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‘Uppercase Print’: Film Review

History is a fanged presence in Romanian director Radu Jude’s recent films. Since 2015’s “Aferim!,” in both fiction and nonfiction formats, culminating in the heady tangle of the two approaches that was 2018’s remarkable “I Do Not Care If We Go Down In History As Barbarians,” Jude has interrogated various incidents and epochs in his […]
Tags: Reviews, Festivals, Berlin Film Festival, Radu Jude, Jude, Uppercase Print

‘Goldie’: Film Review

Slick Woods plays the titular streetwise 18-year-old New Yorker in “Goldie,” a character who’s constantly running toward, or away, from things — a life of perpetual motion that doesn’t actually get her anywhere. In the confident hands of Dutch writer-director Sam de Jong, Goldie’s story is one of big dreams and harsh realities, and the […]
Tags: Reviews, Goldie, Slick Woods, Sam de Jong, Sam de Jong Goldie

‘Young Hunter’: Film Review

Director-writer Marco Berger has been playing with same-sex seduction since his debut, “Plan B,” frequently pitching one confident gay man against a more closeted or curious conquest. Eleven years after that first feature, his latest, “Young Hunter,” continues to riff on the same theme, here exhibiting parallels with the entrapment scenario of 2011’s “Absent” in […]
Tags: Reviews, Festivals, Hunter, Rotterdam Film Festival, Marco Berger, Young Hunter

‘Balloon’: Film Review

On paper, the plight of a pair of families fleeing 1979’s East Germany in a hot air balloon sounds like fabricated fodder for a spy novel. But as implausible as it sounds, this “The Mysterious Island”-esque grand escape from Deutschland’s then walled-in, oppressive slice really did happen. And nearly four decades after being the subject […]
Tags: Reviews, Balloon, East Germany, Michael Bully Herbig

‘Emerald Run’: Film Review

“Emerald Run” is one of the weirdest hodgepodges to make its way to theater screens and digital platforms in quite some time. Unfortunately, oddness is just about the only thing this muddled little indie has going for it. Despite the game efforts of lead actor David Chokachi and attractive lensing by DP Michael Caradonna, the […]
Tags: Reviews, David Chokachi, Emerald Run, Eric Etebari, Yancy Butler, Michael Caradonna

‘Hidden Away’: Film Review

Antonio Ligabue holds an unusual place in the annals of mid-20th-century Italian art, championed by those who feel his boldly-colored, largely naive paintings are the product of a self-taught artist whose mental incapacities prove that natural spirit transcends training and intellect when wielding a paint brush. Wherever one falls on Ligabue’s talents, making a film […]
Tags: Reviews, Festivals, Berlin Film Festival, Ligabue, Elio Germano, Antonio Ligabue, Giorgio Diritti, Hidden Away

‘The Intruder’: Film Review

Take two parts De Palma, one part Zulawski, four parts “Berberian Sound Studio” and dissolve the whole in about a million parts water, and the resultant dilute solution might approximate “The Intruder,” an oddly flavorless supernatural psycho-thriller from sophomore Argentinian director Natalia Meta. The claustrophobically close-up tale of a woman’s mental unraveling in the wake […]
Tags: Reviews, Berlin Film Festival, De Palma, Berberian Sound Studio, Zulawski, Natalia Meta, Erica Rivas

‘Mogul Mowgli’: Film Review

The last time festival audiences saw Riz Ahmed on screen, he was tearing it up on stage as a hedonistic hard-rocker before being plunged into emotional freefall by disability. As an American drummer slowly accepting the loss of his hearing in “Sound of Metal,” the British-Pakistani actor elucidated that painful arc with such furious, void-staring […]
Tags: Reviews, Festivals, Berlin Film Festival, Mowgli, Riz Ahmed, Bassam Tariq, Mogul Mowgli

‘Minamata’: Film Review

If it weren’t for the work he’d done in the Japanese fishing village of Minamata, W. Eugene Smith’s legacy would likely be that of a war photographer, or else as one of the leading contributors to Life magazine, whose immersive approach to his subjects helped pioneer the concept of the photo essay. But Smith did […]
Tags: Reviews, Festivals, Johnny Depp, Berlin Film Festival, Smith, Eugene Smith, Andrew Levitas, Minamata

REVIEW: Lay’s Sea Salt & Vinegar Poppables

To determine whether you’ll love Lay’s Sea Salt & Vinegar Poppables, you have to ask yourself three simple questions. Do you like salt and vinegar potato chips? Do you enjoy the crispy texture of Lay’s Poppables? If it was discontinued, would you send a tear-jerking email to Frito-Lay about how there’s now a hole in your heart that could only be filled with Lay’s Salt & Vinegar Poppables? If you said “yes” to all three questions, I now pronounce you husband and life snack or wife and life sn...
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‘Wildland’: Film Review

