza's 2005 all-star assault on the olfactory, The Aristocrats is an aimless, pointless talking heads mash-up filled with empty words and a lack of anything worthwhile, or funny. Sparked by comedian Gilbert Gottfried's attempt to break the … Continue reading Movie Review: The Aristocrats (2005) D
An Album Review By Stefan VlahovMuch like fashion, art is a cyclical phenomenon. Within a few short years we've had many great new bands attempting to recapture the glory days of genres and musicians from decades past. The Arcade Fire have put a new spin on the Bruce Springsteen template of heavy message-rock, Sigur Ros have … Continue reading Music Review: "Some Nights" by Fun.
A Book Review By Stefan VlahovE.L. Doctorow's debut Welcome to Hard Times is a relatively minor work compared to his later efforts. The author, mostly known for historical fiction epics, turns in an old school tale in the Western genre that doesn't aim for the grandiosity of Larry McMutry or the psychological complexity of Cormac McCarthy, … Continue reading Book Review: "Welcome to Hard Times" by E.L. Doctorow
"The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" by Howard Shore (performed live by Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra)"My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy" by Kanye West"Some Nights" by Fun."Weezer" by Weezer
"The Book of Daniel" (E.L. Doctorow)"Welcome to Hard Times" (E.L. Doctorow)
Here is an up-to-the-minute index of all the movies I've reviewed in alphabetical order (with film's year of release in parentheses):4 Months, 3 Weeks, and 2 Days (2007)10 Questions for the Dalai Lama (2006)12 and Holding (2005)16 Blocks (2006)21 (2008)27 Dresses (2008)28 Weeks Later (2007)The 40 Year-Old Virgin (2005)88 Minutes (2007)300 (2007)1408 (2007)10,000 B.C. (2008)The Abandoned (2006)Adam … Continue reading Movie Review Archive (Alphabetical)