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The 5 Best Music Videos Of The Week

17 March 2013 2:44 PM, PDT

5) The Purist feat. Danny Brown “Jealousy”

Recruiting American rapper Danny Brown was a great decision made by British producer The Purist when creating his psychedelic, Biggie-sampling, rap track “Jealousy”. The very idea sounds like it shouldn’t work but it actually really does, and this week they unleashed a cool, glitchy video to go with it. As Danny spits in his usual ferocious way, a number of brazen, retro graphics glide by. The oddly cool visuals are provided by VHS-loving videomakers Globodigital Video. The video is complete with lyrics on the screen so you can sing along with Danny in this refreshing take on a music video.

 

4) Fort Romeau “SW9″

A music video in its truest form is a short film integrating a song and imagery, produced for promotional or artistic purposes. As much as I love the videos with lavish budgets that are reminiscent of blockbusters, sometimes there are »

- Tara Costello

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‘Stoker’ and the reoccurring case of the disappointing third act

17 March 2013 2:07 PM, PDT

Chan-wook Park’s Stoker is a Gothic fairytale, a family drama and a beautifully twisted, pitch black coming of age story, all at once. This slow-burning psychological thriller isn’t afraid to cross into uncomfortable places, often edging close to taboo territory. Park wants his audience to twitch in their seats and the master director is able to accomplish this with the greatest of ease. Along with first time screenwriter Wentworth Miller, Park weaves a coming-of-age tale through a tangled, murderous family plot, loaded with sexual subtext and upper-class entitlement. People disappear, a landscape of family secrets is revealed, and Park teases the audience into anticipating the worst. With Alfred Hitchcock’s classic Shadow of a Doubt serving as a template, Stoker’s first two acts are without a doubt impeccably crafted. The problem comes in the third act. Its script doesn’t quite carry the dramatic heft of his earlier work, »

- Ricky

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‘Act Da Fool’, written and directed by Harmony Korine

17 March 2013 7:32 AM, PDT

Today’s film is the 2010 short Act Da Fool. The film is written and directed by Harmony Korine. Korine has made a name for himself in the arthouse film community over his 18-year career as both a writer and a director of films such as Gummo and Trash Humpers. His latest feature, Spring Breakers, opened in limited release in North American theatres this weekend.

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- Deepayan Sengupta

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SXSW 2013 Wrap-Up: ‘Evil Dead’ and more!

17 March 2013 2:22 AM, PDT

Another year and another great festival wraps up deep in the heart of Texas. As the curtains draw to a close on the Paramount and the music fades, Friday marked the end of another great festival at South by Southwest. With over a hundred films screened, this year’s festival has introduced a plethora of great films to audiences. The festival has been a chance to showcase big headliners like Evil Dead as well as highlight fantastic indies like Zero Charisma. The greatest thing about these festivals is the air of collaboration between various artists, admirers, and professionals alike. Hearing a conversation between a music badge holder, film badge press, and interactive entrepreneurs sums up South by Southwest succinctly. It really captures the spirit of South by Southwest and reminds us why Austin is a true Mecca for creativity and collaboration. Signing off from Austin, TX, see y’all next  year! »

- David Tran

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Nikita, Ep 3.14: “The Life We’ve Chosen” sees a disagreement about difficult choices cause friction between major characters

16 March 2013 11:55 PM, PDT

Dillon Casey, Devon Sawa

Nikita, Season 3, Episode 14: “The Life We’ve Chosen”

Written by Albert Kim

Directed by Brad Turner

Airs Fridays at 8pm (Et) on the CW

Since Amanda found out about Ari Tasarov and Division working together, she has had a single-minded focus towards getting him back on her side by any means necessary, first going after his son, then going after Alex. Despite her back being to the wall, however, Amanda remains a formidable threat, as these actions prove, and the capture of Alex was bound to put Division into high gear, forcing them to make some difficult choices. This episode examines the aftermath of that capture, proving that Amanda’s psychological manipulation skills are just as sharp as ever, and revealing a few disturbing chinks in new Division’s armour, in a fast-paced episode that rearranges the chess pieces of the season once again.

