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September 29, 2015
New thriller Partisan opens this Friday (10/2) and staring Vincent Cassel and Jeremy Chabriel and an unusual father and son:
Raised to become an assassin, a boy begins to question the ways of the cult-like commune he was born into in this Sundance award-winning thriller. On the edge of a crumbling city, 11-year-old Alexander lives in a sequestered commune, alongside other children, their mothers, and charismatic leader Gregori (Vincent Cassel, BLACK SWAN). Gregori teaches the children how to raise livestock, grow vegetables, work as a community, and how to kill. Threatened by Alexander's increasing unwillingness to fall in line, Gregori's behavior turns erratic and with the two set dangerously at odds, the residents fear a violent resolution is at hand.The film's score is by Daniel Lopatin (aka Oneohtrix Point Never) and it also features music by some cool folks working under pseudonymns. "The Hardest Thing To Do" by Tony Primo and Nixxie is actually Metronomy's Joseph Mount and Robyn. A couple other similar songs were created around the release of the film (though not actually used in it), including "Friday Night" by Spanna N The Werx (actually Jarvis Cocker and Jason Buckle of All Seeing I) and "I Eat It At Home," credited to Albert Mondo is actually Sebastien Tellier. You can watch karaoke-style videos for all three of those tracks below.
Partisan opens in NYC on Friday at Village East Cinema and we're giving away two pairs of tickets to see it at the screening of your choice. Enter to win below.
In related news, Oneohtrix Point Never's new album Garden of Delete is out November 13 via Warp. Check out single "I Bite Through It" below. OPN will be playing a release show at Brooklyn's Villain on November 20, presented as part of Pitchfork's Tinnitus series.
September 25, 2015
by Bill Pearis
As you may have heard, Sam Smith was (predictably) chosen to sing the theme song to the new James Bond film, Spectre. As "Spectre" would be a bad name for a song (unless you're The Fall) and not the easiest word to rhyme, it's called "Writing's on the Wall." Sam made it with his pals frequent collaborators Disclosure and Jimmy Napes, and it's got the requisite Bond Theme strings and harps and sweeping drama. (Siouxsie Sioux's song from the Hannibal finale does it better, though). Stream it via Spotify below. Spectre, the movie with Christoph Waltz as the villain this time, is out November 6. You can watch the trailer below.
Meanwhile, Disclosure's new album, Caracal (on which Sam Smith sings on "Omen"), is out today (9/25) and you can stream that via Spotify, below as well. Disclosure play NYC at Madison Square Garden on October 24 and tickets are still available.
Charlotte and Justin in 'Incompresa'
Asia Argento's new film Incompresa (known in the US as Misunderstood) screened at Cannes last year and it opens in US theaters today (9/25). Cannes' description, via IMDB:
Rome, 1984, Aria is nine-year-old girl. On the verge of divorce, Aria's infantile and selfish parents are too preoccupied with their careers and extra-marital affairs to properly tend to any of Aria's needs. While her two older sisters are pampered, Aria is treated with cold indifference. Yet she yearns to love and to be loved. At school, Aria excels academically but is considered a misfit by everyone. She is misunderstood. Aria finds comfort in her cat - Dac and in her best friend - Angelica. Thrown out of both parents' homes, abandoned by all, even her best friend, Aria finally reaches the limit of what she can bear. She makes an unexpected decision in her life.The film stars Charlotte Gainsbourg, and Justin Pearson (of The Locust, Retox and more) plays her punk boyfriend. Justin also wrote music for the film which coms out as a 7" called Incompresa Songs on October 30 via his own Three One G Records. You can check out a clip of the film that features some of Justin's music, premiering below.
In NYC, the film is playing at the IFC Center. Head here for tickets and show times.
Justin's band Retox is also heads out on a West Coast tour in October. Those dates are listed below...
September 22, 2015
by Bill Pearis
In this YouTube age, there are no shortage of weird/wrong VHS-era videos floating around, but few have the curatorial taste and demented affinity for the stuff like the folks at Everything is Terrible!. What makes them a few cuts above isn't just finding this crap, but also editing and juxtaposing it into something that takes on a funny, surreal and occasionally nightmarish quality. Everything is Terrible! have have a new traveling show, titled "Legends," which will be touring this fall. More:
Once a millenium, something emerges from the darkest corner of the universe and enlightens us to the true meaning of being. Something so mystickal, so magickal, and so mind-splitting that all concepts before its existence sounds stupid and boring. Of course, we are talking about Everything Is Terrible! The Legends show is a culmination of the first seven (of 777) years of work from the video alchemists at EIT! These mindfreaks have taken thousands of forgotten VHS tapes, chewed them up, and spit them back to their young via daily website postings, six movies, and world tours. In that time, they've exposed us to wonders such as massaging cat ladies, apocalyptic facial exercises, pizzas parties in hell, and our immortal party-god, Duane. Nobody could have predicted the cultural, psychological, and illuminating impact EIT! would have on our consciousness, but seeing all their greatest works chronicled in one place reminds us that in the right hands, garbage can be turned into gold! It is time pack up your copies of Jerry Maguire and accept the fact that your life up until this moment has been pointless.You can check out a few videos to give you a taste. The tour hits NYC on November 1 at The Bell House and tickets are on sale now.
