When I left a screening of Creed 2 last week, I was thinking about the boxing movie's surprisingly layered story and did not expect to become immediately interested in another artistic endeavor. The catchy beats of Milo Greene’s “Move” were hard to miss when I started the car, even if it was just for the few notes.
Few film genres are as fascinating on the big screen as boxing movies, at least in Philadelphia. The personal struggles, big punches, and hard falls induce larger-than-life thrills. Moments that the sport itself has not realized in a long time. No movie captures this dynamic as well as Rocky, whose sequel Creed II develops its enticing premise in unexpected ways.
My third Christmas shopping guide looks at some of the top music box sets available in 2018. I previously looked at Black Friday's Record Store Day and the best new indie records. This post includes ornate albums that I have passed on for different reasons, but remain enticing. Treasures from my personal collection are also evaluated. Not only are there indie music and classic rock box sets, but also new and used ideas that have value for fans on different budgets.
The Netflix original movie The Outlaw King poses as a watershed moment for the streaming company: could they successfully produce an epic historical drama that is shot for movie theaters, yet relegated for small screen consumption? Despite an A-list star, a golden premise, and a blockbuster budget, the medieval picture is an uninspiring film that slogs through a dynamic moment in Scottish history.
Hulu is no longer just a way to catch up on TV shows. The streaming giant has made inroads with their own programming and Hulu Plus. Hulu has experienced highs (The Handmaids Tale) and lows (Hard Sun). The service has also produced a handful of must-watch documentaries. Ranging from Batman to mascots, these original Hulu documentaries cover vastly different topics worth exploring.
The holiday season is upon us, which means that millions of people are looking for the best gift for the music fans in their lives. For the vinyl-inclined, you can find a quick guide to Record Store Day’s Black Friday selections here. For less exclusive picks for fans, new music is always a great gift. These ten new indie albums make great Christmas gifts in 2018. There is something for everyone, including R&B, psychedelic rock, and French pop.
Christine and the Queens are an emerging act who are flirting with international superstardom. When I saw that the French group was coming to WXPN’s Free At Noon, I jumped at the chance to catch them at the University of Pennsylvania’s intimate World Café.
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40 years after Halloween unleashed the pure evil of Michael Myers, the silent slasher franchise returns with a “give the people what they want” formula. In its first-ever "direct" sequel, Michael Myers terrorizes Laurie Strode and Haddonfield, Illinois. It has been done before (ten times), but the 2018 Halloween updates the Myers-Strode saga with satisfying storytelling and references to its predecessor.