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5 items from 2011

Exclusive premiere: "Grouplove: Bloom part 3"

31 October 2011 1:50 PM, PDT | | See recent IFC news »

We've been following the story of Grouplove as told through the lens of director Jordan Bahat's "Bloom" for a couple weeks now. To review, the band formed on the isle of Crete during a romantic voyage undertaken by guitarist Christian Zucconi and keyboardist Hannah Hooper who'd just recently met at a show in New York. There they met two Californian travelers, Andrew Wessen and Ryan Rabin, son of Hollywood mainstay Trevor Rabin. And along with British expat Sean Gadd, they all formed Grouplove.

Here's the third and final part of "Bloom" and a peek into the making of their album, "Never Trust A Happy Song."

Watch parts one and two! And let us know what you think in the comments below or on Twitter or Facebook! »

- Brandon Kim

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Exclusive premiere: "Grouplove: Bloom part 2"

20 October 2011 8:12 AM, PDT | | See recent IFC news »

When we left off with Grouplove last week in "Bloom part 1," their interviewer was accusing their backstory of sounding like the set up to a bad sitcom. There's no denying it is an awfully strange tale. What brought these strangers together on the island of Crete in 2009, who then started a band?

Guitarist Christian Zucconi and keyboardist Hannah Hooper came from New York just after a meeting and having a whirlwind romance. Drummer/producer Ryan Rabin (son of film composer Trevor Rabin) and his childhood friend, guitarist Andrew Wessen came from California for their own reasons. And they all collided with the loner Brit, bassist Sean Gadd there in the middle of the Mediterranean. As they reminisce in this second part, they reflect on how lucky they are to be carrying on what they have. How will it hold together? The answer seems to be spelled out by a wizard quoting the King James bible. »

- Brandon Kim

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’5 Days of War’: Review Revue

19 August 2011 4:30 PM, PDT | Speakeasy/Wall Street Journal | See recent Speakeasy/Wall Street Journal news »

Anchor Bay Films

While the world was watching the 11,028 athletes compete in the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, people on both sides of the Russian-Georgian war were being killed. Director Renny Harlin, known for “Die Hard” and “Cliffhanger,” shot “5 Days of War” from the Georgian perspective on location in the former Russian territory. The 113-minute action drama stars Val Kilmer, Rupert Friend and Andy Garcia.

Read some reviews here.

“The film is littered with washed-up stars, in fact, presumably cast because »

- WSJ Staff

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Music in the movies: Trevor Rabin

4 April 2011 4:12 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Need a score for your barnstorming action movie? Then Trevor Rabin’s your composer. Glen salutes his finest work...

A successful musician prior to making the transition to composing for film, Trevor Rabin’s impressive guitar work was initially heard in the 70s rock bands Rabbitt and Yes, before he embarked on a successful solo career.

Rabin’s scores are typified by his high-quality lead guitar lines, which suit the action material he often composes for perfectly. He’s also pretty good with an orchestra, as we’ll see below.

Con Air

The finest  action film of the 90s, and arguably the last 20 years, Con Air is a film that quite rightly gets a lot of love on this site. The score is a collaboration between Rabin and Mark Mancina, with the former handling guitar duties and the latter handling production, synth and percussion.

It’s a score that matches »

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I Am Number Four

18 February 2011 10:00 AM, PST | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »

I Am Number Four

Directed by: D.J Caruso

Cast: Alex Pettyfer, Dianna Agron, Timothy Olyphant, Callan McAuliffe, Teresa Palmer

Running Time: 1 hr 48 mins

Rating: PG-13

Release Date: February 18, 2011

Plot: John (Pettyfer) is a teenager from another planet with special powers bestowed upon him by his alien roots. With the help of his guardian Henri, he tries to elude those trying to kill him and eight others, which would subsequently destroy his race.

Who’S It For?: Teenage boys and girls who can’t think up any better way to waste their money. Fans of fantasy/horror shows on non-cable channels have a more immediate chance at enjoying this one, especially considering their acclimation with (and subsequent acceptance of) hokey supernatural villains stomping around high school settings.

Expectations: The producing credit for Transformers director Michael Bay was enough to get me on board with checking out I Am Number Four. »

- Nick Allen

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