Links: Digital Trends – Interview with former Playboy editor

I recently wrote another piece for Digital Trends and was really happy with the way it turned out. I chatted with Jeff Cohen, who was a longtime editor for Playboy now running a portrait studio in Highland Park, Ill. He’s a fascinating guy. It’s a lengthy profile but (I think) a quick read. You can check it out by clicking here.

Gangster Squad pulls its punches [Home Video Review]

Title: Gangster Squad Edition: Blu-ray + DVD + UltraViolet // MPAA Rating: R // Directed by: Ruben Fleischer // Written by: Will Beall // Starring: Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling, Sean Penn, Nick Nolte, Emma Stone, Anthony Mackie, Giovanni Ribisi, Michael Peña // Studio: Warner Bros. Film Rating: Blu-ray Rating: Review by: Bill Jones The Film It’s unfortunate that, in retrospect, Gangster Squad will mostly be remembered as the film that had to pull a scene originally teased in its theatrical trailer — in which a group of gunmen cut through the screen of a theater with tommy guns — after Continue reading Gangster Squad pulls its punches [Home Video Review]

More than just an art book [Guest Book Review]

Title: The Art of Amanda Conner Edition: Hardcover // Published by: IDW // Forward by: Jimmy Palmiotti // Edited and Designed by: Joe Pruett Review by: Archie Easter There aren’t many artists out there who can make viewers crack a smile one minute and create stunning visual art the next, but Amanda Conner is one such person. From her gorgeous female characters and runs on books like Vampirella and Power Girl to the hooker-turned-superhero The Pro — and all manner of quirky and fun creations in between — if there’s one thing her work has shown, it is that she Continue reading More than just an art book [Guest Book Review]

Links: New Noise Magazine – Frank Turner’s Tape Deck Heart

I’m not usually a Pitchfork-like curmudgeon when it comes to music, so it’s surprising that it took this long to find something I liked to review for New Noise Magazine. Unsurprisingly, that turned out to be Frank Turner’s new album, Tape Deck Heart. You can read the full review by clicking here. Enjoy! I’m pretty happy with how this one turned out.

A4TECH introduces mice without holes [Product Review]

Product: G7-310D-2 Wireless DustFree HD Mouse Price: $14.99 Company: A4TECH Review by: Bill Jones It’s rare to actually be impressed by something in the world of computer mice nowadays. Sure, there are always precision enhancements, ergonomic offerings, better wireless, extra features and even swipe movements with touchpads. But true innovation is rare in an age when the mouse has seemingly been perfected. Enter A4TECH and a very small innovation by which it is hard to not be impressed — the “Holeless Engine.” Rather than the hole usually present on the bottom of a mouse for its sensors in the post-mouse Continue reading A4TECH introduces mice without holes [Product Review]

Easy Money struggles with the triple threat [Home Video Review]

Title: Easy Money Edition: DVD // MPAA Rating: R // Directed by: Daniel Espinosa // Written by: Maria Karlsson // Starring: Joel Kinnaman, Matias Padin Varela, Dragomir Mrsic // Studio: Anchor Bay Entertainment Film Rating: DVD Rating: Review by: Bill Jones The Film From watching wrestling for way too many years, I’ve learned that what generally makes a triple threat match interesting is the fact that there are inevitably alliances and breakups that occur throughout the match. The stakes are too high for each competitor to not be in it for himself, but the extra man always has the option Continue reading Easy Money struggles with the triple threat [Home Video Review]

Like being beat over the head with the blunt end of a message [Home Video Review]

Title: Killing Them Softly Format: Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy // MPAA Rating: R // Directed by: Andrew Dominik // Written by: Andrew Dominik // Starring: Brad Pitt, Scoot McNairy, Richard Jenkins, James Gandolfini, Ray Liotta // Studio: The Weinstein Company Film Rating: Blu-ray Rating: Review by: Bill Jones The Film Killing Them Softly is a movie that purports itself to be something more than it really is. It wants to be a mob movie with a political conscience. It wants the stylized nature of its violence to say something more than its surface value. And it wants its Continue reading Like being beat over the head with the blunt end of a message [Home Video Review]

Links: New Noise Magazine – Bad Religion, The Bronx, Polar Bear Club

Got another link for everyone today. Friday evening, I took photos at the Bad Religion, The Bronx and Polar Bear Club show at The Congress Theater in Chicago for New Noise Magazine. I wasn’t particularly happy with the way the Bad Religion photos turned out, but really liked the Polar Bear Club photos and one of The Bronx ones, as well. You can check out the gallery by clicking this link.