After the sudden death of her mother, an introverted teenager is taken in by an estranged female relative, who turns out to be the matriarch of a dangerous criminal family. If the essential logline of Danish director Jeanette Nordahl’s quietly tense debut “Wildland” sounds more than a little familiar, perhaps the same thought occurred to […]
Tags: Reviews, Festivals, Berlin Film Festival, Wildland, Jeanette Nordahl

‘Malmkrog’: Film Review

Since Cristi Puiu’s “Malmkrog” means to drown the viewer in a dense and arcane philosophical debate about Good and Evil, the nature of Christ, Europe and the direction of History, let’s add another strand to the discussion: how is cinema put to best use? It’s an especially pertinent question since Puiu’s always stunning use of […]
Tags: Reviews, Festivals, Cristi Puiu, Puiu, Berlin film festival 2020, Malmkrog

‘Onward’: Film review

Later this year  — Nov. 19, 2020, to be exact — will mark the 25th anniversary of the premiere of “Toy Story,” the first feature from Pixar. In 1995, that movie launched the digital-animation revolution, a paradigm shift that Pixar, for a long time, more or less owned. Yet as the company’s innovations evolved into […]
Tags: Reviews, Pixar, Chris Pratt, Tom Holland, ONward

Ozzy Osbourne’s ‘Ordinary Man’: Album Review

Whether as co-founder of Black Sabbath or as a solo artist, Ozzy Osbourne spent his life and art (at least, the non-reality television part) conjuring death, summoning its spirits and welcoming its hold on heaven or hell. You know the drill: his albums were filled with graveyards, devils and bloodlust. At times Ozzy was ferocious, even […]
Tags: Reviews, News, Ozzy Osbourne, Elton John, Album Reviews, Post Malone, Ozzy, Andrew Watt

REVIEW: ONWARD is Pixar’s Step Backwards

It may be bold of me to say, but in my opinion, Pixar has somewhat of a rough track record. I think they succeed pretty… The post REVIEW: ONWARD is Pixar’s Step Backwards appeared first on Zannaland.
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The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip Is the First Foldable Phone Worth Caring About

With all the hazards and issues found on previous foldable phones, it’d be hard to blame anyone for writing off flexible screen tech completely. But that sentiment might be a bit premature, because with the Galaxy Z Flip, Samsung has made the first foldable phone worth caring about.Read more...
Tags: Reviews, Android, Science, Samsung, Smartphones, Consumer Tech, Flexible Displays, Bendy Screens, Foldables, Samsung Galaxy Z Flip, Ultra Thin Glass, Samsung Galaxy Z Flip Review, First Foldable Phone Worth Caring About

‘Swimming Out Till the Sea Turns Blue’: Film Review

At a kitchen table where two younger women are industriously assembling dumplings, an elderly resident of Jia Family Village, a rural settlement in China’s Shanxi province, reflects on a colorful past. In the 1950s, he served as First Secretary of the Communist Youth League, playing his own part in the country’s social revolution and carousing […]
Tags: Reviews, China, Festivals, Berlin Film Festival, Jia, Shanxi province, Communist Youth League, Jia Zhang-ke, Swimming Out Till the Sea Turns Blue

REVIEW: Mtn Dew Amp Game Fuel Zero

Playing video games and writing have similarities. Both involve a deep focus while staring into a screen and mashing multiple buttons in quick succession. Gaming and writing also include throwing across the room in frustration the thing that has the buttons. Wait…that’s only me? Last year, Mountain Dew rolled out Mtn Dew Amp Game Fuel to help gamers with alertness and accuracy. This year, the brand is offering Mtn Dew Amp Game Fuel Zero, a zero sugar, zero calorie, and zero carb version of the...
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‘Greed’: Film Review

I’ve got this friend who makes his own clothes. Not the generic kind cut from dowdy prairie-dress patterns, but chic, design-it-yourself garments that look better than most anything you’d find on a ready-to-wear rack. I figure he’s the only person I know who’s not guilty of contributing to the kind of sweatshop misery writer-director Michael […]
Tags: Reviews, Festivals, Toronto Film Festival, Palm Springs Film Festival, Michael, Steve Coogan, Greed, Michael Winterbottom

Elcamino & 38 Spesh – “Martyr’s Prayer” (EP Review)

This is the brand new EP from Buffalo, New York emcee Elcamino. First time I listened to him was in November 2017 when he dropped his self-titled EP with Griselda Records. This was followed up by his Walking on Water mixtape in the summer of 2018 & last year alone, he put out 2 studio albums & a few EPs. However to ring in the new year, he’s dropping off the 38 Spesh-produced Martyr’s Prayer. After the titular intro, the first song “Legal Money” shows off his riches over a spooky instrumental w...
Tags: Reviews, Jazz, Flowers, Buffalo New York, Elcamino, Griselda, 38 Spesh, Martyr, Che Noir

Royce 5’9″ – “The Allegory” (Album Review)

