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The sonic reflection of a love story that explores the chaotic,
conflict-driven world of GenY, the soundtrack to Australian lesbian feature
(directed by Sophie O’Connor
produced by Kat Holmes
) emerges on iTunes from February 17,
. The film provides an unflinching exploration of ambition, the desire
for instant gratification in a consumerist world, and the dizzying, at times
perilous waters of love and sexuality. The
soundtrack is naturally as diverse and evocative in tone and emotion as the
film, with each track handpicked by director Sophie O’Connor
music supervisor Andrew Penhallow.
The soundtrack boasts a
spectrum of some of Australia’s best and brightest independent artists from
past to present.
Firmly intertwined with its GenY focus, songs of partying and forgotten last
nights litter the soundtrack, with tracks such as Lights Off (Tokyo
capturing the spirit of the night and bright lights with its hypnotic pulse and
smooth vocals. Alt rock heavyweights Falling Joys
talents to keeping the party vibe going, the raw and completely
inescapable Universal Mind
underscoring the chaos and the
longing. Pop gems from the likes ofKristine
and Asian Envy
the edge off, while Make Amends (Pty Ltd)
Latin inspired I’m Warning You
) bring the
funk. The soundtrack also captures the mellow moments with the smooth style
of Best Thing (Jazzlord ft. Linda Janssen),
Jacobs’ False Alarms
strips out the intoxicating haze of
party lights and leaves you in a lonely moment of clarity and solitude, driven
by haunting vocals, jingling acoustic guitar, and raw emotion. The Submerge
captures the rush of sex, drugs and youth, dizzying emotion, and the unique
sun-drenched character of Australian life, distilling it all into an aural
landscape that is almost a character in itself.
soundtrack to Submerge is released two weeks before the global release
of the film and is available on iTunes from February 17, 2014.
1 The Beautiful Girls & Boys - ASIAN ENVY FT. KENDREW
2 Best Thing - JAZZLORD FT. LINDA JANSSEN
3 No Big Deal - ASIAN ENVY
4 I'm Warning You – GARRIDO
5 This Wont Take Too Long - PTY LTD
6 Modern Love - KRISTINE
7 Make Amends (Crazy P. Remix Edit) - PTY LTD
8 Paper Sails - TOKYO DENMARK SWEDEN
9 Kahana to Hana - MARK WALTON FRETLESS
10 If Something Gives - FALLING JOYS
11 Universal Mind - FALLING JOYS
12 Control - NANTES
13 Lights Off - TOKYO DENMARK SWEDEN
14 Eschatol (Edit) – DOMEYKO GONZALEZ
15 Liar (Edit) - ILLUMINATI INC
16 Unsatisfy - NANTES
17 Lost - NANTES
18 Sun (The Finger Prince Remix) - TUNNEL SIGNS
19 Blue Run Red (Edit) - ILLUMINATI INC
20 I'll Just Have To Find Another Giant - FALLING JOYS
21 Nevermine - MELANIE GEORGE
22 Shadow March – DOMEYKO GONZALEZ
23 Memory Center – DOMEYKO GONZALEZ
24 False Alarms - ARIELA JACOBS
25 Charlie - NANTES
just saw the RoboCop remake at the ICON Theater in St Louis Park
earlier today. As a fan of the original 1987 Paul Verhoeven film, I was
really looking forward to the remake since 2010 (when Darren Aronofsky
I just saw Rewind This!
a documentary on the rise of VHS and its
impact on culture. Like many of you who grew up in the 80s, I had a
little VHS collection, but I gave them up when many of those movies
started appearing on DVD, which was a much more superior format.
However, there are a few appeal of the VHS, that the documentary does a great job highlighting:
(1) VHS was the very first format that was aimed at the consumer to
bring the movies into the home. Unless you're incredibly rich and own
your own home theater with projections, the VCR and VHS was going to be
way you experience films on the television screen.
(2) Amazing artwork covers. Studios were discovering that attractive
and enticing artwork got people to rent or buy their product, the more
ridiculous and bloody the artwork was, the more units they could move.
For a time (particularly during the Video Nasty era), it wasn't uncommon
to see very gory covers, leaving nothing to the imagination. There was
also a boom in hand painted artwork, which pretty much died out in the
I honestly think they could have spent more time on artwork and Video
Nasty. If you get the DVD, they did put the extended Video Nasty
segment as a bonus feature. The producers took it out for pacing
reasons. You know what they could have taken out? That whole guy
shopping at the flea market or guy talking about making his "giant
spider" movie and a spotlight on the "filmed on video". I had no
interest in that and I think it really distract on the point of VHS.