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- Deepayan Sengupta

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SXSW 2013: ‘Milo’ sets the crazy watermark for toilet humor

16 March 2013 5:28 PM, PDT

Milo

Directed by Jacob Vaughan

Written by Benjamin Hayes, Jacob Vaughan

People usually know what they are getting into when they enter certain movies at SXSW. There are the big headliners ; there are the obscure international films; there are the intimate indie flicks and mumblecore movies; then there are the kind of films like Milo. With a description involving a demon living inside a man’s colon, you know what you are getting yourself into when you’re standing in line for this one.

Milo is an irreverent gross out comedy that follows a man (Ken Marino) as he juggles a stressful work life, familial pressures from wife Sarah (Gillian Jacobs), unresolved issues with an absentee dad (Stephen Root), and a nagging stomach problem. After frequenting New Age, occultist therapist Highsmith (Peter Stormare), he finds out that the source of his ailments is a demon that escapes out of his »

- David Tran

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Tribeca 2013: 12th annual film festival opens with ‘Mistaken For Strangers’ followed by band performance

16 March 2013 3:05 PM, PDT

Tribeca has begun announcing lineups for the 12th annual festival, April 17-28. Opening the festival this year is Mistaken For Strangers. The film tells the story of two very different brothers—one a struggling artist, the other the lead singer of The National—to be followed by a special concert by the band itself. See below for the official press release and video of the band performing the song inspiring the film’s title, live at Terminal 5.

2013 Tribeca Film Festival To Open With The World Premiere

Of Mistaken For Strangers And Special Performance By

Critically Acclaimed Band The National

Tom Berninger’s Film Chronicling His Personal Journey On Tour with the Brooklyn Band to Kick Off Tff’s 12th Edition on April 17

The Tribeca Film Festival recently announced that the world premiere of Mistaken for Strangers, executive produced by Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Marshall Curry and produced by Matt Berninger, Carin Besser and Craig Charland, »

- Christopher Clemente

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SXSW 2013: ‘The Act of Killing’ is a surreal documentary on war criminals

16 March 2013 1:14 PM, PDT

The Act of Killing

Directed by Joshua Oppenheimer, Anonymous, Christine Cynn

Denmark/Norway/UK, 2013

The documentary film opens with a pertinent and incredibly insightful quote by Voltaire followed by a surreal dance sequence of killers in drag set against a waterfall. After 1965 where the military overtook the Indonesian government, a martial rule was in place and all those deemed “Communists” (farmers, intellectuals, dissenters, ethnic Chinese) were murdered en masse. To carry out these killings, the government enlisted the aid of paramilitary groups such as the Pancasila Youth draped in orange camouflage as well as common gangsters. They carried out heinous war crimes, killing millions over the next decades.

The Act of Killing follows these men after forty years, approaching Anwar Congo, former killer, to create a film reenacting these killings. Along the way, Congo and many others face their heinous crime in a variety of ways from remorse to unadulterated pride and joy. »

- David Tran

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Sketchy Episode 58 – ‘Toxic Crusaders (w/ Ingrid Olson)’

16 March 2013 12:50 PM, PDT

This week is Troma’s short-lived cartoon series “Toxic Crusaders” from 1991. Based on the 1984 cult classic “The Toxic Avenger,” this series follows a group of supermutants with powers to fight pollution. Joining Ryan this week is his girlfriend, Ingrid Olson, a big fan of Troma Entertainment, to discuss this cartoon, other Troma films, her Scandinavian name and her love for Phoebe Cates. Enjoy!

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- Ryan Clagg

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‘The Transformers’: much more than meets the eye to me

16 March 2013 11:23 AM, PDT

As a child growing up the late 1980s and early 1990s, there was a trio of favourite cartoon shows which aired on American television networks after school and on Saturday mornings The Real Ghostbusters, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and The Transformers. As is probably still the case with children shows today, there was plenty of marketing synergy at work. You would watch the show for an half and hour, only to be followed by an obsessive need to own the toys, comics and any other expensive, officially licensed product. Lest we overlook the obvious, there were movies to see as well.

There were of course other popular shows than the three mentioned above, but for me (and my little sister!), they represented the holy trinity of fantastical adventures, memorably one-dimensional characters and the sort of humour any kid could enjoy. Who needed to do homework when characters like Egon, Ray, »

- Edgar Chaput

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‘Black Kites’, starring Steve Buscemi

16 March 2013 10:47 AM, PDT

Today’s film is the 1996 short Black Kites. The film is written and directed by Jo Andres, and stars Steve Buscemi, who also produces. Buscemi has had a long and illustrious career, with a filmography ranging from the Coen Brothers’ Fargo to Michael Bay’s The Island. He has recently transitioned to television with HBO’s Boardwalk Empire, and can be seen in theatres in The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, which opens this weekend.

