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Five-year Plan: November albums

30 November 2012 8:26 PM, PST | | See recent CultureCatch news »


Jefferson Airplane: After Bathing at Baxter's (RCA)

This was the Airplane's second LP of 1967, and on it they took the studio freedom their two huge hit singles had earned them and went wild and unsupervised, making a real psychedelic album rather than the carefully contrived simulation of psychedelia that had been Surrealistic Pillow. The result had more avant-garde weirdness than hit singles (RCA had unrealistic hopes for "Watch Her Ride"), but the album actually coheres far better; for all the stylistic disjunctions and studio effects and Jorma Kaukonen's often-abrasive guitar sounds, and for that matter the nine-minute instrumental trio improvisation "Spare Chaynge," it flows organically, creating its own logic.

Cream: Disraeli Gears (I'm not even a Cream fan and I still have to acknowledge the brilliance of "Strange Brew," "Sunshine of Your Love," "Tales of Brave Ulysses," and "Swlabr")

Moody Blues: Days of Future Passed (early blast of prog-rock, »

- SteveHoltje

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Mark Ellen: how Kerouac changed my life

6 October 2012 4:04 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The film of On the Road opens in cinemas on 12 October. Inspired by Kerouac's legendary account of his journeys of self-discovery, Mark Ellen dropped out and hitchhiked across America. Here he pays homage to the book's enduring legacy

There's a great moment when the dust-caked heroes of On the Road reach Ozona, Texas, on the way to El Paso. Dean Moriarty decides they should loosen up a bit. "Disemburden yourselves of all that clothes!" he advises. "What's the sense of clothes?"

His obliging wife, Marylou, gets her kit off, and his friend Sal Paradise does the same. They're in one of those broad-beamed old cars with a bench for a front seat, heading west into the setting sun. "Every now and then a big truck zoomed by; the driver in the high cab caught a glimpse of a golden beauty sitting naked with two naked men. You could see them »

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A First Hint at What Lars von Trier’s Crowdsourced ‘Gesamt’ Might Look Like

3 October 2012 7:00 AM, PDT | | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

We wrote previously on Lars von Trier‘s latest project – a crowdsourced challenge to filmmakers to reinterpret 6 great works of art called Gesamt – but the film now has a trailer that’s exactly as enigmatic as we could have hoped for. Director Justin D. Hilliard of Striped Socks Productions contacted us, letting us know that his is one of the few American projects to be chosen for the installation, which is built from 142 pieces sent in from around the world. The movie will premiere at the Copenhagen Art Festival. Creators were prompted to re-interpret James Joyce’s “Ulysses,” August Strindberg’s “The father,” the Zeppelinfield in Nuremberg, Paul Gauguin’s “Where do we come from? Who are we? Where are we going?,” the collected improvisations of Cesar Franck and the collected music of Sammy Davis, Jr. The pieces were to be used as inspiration, but couldn’t be directly in the 5 minutes of footage sent in. It »

- Cole Abaius

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Von Trier's 'Gesamt' Project Asks Emerging Filmmakers to Reinterpret Six Major Works

1 October 2012 10:52 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

In August 2012, Danish enfant terrible director Lars von Trier posed a challenge to the aspiring filmmakers of the world: Reinterpret one or more of six classic works (James Joyce's novel "Ulysses," Paul Gauguin's painting "Where do you come from? Who are we? Where are we going?" and Sammy Davis Jr.'s step dance performance "Choreography" among them) into a film, video, still, piece of music or soundpiece. True to Trier's apocalyptic leanings as of late, the project is titled "Gesamt - Disaster 501: What Happened to Man." Not a competition, the Gesamt project will take 400-plus submissions and work them into one exhibition at the Charlottenborg Palace in Copenhagen, Denmark, to run October 20 through December 30. Emerging artists from 52 countries including Colombia, Ukraine, Thailand, Brazil and Japan submitted pieces; the U.S. had the highest number of submissions. The original uniting thread behind the exhibition was »

- Beth Hanna

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Unmissables I Nearly Missed on Vacation

30 August 2012 6:00 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Nathaniel, here, returning to home base. I'm baaaa--aack. Did you miss me? I shan't take another day off until late October so I'm all yours again! But before we get started again, hugs and kisses and floral bouquets and firm handshakes to Leslye, Melanie, Beau, Jose, Ja and Matt for filling in for the week.

