It’s a weekday morning at Oakland’s Black Spring Coffee, and 26-year-old musician Madeline Kenney is eager to discuss what the future may hold. Given Kenney’s trajectory — she grew up in Seattle, switched her major in college from dance to interpersonal neurobiology, moved to Oakland to pursue a career as a baker, then ultimately found her calling as an acclaimed singer-songwriter — it seems tough to expect her to know for certain just what’s coming next. Fortunately for fans, the answer is “Perfect Shapes.” Out Oct. 5, Kenney’s new record expands on a sound she once dubbed twang-haze. Featuring quiet meditations layered with fuzzy guitars, introspective lyrics and melodic catharsis, Kenney’s debut, “Night Night at First Landing,” arrived last September. “Perfect Shapes” takes this formula and mixes in some new ingredients, as evidenced on the deceptively bubbly lead single, “Cut Me Off.” … [Read more...] about Madeline Kenney sees the shape of things to come
The shape of things to come
In The House of Tomorrow, a teenager who lives a sheltered, homeschooled, health-conscious life with his grandmother inside a geodesic dome discovers the outside world — other teens, girls, punk rock and grilled cheese sandwiches. Yes, on the surface at least, this is that kind of movie: “quirky,” sensitive and cute, complete with pat life lessons and predictable challenges. Sebastian Prendergast (Asa Butterfield, compellingly wide-eyed and tense) is brilliant, but odd: He was orphaned as a child, and his grandmother caretaker (Ellen Burstyn) is a disciple of the legendary American inventor and architect Buckminster Fuller, whose precepts she instills in him. Sebastian’s only interactions with other kids, it seems, come via tours he gives of the dome in which he and grandma live, educating school and church groups about Fuller’s legacy. The unexpected arrives when Sebastian’s grandmother suffers a stroke, forcing him out into the unknown, or at least … [Read more...] about The House of Tomorrow Builds a Better Indie-Quirk Grown-up Story
In The House of Tomorrow, a teenager who lives a sheltered, homeschooled, health-conscious life with his grandmother inside a geodesic dome discovers the outside world — other teens, girls, punk rock, and grilled cheese sandwiches. Yes, on the surface at least, this is that kind of movie: “quirky,” sensitive, and cute, complete with pat life lessons and predictable challenges. Sebastian Prendergast (Asa Butterfield, compellingly wide-eyed and tense) is brilliant, but odd: He was orphaned as a child, and his grandmother caretaker (Ellen Burstyn) is a disciple of the legendary American inventor and architect Buckminster Fuller, whose precepts she instills in him. Sebastian’s only interactions with other kids, it seems, come via tours he gives of the dome in which he and Grandma live, lecturing school and church groups about Fuller’s legacy. The unexpected arrives when Sebastian’s grandmother suffers a stroke, forcing him out into the unknown, or at … [Read more...] about “The House of Tomorrow”: Of Love, Punk, and Geodesic Domes
Lost “The Shape of Things to Come:” The Remix Doc Artz So with this most recent blog, I threw out a theory regarding Benry and time travel and Smokey based mostly on a hunch. And it has proven to be the most controversial thing I’ve written since “Jin’s alive!” Based on the comments so far, (almost) no one agrees with me that A. Smokey and time travel are somehow connected, B. Benry traveled to Tunisia and Iraq AND England when he went into his closet in this episode, C. that consciousness is the key to time traveling. You either disagree with all of it, or some of it, but no one seems to agree with the whole kit and kaboodle. Hey! That’s cool! I gotta say, I appreciate how even in your disagreement with me, you’ve all been so kind and complimentary in the comments. But, I also noticed that there might have been a little confusion about what I was trying to say. It is, after all, kinda tricky stuff. So between the complication … [Read more...] about Lost: “The Shape of Things to Come.” Additional thoughts.
No sooner had Democrat Conor Lamb claimed victory in the nationally-watched special election in Pennsylvania’s 18th District Tuesday than the speculation started about the next two U.S. House special elections this year. While it is unclear after the first special election of the year, there are other contests coming up sure to draw national attention and perhaps serve as clues as to whether a Democratic tidal wave is in the works. The next special election for the House will be on April 24. The site is Arizona’s 8th District, also a district in which Trump won by 20-plus points in 2016, and which Republican Rep. Trent Franks resigned last December following revelations he had approached a staffer about being a surrogate mother. Republican Debbie Lesko, a former state senator and Trump-style populist, is the favorite. Campaigning hard on securing the border, building a wall on the Mexican border, and protecting the Second Amendment, she … [Read more...] about Is Democratic Win in PA-18 Race the Shape of Things to Come In Next Specials?
