Sunday, February 28, 2010

Video: Excepter Live at "Presidence" Release Party

I can't really describe this Excepter clip any better than user My Castle of Quiet does on the video's Vimeo page, so I'll hand it over he/she:
"Excepter wax primordial and powerful, from the Cretaceous to the strikingly, beatingly, screamingly modern; captured here for 9+ minutes at the release party for their new doppel-blast, Presidence."
I can tell you, however, that I have a review of Presidence in the can, ready to be published over at InRO tomorrow on Tuesday. In the meantime, drop out...

(Via @noiseweek)

Friday, February 26, 2010

Titus Andronicus: "The Monitor" Trailer

In this day and age I guess there's no rule that an album can't have a trailer. And here's one for The Monitor, one of 2010's most hotly anticipated releases.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Johnny Depp Reps for Sunset Rubdown

Let's be honest, Tim Burton's re-imagining of Alice in Wonderland looks atrocious. But leave it to Johnny Depp to stoke hipster anticipation even further by revealing that his interpretation of the Mad Hatter was partly inspired by Spencer Krug and the merry Canadian misfits of Sunset Rubdown (incidentally one of my favorite bands). P4k has passed along video evidence of the admission via CBS News Online, embedded below.

And for those clamoring for more Krug, you can download his rather excellent new Moonface solo EP right here for free.


Seriously, this man deserves an Oscar just for this picture.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

If only...

This would be the only reason for me to actually want to see Avatar win next Sunday. (via Vanity Fair)

Monday, February 22, 2010

Video: Actors on the their favorite performances of the decade

Last week I ran on across this clip of a handful of actors giving their impressions on a few of the best performances of the decade. I figured I'd pass it along since it gives some nice insight into how actors judge the work of their colleagues. Also, it proves once and for all that Sam Worthington should be allowed nowhere near a camera.

Monday, February 15, 2010

InRO Feature: The 100 Best Films of the Decade

This week InReviewOnline continues it's "Decade in Review" project with our selections for the 100 best films of the last ten years. I'm certainly biased in this regard, but I honestly haven't come across too many decades-spanning lists with the reach and critical scope as what you're about to read here. Obviously, however, with most of my time spent on our equally exhaustive Top 100 Albums of the Decade feature, I wasn't able to contribute here quite as much as I would have liked. Nevertheless, I did take part in the voting process and have written up four of my favorite American films of the decade, including Spike Jonze's Adaptation, Andrew Jarecki's Capturing the Friedmans, David Fincher's Zodiac, and Terrence Malick's incomparable The New World. Check back all these week for daily updates, as I'll be posting updated links to all the proceedings as we move along. Hope everyone enjoys.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Slant Magazine: Best of the Aughts - Film

Slant Magazine, one of the only legit daily film criticism sites still worth a damn, has been running down their top 100 films of the decade this past week. Today they arrived at their top 10, and overall I'd say this is one of the best and most comprehensive lists now available (until, of course, InRO's list drops next week, plug plug). Of course, I can't (and won't) argue with their David Lynch fetish which anchors the top end of this list, while many of the best films from some of our greatest auteurs are accounted for throughout the feature. I've outlined their top 10 below, but head on over to Slant for the full rundown, complete with capsules, and be sure to check out InRO's quite similar list beginning on Monday, February 15th. (And on a side note, Slant also recently published a not nearly as interesting Albums of the Decade list, for those so inclined).

01. Mulholland Dr. [David Lynch]
02. Inland Empire [David Lynch]
03. Yi Yi [Edward Yang]
04. The New World [Terrence Malick]
05. In the Mood for Love [Wong Kar Wai]
06. Crimson Gold [Jafar Panahi]
07. Werckmeister Harmonies [Bela Tarr]
08. Bad Education [Pedro Almodovar]
09. Femme Fatale [Brian DePalma]
10. The Son [Jean Pierre & Luc Dardenne]

