Sunday, July 3, 2011

Month in Review: June 2011

month in review juneJune is over. The Fourth of July is here. That’s crazy. Only eighteenish months left until the end of the world/the new Batman movie.

Now would be a good time to catch up on what we reviewed in June – just in case the world ends a year-and-a-half early.

Hit the jump already!


Giaco had a blast watching X-Men: First Class. If this is the first in a new trilogy as director Matthew Vaughn intends, Giaco’s on board for all three. Andrew was less taken with the film, as we discussed in a point-counterpoint on this podcast.

Super 8 did not disappoint, though it certainly contained more than its fair share of lens flare. Boivin called this coming-of-age story “the best movie of the summer so far.”

I don’t have a category for it, but since everything discussed is part of a movie property, I’ll mention here that Pankin reviewed some rides at Universal Studios Hollywood. “Where’s the character and the class?” he asks.


Giaco saw Pissed Jeans open for Kurt Vile and contrasted the ways by which each artist constructed their own “wall of sound.”

I wasn’t sure I’d ever write this: but we ran a BeyoncĂ© review last month. Jordan called 4  a record “that cements her place as a diva to beat.”


I took it upon myself to dress down AMC’s The Killing for failing to live up to its full potential.

By contrast, Chris chronicled the season-long rise of HBO’s Game of Thrones from ambitious costume drama to absolutely vital programming.

Chris also found that Steven Moffat’s Sherlock series engaging hewed just close enough to the source material that he didn’t mind the 21st-century setting.


It may not fit squarely into the review category, but you should go back and check out our coverage of this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo. Our correspondent Andrew Pankin had the opportunity to check out some a handful of excellent games, including BioShock Infinite. For the record: I still haven’t read his Infinite preview. I aim to know as little as possible about that game before playing it. Knowing that people like it is enough for me. But you’re not me, so you should read it.


In addition to the travelling I know he did last month, Chris found time to read someone else’s book about travelling. In The Tao of Travel, writer Paul Theroux “has given us a book that is part travel bible, part how-to guide for writing travel books, part retrospective on his own career, and part strong case for the variety and wit inherent in the genre.”

Our Stalwart Features

As always, you can check our regular review features: Thoughts of An Aspiring Music Snob(musicians), A Decade of Dreck (bad movies), and Art House in the Middle of the Street (supposedly good movies).

Standouts include Chris actually locating a copy of Zaireeka for his week on The Flaming Lips, Boivin dissecting the corpse of Al Pacino’s talent in 88 Minutes, Jordan’s debut of his new layout coinciding with the excellent The Rules of the Game.

Giaco also continued his Yellowed Pages feature. This time he read The Flying Sorcerers, a book with a cover that should speak for itself but doesn’t.

And that rounds out June. More on the way in July!