Archive for 'Brag 461 (May 7)'
When it comes to romantic comedies, Jason Segel and writer-director Nicholas Stoller have undeniable chemistry; meeting on the set of Judd Apatow’s TV series Undeclared in 2001, they reunited on Stoller’s cult comedy directorial debut Forgetting Sarah Marshall, which Segel wrote and starred in, and re-teamed in the same roles for The Muppets, with Stoller co-writing. With their third feature together on screens this month, their chemistry graduates to a full-fledged creative relationship.
Winter People have a real understanding of subtlety. Instead of floating around nondescript soundscapes with lack of definition, or creating hyper-bland folk accentuated by ‘alternative’ instruments, they deliver music that is tense and fulfilling, with its more overt messages veiled in well-developed metaphor and musical somethings.
Beach House are that rare kind of band who don’t seem to pressure themselves to reinvent the wheel on every record they make, and don’t need to. Each album builds subtly and deftly on the last, enough to feel fresh but not so much that the foundation of their sound gets crushed under the weight of novelty for its own sake.
Based on the line stretching out of the Seymour, through the courtyard and around the corner onto Cleveland Street, Sydney absolutely loves Henry Rollins. Given that this show was his fourth in as many evenings at the venue, it was a testament to the former Black Flag and Rollins Band frontman’s longevity and talent that he drew in such a substantially-sized crowd – all quite happy to wait in the cold, despite the fact that Rollins is a not-infrequent visitor to our shores, and his opinions are readily available via his radio and television shows.
For her sophomore feature, Madonna sets her sights on one of the great romantic scandals in modern history – the affair between King Edward VIII and American divorcée and socialite Wallis Simpson that impelled him to abdicate the throne. It’s often rendered as a 20th century fairytale – a prince with the world at his feet, giving it all up rather than keeping his lover hidden, as society’s moral codes had compelled so many of his ancestors to do. And he didn’t just give up a throne; he gave up his family, who exiled him and his new wife from England.