10 items from 2017
On a sweltering evening in July 1967, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas were about to perform their new single, “Jimmy Mack,” at a hometown show at Detroit’s Fox Theatre. The group was on a roll, with a string of Top 10 singles including “Dancing in the Street,” “Nowhere to Run” and “Heat Wave.” Yet the trio wasn’t allowed to perform its latest song.
“I was very excited,” recalls Reeves in an interview with Variety. “However, I never got a chance to sing it because [a stagehand] beckoned to me and told me to tell the audience that there’s a curfew because a riot has broken out, and to ask the patrons to leave peacefully. We went outside, and tanks were up and down Woodward Avenue in front of the Fox. It was panic — panic.”
- Jem Aswad
At their best, liberal film dramas that tackle the monumental issue of race in America have offered humanity and insight. It’s safe to say, though, that when Hollywood gives us a portrait of racial tragedy and injustice, it’s probably a tale of hope and uplift as well, a parable of moral darkness leading nobly into the light. But when you watch “Detroit,” Kathryn Bigelow’s sweeping, scalding drama about the Detroit riots that took place 50 years ago, in July 1967, you’re entering a zone where the usual feel-good pieties don’t apply. For this is no comforting drama of social protest. It’s closer to a hair-trigger historical nightmare, one you can’t tear yourself away from. Bigelow, working from a script by her regular collaborator Mark Boal (it’s their first film since “Zero Dark Thirty”), has created a turbulent, live-wire panorama of race in America that feels like it’s all unfolding in »
- Owen Gleiberman
Author: Jon Lyus
This sweltering evening in London town saw the return of one of the brightest stars in the cinematic sky. Director Edgar Wright brought his latest film to the capital and we were there to meet him and the cast on the red carpet of Baby Driver.
The new film from Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz man Edgar Wright stars Lily James, Kevin Spacey, Ansel Elgort, Jon Hamm, Jamie Foxx, Eliza Gonzalez, Cj Jones, Jon Bernthal, Lanny Joon, and Paul Williams which is a ridiculously good cast. They are elevated in the film by Baby’s Driver secret weapon – the soundtrack. You can see the full tracklist below, and will no doubt have enjoyed the kinetically pleasing trailers. Wright’s command of editing and his keen ear for cinematically apposite music is put to full use in the film, and you can read our 5 star review of the film right here.
Baby Driver is released in UK cinemas June 28.
Baby Driver European Premiere Interviews
Baby Driver Motion Picture Soundtrack Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – ‘Bellbottoms’ Bob & Earl – ‘Harlem Shuffle’ Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers – ‘Egyptian Reggae’ Googie Rene – ‘Smokey Joe’s La La’ The Beach Boys – ‘Let’s Go Away For Awhile’ Carla Thomas – ‘B-a-b-y’ Kashmere Stage Band – ‘Kashmere’ Dave Brubeck – ‘Unsquare Dance’ The Damned – ‘Neat Neat Neat’ The Commodores – ‘Easy (Single Version)’ T. Rex – ‘Debora’ Beck – ‘Debra’ Incredible Bongo Band – ‘Bongolia’ The Detroit Emeralds – ‘Baby Let Me Take You (in My Arms)’ Alexis Korner – ‘Early In The Morning’ David McCallum – ‘The Edge’ Martha and the Vandellas – ‘Nowhere To Run’ The Button Down Brass – ‘Tequila’ Sam & Dave – ‘When Something Is Wrong With My Baby’ Brenda Holloway – ‘Every Little Bit Hurts’ Blur – ‘Intermission’ Focus – ‘Hocus Pocus (Original Single Version)’ Golden Earring – ‘Radar Love (1973 Single Edit)’ Barry White – ‘Never, Never Gone Give Ya Up’ Young Mc – ‘Know How’ Queen – ‘Brighton Rock’ Sky Ferreira – ‘Easy’ Simon & Garfunkel – ‘Baby Driver’ Kid Koala – ‘Was He Slow (Credit Roll Version)’ Danger Mouse (featuring Run The Jewels and Big Boi) – ‘Chase Me’
A talented, young getaway driver (Ansel Elgort) relies on the beat of his personal soundtrack to be the best in the game. When he meets the girl of his dreams (Lily James), Baby sees a chance to ditch his criminal life and make a clean getaway. But after being coerced into working for a crime boss (Kevin Spacey), he must face the music when a doomed heist threatens his life, love and freedom.
- Jon Lyus
With the June 28 release date just a few weeks away, Sony Pictures has debuted a new preview for Baby Driver, which features the cast and writer-director Edgar Wright discussing how important the soundtrack truly is to this film. While the music is certainly an integral component to any movie, it was quite different with Baby Driver, as star Jon Hamm reveals that when he received the script, it also came with a thumb drive full of all the music that will be featured in the movie. The script itself was even written to all of these songs, in order, according to the filmmaker.