They also left off Laserdisc, which is understandable, but you have to know about Laserdisc and how it was tied to VHS.
As much as I miss those hey days of the VHS dominance and missing the
video rental stores, I truly believe that the introduction to the DVD
(which was, in my head, a 'smaller compact version of Laserdisc') was
the best thing that could have happened to movie fans. There are many
reasons for this, but it's mostly because the format is digital and,
depending on the source, a much better image and sound quality.
While Rewind This!
was enjoyable, I really don't understand the
VHS culture. I'm all about moving forward, and VHS, although an
interesting niche, is going backward, in my opinion.
The only saving grace is that VHS are now super scarce and some movies
never made that jump to DVD. Even if they digitalized the film, the
original box artwork may not survive the transition. That artwork part
of the movie culture can never be captured again, because movie
retailers (the Best Buys and Targets of the world), will not purchase
"offensive" cover artwork. Instead, in today's market, all DVD and
Bluray covers are usually bland and boring.
is available on, ironically, DVD and digital, as well as VHS. Purchase information can be found on rewindthismovie.com
I just saw the RoboCop remake at the ICON Theater in St Louis Park
earlier today. As a fan of the original 1987 Paul Verhoeven film, I was
really looking forward to the remake since 2010 (when Darren Aronofsky
was attached to the film as director). Despite numerous setbacks, I was
still very eager to check out José Padilha's American debut film, which
opens in theaters in America this Wednesday, February 12th.
I will start with the bad:
New RoboCop design looks like a guy in riot gear suit. Also why keep some internal organs and his one remaining hand?
Any of the Samuel L Jackson scenes could be cut from the film,
and it will still make sense as a movie (so his part was really not
necessary - especially in the long, long, long intro before we got to
the RoboCop title!)
Some illogical things, like let's upload software/criminal
database, like 10 minutes before RoboCop makes his debut to the public!
Now some good things:
The new ED209 are better animated (and more realistic) than the original claymation/puppet animation
Gary Oldman is the best part of the movie
New film has given renewed interest in the franchise and as a
result, a new 4k transfer of the 1987 is available on Blu-Ray, which is
always a positive thing in my book.
In some ways, Padilha tried to pay some homage to the original film (I
had a chuckle at "I wouldn't buy that for a dollar" or "dead or alive,
you're coming with me!"), but it doesn't exactly capture what made the
original film so good. What made the 1987 film, at least for me, was
the over-the-top violence and dark humor. Sure, it came off as cheesy,
but who cares when there's a thing called RoboCop!
If you decide to go see the new RoboCop, keep an ear out for the
soundtrack. They kept Basil Poledouris' original RoboCop heroic theme
song, but much of the background orchestra were composed by Pedro
Bromfman. The more contemporary music stood out in the film, but it
made sense where they used it. Excellent usages of Frank Sinatra's "Fly
Me to the Moon", The Wizard of Oz's "If I Only Had A Heart", and The
Clash's "I Fought the Law".
Anyway, I thought I read somewhere that Padilha was unhappy with the
studio's direction to keep the film at PG-13, so I'm actually curious if
he, in fact, cut a film that was darker and more violent? I can't wait
to see if they will release a Director's Cut on Blu-Ray in the near
future, because you know I would buy that for a dollar!
to people, I get the impression that no one is really all that excited
about the new X-Files movie that was just released on Friday.
Admittedly, since I'm an old-school X-Philer …
If you live in the U.S., Amazon recently premiered a few shows for free on February 6, 2014. The shows are: The After, Bosch, The Rebels, Transparent and Mozart in the Jungle.
They all look very promising, but since I have absolutely no interests
in comedy, sports, or historical drama (even if it's
semi-music-related), I only watched the sci-fi The After and the crime-drama Bosch.
The new series is from Chris Carter, the creator of the X-Files (one
of my all-time favorite television show, except for perhaps the later
seasons when we lost Agent Mulder), so The After has some key
things that what made the X-Files so great. That includes mystery of
the unknown and science fiction/horror elements.
I don't know if The After will work as a full series, as it felt
very narrow with eight strangers trapped in an underground parking. The
strangers all have their unique character traits: a cop, a clown, a
drunk, a millionaire, a French actress, a lawyer, a criminal, and a call
girl. I only mention 'French' in the actress because her accent was
evident that it was almost hard to watch and understand what she was
saying. Which is a shame because the main story is focused around her.
