December 2016 Archives

Rain Temple

My Favorite Songs of 2016

2016 sucked in many ways. But there was beautiful music to be heard in the midst of the year’s ugliness.
Doctor Strange - Scott Derrickson

My Favorite Christ and Pop Culture Articles of 2016

Obviously, I’m a little biased, but I was once again impressed by the site’s depth and breadth of coverage.
Slowdive at Primavera Sound 2014

25 Albums (and 1 Reissue) I’m Looking Forward to Hearing in 2017

One of my favorite albums gets reissued and several great shoegaze/noise-pop acts return with promises of new music.
Attack on Titan Season 2

Attack on Titan’s Second Season Reveals “The New Darkest Day in Humanity’s History”

The human-devouring giants are back, along with more existential dread, bloody melodrama, and high-flying action.
Strength - The Violet Burning

I’d Buy a 25th Anniversary Reissue of The Violet Burning’s Strength in a Heartbeat

It’d be a shame to overlook the anniversary of one of Christian music’s true masterpieces.
Voltron Season 2

The Best Streaming Titles Arriving in January 2017

Coming soon: ’80s comedy and horror classics, a Parisian fairy tale, a farting corpse, giant robot lion action, and more.
White Christmas Fog

‘Twas a White Christmas After All

Nebraska’s unpredictable weather comes through again.
Wonder Woman - Patty Jenkins

25 Movies I’m Looking Forward to Seeing in 2017

Plenty of sequels and superhero movies but I’m just as excited by new films from some of my favorite directors.
Ocean Waves - Tomomi Mochizuki

Studio Ghibli’s Ocean Waves and Princess Mononoke Are Coming to American Theatres

This marks the first time that “Ocean Waves” will get a theatrical run throughout North America.
Blade Runner 2049 - Denis Villeneuve

The First Trailer for Denis Villeneuve’s Blade Runner 2049 Is Very Promising

It certainly looks like it’s in keeping with the spirit of Ridley Scott’s sci-fi classic.
Spectral - Nic Mathieu

Netflix’s Spectral Contains the Makings of a Much More Interesting Movie (Review)

It’s passable late night entertainment but with a script that made better use of its ideas, it could’ve been a lot more.
Emily Jane White

In Rotation: Emily Jane White, Yagya, Trance to the Sun, 1 Mile North (Review)

Dark-tinged folk balladry, spacey techno from Iceland, goth-y psychedelia, and stripped down post-rock.


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