Album Review: Bigelf - "Into The Maelstrom"

Alright, class. The subject we'll be discussing this week is a genre commonly referred to as "progressive metal". When I hear the word "progressive" I think of acts like Rush and King Crimson. Technically, Fates Warning and Queensryche are also classified as progressive along with one of the most successful progressive metal acts, Dream Theater. Add to that list the album I'm reviewing today, "Into the Maelstrom" by Bigelf.

Grand Piano's Pulpy Love of High & Low

In Eugenio Mira’s “Grand Piano” renowned concert pianist Tom Selznick (Elijah Wood) reemerges from early retirement after he chokes during a concert attempting to play the “Unplayable Piece” by his mentor Patrick Godureaux. Following Patrick’s death, Tom is convinced by his star actress wife Emma (Kerry Bishé) to return to the stage playing Patrick’s piano in his remembrance. Hesitant to bring shame to his mentor, Tom experiences intense anxiety made more pressing by media inquires and some hazing from the orchestra. (They call him Failznick!

All Cheerleaders Die! (REVIEW)

Lucky McKee has long established himself as one of the stalwarts of subversive, indie horror with cult hits like May and The Woman. His films have been feminist examinations of the damaged human psyche, and he's never been afraid to travel down some dark paths in order to tell his stories. What I never would have guessed is McKee, along with co-writer and director Chris Siverston, had a film as breezy and funny as ALL CHEERLEADERS DIE in him that still manages to be as woman positive and subversive as his earlier works.

Horror Icon Mini-Marathon: WILLIAM MALONE

One of the most common circumstances in the horror industry is for technicians from one aspect of the genre to cross over to the directing chair, bringing their unique expertise and expanding their influence on the final product. Cinematographer Barry Sonnenfeld worked with brilliant filmmakers like The Coen Brothers and Rob Reiner before directing the “Men In Black” and “Addam’s Family” films. Sometimes, skilled technicians are able to turn their previous skills into invaluable services that make their directorial works greater than would be expected from a previously untrained director.

The Instomatic Episode 7 - "Valkyrie"

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At long last, Charlie and Casey are back! After a heavy couple of episodes involving bad cops and mistreated killer whales, C&C decide to...uh...lighten things up? with Bryan Singer's 2008 Tom Cruise Nazi vehicle, "Valkyrie".

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