Overall, I think this nearly hour-long show is terrific, but it does
suffer from many of these apocalyptic large-cast shows (to name a few Terra Nova, Fast Forward, Falling Skies, Under the Dome,
etc), is that there are just too much (and too many characters) going
on to keep track of. Shows that handle large casts well is The Walking Dead, where only a few character stands out, or, in the case of Lost, may focus only on one character at a time.
The pilot does an incredible job of setting the tone and style of
the show. This was a police procedural crime drama with two parallel
storyline: Detective Bosch on trial for the murder of an alleged serial
killer and at the same time trying to solve the murder of a young boy.
You know they are related, if only Bosch can prove it to save himself.
What I'm curious about is how they can take this series. I mean, how far
can you take Bosch's story? It felt to me like the trial can be wrapped
up in a few episodes ... and let's face it, court room dramas aren't my
cup of tea. What I would love to see is Bosch just solving regular
crime with his cop-turned-detective girl rookie - and I'm hoping that's
where the series takes us.
I've been looking for a new crime drama, especially since Justify
is closing down next year (and Killer Women
and HBO's True Detective
* aren't cutting it for me). Bosch
may be fast on my favorite crime-drama list of shows for 2014.
If you're interested in checking out these brand new original shows, head over to AmazonOriginals.com
and watch them for free.
* PS on another topic altogether, why are people raving about True Detective
so much? I watched the pilot and absolutely nothing happened
on the show. Seriously, it's boring and I really don't understand why people love this show.
If you're in the UK, you can watch via Lovefilm Instant: https://www.lovefilm.com/micro/amazon_originals
[Or if you want to pretend to be American/avoid the silverlight
plugin, use a chrome extension like hola or media hint and watch the
Hong Kong Actor, Director Wu Ma Dies at 71 2:50 AM PST 2/4/2014 by Clifford Coonan
Hong Kong actor and director Wu Ma, best known for playing the bearded Daoist priest Yin Chek Hsia in the 1987 box-office hit A Chinese Ghost Story, has died of lung cancer, local media reported.
Born Feng Hongyuan in Tianjin in 1942, Wu started
his career as an actor, joining Shaw Brothers in 1962. His first role
with Shaw Brothers as an actor was in the 1964 film Lady General Hua Mulan, and he later made his directorial debut in 1970 with Wrath of the Sword. Over the course of his prolific career he directed 49 films and appeared in over 240.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
|The Hunger Games|
the show is about music, but I had this batch of movie-related items
that I thought was timely and good enough to appear as its own show. The
Hunger Games: Book vs movie. Jennifer Lawrence is a perfect Katniss …
It's Martin Luther King's day (January 20th) as I write this. I
switched Internet Service Providers earlier this month, and spent about a
few days offline due to miscommunications with Century Link/Qwest, who
provides Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) to my home. Apparently, they
never 'switch on' the service, despite the fact that they billed me for
it. Even worst, talking to different people got me different answers.
I'm glad the whole is behind me, everything is working now.
This is the first time I've ever been a DSL subscriber, and from what I've experience since I got the service, that is actually not
that bad. It's faster than what I previously believe, with their speed
capping out at 10 Mbps. I know Comcast (which I previously was a
subscriber) goes up to 40 Mbps, but from my personal experience, it is
only half that speed (and they've often slowed my connection).
Anyway, I'm pretty happy with the price ($30 a month for a year), speed, and reliability of Century Link at this moment.
Note: although download speed is great, upload speed is very bad - about dial-up speed !
With "unlimited" internet, I've been watching a lot of YouTube via the
PS3 app. I subscribed to a bunch of news channels, like Nerdist, and
CBS. You might think YouTube is 'crappy' quality, but the more recent
video uploads are usually in HD and they look great on my HD television.
Example below on the great quality from today's CBS YouTube Channel:
Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings on Saturday Sessions.
The Last of Us
Gaming update: I beat The Last Of Us
last month, and went back to
replay it on "Survival". That was so hard, that I gave up midway,
simply because of the lack of supplies you get on that mode.
Film update: I just saw The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
dollar theater. We saw this at the New Hope Cinema Grill, for about
$12, you can get meal and a film, which isn't bad. I've spent that much
for a new film and that didn't even include any food...
As for the movie, it's not bad. It's certainly better than the first
film, but fair warning: it starts off really slow. Again, like the
first film, it suffers from the many different characters fighting in
the various districts. You are introduced to a character, only to see
them die in the next scene. Obviously, the director is trying to just
focus on our heroes and I get that... it's just kind of hard to absorb
everything in a two hour film. And that's the other problem, the second
movie didn't feel like a complete film - it sort of just ends in the
middle, setting itself up for the next film.