Royce 5’9” is a Detroit veteran that most are familiar with for being 1/2 of Bad Meets Ǝvil with local sensation Eminem. However his mark as one of the city’s illest lyricists has already been made with releases such as Death is Certain, Street Hop, Success is Certain, Layers & even Royce’s last album Book of Ryan. Also can’t forget to mention his work with longtime collaborator DJ Premier as the MC/producer duo PRhyme or with the now defunct quartet of all-star wordsmiths that was once Slaught...
Tags: Reviews, Eminem, Jazz, Detroit, Black History Month, Montgomery, Grace, Royce, Conway, Ryan, Yelawolf, Westside Gunn, Emanny, Grafh, Kid Vishis, Royce 5'9

Grimes’ ‘Miss Anthropocene’: Album Review

In the nearly five years since Grimes last released an album, her news and social feeds have been so filled with drama, both artistic and real-life (feuding with her record label, her recent announcement that she’s pregnant, and that whole dating-Elon-Musk thing) that it’s threatened to overshadow her music. And although her recent videos and […]
Tags: Reviews, Elon Musk, Anthropocene, Grimes

‘West Side Story’: Theater Review

Whittled down to one hour and forty-five minutes, “West Side Story” – with book by Arthur Laurents, music by Leonard Bernstein, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, and choreography by Jerome Robbins — has grown exceedingly dark and mislaid some of its moving parts in the new Broadway revival from edgy Belgian director Ivo Van Hove. (Can […]
Tags: Reviews, Stephen Sondheim, Broadway, Ivo van Hove, Leonard Bernstein, West Side Story, Jerome Robbins, Arthur Laurents

‘Premature’: Film Review

There’s poetry in “Premature” — literally, if not always cinematically. Zora Howard, a spoken word artist and sometime actor who reunites with director Rashaad Ernesto Green for his second feature (they collaborated more than a decade earlier on a short of the same name), plays Ayanna, a tentatively romantic Harlem teenager navigating a relationship for […]
Tags: Reviews, Premature, Sundance film festival, Harlem, Ayanna, Rashaad Ernesto Green, Zora Howard

‘My Salinger Year’: Film Review

A writer writes, but there’s no evidence that Joanna Rakoff can even type when she takes the job as an assistant working for literary agent Phyllis Westberg in “My Salinger Year.” Because Rakoff went on to pen a book-length memoir about her time working for Westberg, who represented reclusive writer J.D. Salinger, we can rest […]
Tags: Reviews, Festivals, Berlin Film Festival, Sigourney Weaver, J D Salinger, Rakoff, Margaret Qualley, Joanna Rakoff, Philippe Falardeau, Westberg, My Salinger Year, Phyllis Westberg

House of Marley Liberate Air Truly Wireless Earphones Review Crafted with Sustainable Materials Bluetooth® 5.0 w/ + BLE Sweat-proof & Weather Resistant (IPX4 Rated) Ear Housing Touch Control 9-Hour Onboard Battery Life Stereo Voice Communications USB-C Charging Disconnect from wires and distractions and get lost in the music with Liberate Air, truly wireless earbuds made from sustainable materials such as bamboo, recycled silicone and fabric. A category first for House of Marley, Liberate Air earbuds have a 9-hour onboard batte...
Tags: Reviews, Audio, Seo, Chris Voss, House of Marley Liberate Air, Liberate Air

‘Gentefied’ on Netflix: TV Review

The Los Angeles that TV and movies portray is rarely, as anyone who’s actually from Los Angeles can tell you, particularly accurate to life there outside the entertainment industry. The sprawling city is dense with its own culture, much of which, thanks to sharp influxes money and new (whiter) residents, is perpetually in danger of […]
Tags: Reviews, News, Los Angeles, Netflix, America Ferrera, Joaquin Cosio, Gentefied

Fractal Design Define 7 Case Review

With the introduction of the Define 7 Fractal Design will have their most comprehensive iteration of the Define series which is built on Fractal’s core values of build quality, silent operation, and versatility with a modern minimalistic aesthetic. The post Fractal Design Define 7 Case Review appeared first on
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REVIEW: McDonald’s Oreo Shamrock McFlurry

My mother recently enrolled in the 23andMe ancestry service, and I found out I’m about 3% more Irish than I had initially thought. I wasn’t sure how I’d get over the fact that my entire life had been a giant lie, but luckily for me, the news coincided with the annual release of McDonald’s Shamrock Shake – a treat that’s probably as authentically Irish as I am. I’m about 8%. To me, late-February/March is Shamrock Season. The winter holidays are all done, Baseball isn’t starting for another month...
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‘The Night Clerk’: Film Review

In “The Night Clerk,” Tye Sheridan and a very busy Ana de Armas star as a hotel clerk with Asperger’s and the solicitous beauty who shows up after a murder. The chemistry between Sheridan and de Armas is involving. The casting of Helen Hunt as a enabling mother and John Leguizamo as a police detective […]
Tags: Reviews, Asperger, Sheridan, Helen Hunt, Tye Sheridan, John Leguizamo, Michael Cristofer, Ana de Armas, The Night Clerk

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