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by PopMatters Staff

28 May 2009

Lots of happenings with a perennial PopMatters favorite Curumin. The Brazilian rapper returns Northern climes for a raft of concert appearances (after the jump), including a gig at the Montreal Jazz Festival on July 11. He was also recently featured on National Geographic’s Geo Sessions and we have the videos here.

Curumin
“Sambito (Totaru Shock)” [MP3]
     

by PopMatters Staff

28 May 2009

Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans
Director: Werner Herzog
Cast: Nicolas Cage, Eva Mendes, Val Kilmer, Fairuza Balk, Jennifer Coolidge, Vondie Curtis Hall, Shawn Hatosy, Denzel Whitaker, Xzibit, Shea Wigham, Katie Chonacas, Brad Dourif
Opening: not yet scheduled
Distributor: Millennium Films

 

Plot summary: Werner Herzog directs a remake of the 1992 film by Abel Ferrara. Ferrara isn’t too happy about it either, as he said at Cannes last year, “As far as remakes go, ... I wish these people die in Hell. I hope they’re all in the same streetcar, and it blows up.”

by Bill Gibron

28 May 2009

Thirteen. It seems like an appropriate number for the man who made the Deadites and that fabled Book of the Dead, The Necronomicon, a fright fan household name. Yet ever since he struck professional paydirt with an oddball Western starring a then hot Sharon Stone, Sam Raimi has wondered away from his horror roots. Over the course of the next ten years, he made two thillers, a baseball themed drama, and then literally re-invented the post-millennial popcorn comic book superhero blockbuster with his Spider-man movies. But now, after 15 years in a macabre-less cinematic stasis, Raimi is back. His latest scare statement, the amazing Drag Me to Hell, manages the next to impossible - it readily reminds us of why we fell in love with the man and his anarchic directorial style in the first place while pushing his skills forever forward. Same may call it a return to form, but from the way this movie works, it’s clear that Raimi never really left his love of dread behind.

Still, when one looks over his oeuvre, concentrating only on his feature films, it’s hard to get a handle on which Sam Raimi will be remembered. There are literally millions of fans who never knew he had a horror hound past. For them, Raimi is the man who brought Peter Parker and a myriad of web-slinger icons to life. For others, however, his career ended back when Bruce Campbell failed to properly utter the classic sci-fi mantra “Klaatu Barada Nikto” and wound up in a post-apocalyptic wasteland (look it up). In light of such a drastic dichotomy, SE&L has decided to take the 13 works in Raimi’s creative canon and rate them, worst to best. Of course, by its very nature, the list will be unfair. Can you really grade the wonders of The Evil Dead against the spine-tingling chills of A Simple Plan? Does the same filmmaker really exist in both Spider-man III and Crimewave?

by PopMatters Staff

27 May 2009

Wale has joined with Zune to produce a series of 10 video podcasts and the first one has just gone live. It follows the rapper on tour in Chicago. Wale’s record from last year, The Mixtape About Nothing, was critically acclaimed by us and many others.

by PopMatters Staff

27 May 2009

YACHT
“Psychic City” [MP3]
     

YACHT
See Mystery Lights
(DFA)
Releasing: 28 July 2009

TRACK LIST
01   Ring the Bell  
02   The Afterlife  
03   I’m in Love With a Ripper  
04     It’s Boring / You Can Live Anywhere You Want    
05   Psychic City (Voodoo City)   
06   Summer Song  
07   We Have All We’ve Ever Wanted  
08   Don’t Fight the Darkness  
09   I’m in Love With a Ripper (Party Mix)   
10   Psychic City (Version)

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