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- Deepayan Sengupta

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Grimm, Episode 2.14, “Natural Born Wesen”: A Touch of the Twilight Zone

16 March 2013 10:19 AM, PDT

Grimm, Episode 2.14 “Natural Born Wesen”

Written by: Thomas Ian Griffith & Mary Page Keller

Directed by: Michael Watkins

Airs Friday 9.00pm Est on NBC

After a block of episodes devoted to the Nick/Juliette/Renard love triangle, this week’s show sees a welcome return to more general Wesen issues, specifically a series of bank robberies carried out by Blutbads who have decided to expand beyond their traditional profession of munching little girls and into more lucrative territory, giving Hank and Nick the familiar, but always intriguing crime-with-a-hint-of-Wesen to solve. The fly in the ointment plotwise (there’s always one of those with Grimm) is not that Blutbads might stray across certain moral boundaries – only daily yoga exercises and a strict vegan diet allow Munroe to suppress his darker impulses – but that the robbers don’t bother with masks to hide their identities, they just put on their wolf faces instead. »

- Cath Murphy

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Mousterpiece Cinema, Episode 88: ‘Oz the Great and Powerful’

16 March 2013 2:00 AM, PDT

You’re…off to see the wizard! The powerful wizard of Oz! We hear he is a bit of a jerk, if ever a jerk there was! If ever, oh, ever a sleaze there was, the wizard of Oz is one because…because, because, because, because, because…because of the slimy old things he does! You’re off to see the wizard! The powerful wizard of Oz! Yes, Josh and Mike are facing off against Disney’s big new movie Oz the Great and Powerful. Did they find it lacking a heart, a brain, or courage? Were they sold by James Franco’s turn as Oz himself? (Take a guess from the parody lyrics. You might have an idea.) You’ll have to check out the new show to find out!

Note: There is one bad word uttered during this episode–Josh takes the blame, but he also gives a bit of warning, »

- Josh Spiegel

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‘The Unspeakable Act’ is a revelatory and essential piece of independent filmmaking

15 March 2013 8:28 PM, PDT

The Unspeakable Act

Directed by Dan Sallitt

Written by Dan Sallitt

USA, 2012

There are countless moments in Dan Sallitt’s The Unspeakable Act that resonate far deeper than most things you’ve seen on screen; this is a precise and assured work that revels in silence and bruises the viewer with its spoken and unspoken intimacy. The film is the third entry in writer/director Dan Sallitt’s modest filmography thus far, representing some sort of miraculous watershed moment for independent cinema and for Sallitt himself. Though the director tends to deal in taboo subjects, his approach at unearthing brutal truths and honesty within the medium shines brightest in his latest. While on the surface it’s a film about incest, reducing the film and Sallitt’s intentions to a singular portrait of said taboo would prove to be a rather faulty endeavor.

We first meet Jackie (Tallie Medel) as »

- Ty Landis

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The birth of ‘The Grandmother’ and Lynchian themes

15 March 2013 8:10 PM, PDT

The Grandmother

Written by David Lynch

Directed by David Lynch

USA, 1970

Mrs Bates lived on inside Norman’s fractured psyche.

Her continued residence compensated for the guilt her son felt following her murder. Ever present, her spectral presence kept watch in the guise of a maternal superego overlooking the Bates motel from close quarters.

Psycho was one of many Hitchcock films in which the master of suspense would allow the repressed trauma of the Real to trickle through and threaten the stability of a carefully constructed ‘reality’. Maternal anxiety would again occur in The Birds by way of its eponymous creatures wreaking havoc on the townsfolk. The verbal contract in Strangers on a Train, epitomised in the kernel of a single cigarette lighter, refused to die a quiet death. And in Rear Window, Jimmy Stewart’s Lb Jeffries saw in the apartments opposite his own – surrogate frames for the cinema »

- Ed Doyle

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Elementary, Ep. 1.18: “Déjà Vu All Over Again” – two cases for the price of one.

