Gorillaz – “Self-Titled” (2001) Album Review & Analysis (Track By Track)

“If you watch MTV for too long, it’s a bit like hell – there’s nothing of substance there. So we got this idea for a cartoon band, something that would be a comment on that.” – Jamie Hewlett.

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20 Greatest Songs of 2015

Counting down the 20 best songs of 2015! What track is number #1? Click the link and find out!

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The BFG Official Teaser #1 (Trailer Review)

Disney has released the first teaser trailer for Steven Spielberg’s “The BFG”! Click the link to see what we thought of it.

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Kurt Cobain – Montage of Heck: The Home Recordings (Album Review)

“Montage of Heck is a hard pill to swallow. It’s not something you just sit down and casually indulge yourself in. Most of these songs are not even fully fledged demos. They don’t have any structure and are not meant for convincing anyone to pump money into clean-sounding studio recordings. This is one man sitting on his couch in his suburban living room, strumming a mostly unplugged guitar and sporadically creating sound collages, skits, and instrumental passages while the TV is buzzing quietly in the background.” – Mathias Folsted.

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Star Wars Rebels S02E05: “Wings of the Master” (Review/Recap)

“It is great to finally see Hera leading the action, at the peak of her powers. I mean, we all knew she could fly, but here she really gets to show just how skilled she is as a pilot, but also as a tactical strategist.” – Mathias Folsted.

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Amy & The Engine – “TandeMania” EP (Review)

“They have that same musical fingerprint that made Fleetwood Mac so successful back in the 1970’s. It’s only a matter of time before the world realises their potential, and when that happens, I’ll be the first to sing the praise and buy the records.” – Mathias Folsted.

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Ash Vs. Evil Dead S01E02: “Bait” (Review/Recap)

“Not quite as exciting and thrilling as what we got on Halloween, but the writing is still wonderfully bizarre and pitch-black. As long as Campbell keeps spitting out razor-sharp one-liners and insults, the premise will almost certainly never become boring” – Mathias Folsted.

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Pan (2015) Movie Review: Michael Jackson’s Worst Nightmare

“Joe Wright and his writers have gang-raped this property so hard, it might never be able to walk properly again. If this was my child, I would file for a restraining order immediately!” – Mathias Folsted.

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Star Wars Rebels S02E04: “Brothers of the Broken Horn” (Review)
The rebels are back, but this time Ezra is flying solo! That’s right, the young Padawan actually has doubts about becoming a Jedi. Is it something he truly wants, or something the others expect him to be? He himself is not quite sure, growing defiant of both his master... Read more
Ash Vs. Evil Dead S01E01: “El Jefe” (Review/Recap)

“Ash Vs. Evil Dead is everything fans could possibly wish for, and then some. The fundamental ideas have not been watered down, and the pilot delivers buckets of gore, madcap humor in spades, and Bruce Campbell at his absolute peak.” – Mathias Folsted.

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Spectre (2015) Movie Review: Bury Bond

“Imagine a dour version of Die Another Day, and you basically have Spectre. The visuals are so cold and brooding, but the progression of the story is so implausible and cartoonish compared to something like Casino Royale, where at least I can give them credit for sticking to the style they have established. Here it’s just non-stop nonsense.” – Mathias Folsted.

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Star Wars Rebels S02E03: “Always Two There Are” (Review)

“With the latest entry in season 2, “Always Two There Are”, things start getting really interesting, thrilling, and even a little spooky for the Star Wars rebels!”

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Crimson Peak (2015) Movie Review

“Crimson Peak is a tribute to an era of patience, back when people actually had faith in the art of visual poetry and graphic storytelling. It wasn’t just about constant release of exposition, it was about keeping the audience guessing until the very end, craving for more until they would nearly burst because of the tension.” – Mathias Folsted.

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The Atomic Fireballs – “Torch This Place” (1999) Album Review (Video)

Anyone remember the great swing revival of the 1990’s? Well, we do! You’ve most likely never even heard of The Atomic Fireballs, but their 1999 album “Torch This Place” is one of the genre’s finest LPs. Of course we had to review it!

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Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (2015) Movie Review

“Instead of focusing on the key qualities that made the book so riveting to read, like the character dynamics and the mystery elements, the filmmakers give us a safe-zone treadmill-routine with lots of running, screaming and visually chaotic action sequences that are so incoherent it hurts.” – Mathias Folsted.

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The Dear Hunter – “Act IV: Rebirth in Reprise” (2015) Album Review (Video)

We have a video review of the highly anticipated new studio album from The Dear Hunter ready for you all. Sit back, relax, and enjoy!

