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Kendall Jenner’s Ill-Advised Pepsi Ad Was Presaged by a Music Video in 1999

Kendall Jenner’s Ill-Advised Pepsi Ad Was Presaged by a Music Video in 1999
As pointed out by Dorian Lynskey, we all should have seen this Kendall Jenner controversy coming. The ill-advised Pepsi ad in which she appears was pulled shortly after its misbegotten premiere, presumably because it angered nearly everyone who saw it (or, less likely, because it managed to end racism in a matter of hours); it was also presaged by the Chemical Brothers’ music video for “Out of Control.” Watch it below and marvel at the similarities.

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Directed by W.I.Z., the 1999 video stars Rosario Dawson as a protester who manages to distract riot cops with a most refreshing bottle of soda — a ruse later revealed to be part of an advertisement. “In the heat of the moment serve chilled,” reads the tagline for Viva Cola. Once again, ads imitate art.

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Quarry Q&A: Composer Kris Dirksen on Capturing the Sound of the Series

Cinemax's gritty drama Quarry is a rollercoaster ride of emotions not only for its main characters Mac and Joni, but for its audience as well.

For the audience, the music heightens those emotions, adding to the intense drama taking place on screen. Composer Kris Dirksen is the guy responsible for creating that dramatic sound.

In addition to composing for Quarry, Dirksen also worked on Banshee, and his music can be heard in hundreds of movie and TV show trailers, including Mad Max: Fury Road, Sicario, The Revenant, Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad, and more.

We put some questions to Kris about his life as a composer and what it's like scoring for a show like Quarry.

Take a look at what he had to say below, and be sure to tune in for Quarry Season 1 Episode 8, the season finale, airing tonight on Cinemax at 10/9c!

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Stream Max Richter And Geoff Barrow & Ben Salisbury’s Scores For ‘Black Mirror’ Season 3

If you don’t have any plans tonight, you might want to fire up Netflix and get caught up with “Black Mirror.” The hit anthology show unveils its third season on the streaming service today, and the six episodes certainly have no shortage of big talent in terms of directors (Joe Wright, Dan Trachtenberg) and actors (Bryce Dallas Howard, Alice Eve, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Mackenzie Davis), but even the music has some top shelf names.

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Ex Machina

Is this not the most brilliant screenplay from 2015?  Alex Garland assembles a perfect fable about robots, artificial intelligence and the hubris of a software genius who thinks he's a God. Garland's direction is tops as well, as is the acting of Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson and Alicia Vikander. When did I realize I was seeing a killer diller Sci-fi winner? He had me as soon as I saw that house. This is the movie with the sexy see-through robot. The question not asked but that every male viewer is thinking is, 'could I have sex with that?' Ex Machina Blu-ray + Digital HD Lionsgate 2015 / Color / 2:40 widescreen / 108 min. / Street Date July 14, 2016 / 24.99 Starring Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson, Alicia Vikander, Sonoya Mizuno. Cinematography Rob Hardy Film Editor Mark Day Original Music Geoff Barrow, Ben Salisbury Produced by Andrew Macdonald, Allon Reich Written and Directed by Alex Garland    

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

The smartest,
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Wamg Giveaway – Win the Ex MacHina DVD and Limited Edition Poster

Ex MacHina was a classy slice of cerebral sci-fi with a literary-cinematic heritage stretching back through Blade Runner and Metropolis to Frankenstein. Director Alex Garland made an impressive debut behind camera, effectively directing with remote, minimal style. Swedish actress Alicia Vikander excelled in the film’s most important role as the sleek, sexy robot who struggles to come to terms with her humanity (or lack of it), giving a performance more about intuition and gesture than dialogue. The only real special effect in the film was the presentation of Ava with a human face, but mostly composed of wires and a partly transparent body, and it was seamless. An electro soundtrack by Geoff Barrow added to the retro sci-fi air of Ex MacHina, a terrific film. Now, Ex MacHina is available on DVD and We Are Movie Geeks wants to give away three copies. Not only that, we want to
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The Best Film Scores of 2015 (So Far)

Either I’ve been staying on top of my homework or 2015 has been an exceptionally strong year for film scores already. From blockbuster disappointments to indie oddities and mindless action sequels, film music has once again shown it can transcend its respective dreck just as much as it can enhance the cinematic experience. With film festival season on the horizon, let’s check in with the best movie music of the year:

8. ChappieHans Zimmer, Steve Mazzaro, Andrew Kawczynski

Neil Blomkamp’s movies seem to be getting worse, but Hans Zimmer’s sensibilities are getting more exotic and daring. Course-correcting from the massive publicity stunt that was The Amazing Spider-man 2, the master of bombast continues to experiment with digital textures, recruiting pupils Kawczyksnki and Mazzaro for a score that humanizes and contextualizes the childish perspective of its Robocop with a heart of gold.

