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CONCERT REVIEW: Ryan Adams, Massey Hall, Toronto, ON, November 12, 2014

Nearly a decade removed from Ryan Adams’s most prolific year, when he released three full-lengths over seven months (while leaving countless other recordings in the vaults), it can often seem a bit too easy to take the Jacksonville, N.C. singer for granted. After all, Adams has not exactly shied away from the spotlight: he released several albums with the now-defunct Cardinals and on his own to varying acclaim, as well as a sci-fi tribute to Québec metal legends Voivod, a vinyl box of fifteen live LPs and several volumes in a series of 7-inch releases on his own PAX-AM label, and has become an in-demand producer for everyone from Fall Out Boy to Jenny Lewis. Nevertheless, Adams’s 2014 self-titled LP, which features glossy production and a reinvigorated forty-year-old singer performing some of his strongest and most direct material in years, seems to have brought renewed interest in the one-time alt-country enfant terrible. From the snarling, trebly opening chords of “Gimme Something Good”, it was clear that the Ryan Adams who stepped on the storied stage of a sold-out Massey Hall on …

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10 Movies…That Are Remakes of Classic Horror Films

Horror movies derive most of their power and enjoyment (you sicko) from a combination of novelty and surprise.The novelty: how the filmmakers will have this particular bad guy stalk and kill the good guys. The surprise: OHMYGODLOOKOUTBEHINDYOUDREWBARRYMORE! Nevertheless, because horror movies are eternally popular, Hollywood remakes the biggest ones, as they would any genre of film. However, horror movies also boast extremely devoted and defensive cult bases, so time will tell if this weekend’s Evil Dead reboot is as good as Sam Raimi’s original 1981 classic, despite Sam Raimi’s seal of approval and active involvement. Here then are 10 more notable horror remakes. Friday the 13th (2009) There was once a rumor that they were going to eventually make 13 Friday the 13th movies. But after sending camp drowning victim/supernatural hockey mask-wearing murderer Jason Vorhees to space, hell, and Freddy Krueger, the franchise ran out of steam at 11 movies. So in 2009 they rebooted the franchise by remaking the original 1980 film, set at the proven horror setting of a summer camp full of …

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PopSmarts: The Camera Always Lies

I’ve always been a know-it-all. I was the kid who actually did read the encyclopedia for fun, and I carried my reputation as a fount of useless knowledge into adulthood and into the workplace. Break-room conversations would wind into arcane corners, until someone would say, “Ask Jack — I’ll bet he knows.” And I’d find myself grappling with questions like why Easter moves around so much in the calendar, or why riders of show-horses wear those puffy trousers, or how a faulty car came to be called a “lemon.” I’ve been asked to end arguments, to settle wagers, or simply to satisfy someone’s curiosity. And I’ve always done it — sometimes willingly, sometimes not. For one glorious week, I found a way to make it pay, parlaying my mastery of trivia into a winning stint on Jeopardy! But my true calling has always been as the Office Explainer, telling you everything you could possibly need to know about the ephemera of art, science, and history — and slightly more than you might need, in fact, …

Dw. Dunphy On… Crawling Through a Winter Wonderland

Hey, East Coast, are you feeling a little European today? It’s the last great Blizzard of 2010, folks. I have just finished digging out our driveway (thanks to the neighbors for the snow blowing, shovel assistance and the salt) and the sun has come out. Even so, with a six-foot drift in the backyard, icy winds blowing and the main roads still awaiting a plowing and salting, now may be a good time to try out that Wii you got for Christmas, or maybe hit Netflix for some movies. Here then are some movies you may not want to rent today. The Shining (1980) – The Stanley Kubrick classic based on Stephen King’s novel about a family taking care of a hotel for the winter. Hijinks ensue when the ghosts of the manse, as well as the snow outside and the stir craziness inside, start to take their toll. Writer Jack Torrence (Jack Nicholson) seethes, hyperventilates and hacks away, terrifying his wife and son. This is not a feel-good snowball fight kind of flick. Misery …

Dw. Dunphy On… Trailers Gone Wild

There’s one thing you have to say about the editors of movies and their trailers, and by extension, those who score the movies afterward. Even if the director has an iron hand and insists on leaving his mark indelibly on a production, it is the post-production team that puts the fire on the brand. If there’s any question of this, take note of another YouTube video subgenre, the trailer re-cut. As seen below, with a forceful vision, a convincing soundtrack and maybe a slight tinting trick or two, you can turn a movie trailer inside out. Here are some examples to clarify the point. Mrs. Doubtfire as psychological thriller. She seemed like the perfect nanny, but the eyes can lie! Happy Gilmore as inspirational sports flick. He’s just a guy with a dream. The Shining as family/rom-com. A little bit o’ love can drive you crazy. Mary Poppins as horror flick. A spoonful of sugar helps the demons go down. And Sleepless In Seattle… And Uncle Buck… But not The Ring. And finally, we know …

The Twenty-Second Day of Mellowmas: Double Duvall!

Jason: So Jeff, the other day we gave our readers a double dose of Sedaka. Jeff: Yes, we did. Jason: We also gave them a double dose of Archies. Jeff: That was mean of us. Jason: Could we get any meaner? Jeff: We’re dicks! Double dicks! Jason: Let’s go for the dick hat trick. Jeff: Yes! Jason: Let’s play them some stuff from Shelley Duvall’s Christmas record. That’s right, folks. Shelley Duvall released a Christmas record. Jeff: Shelley Duvall’s Christmas record, you say? Why, what’s it called, Jason? Jason: It’s called Merry Christmas, and the first track is called “A Very Merry Christmas.” But she’s full of shit. Jeff: I think she might be full of something else. Something possibly illegal. Several somethings, actually. Jason: Wait a minute. I believe the album is actually technically called — and I swear I’m not making this up — Hello, I’m Shelley Duvall…Merry Christmas. Jeff: Yes, that’s the title I was looking for. And on the cover, she’s posing with a pack of cartoon animals. A cartoon owl …