Film Review: First Reformed

First Reformed

First Reformed written and directed by Paul Schrader (Killer Films, Fibonacci Films, Arclight Films, A24, R, 113 min) Starring Ethan Hawke, Amanda Seyfried, Cedric the Entertainer, Victoria Hill, Philip Ettinger, and Michael Galston. The Inability to Kick Either At some point during the endless cycle of retweets that presages the viral, a tweet happened upon my feed that defines my experience pretty well. In talking about a band, The Hold Steady, this tweet notes that the love of the band comes from a Catholic upbringing driving them to drink and then being unable to kick either his upbringing or his love of spirits. While I wasn’t raised Catholic, my own religious background provides plenty of reason to drink, and I,… Read More →

May Playlist 2014

Not too indie these days, but here’s what I’m spinning. Beck — Morning Phase Melodic. Bluesy. Layers upon layers of vocals. Americana. Textured. Reverb-drenched. Morning Phase is the record that finally harnessed my attention on Beck’s work. Standout tracks include “Waking Light,” “Say Goodbye,” “Wave,” and “Blue Moon.” The Hold Steady — Teeth Dreams Musically, The Hold Steady has always felt at home near the angsty rock of my teenage years. Loud overdriven guitars meet energetic drum beats. What sets the band apart is the storytelling of vocalist, Craig Finn—more spoken word than melody. Teeth Dreams sees the band focus on the melodies, even adding some chorus every once in awhile. “Spinners” is a keeper. S. Carey — Range Of… Read More →