Recent Posts in movies
May 16, 2013
Chairlift @ Capitale, Feb. 2013 (more by Dylan Johnson)
As mentioned, Bear in Heaven are playing short film showcase Tropfest which happens in Prospect Park's "Nethermead" on June 22. Since that post, the full line-up was announced: Chairlift, Bear in Heaven, Ghost Beach and People Get Ready will perform, and Neon Indian will DJ. Free tickets are still available.
Meanwhile, Chairlift will play DJ, strangely enough, also in Prospect Park's Nethermead this Friday for GoogaMooga. between Flaming Lips and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.
Chairlift's Caroline Polachek provided vocals on Ice Choir's track, "Everything is Spoilt by Use" and you can check out the recent video for that song and more tour dates below.
May 15, 2013
still from 'Autonomy & Deliberation'
As discussed, UV Race have branched out into film with Autonomy & Deliberation, the band's new film and soundtrack. Now comes word that while on tour, the Aussies will screen that film at Williamsburg's Spectacle Theater on May 22, with a Q&A session to follow. This will mark the US debut of the film.
Did I mention that UV Race are actually going to play shows too? Why yes, I did. Make sure and catch them on 5/21 at Death By Audio with Warthog, Scott & Charlene's Wedding and Household
UV Race ALSO have a new 7". Stream that below along with a trailer for the film.
May 13, 2013
According to a tweet by the girlfriend of the legendary Pogues vocalist with one of the most unintelligible accents this side of Mark E Smith, Shane MacGowan is currently looking for new dentist to help shape up his mangled mouth of snaggleteeth "so he can star in Hollywood film." Interested dentists can apply by responding on twitter, with word that "Shane promises to do advertising campaign for the winning dentist" if chosen. You have your work cut out for you, whoever you are. McGowan's choppers are legendary, and onetime tourmate Mojo Nixon once wrote a song his dentist who may or may not have existed at the time (stream it via Spotify).
The Pogues recently released 30:30, a 2CD retrospective on their 30-year career.
May 10, 2013
Rooftop Films Summer Series kicks off in NYC tonight (5/10) with a showing of "This is What We Mean by Short Films" featuring "some of the greatest new short films from all around the world," and will go down at Open Road Rooftop, 350 Grand Street (LES Manhattan). The series continues through the summer, featuring 45 screenings of films at multiple locations across the city. As always, most screenings are accompanied by live music, and though most of the bands aren't announced yet, the schedule does so far include yMusic, Darlene Love, Brazos and more. Darlene performs at a June 8th screening of Twenty Feet From Stardom which she also stars in.
Tickets are available for specific events at their website, and you can head below for a full listing of films and locations.
May 9, 2013
Andy Warhol and Taylor Mead
Writer, actor, and performer Taylor Mead has passed at the age of 88.
Born in Detroit, Michigan, Mead appeared in Ron Rice's beat classic The Flower Thief (1960), in which he "traipses with an elfin glee through a lost San Francisco of smoke-stuffed North Beach cafes..." Film critic P. Adams Sitney called The Flower Thief "the purest expression of the Beat sensibility in cinema." Village Voice film critic J. Hoberman called Mead "the first underground movie star." -[Wiki]
The artist also appeared in several Andy Warhol films, including the infamous Taylor Mead's Ass, a film that consisted of, as Art Forum famously described it, "seventy-six seriocomic minutes of this poet/actor's buttocks absorbing light, attention, debris." He was also the subject of the 2005 documentary Excavating Taylor Mead.
RIP Taylor Mead. Head below for a few videos, including his appearance in Jim Jarmusch's Coffee & Cigarettes.
May 7, 2013
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
The Harryhausen family regret to announce the death of Ray Harryhausen, Visual Effects pioneer and stop-motion model animator. He was a multi-award winner which includes a special Oscar and BAFTA. Ray's influence on today's film makers was enormous, with luminaries; Steven Spielberg, James Cameron, Peter Jackson, George Lucas, John Landis and the UK's own Nick Park have cited Harryhausen as being the man whose work inspired their own creations.Though the visual effects master/producer is known for films like The Sinbad films (The 7th Voyage of Sinbad, The Golden Voyage of Sinbad and Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger), Jason and the Argonauts and others, I'll most remember his contributions to one of my favorite movies of my youth, 1981's Clash of the Titans (not that remake/abomination from a few years ago).