The internet moves with such speed -- except while visiting relatives in internet challenged rural Utah -- that if you're gone for a week you can totally miss seismic events. Here are some webthingies I'm so so glad people alerted me to so that I didn't miss them in my spotty connectivity travels. I'm sharing them on the off chance you missed them. No one should have to!

Revenge came out on DVD! - a magical elf in PR made sure I received mine. Thanks you! The cover of the Season 1 box is Emily in »


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Lars von Trier Issues Challenge to Recreate Famous Art With ‘Gesamt’

13 August 2012 11:34 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

With either gearing up for their next outings and, in one’s case, having a fair share of future projects to choose from, it’s becoming more and more clear that Martin Scorsese and Lars von Trier will never make their own Five Obstructions. (Read here to know why this should be a huge disappointment.) In a weird way, though — i.e., I have a habit of reading too much into announcements — the latter’s newest enterprise might be a way of fulfilling this creative desire.

A press release from the Copenhagen Art Festival has announced Gesamt, von Trier‘s challenge to anybody (anybody!) with the right creative impulse: take “six great works of art,” create a film or audio recording that takes direct inspiration from it, and submit your work for this project. Director Jenle Hallund will help shape the final piece, picking the best titles and creating something. »

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Lars von Trier Challenges Filmmakers to Reinterpret Controversial Works of Art

13 August 2012 10:30 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

The Copenhagen Art Festival's newest film project Gesamt is being headed by Danish provocateur Lars von Trier. The Melancholia filmmaker is inviting people to participate in the global collaboration, asking directors to reinterpret "six great works of art through the lens of their camera or recording of sound." It should come as no surprise that the chosen films have a history of controversy and reflect Von Trier's own filmic themes. A press release — courtesy of Movie City News — provides some background details on the film selection:   "Everyone who wishes to participate can draw inspiration from one or several of the selected six art pieces: James Joyce’s work Ulysses, which once was banned in the United States because it was...

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- Alison Nastasi

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Catch-up TV Guide: From The Secret History Of Our Streets to On The Hour

22 June 2012 4:05 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

TV: The Secret History Of Our Streets

Yes, it's probably symptomatic of a capital-centric culture that Auntie is keen to play down, but this series on the fortunes of some of London's most prominent streets makes for enjoyable and informative TV, irrespective of where you come from. Episodes one to three are online, with a fourth, on the surprising history of Portland Road, Notting Hill, airing this week.

BBC iPlayer

TV: This American Life

This American Life is pretty much peerless in its ability to take an intriguing topic and twist it into all sorts of unusual shapes. The most recent episode of the long-running radio series tackles blackjack. Host Ira Glass tries his hand at card counting and there's the story of a woman who attempted to sue a casino after she lost her inheritance to the dreaded game.


TV: Pulling

Sharon Horgan's prison comedy Dead Boss »

- Gwilym Mumford

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Mike Gold: The Only Thing To Fear Is…

28 March 2012 5:00 AM, PDT | | See recent Comicmix news »

I just read the penultimate issue of Marvel’s Fear Itself miniseries. This means that next month, April, should maybe possibly mark the end of their big 2011 crossover event, also titled Fear Itself. It started a year ago. Longer, if you add the event implants.

The Fear Itself storyline has several epilogues – the Shattered Heroes books, sundry miniseries as well as this particular 12 part miniseries. It ends next month, right in time for the Avengers vs. X-Men event. In total, if you wanted to read the whole thing, you’d be reading something in the neighborhood of 135 separate comic book issues.

All this leaves me with one question: does anybody give a damn?

Like the overwhelming majority of big event crossover series, Fear Itself was pretty lightweight. Yeah, yeah, death, resurrection, worlds shattered, nothing will ever be the same again, and Ben Ulrich updates his résumé. Blah blah blah. If »

- Mike Gold

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Robert Pattinson bares all in the first trailer for David Cronenberg’s ‘Cosmopolis’

22 March 2012 10:27 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

David Cronenberg adapts a critically revered and best-selling novel and places teen heartthrob Robert Pattinson at the centre, as a newlywed, nihilistic, Wall Street billionaire who takes a 24-hour limo trip through Manhattan (here played by Toronto), doing various ungentlemanly things and ends up losing his bride and his billions in a single day. And yes ladies, he does get naked along the way. This might just be Cronenberg’s most overtly sexual movie since Crash and I think if you look closely, you might also see a dinosaur walk by. Apart from Pattinson, the cast also includes Sarah Gadon, Kevin Durand, Jay Baruchel, Samantha Morton, Juliette Binoche, Paul Giamatti and Mathieu Amalric. Here is the trailer. Enjoy!


