Author: Kevin Smokler

How Green Was My Valley

How Green Was My Valley

If you were sitting next to me during a recent screening of John Ford's How Green Was My Valley, you'd probably ask "How Black is Your Heart?" After all, the movie won five Oscars...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

City Of God

City Of God

I wouldn't know to complain if you told me we were having coffee in a part of town called "City of God," what with its vague St. Augustine allusions and all. But after watching the...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Down With Love

Down With Love

Please don't be fooled. Not by the cloying title, the impossibly adorable leads or even the pre-release hype which has been calling Down With Love the resurrection of the Rock Hudson/Doris Day romantic comedy and...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Rules of Attraction

Rules of Attraction

I wondered while laboring through Roger Avary's new film The Rules of Attraction if, now that I'm approaching 30, I've lost my appreciation for early 20s angst. It was a brief wondering, interrupted by a...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Strange Brew

Strange Brew

"Eh?" might be the punch that Canadians are accused of ending each sentence with, but in the case of Strange Brew, it's also the sound of my incredulous eyebrow cocking up. I missed this one...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Pieces of April

Pieces of April

Reviewing Pieces of April brings up a metaphysical question: What do you say about a movie that's not really there? April has several moments of note, quiet, sad bits of truth that feel like they've...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Roger Dodger

Roger Dodger

There's a certain kind of movie that I haven't heard a name for but its practitioners are the likes of Woody Allen, John Cassavetes, James Toback, and now Dylan Kidd, the writer/director of Roger Dodger....

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

Baraka

Baraka

Coming out of the documentary Baraka, I felt as though I'd been sent a telegram via probe from outer space. This is a film that gazes with such awe at the mystery of life on...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

The Business of Fancydancing

The Business of Fancydancing

In the press materials for his new film The Business of Fancydancing, writer/director Sherman Alexie calls making the movie -- cheaply and with every crew member sharing in the profits -- "a tribal collaboration of...

Movie Review posted on 1st November 2005

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Hattie Webb - The Gulbenkian Theatre, Canterbury 12.02.2020 Live Review

Hattie Webb - The Gulbenkian Theatre, Canterbury 12.02.2020 Live Review

Hattie Webb not only brought a couple of harps but also Andrea Resce, her brother and a collection of cold remedies to the cathedral city of...

Ten underrated rock albums by iconic artists

Ten underrated rock albums by iconic artists

These albums are not nearly as appreciated as they should be.

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Every Papa Roach Album Ranked

Every Papa Roach Album Ranked

We list all the nu metal titans' albums from worst to best.

King Zebra on writing music as a modern rock band

King Zebra on writing music as a modern rock band

They might sound like they're from the 70s, but they way they roll is very 2020.

Frazey Ford - U Kin B the Sun Album Review

Frazey Ford - U Kin B the Sun Album Review

'U Kin B the Sun' is an album rich in texture and depth and one that quite obviously, and unapologetically, plays to Frazey Ford's strengths.

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