All tour dates are listed below.
September 16, 2015
Laurie and her dog Lolabelle
We knew Laurie Anderson's new work, "Habeas Corpus," would be making its U.S. premiere at the Park Avenue Armory from October 2 - 4, and now we have more details. Part of it is a "site-specific environment that uses telepresence to examine memory, monuments, and prohibited space." The installation is open to the public during the day noon - 7 PM, and is $15 general public and free to Armory members. Each night, there will a celebratory performance and dance party with Omar Souleyman, including a new sonic composition created by Merrill Garbus of tUnE-yArDs with Anderson. Tickets are on sale now.
Currently at Park Avenue Armory is Tree of Codes, the ballet created by choreographer Wayne McGregor, visual artist Olafur Eliasson with music by Jamie xx. Tree of Codes runs from September 14-21 and tickets to Thursday (9/17), Friday (9/18) and the Saturday matinee (9/19, 2 PM) are still available.
In other Laurie Anderson news, her new film Heart of the Dog, about her own rat terrier, Lolabelle, will play at NYC's Film Forum from October 21 - November 3. Tickets are on sale and here's the description:
Lolabelle was Laurie Anderson's beloved rat terrier. "Hello, little bonehead. I'll love you forever," is how she greets the puppy in the movie's hilarious first scene in which she gives birth to her dog. Dreams, memories, and stories of childhood trauma and loss form a kind of emotional wallpaper against which Anderson foregrounds her story. The musician/composer/poet/philosopher creates a humorous, deeply moving meditation on the relationship of woman and dog, and in the process comments with wit and prescience on the changes in post-9/11 America. Rat terriers are bred to protect borders, but Lolabelle not only engages in the kind of surveillance the filmmaker notes proliferating everywhere, but also plays experimental piano and paints. "Every love story is a ghost story," Anderson quotes David Foster Wallace, as she illuminates the Buddhist concept of the afterlife (the bardo). HEART OF A DOG employs an original, hypnotic visual language that embraces animation, home movies, and loop-like images, complemented by Anderson's signature music.Anderson's Heart of a Dog will also air on HBO in 2016.
Montreal band Heat are about to start their tour with Bully, including stops at Pop Montreal fest this weekend and NYC's Music Hall of Williamsburg on September 28 (tickets). Ahead of that, the band have shared a new short documentary titled "In Between." Shot by Jimmi Francoeur, the film follows the band around on a tour of Rural Quebec and Atlantic Canada and, as any band will tell you, life on the road is definitely not always one big party. The film premieres in this post, check it out, along with a list of updated tour dates, below.
September 15, 2015
by Klaus Kinski
On Tuesday September 29, Roger Waters The Wall, a new cinematic experience of the amazing spectacle that was Wall Live tour from 2010-2013, hits theaters worldwide. New Yorkers can catch it at Empire 25 with IMAX (234 West 42nd), Kips Bay 15 with IMAX (570 2nd Ave), Union Square Stadium 14 (850 Broadway), and College Point Multiplex (Queens, 2855 Ulmer Street, Flushing). I caught a sneak peak of it recently and porters are still cleaning up bits of my blown mind.
When word began to circulate that Roger Waters was working on this with a heretofore unknown-to-me collaborator named Sean Evans and that it would employ a shorter narrative work interspersed within it about Roger traveling from England to Italy by car to visit the memorials representing his grandfather and father, who died in WWI and WWII respectively, I immediately had my doubts about execution. My first concern was how anyone could possibly represent the scale of the Wall Live performance as a single channel cinema experience? My second concern was whether or not the narrative element of the piece would destroy the momentum and come off as a bit clumsy and maladroit.
I need to learn to trust the pros with their craft and to not be such a Doubting Thomas. Roger Waters: The Wall was an absolutely staggering spectacle that captured the essence of the towering live experience through superbly rendered high-definition video and prodigally mastered surround-sound audio that made me feel as though I was a fly on 'the wall' at one of the performances. I caught the screening at the Dolby screening room in midtown where I counted nearly thirty speakers installed throughout the room, including all along the walls, the ceiling, and back of house. [Readers' own viewing experiences may or may not be as ideal as Klaus' - Ed.] To call this an immersive experience is putting it lightly; I woke up this morning as though I had actually seen The Wall live and in concert.
What wasn't immediately obvious to me is that the entire live concert element of the film was culled from several performances throughout the 2010-2013 Wall tour. It is only by noticing subtle inconsistencies, such as the changing races and dance moves of the children singing in "Another Brick in the Wall Part II," or the fact that some shots reveal an open air pavilion while others reveal an indoor arena, that the viewer becomes aware that this piece is a celebration of a world tour and not a document of a single event.
