Strange Acoustics: The Wonderfully Weird World of Competitive Pole Dancing

Sometimes YouTube takes me to unexpected places. One minute, I'm re-watching every Avengers: Endgame trailer, and the next I find myself immersed in the world of competitive pole dancing. The connection in this case is Deadpool, the irreverent, fourth wall breaking Marvel anti-hero, who I found pole dancing among clips of movie scenes and film... Continue Reading →

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Strange Acoustics: Sonnet 66

To say that this clip is a dramatic reading of Shakespeare's Sonnet 66, in German, set to music, would not do it justice. It's part of a wonderfully over the top production of Robert Wilson's Shakespeare's Sonnets. Set to a score composed by Rufus Wainwright and performed by the Berliner Ensemble, the show is a... Continue Reading →

Strange Acoustics: Pas de Deux

Last weekend I braved watching Jordan Peele's Us in theaters, and it more than lived up to the hype. I laughed, I squirmed, I was on the edge of my seat until the very end. One of the strengths of the movie is the way Peele uses music throughout the film. From familiar songs to... Continue Reading →

Strange Acoustics: Celebrity Skin

 For me, Captain Marvel may not have been the most impressive addition to the Avengers' universe, but I liked that it was lighthearted and fun. Soaked in nostalgia, it's full of references to pagers, Blockbusters and flannel, all set to a 90s era soundtrack. Heavily featured is Hole's Celebrity Skin, the kind of song you... Continue Reading →

Strange Acoustics: Bohemian Rhapsody

Many movie fans who watched Rami Malek's turn as Freddy Mercury in the biopic Bohemian Rhapsody or saw his gracious Oscar acceptance speech have wondered, did he sing in the movie, or lip sync. Although Malek worked hard to replicate Mercury's distinct accent, most of the singing was done by Canadian singer Marc Martel, who's... Continue Reading →

Strange Acoustics: Rise Up

The long running science fiction show Dr. Who is well known for the wild adventures of it protagonist, an alien space and time traveler known as The Doctor, who battles bullies and injustice across the universe. Some of the show's most poignant episodes however, are set right on earth. An episode from the shows more... Continue Reading →

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