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Iron Maiden – “The Book of Souls” (2015) Album Review
For more than 30 years, the british rock pioneers in Iron Maiden have dominated the heavy metal scene, selling over 85 million records worldwide; more than any other new wave metal band to come out of the 1980’s. In addition to that, they’ve also never really declined in popularity,... Read more
Love & Mercy (2015) Movie Review

“If there is one thing “Love & Mercy” certainly is not, it’s a conventional biopic. Not just because it downright refuses to follow the traditional beats and blueprint structure of the genre, but more so because it chooses to capture the essence of its subject instead of attempting to cover as much factual ground as possible.” – Mathias Folsted.

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The Wonder Years – “No Closer to Heaven” (2015) Album Review

“From hardcore and fast to slow and tender, “No Closer to Heaven” unfolds like ripples in water, stretching and bending the shape of punk to a whole new degree of raw, unflinching, emotional honesty; something far more intricate, wide-ranging and complex than anything the golden age of pop punk ever had to offer. Something fresh and unique.” – Mathias Folsted.

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Sinister 2 (2015) Movie Review

“As much as it fails to live up to what came before it, there is always a sense throughout that someone somewhere truly believed in its potential, even if the studio pressure ultimately compressed it into a sloppy, derivative and predictable middle-of-the-road discount product. It may not be a very good film, but it really feels like it wants to be.” – Mathias Folsted.

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AFI – “Black Sails in the Sunset” (1999) Album Review (video)
Davey Havok and his band of misfits in AFI (A Fire Inside) have been rocking the world for just about 24 years now. Over their long-spanning career, the style of the group’s music has changed considerably, going from post-hardcore punk rock to radio-friendly alternative rock. While most fans caught... Read more
Samurai Jack (2001-2004) Television Review

“Samurai Jack” is in many ways a profound piece of avant-garde television. The animation is unlike anything that came before and after it, the tonality is much darker than your average cartoon, and the themes are surprisingly adult-oriented.” – Mathias Folsted.

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Fantastic 4 (2015) Movie Review

“Fantastic 4″ is in every sense of the word a dreadful cinematic experience. The script is lazy, the structure is a mess, and the story is a paceless train wreck. It’s utterly forgettable trash, containing none of the fun and colourful excitement of a Marvel film, while also failing miserably to pull off the grimy look and dark feel of the pictures that inspired it.” – Mathias Folsted.

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“Scooby Doo, Where Are You!” (1969-1970) Television Review (Video)

In this first part of our series of videos covering the entire Scooby-Doo franchise, we take a look at the origins and background of the characters, as well as the circumstances that led to the show’s creation + a review of the first incarnation known as “Scooby Doo, Where Are You!”. Enjoy!

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Mission Impossible – Rogue Nation (2015) Movie Review

“This is a state-of-the-art showcase of what the human physique is capable of. A four-star Michelin dish cooked perfectly at just the right temperature, with just the right amount of salty self-awareness to keep it from becoming bloated or overly serious.” – Mathias Folsted.

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Ant-Man (2015) Movie Review

“The world doesn’t need to be saved from impending doom, and robots are not raising entire cities up from the ground. This fight is above all personal, which makes the whole thing so much more compelling and nerve-wracking than most other superhero flicks.” – Mathias Folsted.

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Soundtrack Review: “Ant-Man”

“The classic orchestration and sweeping string-sections are still very much present here, but this time they are juxtaposed by 1960’s big-band percussion, pulsing bongo rhythms, and even a bit of saltwater surf rock – Mathias Folsted.

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Joe Satriani – “Shockwave Supernova” (2015) Album Review

“It’s been a long time since a Satch project has sounded so alive and free-flowing, but at the same time so compact and carefully constructed.” – Mathias Folsted.

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The Death of “Superman Lives”: What Happened? (2015) Movie Review

“It’s not the presentation that keeps us watching. It’s the content we are being served that really matters. In that regard, this could be compared to really good junk food. Fast, easily digestible, but a delight nonetheless.” – Mathias Folsted.

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Stung (2015) Movie Review

“Stung” tries to follow in the footsteps of the great B-movie horror flicks, but is not nearly as funny, clever and memorable as the 1980’s classics that inspired it.” – Mathias Folsted.

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Cinderella (2015) Movie Review

“Supported by a phenomenal cast and dazzling special effects, Kenneth Branagh brings the tale of Cinderella to spectacular life, making it feel both fresh and traditional at the same time.” – Mathias Folsted.