Monday, February 8, 2010

InRO Feature: The 100 Best Albums of the Decade

Today over InReviewOnline we begin our week-long look back at the decade in music, offering up our 100 favorite albums of the last ten years, plus some honorable mentions to satisfy the love for some of the more passionately held albums amongst our staff. Those honorable mentions, along with my introduction to the feature, have gone up today. Continue to check back throughout the week as we make our way to our #1 selection by this Friday, February 12th. In total, I wrote up 45 (!) of these albums, while a good majority of the rest have made frequent appearances on many of my year-end lists. Needless to say, pretty much all these records rule, and taken together really illuminate how great modern music has been to us. As the week progresses, I'll be adding links to each section of the countdown-- so stayed tuned.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Sight & Sound: Syndromes of a New Century - 30 Key Films of the Decade

In lieu of a more typical ranked list of the best films of the decade, prestigious cineart publication "Sight & Sound" have instead offered a wide-ranging selection of 30 key films from the last ten years, alongside six groundbreaking filmmakers who they feel have most defined the decade. Many of the chosen films are represented on my own personal list of the decade's best, including Jia Zhangke's Platform, Michael Haneke's Cache, Bela Tarr's Werkmeister Harmonies, Wong Kar-Wai's In the Mood for Love, and Edward Yang's Yi Yi, among others. There are also a handful of films that are on my radar that for one reason or another I haven't got around to seeing yet, including Abbas Kiarostami's Ten, Michael Glawogger's Workingman's Death, and Agnes Varda's The Gleaners and I (which happens to be sitting on my desk as I type this-- should probably pop that one in, huh?). Anyway, these are all highly respected titles from hugely important directors, and you'd do well to seek out these unique pieces of modern cinema. You can read S&S editor Nick James' thorough introduction here, and then continue on to the individual film capsules here. I've also included the complete list below. And be on the look for InRO's upcoming list of the 100 Best Films of the Decade, which (spoiler alert) includes nearly every film listed here, and to which I contribute a handful of capsules. That countdown begins in a couple weeks, on Monday, February 15th.

Sight & Sound's Films of the Decade:

Adaptation. (Spike Jonze; 2002)
Battle in Heaven (Carlos Reygadas; 2005)
The Beat My Heart Skipped (Jacques Audiard; 2005)
The Bourne Ultimatum (Paul Greengrass; 2007)
Colossal Youth (Pedro Costa; 2006)
The Death of Mr. Lazarescu (Cristi Puiu; 2005)
In Praise of Love (Jean-Luc Godard; 2001)
The Five Obstructions (Jorgen Leth, Lars Von Trier; 2005)
The Gleaners and I (Agnes Varda; 2000)
Cache (Michael Haneke; 2004)
Inland Empire (David Lynch; 2006)
In the Mood for Love (Wong Kar-Wai; 2000)
Memories of a Murder (Bong Joon-ho; 2005)
The Holy Girl (Lucrecia Martel; 2004)
Yi Yi (Edward Yang; 2000)
Platform (Jia Zhangke; 200)
Russian Ark (Alexandr Sokurov; 2002)
The Son (Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne; 2002)
Spirited Away (Hayao Miyazaki; 2001)
Talk to Her (Pedro Almodovar; 2002)
Ten (Abbas Kiarostami; 2002)
There Will Be Blood (Paul Thomas Anderson; 2007)
35 Shots of Rum (Claire Denis; 2008)
Touching the Void (Kevin Macdonald; 2003)
Tropical Malady ("Joe"; 2004)
United Red Army (Wakamatsu Koji; 2008)
Distant (Nuri Bilge Ceylan; 2003)
Waiting for Happiness (Abderrahmane Sissako; 2002)
Werkmeister Harmonies (Bela Tarr; 2000)
Workingman's Death (Michael Glawogger; 2005)

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Stream: Gil Scott-Heron - I'm New Here

Seriously, what are you waiting for? One of the very best albums of the year thus far.

82nd Annual Academy Award Nominations

It's a form of masochism isn't it? That's how I prefer to look at it at least.

