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In their freshman year, Marvel’s Netflix Daredevil series and DC’s CW show the Flash got some of the most overwhelmingly positive reviews of any TV shows ever based on super heroes. They are arguably the two best debut seasons for shows adapted from a comic book. Which one is better? Cinelinx looks at these two excellent shows to determine the live action small screen comic champ.
There have been lots and lots of live action TV programs based on comic books, starting with the Adventures of Superman in the 1950s. Ever since then, we’ve had Batman, the Green Hornet, Wonder Woman, Spider-Man, the Incredible Hulk, Shazam/Isis, Superboy, the Flash (the original), Lois & Clark: the New Adventures of Superman, Birds of Prey, Mutant X, Smallville, Agents of Shield, Arrow, Constantine and Gotham. (We’re not including animated series in this.) We’ve even had one-shot TV movies like Dr. Strange, »
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The independent narrative and documentary directors and composers headed for the Sundance Institute and Skywalker Sound's Music and Sound Design Labs have been revealed. The Labs will take place at Skywalker Ranch in northern California. These labs offer a space for composers, directors and sound designers to collaborate on a film soundtrack, in a workshop setting under the guidance of top film composers and film music professionals as Creative Advisors. The Music and Sound Design Lab for narrative features goes down July 7 through 21, with the Lab for documentaries to follow on July 22 through 30. Creative Advisors this year include composers Jeff Beal, Todd Boekelheide, George S. Clinton, John Frizzell, Harry Gregson-Williams, Laura Karpman, and Anton Sanko; sound designers Chris Barnett, Pete Horner, Dennis Leonard, Tim Nielsen, Gary Rydstrom, Kent Sparling, and Randy Thom; Bmi Vice President, Doreen Ringer Ross; re-recording mixers Erik Foreman, Zach Martin and Brandon »
- Ryan Lattanzio
“Life is strange,” Paul Dedalus declares more than once in Arnaud Desplechin’s “My Golden Days” — and it’s also rich and intensely personal, as we experience firsthand in this marvelously vivid origin story for the hopelessly romantic French academic played by Mathieu Amalric in 1996’s three-hour Gallic gabfest “My Sex Life, or … How I Got Into an Argument.” Amalric mostly hovers around the periphery of this feature-length flashback, taking a backseat to young leads Quentin Dolmaire and Lou Roy-Lecollinet (both making a superb screen debut) in a roving, restless tale of unhappy childhood, amateur espionage and agonizing first love. If the result offers less of the manic volubility of “My Sex Life” or the dazzling cinematic experimentation of the director’s more recent work, it’s nonetheless ushered along by some of the most fluid, emotionally resonant filmmaking of Desplechin’s career, and should be warmly embraced by his »
- Justin Chang
George Clinton, doyen of funk, captain of the Mothership, needs no introduction, but just for reference: His catalogue spans six decades and more than 30 albums, encompassing his legendary bands Parliament and Funkadelic, as well as his solo work. His music has been sampled by everyone from Sleigh Bells to Snoop Dogg. He’s on the new Kendrick Lamar album. A replica of his preferred mode of transportation, the Mothership — a cartoonishly elaborate silver spaceship from which he would descend during P-Funk live shows in the 1970s — is now housed in the National Museum of African American History. The sound he perfected, and largely invented, combined Jimi Hendrix, doo-wop, soul, and rhythm and blues to create something entirely unique, and almost impossibly funky. Put simply, Clinton is one of the most important artists of our time. I spoke with him in advance of an upcoming appearance at the Brooklyn Museum, where »
- Lauretta Charlton
He's big, he's green, he's ill-tempered – and for the first time since 1971, he's on the cover of Rolling Stone. As our cover story puts it: "The Hulk is the breakout star of the Avengers movies, breaking stuff for all us sinners, hulking out for every hung-up person in the whole wide universe." So our new issue, on stands April 24th, goes deep on both the Hulk and the real people in his sizable shadow. Senior Writer Brian Hiatt hung out in New York with Mark Ruffalo, who plays Bruce Banner (and via motion-capture, »
The term ‘Afrofuturism*’ was coined by an American writer, Mark Dery, in 1994, and many of the key artists and theorists associated with the movement — Sun Ra, George Clinton, Janelle Monae, Flying Lotus, Greg Tate, Octavia Butler, Samuel R. Delany, Alondra Nelson, the list goes on — are/were American. But is it solely an American deal? In curating the film program ‘Space is the Place: Afrofuturism on Film’ at Brooklyn’s BAMcinématek, I wanted to highlight that the movement also has a distinct international, pan-African reach.** I included Wanuri Kahiu’s superb “Pumzi”, which is Kenya’s first science fiction film. “Afronauts” by Frances Bodomo — who grew up in Ghana (and Norway, »
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Mirel Wagner will also appear on the second episode of the new series, which will air on April 21 on BBC Two.
Blur, The Vaccines and Laura Marling were previously confirmed for the first episode on April 14.
As usual, a half-hour live edition of each episode will air at 10pm on Tuesdays, with the extended edition airing on Friday nights.
Kendrick Lamar, whose new album To Pimp a Butterfly went to No.1 last month, recently announced his engagement to Whitney Alford.
Watch the video for Kendrick Lamar's 'King Kunta' below: »
Harvest Home: McNaughton’s Return Yields Blighted Crop
Fans of director John McNaughton, known for his gruesome cult classic Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1990), as well as that tawdry neo-noir Wild Things (1998), will be happy to realize he’s returned to filmmaking with The Harvest, his first feature film since 2001. An indie thriller written by first time screenwriter Stephen Lancellotti, it’s headlined by the likes of Michael Shannon and Samantha Morton. While there are several standout moments in the film, it’s constantly marred by an underwhelming screenplay that has a few too many inconsistencies to support the development of tension or believability. The insistent need for extravagant twists undermines the logic of the narrative, something unnecessary here considering the intensity of the performances.
Katherine (Morton) and Richard (Shannon) care for their son Andy (Charlie Tahan) in their isolated home in the countryside. Both working in the medical profession, »
- Nicholas Bell
Surprise! Kendrick Lamar's new album, To Pimp a Butterfly, is here a week ahead of schedule. Though if you ask some within his label, its release to iTunes — which strangely made the censored version available first — maybe wasn't as intentional as it looked. Then again, according to Kendrick's tweets, it may have all been part of a plan to commemorate the 20th anniversary of 2Pac's Me Against the World. (The legendary rapper even makes an eerie cameo at the album's end.) Either way, there's finally a new Kendrick album out in the world — so we stayed up all night to present our bleary first impressions, obviously. "Wesley's Theory" feat. George Clinton and Thundercat Is there a better way to begin an album this racially ignited than with a sample of Boris Gardiner's "Every Nigger Is a Star"? Probably not. It's also a hell of a way to »
- Dee Lockett
The Nintendo Wii U is without question, the underdog of the console market, even if it is the best console on store shelves right now. For gamers like myself, the most important difference between the Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Wii U is the amount of exclusive games they offer. Sure, they have differences in Cpu and graphical power, but at the end of the day, it all boils down to the games we can play. While most big third-party developers have written off the Wii U, for gamers like me who frequently use Steam and have powerful enough computers to play most A-list titles featured on both the Xbox One and PS4, Nintendo wins, if only for it’s exclusive titles. Wii U owners don’t need third party games because Nintendo still produces a high percentage of the best games each and every year for both the WiiU and there portable system, »
10 items from 2015
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