5 items from 2012
Man, seems you can’t do anything these days without being teased by Wang. Wait, what? No! Not that, you filth! We’re talking about The Manetti Bros’ intergalactic urchin, landing on DVD in the UK on October 8th. Ahead of his visit, we have a tasty little teaser trailer for you!
Interpreter Gaia (Francesca Cuttica) is offered a fortune by security forces to use her Chinese-language skills on a very special, highly secretive job. Her curiosity means she accepts, and after being escorted to a secret location in Rome, she is locked inside a pitch-black room under the watchful eye of the domineering Inspector Curti (Ennio Fantastichini, Loose Cannons) where she is asked to interpret the harsh interrogation of the eponymous 'Wang'. But who exactly is the mysterious visitor, and what does he want? Gaia uncovers some startling truths that not only jeopardise her position but could also »
Lars Von Trier Would Weep: Scafaria’s Roadtrip Romance Facelifts Apocalypse
Old Hollywood studios had it good. Between two World Wars and countless other miseries (like stagnant marriages, repressed housewives, the ultra masculine matinee idols, lack of readily available information and less advanced modes of communication and transportation) sure made love something you sank your teeth into when you think you found it. Love conquers all, but only when there’s something to conquer, like the abusive spouse, Hitler, or cultural taboos, perhaps. Wartime romance was a boon of the genre, an unsinkable formula, until war became a divisive political agenda. Think Waterloo Bridge, either the 1931 or 1940 version—or how about any number of Douglas Sirk’s sudsily magnificent melodramas, centered on other elements keeping lovers apart? In today’s modern world, writer turned director Lorene Scafaria has tapped into the ultimate obstacle for two young lovers in love with her debut, »
- Nicholas Bell
The jukebox soundtrack to Seeking a Friend for the End of the World is a healthy mix of old pop standards (The Beach Boys – Wouldn’t It Be Nice), ‘80s hits (Wang Chung – Dancehall Days) and modern alternative rock (Frank Black – In The Time Of My Ruin). Not much else needs to be said except that this collection of songs gives an easygoing but occasionally melancholy feel which, given the film’s title, I would imagine is rather appropriate.
Ronen Landa’s score for The Pact is an understated, moody affair, full of sinister thrums and oddly reminiscent of Alien in its penchant for creeping tension, though it never seems to fully reach a satisfying crescendo. The 9-minute Apparitions, however, is a welcome exception to this rule and sets the hairs on the back of your neck going without attempting to overpower any narrative (I haven’t seen the flick »
- Mark Allen
With the end of the world coming, you might think that some truly apocalyptic sounds from bands like Godspeed You! Black Emperor or Mogwai might be appropriate, but at least in the universe of "Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World," it looks like people are going to get reacquainted with old hits and classic tunes as they meet their untimely demise.
The soundtrack for the movie is a pretty decent blend of radio hits like "Devil Inside" by Inxs and "Dance Hall Days" by Wang Chung, oldies from The Beach Boys, The Walker Brothers and The Hollies, indie rock from French Kicks and Frank Black and even a seminal hip-hop tune in the form of "Set Adrift On Memory Bliss" by P.M. Dawn.
All these and more will be on the disc when it lands on June 19th, with the film arriving in theaters a few days later on June 22nd. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
If there are any filmmakers who’ve worked their way through record stores as much as folks like Quentin Tarantino or even Wes Anderson, it would have to be John Hughes and Allan Moyle. So perhaps it’s no real surprise that on annual Record Store Day, where you can come out and support your local independent record stores on April 21st this year, there will be soundtrack reissues from both filmmakers.
First is Hughes’ “The Breakfast Club,” which will surely find many record enthusiasts doing some Judd Hirsch-style fist pumping as they pick up their all-white 12-inch vinyl pressing of the album. It’s hard to capture an entire mood of a film with a single soundtrack, especially when that film lingers on a dreary Saturday spent in detention with a few high school students looking to find themselves like in “The Breakfast Club,” but between the seminal »
- Benjamin Wright
5 items from 2012
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