Jeff Beck, the world’s greatest rock guitarist, awes a sold-out Vancouver crowd

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, OCT. 28, 2011 British guitar legend Jeff Beck blew away the sold-out crowd at the Centre in Vancouver last night, performing his Stratified renditions of everything from the Beatles' "A Day in the Life" to The Wizard of Oz's "Over the Rainbow". But his amazing licks wouldn't have seemed nearly so fine … Continue reading Jeff Beck, the world’s greatest rock guitarist, awes a sold-out Vancouver crowd

Lick Library DVD reveals the secrets of Thin Lizzy’s timeless guitar licks

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, JUNE 13, 2011 By Steve Newton Aspiring skinbashers with dreams of being the next Neil Peart may have abandoned all hope after seeing the Rush drummer's performance on Late Night With David Letterman last week. But fret freaks who've always wondered how the guitarists in Thin Lizzy made their magic can see numerous secrets … Continue reading Lick Library DVD reveals the secrets of Thin Lizzy’s timeless guitar licks

Rory Gallagher’s long-shelved studio album finally released

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, MAY 17, 2011 By Steve Newton Rory Gallagher fanatics have had a lot to be thankful for of late. Last September saw the release of Ghost Blues: The Story of Rory Gallagher, a revealing documentary that covered the Irish rock hero's entire career, and included commentary from such huge Gallagher fans … Continue reading Rory Gallagher’s long-shelved studio album finally released

AC/DC concert film Live at River Plate released on DVD & Blu-ray

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, MAY 10, 2011 By Steve Newton Local AC/DC fans whose hearing has finally returned after the Aussie earbusters' November 2008 show at GM Place might want to check out a new concert DVD/Blu-ray released today. Those who were permanently deafened at that gig can just watch it for the pretty pictures. Shot … Continue reading AC/DC concert film Live at River Plate released on DVD & Blu-ray

The Walking Dead’s zombie holocaust unleashed on DVD and Grue-ray

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, MARCH 8, 2011 By Steve Newton The Georgia Straight has its fair share of zombie-movie fans on the payroll. There's one guy in particular, our editorial administrator, who just can't get enough of the undead. He's always going on about "Oh, have you seen Dead Snow?" or "Hey, did you know I interviewed George Romero?". … Continue reading The Walking Dead’s zombie holocaust unleashed on DVD and Grue-ray

Lemmy doc profiles Motorhead’s “motherf***er” Kilmister

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, OCT. 16, 2010 By Steve Newton The movie's tagline reads: "49% motherf**ker. 51% son of a bitch", so you know it's gotta be about Motorhead bassist-vocalist Lemmy Kilmister. Lemmy is the feature-length documentary about the life and career of British metal legend Kilmister, which gets its U.K. premiere at the London Film … Continue reading Lemmy doc profiles Motorhead’s “motherf***er” Kilmister

Quadrophenia, the world’s greatest rock album, released as box set today

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, NOV. 15, 2011 By Steve Newton I recently learned that a good way to get peeps' attention is to call someone or something "the world's greatest". Like, when I reviewed Jeff Beck's Vancouver concert last month and proclaimed him "the world's greatest rock guitarist", it caused quite a commotion in the comments section. … Continue reading Quadrophenia, the world’s greatest rock album, released as box set today

UFO box set celebrates the hard-rock guitar genius of Michael Schenker

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, SEPT. 6, 2011 By Steve Newton When I wrote the first Ear of Newt blog I mentioned that one of my goals was to shine a light on the more underrated rock acts of the '70s, and UFO was one that I pointed to. It always bugs me that I never get … Continue reading UFO box set celebrates the hard-rock guitar genius of Michael Schenker

Horror review: Die

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, NOV. 2, 2011 By Steve Newton Name a horror film with three letters in its title that’s about a group of strangers who are kidnapped, held prisoner, and forced by a calmly voiced psychopath to play twisted games that decide whether their fellow captives live or die a slow, torturous death. … Continue reading Horror review: Die

Horror review: Paranormal Activity 3

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, OCT. 21, 2011 By Steve Newton It’s not often that Hollywood spawns a demonic-horror film franchise that produces nothing but winners. It didn’t happen with The Omen; it didn’t happen with The Exorcist; and it sure as hell didn’t happen with The Blair Witch Project. But it has happened with Paranormal Activity. All three of … Continue reading Horror review: Paranormal Activity 3

Horror review: The Thing

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, OCT. 14, 2011 By Steve Newton John Carpenter’s The Thing—his 1982 Antarctic update of a 1951 B movie about an alien organism on a rampage at a remote Arctic outpost—was one of the best horror movies ever made. It was a seamless work of dread-inducing art that boasted a brooding score by … Continue reading Horror review: The Thing

Horror review: Dream House

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, OCT. 3, 2011 By Steve Newton Before reviewing Dream House, I tried to ignore the trailers constantly airing between my fave shows on Comedy Central, but I still got the impression that it was a Shining-like supernatural horror flick about a family menaced by evil spirits. Turns out it’s something a little more … Continue reading Horror review: Dream House

Horror review: Creature

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, SEPT. 7, 2011 By Steve Newton With the plethora of fright flicks currently in theatres, it’s definitely a good time to be a horror fan. The list includes Final Destination 5, Shark Night 3D, Apollo 18, and Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark, so there’s pretty much something for everybody. And with the … Continue reading Horror review: Creature

