6 items from 2011
Arguably the defining cult film of the Reagan era, Repo Man, the feature debut of Alex Cox (Sid & Nancy, Walker, Straight to Hell) is a genre-busting mash-up of atomic-age science fiction, post-punk anarchism, and conspiracy paranoia, all shot through with heavy doses of deadpan humour and offbeat philosophy.
After quitting his dead-end supermarket job, young punk Otto (Emilio Estevez) is initiated as a “repo man” after a chance encounter with automobile repossessor Bud (Harry Dean Stanton). An illicit, high-voltage life follows, including an adrenalised search for a mysterious ’64 Chevy Malibu loaded with radioactive – and extragalactic – cargo…
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By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: The last time Jason Reitman directed a Diablo Cody script, audiences were treated to the goofily hip “Juno,” and the Academy was charmed. They went in different directions afterward – he to direct George Clooney through “Up In the Air,” and she to flex her inner demons for “Jennifer’s Body” – but are back together this month with a brutally honest and deceptively funny adult comedy with a teenage-friendly name.
“Young Adult” stars Charlize Theron as a bitchy Ya ghost writer knocked off her axis by the announcement that her old flame (Patrick Wilson), now happily married, had a baby. She heads back to her tiny home town to win the poor sap back, and goes toe-to-toe with an ex-classmate (Patton Oswalt) who sees her for who she really is.
With the film preparing to open on Dec. 9 (before going wider a week later), Reitman »
- Sean O'Connell
I didn’t think I would have to insult the intelligence of our readers by pointing out a very simple fact, but based on the first comment we received, I guess I should make something clear. This is a list of our favourite soundtracks of 2011. We are currently working on a list of the best original scores, which should be posted sometime within the week. Let us know if you think we left out any soundtracks you would recommend. Enjoy!
10 – Young Adult
One of the themes of Jason Reitman’s upcoming film Young Adult, is the idea of being stuck in the past, and trying to relive your glory days, and so it’s no surprise that the soundtrack to the film is loathed with 1990s alt-rock cuts. Due December 6th via Rhino Records, the fifteen-track disc features the Replacements, the Lemonheads, Dinosaur Jr., Teenage Fanclub, Cracker, 4 Non Blondes, Veruca Salt and many more. »
When Lou Reed and Metallica announced earlier this year that they were to release an album together, the internet and music press alike raised a collective eyebrow in a strange mix of apprehension, confusion and anticipation. To call it one of the most talked about projects of recent years would be an understatement, as fans waited to see what these two polar opposites would create when given the chance.
The result? Lulu. A collection of ten songs based around a German expressionist play of the same name which clocks in at just under 90 minutes and its opening line is ‘I would cut my legs and tits off’.
And trust me, by the end of its gruelling running time, you will want to cut your legs and tits off (replace limbs and gender specific organs as necessary). Phrases such as ‘avant-garde’ and ‘music as art’ have been thrown around by elitists »
- Dan Donnelly
With the 80s cartoon classic being revived, as well as the arrival of an album by interplanetary jazzer Stephen "Thundercat" Bruner, a handy quiz to work out who's who
Hooo! Thundercats has returned, with Cartoon Network airing a new reboot of the 80s kids TV staple. In an attempt to put to bed those playground arguments about who got to play as lead Thundercat Lion-o, and who got stuck with being rubbish cat-thing Snarf, we've compiled a quick Cosmo-style quiz. Answer honestly, and no cheating …
1: "Ever-living source of evil" Mumm-Ra is getting a bit lairy in a Third Earth Kebab House. He's already tipped over a tub of garlic mayo and is threatening to imprison the souls of the other patrons for all eternity. Things look like kicking off. What do you do?
a) Ah, Mumm-Ra. Face like a pickled whelk and very sensitive about his looks. Just show the old crone his reflection. »
In one of the key scenes in the 2000 film "High Fidelity" (based on the beloved Nick Hornby novel of the same name), main character Rob Gordon (played with sad-sack aplomb by John Cusack) reveals that after his girlfriend moved out, he re-arranged his beloved vinyl collection according to his own personal autobiography. "If I want to find the song 'Landslide' by Fleetwood Mac," explains Gordon, "I have to remember that I bought it for someone in the fall of 1983 pile, but didn't give it to them for personal reasons."
Comedian, writer and actor Patton Oswalt's obsession with music isn't nearly as maniacal and anti-social, but he still feels very strongly about the albums of his life. In his new book "Zombie Spaceship Wasteland" (a collection of autobiographical essays), he spends a great deal of time discussing how much R.E.M.'s Fables of the Reconstruction meant to him »
- Kyle Anderson
6 items from 2011
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