5 items from 2014
For Toronto moviegoers currently suffering from summer blockbuster fatigue, the Tiff Bell Lightbox is offering just the solution with "Strange Paradise: The Cinema of Jim Jarmusch," the first comprehensive retrospective of the cult director's films in Canada.
Presented by Tiff Cinematheque and programmed by Brad Deane, the series runs from July 24 to August 16, covering the indie icon's entire career. All 12 of Jarmusch's films are being brought back to the big screen, from his Nyu film studies Master's thesis "Permanent Vacation" and breakout Cannes Film Festival darling "Stranger Than Paradise" to his most recent offering "Only Lovers Left Alive," for anyone who missed the quirky vampire love story during last year's Toronto International Film Festival.
An acclaimed art house auteur minus any of the off-putting pretension -- case in point: just watch the near-prison riot started by Roberto Benigni chanting "We all scream for ice cream" in "Down By Law" -- »
- Rick Mele
Record Store Day 2014 is here (April 19) and this year loads of new releases specifically crafted for the day. This seventh annual event marks when independent and specialty music stores open their doors and drop these limited, rare and inspired releases, on vinyl, CD and a bevy of other formats. It helps bolster sales for these smaller shops, as well as raise awareness of new and lasting artists. Below, HitFix editors pondered the question, "If you had $50 just to spend on 2014 Record Store Day purchases, what would you pick up?" Granted, some sets would be more than $50, some are hard to find... just as some are worth searching for and paying top dollar for, to collectors. So just play along. Read more about Rsd here. HitFix's Melinda Newman The Pogues, “Live with Joe Strummer,” 12" Yep, you read that right. In 1991, troubled Pogues leader Shane MacGowan took a hiatus and The Clash »
- Katie Hasty, Dave Lewis, Melinda Newman and Whitney Phaneuf
Loners and outcasts have no greater cinematic patron saint than Jim Jarmusch, the fiercely independent writer-director who's spent over three decades chronicling urban fringe-dwellers, road trippers, rockabilly tourists, Zen hitmen and, now, vampires. The 60-year-old filmmaker's latest, Only Lovers Left Alive, centers on a centuries-old couple (played by Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston) who like their Type O served neat, though its a far cry from the recent wave of vampire chic; it's really a languorous romance in which two lovers struggle with immortality-engendered ennui. It may be Jarmusch's first foray into horror films, »
While the rest of his cohort have fallen by the wayside or been absorbed into the Hollywood system, the film-maker has stayed weird, as his new movie of erudite vampire love reveals
The word "hipster" invariably crops up in discussions about American film-maker Jim Jarmusch, not least because he looks the part. He is tall, lean, often wears shades and has a famous shock of hair that started turning silvery grey in his teens; his basso drawl completes the uncanny resemblance to a certain Hollywood great, which inspired Jarmusch to found a jokey secret society, The Sons of Lee Marvin.
Jarmusch is without a doubt the most rock'n'roll of film-makers – although he obliges you to define the term. He has worked with a lot of musicians, either as composers or as actors – Neil Young, Tom Waits, Screamin' Jay Hawkins, hip-hop producer RZA. But if you look at the breadth of Jarmusch's references, »
- Jonathan Romney
How do you make, then keep, a friend?
For Mike (Fox), the process is fairly easy, at least initially -- to Annie's (Betsy Brandt) relief, since she feels he needs a new pal -- in "Couples," Thursday's (Jan. 16) episode of NBC's "The Michael J. Fox Show."
While getting their mail, they encounter a neighbor named Will (guest star Frederick Weller), whose Wi-fi name Annie recognizes. Overhearing them discussing him, he asks Mike, "Wait ... you're not 'Bobby Hull & Oates,' are you?" A pleased Mike replies, "He shoots, he scores!"
After they start to go their separate ways, Annie urges her husband to continue the conversation: "You close that. Come on, I'm right behind you." Annie conspicuously vanishes, though, as they resume their chat.
Returning from a hockey game later with Will, Mike enthuses he's having "probably the best day of my life" next to the births of his children. »
5 items from 2014
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