Tuesday, August 31, 2010

In other slowed-down news...

Many of you savvy film enthusiasts are perhaps already aware of this neat bit of movie trivia, but it's the first I'd heard about it, so I'll share, just in case...

Inception fans will recognize Edith Piaf's classic, "Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien," as the song that Leo's dream thieves use as a warning that the "kick" (an upsetting of the dreamer's equilibrium, thus waking him up) is on its way. They'll also remember that, in the film, time slows down in a dream. As such, astute YouTube user camiam321 noticed something interesting about Inception composer Howard Zimmer's main theme:


From the jaunty brass and strings of "Regrette"'s refrain, we get Zimmer's tense, foreboding score, punctuated by horn blasts. How cool is that? (Not to mention that Inception co-star Marion Cotillard won an Oscar for portraying Piaf in La Vie en Rose. This movie has levels, man.) One of the many reasons why I thought it was the best of the summer.

Agree? Disagree? Let me know over in the poll.
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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Wanna hear what Justin Bieber sounds like 800% slower?

About 800% better:



This slowed-down "remix" of The Bieb's hit "U Smile" by Shamantis has been making the rounds online, and Sigur Ros comparisons abound.

Maybe Shamantis is J-Biebz in disguise, and this is his exploratory foray into the ambient scene?
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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Trailer Watch

In these lazy, hazy, crazy dog dog days of summer, there's nothing like a batch of strong trailers for some of the coming months' most buzzed-about releases to get us ready for fall...

First up, Boston crime drama The Town, opening September 17:

Adapted from the novel Prince of Thieves by Chuck Hogan, The Town is the sophomore directorial/co-writing effort from Ben Affleck, who proved himself a formidable talent behind the camera with 2007's excellent Gone Baby Gone. Rather than give brother Casey the starring turn this time, though, Affleck (straight from the personal trainer, apparently) here steps into that role himself, the next phase in a valiant attempt to resurrect his acting career.

It certainly doesn't hurt that his co-stars are Jon "Don Draper" Hamm and a fresh-off-his-Hurt Locker-Oscar-nom Jeremy Renner -- or that this clip makes the thing look like The Departed meets Dark Knight. In other words, I'm eager to see it.

Next is the strangest, and most potentially interesting, of these three: Catfish, which also bows Septmeber 17. The breakout Sundance hit's trailer is already something of a controversy; the film's primary draw during the festival was its refusal to be bound to any one genre, and the surprises that its third act delivered. Some are crying foul that this clip gives away too much (consider yourself warned):

I, for one, am a perfect mark for this kind of campaign; without a marketing push like this, I likely wouldn't be much enthused about yet another indie faux-doc. While I understand the argument that going into the film knowing nothing is the ideal way to experience this kind of story, most of the moviegoing public doesn't get to experience new releases within the context of a film fest bubble. Bring on the "WTF" angle, I say.

Finally, the Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg biopic, The Social Network, opening October 1:

When I first heard that Ben Mezrich's 2009 book, The Accidental Billionaires, was being adapted, I wondered if the story of Facebook would really make for much of a movie. Then, it was announced that Aaron Sorkin was writing the script, which David Fincher would direct (with a score by Trent Reznor, no less). I got interested.

The trailer, buoyed by an eerie choral rendition of Radiohead's "Creep" -- from Belgian women's choir Scala and Kolacny Brothers, reports Entertainment Weekly -- manages to be dark, funny, and poignant. Here's hoping the film lives up to it.

Is it autumn yet?
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Saturday, August 7, 2010

Cool, but I want that reunion now

Good news for those still going through Sleater-Kinney withdrawl: Corin Tucker, former frontwoman of the defunct, lauded trio, is putting the finishing touches on her Corin Tucker Band (featuring Unwound drummer Sara Lund and the Golden Bears' Seth Lorinczi and Julianna Bright) debut LP, due out October 5. You can download first single "Doubt" over at Pitchfork.

The song leaves no "Doubt" (eh?) that Tucker's new album, 1,000 Years, will scratch the itch that fans of her old band have for similar material; the punky single features familiar dueling guitars and Tucker's signature vibrato over a classic rock sound that The Woods - S-K's last, fantastic record - saw the group moving toward.

Meanwhile, Tucker's former bandmate, Carrie Brownstein, provided the (similarly S-K reminiscent) score for upcoming documentary, !Women Art Revolution, which covers the history of the feminist art movement. Plus, it was just announced that Brownstein and SNL's Fred Armisen will co-write and co-star in Portlandia, a half hour, Lorne Michaels-produced series, for IFC. So, even if we don't get a Sleater-Kinney reunion within the next five years - as Brownstein mentioned last spring might happen - it shouldn't be difficult to check out its members' new work.

Tucker heads out for a mini-tour in October, while !Women Art Revolution opens at the Toronto Film Festival next month.

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