Other Articles by Jon Burke

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CINEMA

 » Proceed and Be Bold! - The radical, often shocking images and slogans that jump from the surface of Amos Paul Kennedy, Jr.'s prints belie the layered, meticulously machined nature of his letterpress printing. Three Chicago-based filmmakers document these contradictions with a relish inspired by its subject, a man who embraces life's beauty and complexities with all his creative energy.
[10.06.2009 by Jon Burke]

CINEMA

 » Inglourious Basterds - Brutal and comedic, revisionist and historically anecdotal, pop-lite and artistically sound, the latest film in Quentin Tarantino's canon is truly a celebration of the creative joy and raw power of cinema.
[09.08.2009 by Jon Burke]

CINEMA

 » District 9 - Produced by Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson's WingNut Films, this socio-political sci-fi film, adapted from director Neill Blomkamp's own short film, parallels real events from South Africa's past in a depressingly familiar future.
[09.04.2009 by Jon Burke]

CINEMA

 » Let The Right One In - With a pending North American remake scheduled for 2009, much to the objections of its original director, this beautifully rendered Swedish picture is a truly great film worth letting into your cinematic queue, that just happens to have a vampire at its heart.
[11.17.2008 by Jon Burke]

CINEMA

 » The Cottage - What makes Paul Andrew Williams' latest film such a great horror experience is the characters involved in its ridiculous scenario, as well as the much-hyped director's ploy, ala Speilberg, to wait an outrageous amount of time before revealing the shark or, in this case, The Farmer. The buildup works.
[11.12.2008 by Jon Burke]

MUSIC

 » Love Train: The Sound of Philadelphia - This four-disc Philadelphia International Records box set, compiling 71 truly iconic R&B and Soul tracks from the 1970s and 80s, is remarkable both in its own right and as the musical roots of countless samples and beats from modern hip-hop and electronic music.
[10.31.2008 by Jon Burke]

CINEMA

 » JCVD - Gaumont films and director Mabrouk El Mechri's foreign language faux-blockbuster meta-film is a Charlie Kaufman-style sendup of the trials and tribulations of B-movie star Jean-Claude Van Damme, starring the Muscles from Brussels himself, and it is excellent.
[10.02.2008 by Jon Burke]

CINEMA

 » I've Got The Feelin': James Brown in the 60s - Shout! Factory's three-disc boxset, released this month, highlights the Godfather of Soul during his peak, in the 1960s and early 1970s, when he was arguably the most powerful black man in America, serving up over five house of hard evidence of the icon's intelligence, his power and his talent.
[08.22.2008 by Jon Burke]

CINEMA

 » Transsiberian - The Machinist director Brad Anderson knows how to make the most, or in this claustrophobic case, the least, of each shot, each scene and each space. Ben Kingsley, Woody Harrelson and Emily Mortimer all shine in this new film about running away and the lies people tell to fool others and themselves.
[08.18.2008 by Jon Burke]

CINEMA

 » Machine Girl - Fans of The Evil Dead trilogy, the films of John Woo and Japanese anime will all find something to like in the immensely gory Tokyo Shock production of a story about a girl, her gun arm, and her gruesome killing spree.
[06.30.2008 by Jon Burke]

CINEMA

 » The Signal - Released to DVD last week after a low-key and limited theaters run in February, this remarkable low-budget film - written and directed by David Bruckner, Dan Bush and Jacob Gentry (yes, all three) - is a cut above similar films in the resurgent "mass hysteria" horror trend, including M. Night Shyamalan's The Happening.
[06.17.2008 by Jon Burke]

CINEMA

 » [Rec] - These days a good horror film is hard to find. It hides amongst the legions of crappy efforts and blends in with the genrescape, often victim to poorly placed labels like "Torture Porn" or "Slasher Film." But this new Spanish film - already being remade by Hollywood - is one of the few horror flicks in recent memory worthy of such scatological praise.
[06.04.2008 by Jon Burke]

CINEMA

 » Lake of Fire - A decade and a half in the making, this must-see THINKfilm documentary, produced and directed by Tony Kaye, the creative force behind American History X, examines both sides of the seemingly endless abortion debate in the United States, and does so in Kaye's trademark graphic style.
[04.30.2008 by Jon Burke]

CINEMA

 » Exiled - Director Jonnie To's latest installment of "Hong Kong" cinema - gritty, highly-stylized films that center around action and, in particular, gunplay - goes to show that if John Woo was the genre's trailblazer, Johnnie To is the future.
[09.11.2007 by Jon Burke]

FESTIVALS

 » Pitchfork 2007 - Preview - What is arguably the strongest new media music publication has assembled a highly credible lineup of artists for what could arguably be the summer's hottest music festival. Jon Burke lets you know what to expect.
[07.12.2007 by Jon Burke]

CINEMA

 » Abattoir Blues Tour - For any Nick Cave fans languishing over the fact that some of his recent tours failed to come to the US, solace can be found on this 2xCD/2xDVD set. On both Cave is a madman - equal parts Mick Jagger, Jerry Lee Lewis and Johnny Cash.
[04.03.2007 by Jon Burke]