Sony Pictures India debuted this preview on YouTube, which features stars such as Kevin Spacey and Jamie Foxx discussing how the music complements the story. Edgar Wright also states that this story is about a young driver who cannot exist without music, while Ansel Elgort reveals that »
The Guardians of the Galaxy films are famous for incorporating classic tracks into the films' scenes and narrative -- nothing beats watching Kurt Russell talk his way through 'Brandy (You're A Fine Girl)' by Looking Glass. James Gunn is not the only director who very carefully considers every track, writes to the music he has picked, and seamlessly weaves it into his films. Edgar Wright has been obsessed with his musical choices since his TV show Spaced, with the following soundtracks for Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, The World's End, and Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World all including some pretty deep cuts that make for fine listening, long after you've seen the film.
Baby Driver is Wright's next film, and the latest trailer not only included 'Tequila' by The Champs, but was also titled "Official TeKillYah Trailer" to put further emphasis on the music. The trailer also sports »
- Nick Doll
Author: Zehra Phelan
Edgar Wright’s Baby Driver couldn’t very well have a limp wristed soundtrack to pound the ears of our fast paced getaway driver so who better to lend a few musical strings than the likes of Queen, Blur, Beck and (obviously) Simon and Garfunkel.
Watch the latest Baby Driver trailer here
The onus falls heavily on a music based theme and heavy weights tracks are needed to help Baby (Ansel Elgort) in order to time bank robbery getaways with beat perfect precision. The soundtrack, which will consist of thirty eclectic tracks, features the cream of the crop from names such as Sky Ferreira, Barry White, the Commodores, Focus, Dave Brubeck, Golden Earring, Young Mc, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Jonathan Richman & the Modern Lovers, the Damned, Martha and the Vandellas and Sam & Dave, among others. It also includes one original song, Danger Mouse’s “Chase Me,” featuring »
- Zehra Phelan
In “Baby Driver,” Ansel Elgort plays a getaway driver who constantly has music playing in order to drown out his tinnitus. And, like “Drive” before it, that music seems to be an integral part of the experience in Edgar Wright’s upcoming film, which premiered at SXSW to strong reviews.
“Baby Driver” doesn’t arrive in theaters until later this month, but the tracklist to its soundtrack (which includes three different songs with the word “baby” in the title) is now available courtesy of NME: »
- Michael Nordine
Queen, Beck, the Beach Boys, Blur and Simon & Garfunkel highlight the all-star soundtrack for Edgar Wright's upcoming action-comedy film, Baby Driver. The 30-song set is out June 23rd via Danger Mouse's Columbia imprint, 30th Century Records.
The album also features previously issued tracks from Sky Ferreira, Barry White, the Commodores, Focus, Dave Brubeck, Golden Earring, Young Mc, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Jonathan Richman & the Modern Lovers, the Damned, Martha and the Vandellas and Sam & Dave, among others. It also includes one original song, Danger Mouse's "Chase Me, »
Aaron and two new guests, Jason Beamish and Kyle Reardon, dig into 45 Years, Cannes 2017, David Lynch and a number of other topics. This ended up being an unpopular opinions episode, as we all took some shots against conventional wisdom. Since Kyle is the youngest guest on the podcast, we gave him a list of films to watch, but found that he had quite the art and classic film foundation.
4:25 – Dumb Game
11:00 – 45 Years
22:45 – Matias Pineiro Closet Picks
29:00 – Cannes 2017
34:30 – Abbas Kiarostami
40:20 – David Lynch
56:45 – FilmStruck
Episode Links Nowhere to Run – Kickstarter Film Ruminations – Tampopo MK2 Acquires 20 Abbas Kiarostami Films Matias Pineiro Closet Picks 2017 Cannes Winners Episode Credits Aaron West: Twitter | Website | Letterboxd Jason Beamish: Twitter | Website Kyle Reardon: Twitter | Run Nowhere Criterion Now: Twitter | Facebook Group Criterion Cast: Facebook | Twitter
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- Aaron West
Juliette Harrisson Mar 24, 2017
Remember this lot popping up in Quantum Leap? They're our pick of the best guest performances in the time travel show...
Once again, we’re celebrating great guest performances in one of our favourite shows. We’re defining a guest appearance as an actor who plays a particular character no more than twice over the run of the show. There’s a bit more competition for the list for this show than most – since Quantum Leap only had two regular cast members and nearly every other actor on the show appeared only once!
Al the Bartender is far from the only mysterious, enigmatic, highly knowledgeable bartender in science fiction and fantasy (Nelson the barman in Life On Mars springs to mind, for one). However, he is a key »
10 items from 2017
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