Four years after the release of his critically acclaimed horror film It Follows (2014) writer and director David Robert Mitchell returns with ... More

Under the Silver Lake

Under the Silver Lake

Four years after the release of his critically acclaimed horror film It Follows (2014) writer and director David Robert Mitchell returns with Under the Silver Lake a neo-noir black comedy thriller starring Andrew Garfield, Riley Keough and Topher Grace. The film follows an aimless young man living in a hip Los Angeles neighborhood who finds himself in over his head as he investigates the disappearance of his beautiful neighbor.(A24)

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Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the 75th Venice Film Festival, The Favourite is a lavish, hilarious period drama film from ... More

The Favourite

Film by Yorgos Lanthimos

The Favourite

Film by Yorgos Lanthimos

Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the 75th Venice Film Festival, The Favourite is a lavish, hilarious period drama film from acclaimed director by Yorgos Lanthimos (The Lobster (2015), The Killing Of A Sacred Deer (2017)). With brilliant performances from Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz and Olivia Colman (who won the Volpi Cup for Best Actress at Venice) the story focuses on the behind-the-scenes politics of the royal court during the reign of Queen Anne in the early 18th century. While England is at war with the French, the frail Queen’s closest friend and a new, extremely ambitious servant battle it out to be court favourites. (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

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Now That I Am Gone: A Memoir Beyond Recall takes morbid self-reflection to a strangely moving new level. The purported “posthumous memoir” ... More

Now That I Am Gone

Book by Allan MacDonell

Now That I Am Gone

Book by Allan MacDonell

Now That I Am Gone: A Memoir Beyond Recall takes morbid self-reflection to a strangely moving new level. The purported “posthumous memoir” details an everyman’s existence as it goes on without him: his wife, his friends, his dogs—they all navigate to fill in the empty spaces he has left behind, and old rivals swoop in to claim his spoils. The result is mordantly funny, bleakly beautiful, and warmer than you’d think.

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Based on the short story “Barn Burning” by Haruki Murakami, this tense mystery-thriller won the FIPRESCI prize for best director (South Korea’s ... More

Burning

Film by Lee Chang-dong

Burning

Film by Lee Chang-dong

Based on the short story “Barn Burning” by Haruki Murakami, this tense mystery-thriller won the FIPRESCI prize for best director (South Korea’s Lee Chang-dong) at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival, and is South Korea’s official Academy Award entry for Best Foreign Language Film. An acute observation of human paranoia, the film centres around Jong-su, a part-time worker, who rekindles a relationship with an old friend just before a mysterious—and dangerous— stranger enters their world. (Well Go)

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Loosely based on the infamous Argentinian serial killer dubbed “Death Angel,” this cautionary drama follows an innocuous-looking but deeply sinister thief whose ... More

El Angel

Film by Luis Ortega

El Angel

Luis Ortega

Loosely based on the infamous Argentinian serial killer dubbed “Death Angel,” this cautionary drama follows an innocuous-looking but deeply sinister thief whose lawlessness escalates exponentially when he takes up with a career criminal. Nominated for the Queer Palm at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival, El Angel is splendidly paced and gorgeously photographed, a departure from the sparser nature of Argentinian director Luis Ortega’s previous films, and offers a meaningful reflection on how violence is glamourized on the screen. (The Orchard)

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Singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Vera Sola’s timeless sound and enthralling stage presence draws an unlikely connection between British music hall and Depression-era ... More

Shades

Album by Vera Sola

Shades

Album by Vera Sola

Singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Vera Sola’s timeless sound and enthralling stage presence draws an unlikely connection between British music hall and Depression-era spirituals. The LA-based artist, who played as a touring musician in others’ bands before finally releasing her own music, self-produced her debut album and recorded it using anything at hand. What emerged is a collection of ten finely-honed and carefully-rendered ballads. (Spectraphonic Records)

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Chicago-based synth-pop-punk-folk band Grapetooth are fast becoming known for the intensity of their live shows, and now they deliver their thrilling self-titled ... More

Grapetooth

Album by Grapetooth

Grapetooth

Album by Grapetooth

Chicago-based synth-pop-punk-folk band Grapetooth are fast becoming known for the intensity of their live shows, and now they deliver their thrilling self-titled debut album. The duo behind Grapetooth, Chris Bailoni and Clay Frankel (the latter also plays in garage rock outfit Twin Peaks) create a refreshingly strange blend of doomy disco and woozy laments, writing songs about death, love, wine and even the movie Badlands. (Polyvinyl Record Co.)

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Winner of the Un Certain Regard Prize at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival, Border is a weird and wonderful modern fairytale, and ... More

Border

Film by Ali Abbasi

Border

Film by Ali Abbasi

Winner of the Un Certain Regard Prize at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival, Border is a weird and wonderful modern fairytale, and is Sweden’s official Oscar entry for Best Foreign Language Film. The film tells the story of Tina (Eva Melander), a border agent born with a strange “disfiguration” that lends her the ability to sense or smell how people feel—especially their intent to deceive. But Tina’s life is forever changed after she meets a mysterious man (Eero Milonoff) with a smell that eludes her. Based on a short story by Let The Right One In author John Ajvide Lindqvist, Border is part oddball romance and part chilling Scandinavian thriller.(Neon)

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Chris Stein, co-founder of legendary punk/new wave band Blondie, has just released a new collection of previously unseen photographs capturing the golden ... More

Point of View: Me, New York City, and the Punk Scene

Book by Chris Stein

Point of View: Me, New York City, and the Punk Scene

Book By Chris Stein

Chris Stein, co-founder of legendary punk/new wave band Blondie, has just released a new collection of previously unseen photographs capturing the golden age of the ’70s New York City punk scene. Following his successful book Negative (2014), Point of View presents a more personal and more visceral snapshot: self-portraits in his run-down East-Village apartment, streetscapes in all their longed-for romance and dereliction, and candid photographs of William Burroughs, Debbie Harry, Andy Warhol and Iggy Pop. At once a chronicle of one music icon’s life among his heroes and peers, and a love letter to the city that was the backdrop and inspiration for those scenes, Point of View transports us to another place and time. (Rizzoli)

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