Reviews – July 2010

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BOOKS

Contemporary Graphic Design
Taschen

This compendium showcases the extraordinary cutting-edge work of 100 of the world’s most progressive graphic designers, from the hard-hitting political messages of Jonathan Barnbrook to the lyrical digital compositions of Peter Saville to the iconoclastic imagery of Stefan Sagmeister. www.taschen.com

Visible Lives
Kensington Publishing

Three bestselling authors (Terrance Dean, James Earl Hardy and Stanley Bennett Clay) come together to produce Visible Lives, as a powerful tribute to the late E. Lynn Harris (whose novels about successful and glamorous black men with sexual identity conflicts). In Visible Lives, readers are introduced to three novellas House of John, The Intern and Is it Still Jood to Ya. www.kensingtonbooks.com

Normal Miguel
Author: Erik Orrantia
Cheyenne Publishing

Miguel Hernández is a teacher who has left Mexico City to complete a one year student internship in the rural hills of Puebla. He came to the school intending to focus on his teaching and his students but quickly learns that it is impossible to keep his private and professional lives separate—particularly as his experience turns into a voyage of self-discovery. www.cheyennepublishing.com

Madre and I
A Memoir of Our Immigrant Lives
Author: Guillermo Reyes

Guillermo Reyes untangles his life as the secretly illegitimate son of a Chilean immigrant to the United States and as a young man struggling with sexual repression, body image, and gay identity. But this is a double-decker memoir that also tells the poignant, bittersweet, and adventurous story of Guillermo’s mother María. www.uwpress.wisc.edu

CDs

Kevin Rudolf – To The Sky
Cash Money Records

Kevin combines genres and knocks down pre-conceived notions about mixing musical flavors, as he does on his riveting new single I Made It (Cash Money Heroes), delivering his signature power-punch on every song. His ear for seamlessly blending rock, pop and hip hop has never been sharper.

Lolene – The Electrick Hotel
Capitol Records

The British dance floor barbarella plays hostess at The Electrick Hotel and is ready to invite the world to check-in and stay a while. Each of the 15 songs on the album represents a different room in the hotel and each tells a story, capturing a different part of Lolene’s personality. The album’s first single is “Rich (Fake It Till You Make It)”.

Sarah McLachlan – Laws of Illusion
Arista

In Lawas of Illusion, Sarah looks at love “from both sides now.” The opening track, “Awakenings,” moves on a subdued electronic pulse underpinning ethereal guitar lines and – as the singer soars into her upper register – demonstrates her ability to craft an unforgettable “hook” without hitting the listener over the head with it.

Moby – Wait Fo Me. Remixes!
Mute

An album consisting of reworked versions of tracks from the critically acclaimed ‘Wait For Me’, released through Mute last year. Moby has enlisted some of dance music’s biggest names for the project including Tiesto, Laidback Luke, Gui Boratto, and Carl Cox. Preceding the release of the remix album, Moby released new single ‘Wait For Me’.

Andy Bell – Non-Stop
Mute

Coisseurs of deluxe dance-pop, seductive electro anthems and gold-plated grooves. Andy Bell releases Non-Stop’s first single, Call On Me. Featuring an exclusive track, Had It All. Andy Bell has also announced a remix competition giving entrants the chance to have their remix for Say What You Want on www.andybell.com

DVDs

Remember Me
Summit Home Entertainment

College student Tyler is still feeling lost from the tragedy that has strained his relationship with his father when he meets Ally a girl who understands his pain. The last thing Tyler’s looking for is love, but through their passionate relationship, he finds new possibilities for happiness. An unforgettable story about the power of the heart.

8 The Mormon Proposition
Wolfe Video

A searing indictment of the Mormon Church’s historic involvement in the promotion and passage of California’s Proposition 8, and the Mormon religion’s secretive, decades-long campaign against gay rights. Narrated by Dustin Lance Black, Academy Award® winning screenwriter of MILK.

My Year Without Sex
Strand Releasing

Can you imagine a whole year without sex? Facing tight finances, a medical crisis, uncertain jobs and wild kids, Natalie and Ross find themselves in that very predicament. Against the backdrop of a society where everything is a competition of bigger and better, Natalie and Ross try to navigate their way in a world suddenly turned on its head.

ER: The Complete Thirteenth Season
Warner Home Video

This season, Dr. Tony Gates returns to the ER, now as an intern, with a straightforward attitude and a complicated personal life. He is Dr. Gallant’s opposite: brash, cocksure, with a bad-boy past, and maybe the right prescription for Neela’s broken heart. Further shaking up the ER, Weaver decides to leave County General for a career move you wouldn’t expect.

The Book of Eli
Warner Home Video

Empty cities, seared earth, no law enforcement—A peace-seeking warrior, Eli will cut his attackers down, if challenged, to guard a hope he has carried and protected for 30 years – his hope for the future. Only one other man understands the power Eli holds. When Carnegie seeks to make Eli’s power his own, Eli must keep moving to fulfill his destiny.

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