One of the great things about the filmmaking duo of Joel and Ethan Coen (aka the Coen brothers) is that you always know when you're watching one of their films. That's not true of many filmmakers, and for those few whose works fits that description, it can eventually become more of a criticism, serving as evidence of a lack of growth. Show More Summary
A friend of a friend wrote the following on Facebook about my evaluation of David Bowie’s Blackstar: “I think the author would probably rethink the review now that the album's in context.” Indeed—how could I, or any other critic, not? The sentiment wasn’t meant to be snarky, nor was it limited... Continue reading
Like last year, 2016 is looking like it'll be another Oscar season with no clear favorite for Best Picture (though I have a hunch that the small, excellent Room may be a surprise winner). But unlike 2015, I feel like 2016's Oscar season is one where the supposed Oscar contenders didn't really show up. Show More Summary
As its promotional material is fond of telling us, the Hateful Eight is only Quentin Tarantino's eighth film in his more than twenty-year career. However, few if any other filmmakers have had as much of an impact on film and television as Tarantino has. Show More Summary
With its taut, tense action and destructible environments, Siege is the best Rainbow Six for years – if only Ubisoft would rethink its business model Death is a contradiction in the modern competitive shooter. Call of Duty and Battlefront,...Show More Summary
Brooklyn tells the story of a young Irish immigrant (Saoirse Ronan) who comes to Brooklyn in the early 1950s in search of opportunity and a better life. The film has earned a scorching 98% Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes and has earned more than its share of Oscar buzz, with nominations for Best Costume Design and Adapted Screenplay all but assured. Show More Summary
iPad Pro (L) and iPad Air 2. (Credit: Brooke Crothers) The iPad Pro is a rethink of the tablet -- which happened just in time because the tablet has been on a fast track to irrelevance. But how different is it from the iPad Air 2? After almost two weeks of full-time [...]
I've been both eagerly anticipating and warily dreading Steve Jobs, the latest movie about Apple founder Steve Jobs, ever since I heard that Aaron Sorkin would be writing the screenplay. Sorkin writes some of the best dialogue in the business, proven by movies I love that he's written like A Few Good Men, Moneyball, and The Social Network. Show More Summary
The long-awaited Regional Telecommunications Review says the obligation and funding mechanisms that require Telstra to maintain its ageing copper network in the bush need a rethink.
Actress Brie Larson had mostly been over-achieving in supporting roles until grabbing Hollywood's attention in 2013 in the fantastic indie film Short Term 12, where she took the lead playing a staff member at a foster care facility.Show More Summary
If you were married to a famous filmmaker and that person cheated on you, how would you make that person pay for it? One possibility is that you could force your philandering spouse to write and direct a movie like Knock Knock, an infidelity...Show More Summary
Five-star Friday is our ongoing effort to recognize excellence in health care journalism — both in the stories that we review on this site and in the larger media landscape. In the former category, we’ve had two recent stories garner...Show More Summary
Until seeing The Martian, it had never occurred to me that Matt Damon might soon be younger generations' version of Tom Hanks. Both actors can handle comedy and drama, have been in a nice mix of Oscar contenders and crowd pleasers, do...Show More Summary
Fulfilling a dream or achieving something great often involves sacrifice and taking risks, with the assumption that the size of the goal is proportional to the amount of sacrifice and risk required to achieve it. With business goals, the risks are often financial, while physical/athletic goals might risk bodily harm. Show More Summary
At RI Future, I reviewed Cedric de Leon’s new book The Origins of Right to Work: Antilabor Democracy in Nineteenth-Century Chicago. An excerpt. Scholars are beginning to rethink the Gilded Age through the framework of the New Gilded Age. Providence College sociologist Cedric de Leon is at the forefront of this movement in his new […]
Co-chairs of Trudeau's campaign team say they are reviewing whether to take part in Sept. 28 debate The post Liberals rethinking Munk Debate appeared first on Macleans.ca.
Steve Jobs, the co-founder of Apple and the man credited with bringing both personal computers and advanced mobile electronics to the masses, died on October 5, 2011. But the battle to define both the man and his legacy is being waged...Show More Summary
Morgan Stanley is working with Peabody Energy on a review of its coal mines in Australia.
I don't envy the team at OnePlus. After shipping a smartphone that made us rethink what we could get -- nay, what we deserved -- for $299, it was tasked with building an even better follow-up. If this were some schlocky '80s, teen coming-of-age...Show More Summary
An excellent review which -among its other graces- demolishes the view that mtDNA haplogroup L3 provides a terminus post quem of 70 thousand years for the Out-of-Africa expansion, a question I've discussed in this blog before.I think the evidence is overwhelming at this point that there were modern humans outside Africa before 100,000 years ago. Show More Summary