Horror review: Shark Night 3D

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, SEPT. 6, 2011 By Steve Newton The best thing about last summer’s Piranha 3D was the part where a guy gets his dick chomped off before two fierce fishies fight over the mangled member. Nothing quite that memorable happens in the less impressive Shark Night 3D—maybe due to its milder rating—but just like Alexandre … Continue reading Horror review: Shark Night 3D

Horror review: Fright Night

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, AUG. 18, 2011 By Steve Newton I totally enjoyed the original Fright Night when it was released back in 1985. Chris Sarandon was ideal as playboy vampire Jerry Dandrige, who moves in next door to monster-loving teenager Charley Brewster and starts nipping at his family and friends, including nerdy fanboy “Evil” Ed, until … Continue reading Horror review: Fright Night

Horror review: Final Destination 5

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, AUG. 11, 2011 By Steve Newton Those Final Destination flicks are hit-and-miss affairs. The ones that take themselves too seriously, like the 2000 original, are a drag, while others, like Final Destination 2 and the new FD5, earn a severed thumbs-up because they cut to the chase and give today’s thrill-seeking horror fans exactly what they … Continue reading Horror review: Final Destination 5

Horror review: The Tunnel

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, AUG. 3, 2011 By Steve Newton Remember the last part of The Blair Witch Project, where the supposed real-life documentary makers are freaking out and running around in that decrepit house in the woods and the chaotic camerawork has reached its jiggly apex and you’re wondering what the fuck is going on … Continue reading Horror review: The Tunnel

Horror review: Cell 213

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, JUNE 8, 2011 By Steve Newton There's a scene near the beginning of Cell 213 where one of the inmates at the dilapidated South River State Penitentiary is performing his duties as an embalmer—yes, the murderers here moonlight as undertakers—and making small talk with a guard. While draining the blood from a corpse, … Continue reading Horror review: Cell 213

Horror review: Super 8

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, JUNE 8, 2011 By Steve Newton Super 8 is a Steven Spielberg–produced sci-fi thriller about a group of horror-loving Ohio kids in 1979 who, while shooting an amateur zombie flick, inadvertently film a train wreck that unleashes something terrifying on their small town. Sounds worth seeing, right? Wrong-o, bucko. This Spielbergian misstep by … Continue reading Horror review: Super 8

Horror review: Priest

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, MAY 13, 2011 By Steve Newton You’d think after the disaster that was last year’s biblical action-horror flick Legion that star Paul Bettany and director Scott Charles Stewart might have moved on from religion-themed splatterfests, but no such luck. Bettany is back to kick more ass for God, only this time instead … Continue reading Horror review: Priest

Horror review: Scream 4

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, APRIL 13, 2011 By Steve Newton Compared to director Wes Craven’s previous horror outing, last year’s unforgivably awful My Soul to Take, Scream 4 is one of the greatest horror movies ever made. Compared to anything halfway decent, it doesn’t come off as quite so special, but it’s still a fun, fast-paced homage … Continue reading Horror review: Scream 4

Horror review: Insidious

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, MARCH 30, 2011 By Steve Newton I’m a sucker for horror flicks that shred perceived notions of the safety of home, that haul their terrors right through your front door and leave them sprawled and bloody on the family-room floor. A prime example of that was Paranormal Activity 2, which earned … Continue reading Horror review: Insidious

Horror review: Drive Angry 3D

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, FEB. 23, 2011 By Steve Newton Fifteen minutes into Drive Angry 3D, I was pretty impressed, thinking it might actually be Nicolas Cage’s coolest movie since 1997’s Face/Off. It starts off with a rip-roaring car chase and some expertly choreographed ultraviolence, plus some eye-popping use of 3-D effects. Too bad that kinetic ferocity … Continue reading Horror review: Drive Angry 3D

Classic horror inspires Drive Angry director Patrick Lussier

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, FEB. 23, 2011 By Steve Newton Vancouver native Patrick Lussier has made quite a name for himself in the Hollywood horror scene, having edited all three of Wes Craven’s Scream films before taking on the slasher genre himself with the 2009 remake of My Bloody Valentine. He also helped kick-start the past decade’s … Continue reading Classic horror inspires Drive Angry director Patrick Lussier

Horror review: The Roommate

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, FEB. 7, 2011 By Steve Newton I make a point of not watching trailers for movies I intend to review, hoping to save a few surprises for the theatre itself. If one comes on the TV at home, I look away and plug my ears, and if my wife is in … Continue reading Horror review: The Roommate

Horror review: The Rite

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, JAN. 26, 2011 By Steve Newton The Rite is a horror movie about a seminary student who teams up with a seasoned exorcist to vanquish demons in Rome. Its plot hinges on the doubts that both the novice and the expert have about demonic possession, and by the time it’s over, you’ll … Continue reading Horror review: The Rite

The Rite’s Anthony Hopkins betters the devil you know

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, JAN. 21, 2011 By Steve Newton LOS ANGELES—Anthony Hopkins is one scary guy. He can be, at least. Just ask anyone who has seen him play cannibalistic serial killer Hannibal Lecter in 1991’s The Silence of the Lambs. Forget Michael Myers and Jason Voorhees—Hopkins took cinematic evil to ghastly new heights … Continue reading The Rite’s Anthony Hopkins betters the devil you know