Thursday, March 31, 2011

a quick note on sucker punch

I know Sucker Punch hasn't been getting the best reviews, but i loved it. Zach Snyder does not get enough credit as a director. a lot has been written about the first wave of post-vcr film makers (think Quentin Tarrantino and PT Anderson), but i think Zach is the first post video game director. Sucker Punch is a visually mind blowing and something right out of an Xbox game. His whole aesthetic seems to be shaped by video games with good graphics. and he managed to create a world where ass kicking women, zombies, dragons, and machine guns all fit together. All that was missing was a vampire. I wanted to be entertained and boy was i ever. feminism filtered through the vision of geeks everywhere. bring it on.

- brad filicky

Saturday, March 26, 2011


Please keep Gerard Smith, the amazing bassist for TV On The Radio, in your thoughts, as he has just been diagnosed with lung cancer, as recently announced by the famed Brooklyn band on their Web site on the eve of the release of the group's new album Nine Types of Light.

"Upon the completion of Nine Types of Light, Gerard was diagnosed with lung cancer," the band said. "As a result, he has been undergoing treatment and will be unable to participate in the upcoming tour.

However, a positive diagnosis for the otherwise deadly disease is expected for him.
"Gerard is fortunate enough to have health insurance and is receiving excellent medical care. Already we have seen dramatic results," the band statement continued. "Combine that with Gerard's legendarily willful disposition and it might just be cancer that has the problem. We appreciate your concern and support for Gerard and his family."

Nine Types of Light
is gearing up to be quite possibly TVOTR's best work yet and it is due out April 12th on Interscope. Please go out and support this amazing, amazing band. And check out the video for one new song, "Will Do", and download another great new track, "Caffeinated Consciousness", below.

Rest easy, Mr. Smith. Hope to see you back on the road soon. -Ed.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

what i thought of spider woman agent of s.w.o.r.d.

spider woman agent of s.w.o.r.d i easily one of the best endings of a big crossover event i have ever read (secret invasion). redemption, exotic locales, action. this graphic novel has everything a good action movie should have and is exactly why a lot of comics these days are more fun than going to the cinema. a return of the creative team that made daredevil a smash (brian bendis and alex maleev) - a perfect mesh of story and art.

- brad filicky

Monday, March 7, 2011

a quick write up of Razorjack.

What i like best about this graphic novel is how effortlessly it harkens back to the glory days of 2000 ad comics. It has that hyperactivity, over the top violence and fantasical storytelling that Judge Dredd was known for. Creator John Higgins has an obvious love for the medium which translates as vivid enthusiasm that takes the reader along for the ride whether they want to go or not. Just hold on and enjoy the ride. If this was a film it would be in eye popping 3d with metal soundtrack. if that's your thing then this is your book.

- brad filicky

Friday, March 4, 2011

Just watched the Nirvana Live at Reading DVD

Nirvana - Live at Reading

Nirvana's gig at 1992's Reading Festival is legendary. Seeing this full setlist DVD is seeing a band at their creative peak and the height of the first leg of their career. Watching Kurt Cobain's antics on stage as well as the ferocity of Dave and Krist's playing it is obvious the band was still having FUN. The success was there, but the pressure hadn't reached a fever pitch. Even though at the time of this concert Kurt and Courtney were under assault by the media, he manages to have a good time. It feels very much of an us (the band and their fans) vs the world than the world vs Kurt Cobain. And that makes all the difference. What makes this dvd so electrifying is that this is the man before he was dragged kicking and screaming to become the Voice Of A Generation. It exemplifies all the right reasons why the world fell in love with the band to begin with. Watch and feel nostalgic for what could have been.

- brad filicky