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Interview w/ Cactus Is

Werner Herzog or Errol Morris in Outer Space Interview by Robert D. Patrick The dewy, moon lacquered reverb of Indiana based group, Cactus Is, creates a hushed landscape of empyrean madness. Only a month away from our website being aesthetically overhauled, band members Bob Mathison and Noah East agreed, begrudgingly, to have their interview posted to the old, element […]

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Interview w/ Emily Whittemore

Emily Whittemore’s kaleidoscopic palette of colors are orchestrated with fine-tuned chaos. From Twitter to canvas, the Houston born artist – also known as Lil Escher, Sexy Tonya, and Cool Hero Person (to me, anyway) – is a voice that reverberates with knowledge, talent, and a barbed knack for words. Even though my website’s interface needs […]

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Interview w/ Emily Whittemore

Interview w/ Advance Base

‘It Has a Different Kind of Vulnerability Than My Other Songs’ Interview curated by Robert D. Patrick Owen Ashworth’s meticulous latticework of emotion is quietly powerful. The soft lilt of sadness, rolling back like sea foam, populates a landscape of forgotten memories and bruised reveries. Ashworth, once known as Casiotone for the Painfully Alone, now […]

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Interview w/ Cactus Is

Werner Herzog or Errol Morris in Outer Space Interview by Robert D. Patrick The dewy, moon lacquered reverb of Indiana based group, Cactus Is, creates a hushed landscape of empyrean madness. Only a month away from our website being aesthetically overhauled, band members Bob Mathison and Noah East agreed, begrudgingly, to have their interview posted to the old, element […]

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Interview w/ Emily Whittemore

Emily Whittemore’s kaleidoscopic palette of colors are orchestrated with fine-tuned chaos. From Twitter to canvas, the Houston born artist – also known as Lil Escher, Sexy Tonya, and Cool Hero Person (to me, anyway) – is a voice that reverberates with knowledge, talent, and a barbed knack for words. Even though my website’s interface needs […]


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Listen To Me Marlon (0)

Published on Fri, 7/08/15 | Biography, Documentary, Reality Based, Written By: Robert Patrick

Re-branding a Legend

Review written by Robert D. Patrick

As of late, documentaries seem to be tiring of the Ken Burns batting stance. Panning over pictures, ad nauseam, will not suffice. Audiences are younger and less adept to the vibrating string scores and mousy historians of old. With Kurt Cobain: About a Son, Montage of Heck, and now, with director Stevan Riley’s Listen To Me Marlon, directors are beginning to use the disembodied, archival voices of their subject to tell a story. The haunting whir of tape recorders flutter and wheeze as the late entertainers narrate their life. While this directorial method can be seen as intimate, there is also a sense of overwrought pretension.

Here, Riley is given access to actor Marlon Brando’s private recordings. The celebrated thespian can be heard chanting, in a state of self-hypnosis; bemoaning his career choices; and revisiting, ever so peacefully, his childhood memories. For the wealth of information at his fingertips, Riley balks in run after run. The clips of Brando are either heavy-handed metaphors, coinciding with his voice overs, or purely arbitrary selections based off of convenience (the same home footage is shown, more than once, out of directorial desperation).

After an hour of listening to Brando’s nasally existentialism, you begin to realize that Listen To Me Marlon exists for the wrong reasons. While it’s fascinating to absorb the thoughts of the great actor, the rise and fall of alternating tape qualities poses problems. The actor’s monologues are taped together, throughout the years, to form thoughts or sentences. But this seems disingenuous. A man is never linear over time, and neither are his thoughts. The landscape of abrupt, crudely cut vocals sound like they’re ready to be used in a DJ Shadow song. There is a sense that the makers of this film are more fascinated with style in which their movie is shot than the actual subject itself. It would seem, to the casual eye, that Riley became stuck in the honey pot.

Altogether, the documentary never knows weather it wants to be transparent or intrinsic. Listen to Me Marlon - now playing at Landmark Ken – clumsily walks a line of conventional narrative and jazz improvisation that feels cold and ineffectual. Does the director want to illuminate his viewers, or distort their vision by blowing clouds of smoke in their face? Is the blurred direction by accident or by will? And when the proceedings are this badly skewed and atonal, does it really matter?

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Mad Max: Fury Road (0)

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

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 […]


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, […]


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