Which I suppose is fine, but it didn't feel satisfying as an ending.
Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings on Saturday Sessions (01/20/2014)
7 Amazing Run Run Shaw Movies
Jan 7th 2014 By Sam Ashurst
In tribute to the master of kung fu cinema...
A lot of people are labelled legends when they pass away, but in Sir Run Run Shaw's case, it's an understatement.
Living to a grand age of 107 - he considered retiring at 100 - the great man left behind a huge and wonderful legacy.
Shaw was present at the inception of Chinese cinema - his elder brother Runme ran a silent movie studio in the 1920s - before going on to create arguably China's most internationally beloved film production studio, Shaw Brothers Studio.
Best known for its kung fu output, Shaw Brothers Studio produced a wide range of genres - including musicals, comedy, horror, drama, opera, science fiction, fantasy - and sometimes a combination of all of the above in one movie.
It would be impossible to put together a list of Run Run's greatest movies - Shaw Brothers was responsible for nearly a thousand movies (at one stage they were producing 40 films a year), and Run Run's name ('produced by Run Run Shaw' was a seal of quality if ever there was one) was on the very best. But we've collected a handful of our favorites. What follows is by no means definitive, but a mere tip of the hat to a glorious career.
[ Read more 7 Amazing Run Run Shaw Movies
Well Go USA
RIP, Run Run Shaw. Your legacy in martial arts films cannot be measured. We thank you. And DALLAS FANS, come join us in celebrating the Shaw Brothers legacy with our next ASIAN MOVIE MADNESS screening at Alamo Drafthouse Dallas / Fort Worth
! It's FREE, it's BROTHERS FIVE, and you will NOT want to miss it! JANUARY 20, 7PM. It's gonna be EPIC.
I don't know how to update the site for you so I'll just link you to quote from Well USA: (two movies are up on Amazon already: Legend of the Bat
and Death Duel
at and --- I do not think the other two will be released till later in the year.)
In Loving Memory -
A Year of Shaw Brothers Releases
Well Go Celebrates Its Roots with 4 New Titles
On January 7th, we lost a pioneer of Asian film whose influence has been
felt for over 60 years. At age 106, Run Run Shaw passed away, but
his influence will be felt forever. In the 556
film and television features brought to us from the Shaw Brothers studio - think on that number for a moment
- a legacy was built, influencing more writers and filmmakers than can possibly be measured.
Well Go USA's Sword Masters series, currently featuring over a dozen films from the Shaw Brothers, will be adding four new films
in 2014, to include LEGEND OF THE BAT, DEATH DUEL, SHADOW BOXING
, and TRAIL OF THE BROKEN BLADE
on home media this year. Each film will be digitally remastered and
optimized for the screen, as thank you to the studio that made martial
arts films both a joy and an inspiration to viewers around the world.
We are beyond proud to bring these films to the die-hard fans who ask us
for these films each year. Be sure to get them when they're available
for sale - when they're gone, they're gone.
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News: Run Run Shaw has died
Shaw Brothers logo
know I love my Kung Fu movies, so when when I saw the trailer to RZA's
"The Man With the Iron Fists" movie, I had mixed feelings about it. I
knew RZA was a Shaw Brothers fan (having created the Wu-Tang …
Associated Press is reporting that Run Run Shaw has passed away at the
age of 106 (the report lists 107, but he was born on November 23rd,
HK Movie Mogul Run Run Shaw Has Died at Age 107
January 7, 2014 by KELVIN CHAN Associated Press
Pioneering Hong Kong movie producer Run Run Shaw, whose studio
popularized the kung fu genre that influenced Quentin Tarantino and
other Hollywood directors, died on Tuesday.
He was 107.
No cause of death was given in a statement from Television Broadcasts Limited (TVB), which Shaw helped found in 1967.
His path to Asian moviemaking dominance began in earnest in 1961 when he
opened Movie Town, a vast, state-of-the-art studio in Hong Kong's rural
Clearwater Bay. With 1,500 staff working on 10 soundstages, Movie Town
was reputed to be the most productive studio in the world. At its
busiest, actors and directors churned out 40 movies a year, most of them
featuring kung fu, sword fighting or Asian gangsters known as triads.
I love those classic kung fu movies, I own about fifty titles on DVD and a few on Bluray (see a photo below with my cat).
Unfortunately this type of movie genre is not very popular in America,
so only some titles are available in Region 1. As a collector and fan, I
had to import a ton of titles (mostly anything director Chang Cheh or
Venoms-related). If you are new to the genre, I suggest reading my Venoms guide
Vu and his cat's Shaw Brothers collection