The Neighbourhood: I Love You

California band The Neighbourhood grabbed my attention when I first saw them open for Paul Banks a few years ago. Their sound which is a mixture of indie pop and hip hop had me hooked from the onset. Immediately after the show I researched the band and saw that they had a particular aestheic for…

Short Term 12

I have seen so many articles about how great “Short Term 12” is that I decided to check it out. Brie Larson stars as Grace, a young woman working at a foster care facility with her boyfriend Mason (John Gallagher Jr). Grace and Mason try their best to help kids struggling with a variety of…

Real Estate: Talking Backwards

New Jersey band Real Estate first came to my attention back in 2010 when I developed a fascination with everything surf rock/pop. A handful of bands popped up in 2010 that fell into this category including Best Coast, The Drums, Beach Fossils and Surfer Blood. Out of all of these bands Real Estate really seemed…

Kings of Leon: Mechanical Bull

Kings of Leon first came to my attention back in 2009 when the radio kept playing their songs continuously from their album “Only By the Night”. I checked that album out and it shaped my life in countless ways including getting me through a breakup. Their followup “Come Around Sundown” was also a great album…

Good Will Hunting

Gus Van Sant’s “Good Will Hunting” is one of the best films ever made. Matt Damon and Ben Affleck wrote one of the finest screenplays for the big screen. I have watched this movie countless times and never tire of it. The acting as well as the soundtrack which heavily features Elliott Smith makes for…

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

I re-watched David Fincher’s “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” and there was so much that I realized that I missed from my first initial viewing. I had forgotten the significance of the clock that turned backwards and that Benjamin had a daughter with Daisy. I was completely surprised at these additions and asked myself…

Two Gallants- Untitled (live)

I have been listening to a lot of Two Gallants lately. For those of you who are unfamiliar to this amazing band, they are an indie folk rock band from San Francisco. They have released four albums with “The Bloom and the Blight” being the most recent. They have been touring behind this album consistently…

Chris Botti- Miami Overnight (live)

I have never really been a fan of smooth jazz. It can be too mellow for my temperament and even a bit boring. But after discovering Chris Botti my opinion on the genre has changed. He makes music that is both romantic and sentimental; it is definitely music for couples. One of Botti’s best jazz…

The Sweet Hereafter

Atom Egoyan’s “The Sweet Hereafter” is a film about loss and the grief that never leaves. A school bus accident results in the deaths of children in a small town in Canada. The parents of these children try to cope with their loss in various ways. A lawyer (Ian Holm) comes to town in order…

Transcendence (Trailer)

I just checked out the trailer for “Transcendence” which stars Johnny Depp and an ensemble cast. The film focuses on an artificial intelligence researched named Will Caster (Depp) who is attempting to create a machine that can experience human emotions and understanding. He is killed by an opponent of his views to which his wife…