MUSIC

 » Rafter - "I have always loved really dark music through a lot of my life, but at this point, where our culture is at, I feel responsible to try to put something out that is going to be a neat thing, a positive thing." Jon Burke on Asthmatic Kitty's "Nice Uncle."
[02.16.2007 by Jon Burke]

CINEMA

 » Pan's Labyrinth - While the latest effort from Mexican director Guillermo del Toro won't blow you away from the opening shot, it slowly builds into a formidable film with seemless acting, a powerful story and creative editing.
[01.22.2007 by Jon Burke]

MUSIC

 » DJ Shadow - Calling Josh Davis' new album "scattered" is an understatement, but that doesn't mean that it is necessarily a bad collection of songs. LAS staffer Jon Burke chats up the man who may never be able to put his past behind him.
[10.09.2006 by Jon Burke]

CINEMA

 » Led Zeppelin: Origin Of The Species - With sample-based music coming to the forefront of the industry this documentary is an interesting, entertaining and particularly relevant look at the influences of one of rock music's most influential bands.
[08.28.2006 by Jon Burke]

CINEMA

 » Afro-Punk - A must-see film for anyone who has an opinion about issues of race, gender, rock & roll or society, Afro-punks is a real wake-up call that some of this generation's best and brightest are being shunned for ridiculously superficial reasons.
[08.14.2006 by Jon Burke]

FESTIVALS

 » Pitchfork 2006 - Jon Burke - Amid sweltering heat and throngs of hipsters LAS staffer Jon Burke hit the grounds of Chicago's Union Park to report on the biggest online music magazine's first stab at a major festival - that is until his bowels sidelined him.
[08.04.2006 by Jon Burke]

CINEMA

 » TV Party: The Documentary - TV Party was hip before hipsters and died in the same way that all trends die - it became a mockery of itself. Now, some three decades later, director and producer Danny Vinik revisits the seminal cable access show with a new documentary.
[07.31.2006 by Jon Burke]

CINEMA

 » Asian Shock/Horror Films - Part 1 - Currently only Asian cinema is producing the kind of rough and honest shock/horror films that were previously the exclusive domain of North American directors. In lieu of quality American films, Jon Burke compiles a list of must-see Asian films.
[07.27.2006 by Jon Burke]

FESTIVALS

 » Intonation 2006 - Jon Burke - From a buoyant beginning of Saturday morning and the ensuing letdown to an envigorating performance in the smoky drizzle of Sunday evening, Jon Burke recounts parking spaces from paradise, corn on the cob and a beligerent Jon Brion
[07.10.2006 by Jon Burke]

PROFILES

 » Brian Posehn - Posehn's dog takes some liberties with Brian's wife that a "bro" just shouldn't take, George Lucas gets compared to a dirty uncle and apparently the lead singer of WASP is an asshole, and LAS staff writer Jon Burke is reminded that there is no shame in his game.
[06.15.2006 by Jon Burke]

CINEMA

 » Moby: Hotel Tour 2005 - At one point Moby was an underground electronic sensation, spinning thumping house music and making a couple of really great albums. Now, ten years and several rounds with the media machine later, the bald and bespectacled pop orchestrator releases a ho-hum tour DVD.
[05.11.2006 by Jon Burke]

CINEMA

 » Akira Kurosawa - With themes ranging from the heights of Shakespearean melodrama to the everyday lives of street hustlers, Kurosawa developed complex characters as vessels to navigate the blurry territory between good and evil. Of course there is also a fair amount of sword fighting to be had in a Kurosawa film, which is awesome.
[05.03.2006 by Jon Burke]

CINEMA

 » Dave Chappelle's Block Party - Watching this film reminded me of a time when all of my friends knew what Umi Says and the reason you needed to call Tyrone. We loved the hip-hop and soul, now scattered, that Dave Chappelle assembled on a New York street corner for a truly great event.
[03.31.2006 by Jon Burke]
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Bill Callahan
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Corrina Repp
Caldo Verde
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Cyann & Ben
Ever
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Day Action Band
Captain Cape
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Dead Can Dance
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DJ Tan't
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Enochian Crescent
Woodcut
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Frightened Rabbit
Fat Cat
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Ghostface Killah
Def Jam
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Ghostface Killah
Def Jam
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I'm From Barcelona
Mute
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Lisa Papineau
LunaticWorks
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Lockboxx
Character
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My Morning Jacket
RCA
»Music for Total Chickens
Rafter
Asthmatic Kitty
»Sex Death Cassette
Rafter
Asthmatic Kitty
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Sam Roberts
Secret Brain
»Sebadoh III [reissue]
Sebadoh
Domino
»Serena-Maneesh
Serena-Maneesh
Beggars Group
»Mr. Brown
Sleepy Brown
Purple Ribbon
»Broom
Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin
Polyvinyl
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Souvenir's Young America
Underadar Records
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Sufjan Stevens
Asthmatic Kitty
»Hearts
The Court & Spark
Absolutely Kosher
»The Lord Dog Bird
The Lord Dog Bird
Jagjaguwar
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The Residents
Cordless
»Alone EP
The Timeout Drawer
Consumers Label
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The Uglysuit
Touch and Go
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Through The Sparks
Skybucket
»Sex Change
Trans Am
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