Here is the plot summary of the novel as according to Wikipedia:

Cosmopolis is the story of Eric Packer, a 28 year old multi-billionaire asset manager who makes an odyssey across midtown »

- Kyle Reese

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Anniversaries: The Greatest Day in the History of Modern Literature? February 2, 1922

1 February 2012 10:39 PM, PST | | See recent CultureCatch news »

There is no such thing as the greatest anything. Greatness is subjective. But if, for the sake of argument, or fun, or obsession, or whatever, we choose to at least toy with the concept of greatest modern novel, James Joyce's Ulysses is considered by many to be the frontrunner. And were one to attempt the hopeless task of choosing the greatest book of modern poetry, Rainer Maria Rilke's Sonnets to Orpheus would be a strong contender.

Well, 90 years ago, on February 2, 1922, Sylvia Beach of Shakespeare and Company published the first edition -- one thousand copies -- of Ulysses in Paris, France, and Rilke began writing Sonnets to Orpheus at the Château de Muzot in Switzerland. These works are linked by more than a date; both draw heavily on Greek myth/legend, and both were written by self-exiled authors.

Joyce -- whose birthday was February 2, and who had a »

- SteveHoltje

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Fionnula Flanagan To Receive Lifetime Achievement Award

23 January 2012 11:08 AM, PST | | See recent TheMovieBit news »

  Fionnula Flanagan is to be honoured with a lifetime achievement award at this year’s Irish Film & Television Awards which will be held in Dublin on February 11th. Flanagan has had by any standards, a remarkable career in film and stage, the actress recently joked that she had checked previous winners of the award and was “encouraged to find that their work lives continue, some even flourishing, so that if I learn my lines and hit my marks and don't bump into the furniture, my own career might just continue on also.” Since starring in her movie debut in 1967’s Ulysses, based on James Joyce’s famous work, alongside Milo O’Sea and Tp McKenna. Ifta chief executive Áine Moriarty described Flanagan as a contribution as “a wonderful representative internationally, of Ireland’s film and television industry.” Flanagan was born in Dublin 1941 and trained at Dublin’s Abbey Theatre as »

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Poster(s) of the Day: ‘Cosmopolis’

11 January 2012 10:42 AM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Cronenberg adapts a critically revered and best-selling novel and places teen heartthrob Robert Pattinson at the centre, as a newlywed billionaire who ends up losing his bride and his billions in a single day. Apart from Pattinson, the impressive cast includes Sarah Gadon, Kevin Durand, Jay Baruchel, Samantha Morton, Juliette Binoche, Paul Giamatti, and Mathieu Amalric.

Here is the plot summary of the novel as according to Wikipedia:

Cosmopolis is the story of Eric Packer, a 28 year old multi-billionaire asset manager who makes an odyssey across midtown Manhattan in order to get a haircut. The stretch limo which adorns the cover of the book is richly described as highly technical and very luxurious, filled with television screens and computer monitors, bulletproofed and floored with Carrara marble. It is also cork lined to eliminate (though unsuccessfully, as Packer notes) the intrusion of street noise.

Like James Joyce’s Ulysses, Cosmopolis covers »

- Ricky

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Top 100 Most Anticipated Films of 2012: #28. David Cronenberg's Cosmopolis

8 January 2012 6:00 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

#28. Cosmopolis Director/Writer: David CronenbergProducers: Paulo Branco and Martin KatzDistributor: Rights Available The Gist: Based on Don DeLillo's novel, this centers around a multimillionaire (Pattinson) on a 24-hour odyssey across Manhattan as he attempts to get a haircut, betting his wealth against the declining Japanese Yen...(more) Cast: Robert Pattinson, Paul Giamatti, Jay Baruchel, Kevin Durand, Juliette Binoche, Samantha Morton, Sarah Gadon and Mathieu Amalric List Worthy Reasons...: Supplied with a strong Euro and North American cast, apparently Cronenberg's adaptation of Don DeLillo's work is fairly strong. The novel is a modern re-interpretation of James Joyce's Ulysses smack dab in NYC's corporate world. Release Date/Status?: With Binoche and Amalric in the mix the logic is a grand Cannes red carpet premiere with plenty of buyer activity thinking of the fall season and milking it for Pattinson presence factor. If this becomes a fall release, »

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