Newswire: Jay Z’s streaming service isn’t for everybody (i.e. the poors)

Earlier this year, Jay Z dropped $56 million to purchase the Swedish technology company Aspiro, owner of two music services for aspirational listeners who appreciate the finer things in life, like lossless file streaming. Whereas shoddy services like Spotify and Rdio are always losing sound from the holes in their hobo file bindles, Aspiro’s high-end providers—WiMP and the newer TIDAL—lovingly […]

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Newswire: Beastie Boys are now officially done, but (sort of) won another court case

It seemed obvious, but it’s officially official now: Beastie Boys are done. The group’s Adam Horovitz told GQ that since the late Adam Yauch started the group, the remaining two members (understandably) decided they couldn’t continue without him. There’s a bright lining to this gray cloud, though: Horovitz says that there’s a ton of unreleased Beastie Boys material in the […]

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TV Club: Futurama: “Parasites Lost”/“Amazon Women In The Mood”

“Parasites Lost” (season 3, episode 1; originally aired 1/21/2001) In which the saga of Fry and Leela truly begins… This isn’t a huge step forward for Futurama; the show has been strong before “Parasites Lost.” Yet the episode signals a shift in the writers’ approach to character, and not just in the Fry and Leela relationship. Whether that shift was […]

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Movie Review: Man From Reno is a fine addition to the San Francisco thriller canon

There’s something unsettling about San Francisco, which has been an epicenter of cinematic paranoia ever since James Stewart stalked Kim Novak through Vertigo. Over the years, filmmakers like Francis Ford Coppola (The Conversation), Philip Kaufman (Invasion Of The Body Snatchers), and Paul Verhoeven (Basic Instinct) have exploited its winding streets and fogged-out sight lines for maximum tension. The independently produced […]

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TV Club: The Middle: “The Waiting Game” / The Goldbergs: “The Lost Boy”

The Middle: “The Waiting Game” The reason this week’s episode was entitled “The Waiting Game” was almost certainly because it focused heavily on Sue and her parents suffering through the agony of waiting on responses to her college applications. That said, I’d argue that it could also apply to a completely different storyline, as in, “Every episode of The Middle […]

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Interview: The directors of Spring on shooting in Italy, meeting Linklater, and bending genre

Directors Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead made their mark on the horror scene a couple of years ago with Resolution, an inspired meta-genre trifle that suggested promising careers to follow. With their sophomore effort, Spring, the budding auteurs have reaffirmed and built on the talent hinted at in their debut. Set in a picturesque Italian village, their follow-up is a […]

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