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Terminator Genisys (2015) Movie Review

“Despite never reaching the technical heights of Cameron’s two first films, “Terminator Genisys” is nevertheless a pleasant addition to the franchise, delivering plenty of exhilarating action, solid performances, and Arnold at his absolute peak.” – Mathias Folsted.

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Scream (TV) – “Pilot” Review

“If there is any shred of potential to be found in this show, it certainly doesn’t find its way into the pilot. It lacks everything that makes the idea of “Scream” so interesting, relying too much on soapy dialogue and overstrung dramaturgy that feels neither real or believable.” – Mathias Folsted.

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Throwback Zone: “Terminator 2: Judgement Day” (1991)

“Terminator 2: Judgement Day” is a tremendous achievement in the field of special effects, and a landmark for the action genre in general. The writing is sharp, the direction is swift, and the characters are grounded and credibly portrayed.” – Mathias Folsted.

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Jurassic World (2015) Movie Review

“Jurassic World” is neither as groundbreaking or intensively suspenseful as the movie it pays tribute to, but it still has more than enough spectacle and dinosaur action to make for a perfect summer blockbuster. The CGI is efficient, the score is breathtaking, and despite a few plot holes and expendable story lines, it delivers on the promise of high-scale popcorn entertainment, while even being a little philosophical in the process.” – Mathias Folsted.

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5 Essential Buckethead Albums
The art of playing the guitar is quite often taken for granted in the modern era of music. The instrument itself has almost become more of an accessory in the industry than an actual key ingredient in the songwriting. But there is actually a whole world of people out... Read more
Third Eye Blind – “Dopamine” (2015) Album Review

“Dopamine” may not re-invent the power pop wheel, but for a Third Eye Blind album it hits all the right marks. The songs are insanely catchy, the hooks are instantly memorable, and Stephan Jenkins’ lyrics are as honest and relatable as ever.” – Mathias Folsted.

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Muse – “Drones” (2015) Album Review

“Drones” is a back-to-basics dystopian concept album that demands to be heard from beginning to end. The riffs are explosive, the songwriting poignant, and the production quality first class. The lads from Devon have never sounded this good before.” – Mathias Folsted.

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Weezer – “Everything Will Be Alright In The End” (2014) Album Review

“At its core, ‘Everything Will Be Alright In The End’ is quintessential Weezer, packing tight hooks and delivering self-confessional lyrics. But there is something profound about the writing this time, perhaps because the band members are wiser and more experienced than they were 20 years ago.” – Mathias Folsted.

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Taylor Swift – “1989” (2014) Album Review

“1989” is a remarkably solid beginning of a new chapter for the talented singer-songwriter, consistently delivering the strong melodies and grand choruses that she does so well, while not holding back herself when it comes to expanding her sound and taking her art further than just happy-go-lucky fairytale fantasies.” – Mathias Folsted.

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Maggie (2015) Movie Review

“Maggie” is a hypnotically bleak, realistic and grounded examination of death, and how we as humans deal with it. On the surface, it may look like another Zombie flick, but in reality it’s a full-blown drama, slow in pace and hard to watch.” – Mathias Folsted.

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Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – “Chasing Yesterday” (2015) Album Review
Noel Gallagher is perhaps best known as the lead guitarist and primary songwriter for the world-famous Britpop band Oasis. His virtuosic word-smithery, signature guitar riffs, and delicate sense of rhythm and melody played an essential role in reviving global interest in british music back in the mid-1990’s, leaving a thick... Read more
Throwback Zone: “The Thin Red Line” (1998)
Much can be said of Terrance Malick’s distinctive body of work. Some might consider his style pretentious, his storytelling low on substance, and his vision devoid of reason. Others, like myself, see profound beauty and wisdom in the paintings that he so meticulously brings to life. His 1998 war... Read more
Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) Movie Review

“Avengers: Age of Ultron” is a robust chunk of popcorn entertainment, filled to the brink with witty dialogue, three-dimensional characters, and sturdily constructed action sequences to sweep you off your seat.