“It’s a Dangerous City” introduces
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Ex_Machina Blu-ray Review

Director: Alex Garland

Cast: Domhnall Gleeson, Alicia Vikander, Oscar Isaac

Certificate: 15

Running Time: 108 minutes

Special Features: The Story, The Cast, The Design, Creating Ava, The Turing Test

There was an assured excitement that surrounded the theatrical release of Ex_Machina and like many this was my first venture into Alex Garland’s exploration of Artificial Intelligence becoming a reality. In truth, the style I was eager for is my idea of cinematic perfection and the conclusive verdict? It surpassed my expectations.

Caleb Smith (Domhnall Gleeson) works for global Internet search engine Bluebook and wins a competition to spend the week with its CEO Nathan, played by Oscar Isaac. The introduction to this situation happens within the blink of an eye and so before we know it, we’re in a helicopter with Caleb and arrive at a remote location and meet the elusive exec. This isn’t your ordinary
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This Weekend's A.I. Alternative: Let's Get Some 'Ex Machina' Oscar Buzz Started

This weekend you have a choice, a choice between two films featuring an artificially intelligent being. The first choice is movie that's going to make $220+ million dollars, shatter box office records and end up one of the highest grossing movies of all-time, both domestically and internationally. The other is the best movie of 2015 so far and likely to be one of the best movies of the year once December 31 rolls around. Of course option #1 is Avengers: Age of Ultron, a movie that's not going anywhere for some time so if you miss it this weekend you aren't missing anything because you'll be able to see it next weekend, the weekend after that and most likely at some point over the next three months. The other option is the movie you'll be kicking yourself if you wait to see it... Ex Machina and it won't have nearly the longevity in theaters as Avengers.
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Ex Machina Review

In the 1950s, Alan Turing developed the Turing Test, a series of questions designed to determine whether an unseen artificial entity was conscious; the goal being to convince the interviewer that with whom they were communicating was indistinguishable from human. Suffice to say, it can be argued, the test is yet to be passed. Then in the 1960s, sci-fi author Isaac Asimov developed his Three Laws of Robotics, dictating how an artificially intelligent being could exist while basically remaining subservient to humankind.

Now, as we journey deeper into the 21st century, the idea of someone actually creating an artificially intelligent consciousness feels more and more like an actual inevitability. From Deep Blue to Watson to the increasing influence of AI in popular culture, we are becoming more aware of the reality of it every day. But should we be concerned about artificial intelligence beyond mere consciousness and subservience? Alex Garland
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Joseph Gordon-Levitt's Cutest Role Ever

Joseph Gordon-Levitt's Cutest Role Ever
Long before he was starring in every other box office hit, Joseph Gordon-Levitt was just an enthusiastic kid with a love of trivia ... and long hair.

In the episode above, 16-year-old Gordon-Levitt is sporting his classic "3rd Rock From The Sun" 'do and killing it on a 1997 episode of "Celebrity Jeopardy," where he was pitted against Kirsten Dunst and Benjamin Salisbury, who played the middle Sheffield child on "The Nanny."

When host Alex Trebeck read, "Holden Calfield, the hero of this Salinger novel, hates movies, phones, and his classmate Ernest Morrow," Gordon-Levitt (who went by "Joey" at the time) interrupted with some "ooh ooh's." Then, he responded excitedly, "What is 'Catcher In The Rye?' I'm so excited! That's my favorite book."

Though he was right, Salisbury ended up winning it all in Final Jeopardy. But who's winning these days? Definitely Jgl.

(h/t Buzzfeed)
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Portishead co-founder tackles 'Judge Dredd' album

Portishead co-founder tackles 'Judge Dredd' album
Portishead co-founder Geoff Barrow is working on a Judge Dredd album. Teaming with Emmy-winning soundtrack composer Ben Salisbury, Drokk is inspired by Dredd's home, Mega-City One. The album has been described as the pair's "personal, outsider's interpretation" of the futuristic city-scape. Drokk arrives in the midst of the 35th anniversary of the British anthology comic. "2000 Ad is delighted that Judge Dredd continues to inspire artists in the year of the character's 35th anniversary, especially such high profile (more)
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