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Movie Breakdown: Oblivion

April 16, 2013


People are doing traditional-style reviews all over the web, so we decided to try something different.  In each “breakdown” we’ll take a look at what a film’s marketing lead us to believe, how the movie actually played, and then what we learned from it all.  Read on!

The Impression:

Tron Legacy director Joseph Kosinski gets back into theaters with a Tom Cruise-lead live action take on Wall-E.

The Reality:

Oblivion is a movie heavily influenced by pretty much anything sci-fi that’s come along before it.  So much so in fact that I think the only thing in the film that I’m willing to give credit to Joseph Kosinski for is the much advertised Bubble Ship.  Aside from that, there’s nothing!  Somehow, though, this doesn’t work against it.  While so much of Oblivion seemed familiar, and despite the fact that it was easy to predict what was going to happen next, I still found the film to be a rather entertaining time.  If you just want to see sci-fi on a big scale, the kind that isn’t concerned with taking itself too seriously, then you could certainly do much worse than Oblivion.

The Lesson:

A lack of originality isn’t always a bad thing.

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Stream This

April 5, 2013


The SOTO inbox is always full of cool stuff that never gets to see the light of day on the actual site, and I’d like to change that.  So, every Friday I’ll be posting the best album streams and videos that were sent my way during the week.  Take a scroll and find something worth remembering.


Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Mosquito
Bleached – Ride Your Heart
The Besnard Lakes – Until In Excess, Imperceptible UFO
The Knife – Shaking The Habitual
Rilo Kiley – RKives
Milk Music – Cruise Your Illusion
Wolf Eyes – No Answer: Lower Floors
Maria Minerva – Bless EP
Team Spirit – Team Spirit EP
WALL – Shoestring EP
Pick A Piper – Pick A Piper
Pyramids – Brightest Darkest Day
Kurt Vile – Wakin On A Pretty Daze
Oblivion – Motion Picture Soundtrack


Majical Cloudz will put out Impersonator on May 21 through Matador.

Junip will put out a new self titled album on April 23 via Mute.

Kopecky Family Band recently released Kids Raising Kids via ATO Records.

Efterklang’s Piramida is out now on 4AD.

Cat Power released Sun last year.  She’ll be touring the world this summer.

Grandchildren will release Golden Age on May 7 via the Ernest Jenning Recording Co.

Polly Scattergood will release Arrows on June 18 via Mute.

Standish/Carlyon will release Deleted Scenes on May 14 through Felte.

The Casket Girls’ Sleepwalking is out now on Graveface Records.

Charli XCX will release True Romance on April 16 via IAMSOUND.

Liars’ WIXIW is out now on Mute.

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