Steven Aldersley

I enjoy many film genres and love to write. I hope you find something useful in my reviews and discover new films that you'll enjoy.
Top Reviewer Ranking: 15
Helpful votes received on reviews: 85% (833 of 981)
Location: Oshawa, Ontario, Canada
Birthday: June 17

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Top Reviewer Ranking: 15 - Total Helpful Votes: 833 of 981
August: Osage County [Blu-ray] (Bilingual) <b>Blu-ray</b> ~ Meryl Streep
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Despite being listed as a drama, August: Osage County produced plenty of laughs. However, most were in sympathy or shock at the darkness of the subject matter. The laughs came because the movie so keenly observes how dysfunctional families can be. The Weston family takes that theme to the extreme and cannot boast a single member that comes close to what we would consider normal.

If you have seen Eraserhead and remember the scene where Henry Spencer meets his girlfriend's family, you might begin to approach how uncomfortable the atmosphere in the Weston household can be. The opening scene introduces us to Beverly Weston (Sam Shepard), who writes poetry when his alcoholism allows… Read more
The Lonesome Crowded West ~ Modest Mouse
The Lonesome Crowded West ~ Modest Mouse
What's my favorite Modest Mouse album? Choosing between The Moon & Antarctica and The Lonesome Crowded West is an agonizing decision, and I might make a different choice on another day, but today the latter wins. I discovered Modest Mouse relatively late, but they have become one of my favorite bands. The thing is, I'm not sure why.

Like Pavement and Sonic Youth, the arrangements are unconventional and seemingly all over the place. It took me a while to see some kind of pattern in the chaos, but it was worth the effort.

The album opens with Teeth Like God's Shoeshine, and it's fairly typical of what is to follow. The song seems like three or four different tunes… Read more
Unknown Pleasures ~ Joy Division
Unknown Pleasures ~ Joy Division
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I remember the first time I heard this album. A friend at school gave me the tape in 1979 and I played it that night. I have to admit that only a few songs grabbed me on the first listen. Some were too slow and dreary to excite me in the way that most of my favorite music did. However, repeat listens enabled me to see the beauty in this majestic music.

Most new bands at the end of the 70s were young and enthusiastic, and it was more about the style and delivery than the content. Joy Division did not fall into that category. If you have ever seen Anton Corbijn's movie, Control, you'll understand what Ian Curtis went through. He was a young man, in love with two women, trying to… Read more

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