Daily Archives: March 14, 2012
If I’m making a list of my top 10 favourite films, there’s one that always nabs an appearance and when mentioned, is received with a bit of shock. For some reason, amongst the company of The Godfather and Apocalypse Now, Steven Spielberg’s War of the Worlds doesn’t really appear to be a natural fit. But in my mind, it’s one of his best. Great effects, a solid script, a moving performance from Tom Cruise and an absolutely batshit crazy cameo from the one and only Tim Robbins.
I’ve been waiting on this particular Wednesday for nearly a year. Apparently, so have a lot – and I mean a lot – of other people.
Originally announced at the San Diego Comic Con last summer, Brian K. Vaughan, he of the highly rated comic book series’ Y The Last Man, Ex Machina and writer/producer credits on everyone’s favourite castaway television drama, Lost, the new monthly series Saga takes comics back…to the future.
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In the late 90’s, modern-rock radio was phasing out the sounds of grunge and embracing ‘alternative’ acts like Radiohead, The Verve, Blur and Oasis. On pop radio, electronic acts like Prodigy, Chemical Brothers and Daft Punk were breaking big on the charts and pop/rock bands like Third Eye Blind, Ben Folds Five and Blink 182 were ruling the airwaves and MTV. There was little, if any, classic rock or arena rock on the radio.
In Canada, things were a little different as guitar-based rock was still as viable as ever with bands like I Mother Earth, The Odds, Big Sugar, Moist and Our Lady Peace delivering arena-friendly guitar anthems. One band that flew under the radar for me at the time was Big Wreck. Their debut album, In Loving Memory Of…, featured three solid singles, including the US top-10 single and Canadian top-5 single “The Oaf (My Luck Is Wasted)”, “Blown Wide Open” and “That Song”. The guitar sound delivered by frontman Ian Thornley was massive as he demonstrated a big voice and some impressive six-string skills that blended classic rock with a more progressive sound.