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Interview w/ Screaming Females

Marissa Paternoster On Social Media to Pitchfork Media Interview curated by Robert D. Patrick There’s no confusing Marissa Paternoster’s fine-tuned howls and propulsive guitar playing. Screaming Females, a three-piece band from New Brunswick, New Jersey, have been lauded by every publication from The A.V. Club to the Los Angeles Times for their electric stage presence […]

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Interview w/ Vetiver

‘I’m Not Certain if Format Fetishizing Helps Musicians or Not.’ Interview curated by Robert D. Patrick The hushed, gossamer-like vocalizations of Vetiver’s Andy Cabic ethereally dot the airy instrumentation on “Complete Strangers,” the band’s sixth full-length album. The Virginia-born lyricist and singer muses over the tenuous ebb of traveling, time, and mortality in a way that only […]

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Interview w/ Surfer Blood

“People Can Really Rise to the Occasion in a Time of Crisis” Interview curated by Robert D. Patrick Ethereal guitar jangling and surfboard wax. The sun baked, saltwater ebb of Surfer Blood’s melodic ballads cascade over the band’s newest LP, 1000 Palms. Frontman John Paul Pitts emits haunting but carbonated sonnets, this time on the […]

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Interview w/ Screaming Females

Marissa Paternoster On Social Media to Pitchfork Media Interview curated by Robert D. Patrick There’s no confusing Marissa Paternoster’s fine-tuned howls and propulsive guitar playing. Screaming Females, a three-piece band from New Brunswick, New Jersey, have been lauded by every publication from The A.V. Club to the Los Angeles Times for their electric stage presence […]

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Interview w/ Vetiver

‘I’m Not Certain if Format Fetishizing Helps Musicians or Not.’ Interview curated by Robert D. Patrick The hushed, gossamer-like vocalizations of Vetiver’s Andy Cabic ethereally dot the airy instrumentation on “Complete Strangers,” the band’s sixth full-length album. The Virginia-born lyricist and singer muses over the tenuous ebb of traveling, time, and mortality in a way that only […]


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Mad Max: Fury Road (0)

Published on Sun, 17/05/15 | Action, Drama, Written By: Robert Patrick

Cars 3: Car-cass

Starring: Charlize Theron, Tom Hardy

Review written by Robert D. Patrick

Windshields are matted by fingerprints, rust-colored sand envelopes the world, and blood specked incisors tear away at any semblance of humanity. Director George Miller’s easel is made of bones and sinew, the canvas lacquered with saliva and sweat. Mad Max: Fury Road is punctuated with filleted wheel rubber and scudding gasoline. With his newest opus, Miller, the captain behind the original dystopian trilogy of Mad Max pictures, resumes his role as ringleader and firecracker lighter. The newest iteration of the death-before-dialogue series adds a straight jacket to the source material. This is the kind of action film that no American director could make: mechanized breast pumps and cysts with names? I don’t think so. No, here in the carousel of Australian director George Miller’s mind, conventional action will simply not do. There is more H.R. Giger and Francis Bacon under the hood of this car than there is Michael Bay or John McTiernan.

The plot is skeletal as you can imagine. The world has been eradicated by a fallout, and the survivors cling to animus and gasoline. Utopia for the mangled and marred survivors lies in the hope of filling their sand-baked jars with water or food. Of course, when the livin’ is hard, there is always some maniacal opportunist with the heart of a buzz saw to preside over the weary. Here, the villain is a moribund antagonist with the artificial jaws of a piranha. When the aforementioned malefactor loses something that “belongs” to him, we, as an audience, become spectators to the great roadshow of inverted metal and revving engines that is so famous to the Mad Max franchise.

Losing his mind, a gravelly-voiced Max (Tom Hardy) is taken hostage by wiry, pale-faced bandits. In captivity, he is subject to heinous punishments that give him throngs of flashbacks. He has a dark past, we assume, because of the flickering memories that strafe his brain throughout the film. Hardy’s compact but surly stature fits the casting for callous-palmed antihero, but he has little to do in the way of acting. Ever since his breakthrough in Bronson, he has been given fewer and fewer lines in films. In his next movie I’m literally expecting him to play a monolith. Give the guy some dialogue. While Fury Road boasts the Mad Max name, Charlize Theron’s Imperator Furiosa is the marquee star of the carnage. She is the true protagonist of the film, and becomes an unlikely ally to the disheveled Max, giving him purpose and direction.

While Fury Road sounds like a Sega Genesis title, and plays like a midnight movie with an insidiously large budget, it has more technical prowess than one would expect. Everything from the sound editing to the effects is intensely articulate. And while there is no doubt that the movie is deliberately derivative of itself, this film also borrows heavily from the aesthetics of video games such as Borderlands, Fallout, Road Rash, and Twisted Metal. The adrenaline fueled narrative is like Run Lola Run on wheels. And the dirt-smeared, chrome-transfixed set design is reminiscent of MTV’s Liquid Television. But the litany of comparisons would not exist if not for Miller’s original Mad Max film. It’s truly a barbed circle, one that is a necessary watch on a large screen.

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Adult Beginners (1)

Published on Fri, 24/04/15 | Comedy, Drama, Written By: Robert Patrick
Adult Beginners

Kroll Over, Play Dead Starring: Nick Kroll, Rose Byrne Review written by Robert D. Patrick A thirty-something has an existential crisis, burrows into depression, and has some snarky, impertinent bile to spew against the walls of their loved ones’ home. This is an insipid, burgeoning genre that began with the tired eyelids of Owen Wilson […]


Bran Stark’s Impact on GoT Season 5 (0)

Published on Fri, 17/04/15 | Commentary, Written By: Robert Patrick
Bran Stark’s Impact on GoT Season 5

Bran Stark DeviantArt illustration by Someone With the aorta punishing season five now in the books, viewers are shocked to learn that their favorite character may not return. Stabbed in the back, Bran was treated as an afterthought, as he was nowhere to be found in the popular HBO serial. Last season, Bran, the magical toddler Stark-child, […]


True Story (0)

Published on Fri, 17/04/15 | Crime, Drama, Reality Based, Written By: Robert Patrick
True Story

Close-Ups: The Movie Starring: Jonah Hill, James Franco Review written by Robert D. Patrick The gossamer web that director Rupert Goold weaves is more of the plastic bag, Halloween variety. Fake, difficult to pull apart, and without a genuine aesthetic. True Story is a film about two desperate men interrogating one another by spitting venom through […]


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