What we know about musician-actor-puppeteer-comedian David Liebe Hart, and what we don't
Last week, I had an 11-minute phone conversation with David Liebe Hart.
The revivalist rock and hijinks of Twin Peaks
"This is Tuna speaking," says Cadien Lake James, quasi-frontman of Chicago rockers Twin Peaks over the phone earlier this month. The quintet — related to the surreal David Lynch TV series in name only — has just crossed the Florida-Georgia line in their van, called Vandalf the White, on a tour leg that will swing through the South before curling up the West Coast to Spokane and the Bartlett for a reprise of their 2014 gig there.
Years after they were crafted, vintage and antique instruments still have their place in Spokane
When it comes to musical instruments, new is often not best. New is often more manageable, but there's something about antique things — the way we can learn from them, or the way we can pretend to be surprised by their worth (Antiques Roadshow for the win).
Brooklyn's Guerilla Toss comes to the West Coast for the first time
They've lived in New York for one year and it suits them well. Travelling from various boroughs, the five members of Guerilla Toss are now able to practice up to eight hours a day, multiple times a week in their Brooklyn rehearsal space.
Through her music, Dolly Parton has always shown women how to stay strong
There's a bridge in Alabama with two side-by-side arches. It's nicknamed the Dolly Parton Bridge — not because the Tennessee artist hails from there, but because it reminds folks of the singer-songwriter's prominent breasts.
Dan Bejar strips down his sound for his new songs and tour
Trying to predict where Dan Bejar's muse will take his music is a fool's errand for fans of his work as Destroyer or as part of Canadian "supergroup" New Pornographers. He doesn't know himself, and his inspirations change constantly.
How Bonnie Raitt became the Grammy-winning icon we know today
Divas are not like you. They sound better, look better and have cooler friends.
Local indie labels offer artists another marketing option, but not everyone is convinced they're necessary
T he Colourflies were stranded on the side of the road in the middle of Oregon when the call came. It wasn't a tow truck company, rather Blackhouse Records' Scott Rozell.
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Deepwater Horizon feels trapped between tragic facts and genre conventions
The disaster movie is a particularly curious beast in the always-curious history of movie genres. Like action movies, they're built around the kind of spectacle that seems to demand a big-screen experience.
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children can't quite strike the balance between whimsy and darkness
Tim Burton's been in a rut. While the director once brilliantly mixed charm with darkness, recent works like Dark Shadows have bordered on self-parody.
The Magnificent Seven returns to a much-needed territory: Western heroism
There's a school of thought that remakes are a plague upon filmmaking, part of a desperate fear of risk-taking that encourages recycling proven concepts. And there is a smaller school of thought that tempers such justifiable criticism with the caveat that a remake might be acceptable if it does something radical and daring with the original premise.
Oliver Stone's Snowden doesn't break new ground but is still a thrill ride
Oliver Stone, our national cinematic conspiracy theorist and all-around anti-establishment auteur, digs deep into the latest and most illuminating political scandal of our times with this taut and entertainingly paranoia-inducing biopic-cum-technophobic history lesson about the NSA's Public Enemy and Global Fugitive No. 1. At first, Joseph Gordon-Levitt seemed an odd choice to play Edward Snowden, the introverted, nerdy government contractor who pulled the curtain away from the U.S. government's all-seeing, all-surveilling extralegal wizardry back in 2013.
Bridget Jones's Baby feels almost proudly stuck in another era
A goofy meme has taken hold among a certain segment of the "Film Twitter" community, one that pokes fun at an archaic convention in broad comedies: the "record scratch/freeze frame." The joke is on movies employing obvious indicators that wacky things are afoot, but it's an idea that seems more like urban legend than reality.
Blair Witch can't capture the found-footage magic of the original
Way back in the 20th century — 1999, to be precise — a couple of indie filmmakers named Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sánchez came up with the truly brilliant idea to make a movie on an ultra-low budget by giving cameras to three actors and setting them loose in the Maryland woods, improvising a "documentary" about a search for the "true" story of a legendary local witch. The Blair Witch Project truly looked like it was what it purported to be, and the infant internet of the day wasn't much help in authenticating or debunking a maybe-fake, maybe-real "documentary."
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