Stand-up comics often appear to be completely at ease, dishing out joke after joke in quick succession. While impressive, this seemingly effortless delivery belies the huge amount of work that goes into crafting a stand-up routine. Writing comedy takes not only talent, but also a willingness to devote oneself to the honing of skills that take years of experience to master.
“Dallas Buyers Club” is a wonderfully complete historical drama and a great film, but it struggles with some lazy stylistic choices and dull scenes. However, these scenes are few and far between—they are minor setbacks in an admirably told underdog story.
Ridley Scott's latest effort “The Counselor” centers on a lawyer who becomes entangled with a pair of eccentric drug dealers and their colleagues. It is a grossly stylish thriller that makes up for story deficiencies with its visuals, dialogue, and performances.
That the album avoids bloated overindulgence is miraculous. Surprisingly, though, its only weak spot is an element of restrictive simplicity. Björk’s lyrics and sonic architecture almost align in a titanic vision for “Biophilia,” but the album’s stylistically constrained instrumental strategy stunts that conceptual richness.
The album marries an even, computerized feel with genres as disparate as disco’s flair and Spaghetti Western scores. Their breadth makes for a fresh and offbeat production, but consistent elements in their songwriting keep the album from feeling like an unfocused jumble.