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It Follows (2015) Movie Review
Since the release of last year’s universally acclaimed horror masterpiece “The Babadook”, the bar for scary movies has been raised considerably. It didn’t just revive a genre that had been dead in the water for almost a decade, it also made the art of terror cinematically relevant to a... Read more
Jupiter Ascending (2015) Movie Review
Let’s not fool ourselves. The Wachowskis have not made a good film since their 1999 science-fiction flick “The Matrix”. They haven’t even made a half-decent one. Now, I won’t dispute their massive taste for ambitiousness, but when vision and execution don’t add up 5 times in a row, I... Read more
Everclear – Black Is The New Black (2015) Album Review
Many alternative 1990’s bands have come and gone over the years. Most of them have either broken up or faded into obscurity, while only a handful have managed to keep their careers alive beyond the turn of the century. However, there is actually a small brotherhood of musicians still... Read more
Behind The Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon (2006) Movie Review

“Behind the Mask” is an intelligent piece of horror cinema, blending black comedy and fierce satire seamlessly together in order to create a 21st century genre masterpiece that is horrifying, not just because people get sliced and diced, but because the build-up is so strong.” – Mathias Folsted.

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Marvel’s Daredevil – Season 1 Review (2015)

“Marvel’s Daredevil is a work of pure genius, bloody as hell and exceptionally drafted. The writing is clever, intelligent and beyond anything you would ever expect from a show like this, setting itself apart from other of its kind by relying on strong characters instead of derivative plot-devices.” – Mathias Folsted.

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Throwback Zone: “Jurassic Park” (1993)

“Under the swift direction of Steven Spielberg, and the meticulously constructed screenplay by David Koepp, “Jurassic Park” succeeds both as straight-up popcorn entertainment and deep-cutting science philosophy. A true cinematic masterpiece in every sense of the word” – Mathias Folsted.

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Flintstones: Stone Age SmackDown! (2015) Movie Review

A fun, energetic and faithful revival of the beloved stone age family, sticking closely to the style and feel of the 1960’s television show.” – Mathias Folsted.

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Throwback Zone: “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” (1988)

“As fresh and inventive as it was when it first came out, “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” is a timeless example of immense artistry, good storytelling, and wide-reaching appeal.” – Mathias Folsted.

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The Voices (2015) Movie Review

“It certainly isn’t eye-opening or even particularly knowledgable about the ideas it wants to explore, but the script is playfully inventive, and Ryan Reynolds and Anna Kendrick deliver more than enough on-screen energy to keep things afloat” – Mathias Folsted.

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Big Eyes (2014) Movie Review

“A playful, inventive and energetic feast for both eyes and ears.”

Tim Burton is back in shape with his new new biopic about artists and cons. Read our full review below.

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Cake (2014) Movie Review

“The style is so bleak, yet the humor stays relatively light, which leaves you confused as to whether this was intended as a black comedy or straight-up drama”.

Click the link to read our full review of Jennifer Aniston’s much talked-about performance as a sufferer of chronic pain.

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The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) Movie Review
Wes Anderson is largely known for his distinctive stylistic flair, elaborate set-pieces, and offbeat storytelling. Take all of that, then add some whodunit, a prison break, and Hitchcock-esque mystery, and you have “The Grand Budapest Hotel” – an unabashedly raunchy, thoroughly entertaining, and sharply written farce containing everything that... Read more
Interstellar (2014) Movie Review
Since it was announced, Christopher Nolan’s sci-fi blockbuster has been heavily loaded with expectations, not to mention an almost unconceivable amount of hype. This has clearly affected the well-known director, as he ventures out on a journey far beyond his capacity, into a universe that is too hard for... Read more
Birdman (2014) Movie Review
When was the last time a black comedy won the Oscar for ‘Best Picture’? It must have been ages ago, because the academy usually doesn’t favour comedies in this particular category, or just in general. “Birdman” might just change the way we perceive the relevance of the genre, and... Read more
Boyhood (2014) Movie Review
Do you know that feeling when you’ve just seen something really special? An experience so profound in its wisdom, so immersive in its art, and so connective in its narrative, that it leaves you speechless and in awe of the passionate effort it took to create such piece of... Read more
The Babadook (2014) Movie Review
2014 has been a great year for both blockbusters, low-budget thrillers, and documentaries of all kinds. But who would’ve expected that a tiny Australian horror film would rank among the most critically acclaimed films of the bunch. Surprising but true, “The Babadook” is the answer to all those who... Read more
American Sniper (2014) Movie Review
Clint Eastwood is unquestionably a very gifted director, but let’s not fool ourselves. His past few releases have been less than favourable. Lazy, to be exact. So when it became known that he was taking over for Steven Spielberg as the helmer of this film-adaptation of a best-selling book,... Read more
Into the Woods (2014) Movie Review
As I see it, there are two kinds of musicals; one driven by story and themes, the other by music and presentation. “Into the Woods” falls under the second umbrella in all the worst ways imaginable. Not since Michael Bay’s latest pile of “Transformers” garbage have I been this... Read more