Insert shrubs, grasses and pathways here. (John King/The Chronicle) I finally made it to the top of the tunnel enclosing the roadway formerly known as Doyle Drive, and all I can say is: It’s big. With postcard views of expected beauty, but also fresh vistas of unexpected power. And three years from now, if we’re lucky, San Francisco’s Presidio will be re-knit in a way that makes the unusual national park even more compelling than it is today. The tunnel top is the center of what is billed as New Presidio Parklands, 13 acres between Crissy Field and the Main Post that held the elevated Doyle Drive to and from Golden Gate Bridge. The boulevard’s eastern portion was dropped to ground level and is tucked within two pairs of tunnels. One pair will be covered by parkland, and what struck me more than anything else is the extent of the space. It’s a walk of several minutes east to west; Crissy Field below you seems far, far away. Speaking of far, far away, to the … [Read more...] about The view from the top (of the Presidio)
TheWrap Oscar Magazine: "This is not a single-genre movie," the writer-director says. "It's a musical, a melodrama, a spy thriller, a comedy, you know?" Steve Pond, provided by Published 4:26 pm, Wednesday, January 3, 2018 Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 Guillermo del Toro on How ‘The Shape of Water’ Was Almost Shot in Black and White 1 / 1 Back to Gallery This story about Guillermo del Toro and “The Shape of Water” first appeared in the Oscar Noms Preview issue of TheWrap’s Oscar magazine. Guillermo del Toro has often worked in the rich cinematic margins, making genre films like “The Devil’s Backbone,” “Hellboy,” “Pacific Rim” and “Crimson Peak” that please sci-fi and horror fans but don’t register with awards voters. But 2006’s “Pan’s Labyrinth” was a notable exception, landing six Oscar nominations and winning … [Read more...] about Guillermo del Toro on How ‘The Shape of Water’ Was Almost Shot in Black and White
A version of this story appears in Entertainment Weekly #1493, available here. Don’t forget to subscribe for more exclusive interviews and photos, only in EW. In a Guillermo del Toro movie, a piece of candy is never just a piece of candy. It’s also a precise shade of emerald, a hue that flows throughout his latest, The Shape of Water. Green is in a nauseating slice of key lime pie. A newly purchased Cadillac. A molded gelatin in a Rockwellian advertisement. It also represents the future, because in a Guillermo del Toro movie, the color green is never just the color green. For the past 25 years, del Toro has built fantastical worlds of horrible beauty and beautiful horror. His visions — whether it’s a bleak fairy tale about fascist Spain under Franco in Pan’s Labyrinth or a battle royale between giant monsters and robots in Pacific Rim — have come to life because of their specificity. Every detail filling the frame is there for a reason, … [Read more...] about How Guillermo del Toro defied genre and tight budgets to create The Shape of Water
Courtesy of Adam Miller Adam Miller is the author of "Letters to a Young Mormon." Adam Miller doesn’t think his book is for everyone. “I don’t know that ‘Letters to a Young Mormon’ is exactly the right thing for everyone all the time to read or to hear, but I do hope that it can be the kind of thing that can be helpful to a certain kind of person who finds themselves in a certain kind of place,” Miller said when asked how he feels when he hears his book about Mormonism has helped someone. He didn’t write it in an effort to solve all faith-based issues, concerns or doubts. Instead, he wrote it in the form of letters to his children, a daughter (who is the “S” the letters are addressed to) and two sons who range in age from 11 to 17. And while the book is deep, as is to be expected considering the author is a philosophy professor, Miller’s motivation behind writing was really quite … [Read more...] about The man behind the pen of ‘Letters to a Young Mormon’
Something strange is going on in a U.S. government laboratory in 1962 — something that only the higher-ups are supposed to know about. But even during the Cold War, leaks are inevitable, and the unlikeliest people can become privy to the most astounding secrets. Such a person is Elisa Esposito (Sally Hawkins), a janitor who works at the lab and gradually becomes aware of an experiment being conducted. Mute and unassuming, she’s virtually invisible as she goes about her duties. And that allows her to find out things that could get her into serious trouble. In a way, Elisa is a detective. And she gets an important clue that involves government honcho Richard Strickland (Michael Shannon) and blood spilling onto the laboratory floor. That, of course, only piques her curiosity — and leads her to make a discovery that will irrevocably change her life but will also require that she take an enormous risk. Neither her best friend, Giles (Richard Jenkins), nor her co-worker … [Read more...] about 4 stars: ‘The Shape of Water’ is one of the year’s best films