Steve Erickson

Film Review: “Lumberjack the Monster” — A Petrified Forest

June 5, 2024
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Director Takashi Miike’s latest is a killjoy of a film: it doesn’t want to have fun with its material, but it’s impossible to take it seriously. 

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Film Review: “Lost Soulz” — An Engaging Hip-Hop Road Trip

June 4, 2024
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The enthusiastic spirit of “Lost Soulz” is appealing enough to make what feels like two different types of movies sutured together dramatically satisfying.

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Film Review: “Kidnapped: The Abduction of Edgardo Mortara” — Taken by Order of the Pope

May 31, 2024
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There is no denying that “Kidnapped”‘s warning about political authority abusing religion for its own accumulative ends resonates powerfully at this moment.

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Film Review: “Hit Man” — We Contain Multitudes

May 22, 2024
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Breezy as “Hit Man” is, there’s a sting to this romance’s tail.

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Film Review: “Amar Singh Chamkila” — A Spirited Showbiz Biography

April 14, 2024
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“Amar Singh Chamkila” doesn’t hit the compelling heights of “Highway” and “Tanasha,” but the director Imtiaz Ali successfully infuses — within the limits of the musical biopic — a buoyant, rebellious spirit.

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Film Review: “Femme” — Dominating the Dominator

April 5, 2024
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“Femme” proves that finessing the depiction of a toxic romance can lead to some ugly places.

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Film Review: “Shayda” — Memories of a Courageous Mother

March 13, 2024
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Noora Niasari’s personal involvement elevates “Shayda” above melodramatic Lifetime fare: this is a compellingly warm tribute to the Iranian director’s mother.

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Rock Album Review: Kim Gordon’s “The Collective” — Ensnared in Anxieties

March 8, 2024
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The album’s layers of thick and swampy sound make Kim Gordon’s anxious point.

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Film Review: “How to Have Sex” — The Holiday Trap

February 9, 2024
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“How to Have Sex” doesn’t criticize teenage girls for wanting to get laid, but it points out how the cultural environment in which they do so is directed entirely towards male pleasure

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Rock Album Review: Sonic Youth’s “Walls Have Ears” — Intimations of Sounds to Come

February 9, 2024
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Sonic Youth’s fans remain passionate enough to justify the release of a slew of live albums.

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