15 March 2013 8:03 PM, PDT

Elementary Season 1, Episode 18: “Déjà Vu All Over Again

Written by Mark Rodenbeck

Directed by Jerry Levine

Airs Thursdays at 10pm (Et) on CBS

Like most great partnerships, it all starts with a flashback – during a seemingly normal evening, Watson gets a call to become the sober companion to a person with a weird name. The next minute, she is trying to hot-wire an expensive car only to struggle with the wires.  All in a day’s work and a certainly more interesting way to begin an Elementary episode.

Once again, we see the spotlight on Lucy Liu’s Watson, as her character’s reluctance in being a ‘consulting detective’ and forgotten evenings with friends show a visible personality change.  Compared to the cold opening where she is in the middle of her social circle, the situation is flipped as her friends choose to ‘intervene’ with her latest yet seemingly outrageous career change, »

- Katie Wong

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Top Five Studio Ghibli Films

15 March 2013 1:28 PM, PDT

Studio Ghibli may easily be called the Disney of Japan. An animation film studio founded in 1985 by Isao Takahta and Hayao Miyazaki, Studio Ghibli has consistently produced brilliant hand-drawn animated films, and its characters have become ubiquitous in Japanese culture. Over the last 25 years, the production studio has released 17 feature films, eight of which are among the 15 highest-grossing anime films of all time. The most recent Studio Ghibli film From Up on Poppy Hill opens on March 15th to limited release and tells the story of two boarding school teenagers protesting the demolishing of their school’s clubhouse, all against the backdrop of the 1964 Summer Olympics.

To mark the film’s release, here is my list of the top five Studio Ghibli films so far:

5. Kiki’s Delivery Service (1989)

One of Studio Ghibli’s earliest films, Kiki’s Delivery Service is the story of a young witch who uses her »

- Katherine Springer

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Thursday Comedy Roundup: ‘Community’ 4.06, ‘Parks & Rec’ 5.16, & ‘Archer’ 4.09

15 March 2013 10:39 AM, PDT

Community, Season 4, Episode 6: “Advanced Documentary Filmmaking”

Written by Hunter Covington

Directed by Jay Chandrasekhar

Airs Thursdays at 8pm Et on NBC

It’s probably unfair to keep comparing Community’s fourth season to the three that proceeded it. At this point, it has become painfully clear that this is a very different show. Yet it would be hard to argue that the show isn’t inviting those comparisons. That is clearly case with tonight’s episode, a sequel to two previous episodes that had been scripted by Megan Ganz. The surprise twist this week is that while it may not up to the standards of those episodes, “Advanced Documentary Filmmaking” is not doing them a disservice.

It’s certainly the most cohesive episode of the season to date. The premise brings all the characters together which helps because several episodes this season have felt like they possessed one good »

- Justin Wier

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Video of the Day: Sean Lennon, Yoko Ono – “Don’t Frack My Mother”

15 March 2013 10:23 AM, PDT

Sean Lennon and Yoko Ono have recruited a number of celebrity friends for their latest entry in their Artists Against Fracking campaign. On top of putting up billboards, presenting petitions and running a TV ad the pair have rounded up celebrities including Liv Tyler, Susan Sarandon, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and SNL‘s/Portlandia’s Fred Armisen and created this feel good video that is for a good cause. The song and campaign’s purpose is to persuade New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo not to allow gas companies to use hydraulic fracturing in New York. The video features shots of Lennon, Ono and actors and musicians as well as statistics about fracking. As Lennon pleads, “Please, don’t frack my mother”, Ono throws in, “Don’t frack me!”. The video was directed by Sarah Sophie Flicker, Maximilla Lukacs and Tennessee Thomas, watch it below.

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- Tara Costello

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SXSW 2013: ‘Short Term 12′ explores the humanizing struggles of triumph over trauma

15 March 2013 9:49 AM, PDT

Short Term 12

Directed by Destin Cretton

Written by Destin Cretton

Us, 2013

Trauma and abuse in a child’s formative years undoubtedly create ripple effects throughout their adult lives. Everyone talks about making choices, but what happens to those kids who are unfortunate enough to grow up in an environment where that choices are not a reality? Cretton’s Short Term 12 is a heart wrenching look at the lives of the children and their caretakers at a foster care facility as they both struggle with their own past demons.

The film follows Grace (Brie Larson), a staff member at the eponymous Short Term who is simultaneously trying to care for troubled kids, come to grips with her own past, and balance the sudden pregnancy with her boyfriend and coworker, Mason (John Gallagher Jr.). It is well to note that a lot of social workers tend to come from broken backgrounds. »

- David Tran

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