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The Guest

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By Kai Sacco | September 20, 2014

W alking out of The Guest I was attempting to figure out how to best describe it. Eighties spirit, unmuted violence, synthpop soundtrack, silent but deadly leading man who speaks only when necessary. If we were playing Heads Up! on the iPhone those descriptions would be used for Drive, the 2011 Ryan Gosling neo-noir thriller—it’s not that movie. This is more the ‘80s Halloween special of The Bourne Identity. Here Jason Re-Bourne is played by Downton Abbey’s Dan Stevens, who trades in a clean shave and JD for scruff and a handgun.

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The Morning Brief (September 10, 2014)

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U2’s Songs of Innocence and Rediscovery of Youth

By Kai Sacco

A t Apple’s live keynote event yesterday, CEO Tim Cook welcomed U2 onto the stage to premiere their new tune, “The Miracle (of Joey Ramone).” But that’s not all that happened. Shortly after the performance it was announced that the Irish rockers’ new album, Songs of Innocence, would be released on iTunes for free in a matter of seconds. Cook called it “the largest album release of all time.” With iTunes’ 500 million users in 119 countries, it is indeed a massive release.

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