5 items from 2016
Don't let Tina Fey headlining Whiskey Tango Foxtrot fool you. This unexpectedly deep film based on the true story of journalist Kim Barker pushes Fey's signature comedy aside to delve into a variety of themes in sometimes unexpected ways.
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Stuck in a rut, reporter Kim Baker (Fey) decides to shake things up by leaving her desk job in »
Rihanna’s “Sledgehammer” orchestrates the galactic chaos in the latest trailer for Star Trek Beyond, Justin Lin’s tentpole threequel that will look to ring in the summer season in little under a month’s time.
Pushing the Enterprise crew far into uncharted territory, one eye-popping set piece later and Captain Kirk and Co. find themselves marooned on a remote alien planet. Far from home and the protection of the Federation, it is Idris Elba’s marauding nemesis Krall who aims to seize the opportunity, bringing ruination to the scattered Enterprise crew and everything they represent.
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However you feel about the union of pop music and film trailers, Rihanna’s “Sledgehammer” works relatively well when set against the barnstorming action of Justin Lin’s threequel, and the song’s stirring high notes really help to emphasis the look of desperation plastered on »
- Michael Briers
Progressive house trio Swanky Tunes might be demonstrating that they’re out of touch with their recent releases. After collaborating with bygone era superstars Far East Movement last month, they’ve now teamed up with fellow Russians Going Deeper on the aptly titled “Drownin’,” whose melodies might have turned more heads if they’d put it out last year.
Similar to Swanky Tunes’ previous Going Deeper collaboration, “Far From Home,” “Drownin'” exhibits the square-peg-in-a-round-hole approach in which reverberant future house bass lines are complacently thrown together with a progressive house buildup-drop scheme. What results is yet another Edm cliché that falls short of the fluid stylistic synthesis its producers attempted to achieve.
A preview of Swanky Tunes and Going Deeper’s “Drownin'” can be heard in the SoundCloud player above, and the full version is now out by way of Armada Music sub-label Showland Records. After giving it a listen, »
- John Cameron
Paris – Three high-profile Gallic series – “Section Zero,” “The Frozen Dead” and “Contact” – feature at Coming Next From France, a Series Mania/Tvfi showcase which captures the French TV in evolution.
French broadcasters still have to think of their home markets. Of the six-scripted dramas, three are procedurals made in large part for France, where murder mysteries have a long tradition. All, however, show an ambition to also sell outside their country of origin, while others capture a burgeoning attempt at diversification of France’s scripted-tv offer.
Produced by the Luc Besson-owned EuropaCorp TV’s Bad Company, and a Canal Plus original series co-financed by Studiocanal, which sells world rights, and Belgium’s UMedia, tapping into Belgian tax breaks, “Section Zero” is budgeted at €2 million ($2.3 million) an episode, per Edouard de Vesinne.
That makes “Section Zero” one of the most expensive French TV shows ever made, doubling France’ average TV »
- John Hopewell
Gareth Emery‘s third studio album, 100 Reasons To Live, wouldn’t ordinarily be that deserving of criticism. Nobody would argue that it’s a collection of songs that challenge the electronic music status quo, but nothing in the album is a flat-out assault on the senses, either.
Nonetheless, Emery orchestrated a stunt that dug himself into a hole before the album even came out. The trance superstar recently teamed up with fellow Englishman Ashley Wallbridge for a farcical side project called CVNT5, setting out to make a mockery of Edm excess through track releases, videos and web content.
As entertaining as it was, the CVNT5 project implied that Emery’s own music has more integrity than the mainstream dance music he attempted to parody – but if he feels qualified to make such commentary, he should be prepared to hear that what he’s delivered in the form of 100 Reasons To Live is itself, »
- John Cameron
5 items from 2016
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