I have nothing against Cappadonna. I respect his skills as an emcee and consider him a real part of the Wu-Tang Clan. Even though Wikipedia calls him a quasi-member. Even though he was in prison when they signed. Even though he doesn't really contribute anything unique to the crew. He's...

Wolf Parade's debut, Apologies To Queen Mary, surprised almost everyone as the "little anthemic rocker that could," ending up on many critics' "Best Of" lists and remaining in people's heads and iPods until long after. Of course, the album was not without its faults: spotty sequencing, lack of overall direction...

And so another year's Seattle International Film Festival comes to a close. You might be saying "Hey! You only watched like eight movies? What kind of publication is this?!" Tut tut, readers. We here at Redefine watched a boat load of movies! We just couldn't find the time/space/wherewithal to...

Director: Aaron Schneider USA, 2009 Back when Saturday Night Live was still funny, Robert Duvall appeared in a sketch called "Who's More Grizzled," where contestants on a game show riff on subjects to show their grizzled-ness. Of course, Mr. Duvall won handily. No one does old and ornery better than Duvall. Get...

Director: Arvin Chen Taiwan, 2010 Taipei is a gorgeous city at night. Writer/Director Arvin Chen obviously knows this, and reveals this (poorly kept) secret to the world in his debut feature Au Revoir Taipei. This unrelentingly adorable film focuses on a single night in the titular city, following a young man named...

Warm Slime is the latest nugget of psychedelic garage sludge from the Bay Area's Thee Oh Sees. For years, this quartet of tripsters have been alchemically fusing '60s pop, dirty Detroit-style rock, and homegrown Bay Area psych into a veritable witches' brew of tunes. Their sound is a cross between...

What else is there left to be said about Teenage Fanclub? They've influenced more bands than a porcupine has spines. They've changed with the times, evolving past the era of grunge and alternative almost effortlessly. And they still can write some amazing pop songs, as evidenced by their 10th release...

Director: Teddy Chen Hong Kong, 2009 Bodyguards and Assassins is a long film. Too long. It's about 45 minutes too long. It's also overwrought. There's a lot of grown men crying about pride and integrity. Things that matter to a lot of people, but not stuff we as the audience particularly care...

The Wild Hunt Director: Alexandre Franchi Canada, 2009 Geexploitation has been a Hollywood trademark for years. From "Revenge of the Nerds" to "Superbad" to "Fanboys," even when geeks are the heroes they are still tragi-comic characters with barely a single dimension to their name. Geeks are not real to the Hollywood scriptwriter. Their...

Mao’s Last Dancer Director: Bruce Beresford Australia, 2009 Based on his bestselling autobiography, the dramatized story of Li Cunxin escaping from Communist China is not a particularly unique one. Handpicked from a dusty village in rural China, a young Li is forced to abandon his family and attend the most prestigious (and rigorous)...