(Via Incontention)

Best Picture
“The Blind Side”
“District 9”
“An Education”
“The Hurt Locker”
“Inglourious Basterds”
“A Serious Man”
“Up in the Air”

Best Director
James Cameron, “Avatar”
Kathryn Bigelow, “The Hurt Locker”
“Quentin Tarantino, “Inglourious Basterds”
“Lee Daniels, “Precious”
Jason Reitman, “Up in the Air”

Best Actor
Jeff Bridges, “Crazy Heart”
George Clooney, “Up in the Air”
Colin Firth, “A Single Man”
Morgan Freeman, “Invictus”
Jeremy Renner, “The Hurt Locker”

Best Actress
Sandra Bullock, “The Blind Side”
Helen Mirren, “The Last Station”
Carey Mulligan, “An Education”
Gabourey Sidibe, “Precious”
Meryl Streep, “Julie & Julia”

Best Supporting Actor
Matt Damon, “Invictus”
Woody Harrelon, “The Messenger”
Christopher Plummer, “The Last Station”
Stanley Tucci, “The Lovely Bones”
Christoph Waltz, “Inglourious Basterds”

Best Supporting Actress
Penelope Cruz, “Nine”
Vera Farmiga, “Up in the Air”
Maggie Gyllenhaal, “Crazy Heart”
Anna Kendrick, “Up in the Air”
Mo’Nique, “Precious”

Best Adapted Screenplay
“District 9”
“An Education”
“In the Loop”
“Up in the Air”

Best Original Screenplay
“The Hurt Locker”
“Inglourious Basterds”
“The Messenger”
“A Serious Man”

Best Animated Feature Film
“Fantastic Mr. Fox”
“The Princess and the Frog”
“The Secret of Kells”

Best Foreign Language Film
“Ajami” (Israel)
“The Milk of Sorrow” (Peru)
“A Prophet” (France)
“The Secret in Their Eyes” (Argentina)
“The White Ribbon” (Germany)

Best Art Direction
“The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus”
“Sherlock Holmes”
“The Young Victoria”

Best Cinematography
“Inglourious Basterds”
“Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince”
“The Hurt Locker”
“The White Ribbon”

Best Costume Design
“Bright Star”
“Coco Before Chanel”
“The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus”
“The Young Victoria”

Best Film Editing
“District 9”
“The Hurt Locker”
“Inglourious Basterds”

Best Makeup
“Il Divo”
“Star Trek”
“The Young Victoria”

Best Music (Original Score)
“Fantastic Mr. Fox”
“The Hurt Locker”
“Sherlock Holmes”

Best Music (Original Song)
“Almost There” from “The Princess and the Frog”
“Down in New Orleans” from “The Princess and the Frog”
“Loin de Paname” from “Paris 36″
“Take it All” from “Nine”
“The Weary Kind” from “Crazy Heart”

Best Sound Editing
“The Hurt Locker”
“Inglourious Basterds”
“Star Trek”

Best Sound Mixing
“The Hurt Locker”
“Inglourious Basterds”
“Star Trek”
“Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen”

Best Visual Effects
“District 9”
“Star Trek”

Best Documentary Feature
“Burma VJ: Reporting from a Closed Country”
“The Cove”
“Food, Inc.”
“The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers”
“Which Way Home”

Best Documentary Short
“China’s Unnatural Disaster: The Tears of Sichuan Province”
“The Last Campaign of Booth Gardener”
“The Last Truck: Closing of a GM Plant”
“Music by Prudence”
“Rabbit a la Berlin”

Best Short Film (Animated)
“French Roast”
“Granny O’Grimm’s Sleeping Beauty”
“The Lady and the Reaper”
“A Matter of Loaf and Death”

Best Short Film (Live Action)
“The Door”
“Instead of Abracadabra”
“Miracle Fish”
“The New Tenants”

Monday, February 1, 2010

InRO Feature: Chasing Gold - Final Nomination Predictions

"In less than 24 hours, month’s worth of speculation regarding the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences’ decision to expand the Best Picture category to ten nominees will be answered. In the interim, many an Oscar blogger have excavated the history books for patterns associated with the Academy’s first run of ten Best Picture nominees, which ended in 1944. And yet even with all the endless debating, I have roughly the same conviction about the eventual nominees as I had in the first of this season’s Chasing Gold columns, and that’s that these more-or-less conservative industry folks will walk a very similar line as they have in years past." [Continue Reading]

Podcast: End of Radio #19 - 'January In Review'

"Regular host Jordan Cronk and very special guest Sam C. Mac (subbing for Jon Staph) take a look at the most notable releases in music the month of January had to offer. And they’ve come up with a podcast we promise is under four hours."