Ray Harryhausen, you will be missed, but your films will live on forever.
April 25, 2013
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Never say never. A band that I thought I personally would never be able to see in my lifetime was Italian horror-prog band Goblin.
Formed in 1972, Goblin's roots lie in several other Italian prog-rock bands of the time... the group initially dubbed itself the Cherry Five and played British-style progressive rock in the vein of Yes, Genesis, and ELP. They signed with the Italian Cinevox label, and issued a self-titled debut in 1975, which performed disappointingly. However, it caught the ear of film director Dario Argento, who contacted Cinevox after growing dissatisfied with the jazzy work being done on his Profondo Rosso by composer Giorgio Gaslini. the Cherry Five rechristened themselves Goblin (in keeping with the horror movie theme), kept a small portion of Gaslini's work, and completely redid the remainder of the score in a heavier, harder-rocking style. The results helped make the film a hit, and the soundtrack album topped the Italian charts... [Argento] put Goblin to work creating a new soundtrack; this time, he shot the film only after hearing the music. The result, 1977's Suspiria, became Goblin's most acclaimed work, combining the band's heavy riffing and busy drum work with more eerie electronics than ever before, plus sinister, experimental vocal effects. The film and soundtrack were both hits once again, and the Goblin/Argento partnership was firmly established -[Allmusic]That all changed today when the previously discussed Housecore Horror Film Festival announced that Goblin's Maurizio Guarini and Claudio Simonetti will perform a live score of the classic film Suspiria during the Austin, TX festival! The appearance, which will occur at Emo's between October 25-27, is the band's first-ever performance in the U.S. The appearance will join the previously announced performers Down, Crowbar, Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals, EyeHateGod, Warbeast and Void ov Voices (aka Attila of Mayhem), who will perform "a live soundtrack for The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari." Tickets are on sale.
Head below for the trailer for the legendary Suspiria.
April 24, 2013
The xx @ Coachella 2013 (more by Wei Shi)
As you may be aware, Baz Lurhmann's glitzy, big-budget adaptatation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's 1925 novel, The Great Gatzby, is out May 10 and stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Toby Maguire, and Carey Mulligan. That same week will see the release of its soundtrack which was curated by Jay-Z and features Jack White, The Bryan Ferry Orchestra, Gotye, Lana Del Rey, Beyonce with Andre 3000, and Jay-Z himself.
It's also got a new track by The xx, titled "Together," which was specifically written for the film. You can stream it, and check out the soundtrack art, full tracklist and a trailer for the film, below....
April 17, 2013
"You are such a pushover Agent PW"
Summer is coming, and with that the outdoor film/music series SummerScreen at McCarren Park at Bedford Ave. and N.12th S (right next to the tennis courts). So far the musical portion (which will be curated by Todd P / Showpaper) has yet to be announced, but the films have:
July 10That "audience pick" is being voted on via Facebook. The Big Lebowski is currently in the lead, beating out Mallrats, The Neverending Story, High Fidelity, The Breakfast Club, Heathers, and Scream (please make that happen).
Can't Hardly Wait
Pee Wee's Big Adventure
Ain't In It For My Health: A Film About Levon Helm will open at Cinema Village on Friday, April 19 which is, sadly, the one-year anniversary of the legendary musician's passing. Synopsis:
Director Jacob Hatley's intimate documentary finds Mr. Helm at home in Woodstock, NY, in the midst of creating his first studio album in 25 years. Shot over the course of two-plus years, ...[the film] shows Helm dealing with the burdens of renewed celebrity, continuing financial obligation and returning health problems. The man known worldwide for his soulful voice, as well as his singular and unparalleled drumming and multi-instrumental skills, permitted a camera crew inside his home to show the world an intimate side of his art and life.Director Jacob Hatley and producer Mary Posatko will be around for post-screening Q&As at Cinema Village at the Friday (4/19) 7:10 PM showing, and the Saturday (4/20) 3:10 PM & 7:10 PM showings. Tickets are on sale now. The film will make it's way around the country after NYC. A list of cities and theater locations, as well as the trailer, is below.