The part of the film I was most worried about were the bits where Roger leaves his estate in the English countryside in his Bentley to make the long drive to Monte Cassino, Italy, to visit the memorial to the fallen in WWII that includes the name of his father. These scenes appear as vignettes inserted every few songs into the film. En route to the monument, he and his children visit the grave of his grandfather who died in WWI, he stops at a French pub and, in between tequila shots, illustrates to the non-English speaking barkeep, the war strategy that ultimately cost his father his life. Particularly moving is the scene where the viewer is shown excerpts from the letter Roger's mother received informing her of the death of her husband; it not only brings Roger to tears, but it also had your man Klaus a little choked up as well.
By marrying these narrative bits in with the concert footage, this Wall Live concert experience elevates itself from a formerly mostly-autobiographical piece about a burned out rockstar named Pink going through some serious personal inventorying and turns it into a full-stop autobiography-slash-anti-war-commentary. The narrative content explicitly illustrates what war has stolen from him, stolen from his father, and has stolen and continues to steal from millions of people worldwide.
For fans of Pink Floyd and Roger Waters, this is the most unmissable experience out there since the 2010-2013 Wall live tour. To everyone else... well, you should see it too; it is a document of how far we have come with both live concert technology and cinema screening technology and is sure to blow anyone's mind. It might also be the final word on what The Wall really represents to Roger Waters. Trailer below.
For folks in NYC: the official premiere happens Monday, September 28 at the Ziegfeld. It's invite-only, but they are giving away tickets through Roger's website.
September 14, 2015
photo: Sharon Jones at The Apollo in 2014 (more by PSquared)
We are sad to report that Sharon Jones' cancer has returned, news she broke at the 2015 Toronto Film Festival on Friday (9/11) where she was to help promote Miss Sharon Jones!, a new documentary of which she's the subject. "I start chemo on Wednesday," she told the crowd. "But I'm gonna keep fighting. We got a long way to go." Jones was diagnosed with cancer in 2013, but with surgery and treatment was declared cancer-free in February of 2014. Our thoughts are with you Sharon, and we're wishing you a speedy and full recovery.
Staying positive: Miss Sharon Jones! was made by acclaimed filmmaker Barbara Koppel (Harlan County, USA) and follows the soul singer for a year as Jones and The Dap Kings try to work around Jones' treatment to complete their 2014 album Give the People What They Want and prep for its ensuing world tour. The documentary will make its New York debut at the 2015 DOC NYC fest as the opening night film, screening November 12 at the SVA Theatre. Ticket info is TBA.
Meanwhile, Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings will have a new holiday album, It's A Holiday Soul Party, that's out October 30 via Daptone. They've also got songs on the forthcoming Daptone Gold Vol. 2 which is out this Friday (9/18). And, for now at least, Jones & the Dap Kings are continuing to tour, including this weekend's Telluride Blues & Brews Fest. Other dates on the later horizon include one at the New Jersery Performing Arts Center on November 14 with Diane Reeves (tickets). All scheduled dates are listed below.
September 9, 2015
As you may know, Stephen Colbert is busy with his own new talk show, but he's still making time for other things. He'll be at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center on November 21 to talk with director J.J. Abrams. This "Nerd-Off" happens a little less than a month before JJ Abrams' much-anticipated new film, Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits theaters worldwide. Tickets are currently on presale (use password "NERDOFF") and go on sale to the general public on Friday (9/11) at 10 AM. Proceeds from this event benefit The Montclair Film Festival, "New Jersey's leading film non-profit."
September 8, 2015
by Klaus Kinski
As a person with a degree in film history and film theory in criticism, your man Klaus is a sucker for the golden age of Cinema; an era when most of the actors were often classically trained and lauded for their talents and dedication to their craft as opposed to their nip-slips, twitter wars, drunken escapades and who they're shagging (though, yes, tabloid journalism has been around from time immemorial). I am forever thankful for institutions like Turner Classic Movies, The Film Society of Lincoln Center, Film Forum, the Angelicka, and Anthology Film Archives.
I am also a sucker for a good documentary with a great subject and a great soundtrack. Therefore, a recent documentary about Marlon Brando called Listen To Me Marlon is ticking a lot of boxes for me. What makes this documentary extremely unique is that, as opposed to being a compilation of archival footage and generic soundbites, this particular documentary has its commentary compiled entirely from private audio tapes the actor recorded at home, in business meetings, during hypnosis, in therapy, and during press interviews.
With exclusive access to personal archive, this is the definitive Marlon Brando cinema documentary. Charting his exceptional career as an actor and extraordinary life away from the stage and screen, the film will fully explore the complexities of the man by telling the story uniquely from Marlon's perspective.Supplementing this remarkable picture is a soundtrack that is the product of several of my favorite artists including Eluvium (an all time Klaus favorite), Max Richter, Rachel Grimes, and Johann Johannson. No word yet as to whether the soundtrack will be released as it's own album, but fingers crossed it will.
Listen To Me Marlon is currently in a limited release across the country, but New Yorkers can see it at Film Forum or Symphony Space. But you better hurry! The final screenings at Film Forum are tonight (September 8) and the final screening at Symphony Space are Sunday September 13. Sometime in the future the work will air on Showtime, so keep your eyes peeled in your TV Guides (or DVRs).
Watch the Listen to Me Marlon trailer below...