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by Sarah Zupko

22 Feb 2010

Kathryn Bigelo is the first female director to win best film and best director at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts awards. Her superb film The Hurt Locker scored six awards out of eight nominations, shutting Avatar out of the big awards. Avatar won the biggies at the Golden Globes, but the Brits seemed to prefer the more serious fare on offer in the Iraq Qar themed film. We certainly concur with the BAFTA choices as seen in our Best Films of 2009 feature.

In this clip Bigelo reflects on her historic win…

The film also snagged best screenplay and Mark Boal talks here about that win…

And yes, Jeff Bridges was great in Crazy Heart and is standing now as the Oscar favorite for Best Actor. However, the BAFTAs got it right, awarding Colin Firth with the title for his role in the heartbreaking A Single Man, based on the Christopher Isherwood novel. Here Firth discusses his win and his role in the film…

by PopMatters Staff

19 Feb 2010

Righteous Fists of Harmony
Releasing: 23 March

From the label: “Daedelus endeavors to compose a requiem for the end—of beliefs, of lives, and of an era. This elegy for a bygone battle sheds light on our own contemporary conundrum: will our faith in modernity be our downfall? Are we blinded by this age of wonders, doomed to be destroyed by our ingenious inventions? Although Daedelus’ music has always juxtaposed organic and electronic elements, they war as never before on Righteous Fists of Harmony, a portrait of a tumultuous era that came crashing to a close.”

01 An Armada Approaches
02 Tidal Waves Uprising
03 The Open Hand Avows
04 Order of the Golden Dawn (featuring Laura Darling)
05 The Finishing of a Thing
06 Succumbing To (featuring Kid A)
07 Stampede Me (with Amir Yaghmai)
08 Fin De Siècle

by PopMatters Staff

19 Feb 2010

Georgia Anne Muldrow and Declaime
(Groove Attack)
Releasing: 23 February

Georgia Anne Muldrow and Dudley Perkins have teamed for next week’s SomeOthaShip and they just “leaked” this new track to celebrate this week’s digital release of the album.

01 Shine On
02 SomeOthaShip Connect
03 Heaven or Hell
04 Get Up Gogo
05 Mages Sages Ii
06 Fonk 4 U
07 Rain Down
08 Pad Kontrol
09 Boogie
10 Outro
11 Heaven or Hell (Remix)
12 Endure (Oh No Remix)

Georgia Anne Muldrow and Declaime
“Heaven Or Hell” [MP3]

by Tyler Gould

19 Feb 2010

Xiu Xiu
Dear God, I Hate Myself
(Kill Rock Stars)
Releasing: 23 February

There’s a new Xiu Xiu album coming out, which I don’t suspect anybody is too excited about, more so that people are awaiting its release in some religious, jaw-clenching fugue state. That’s music for you, though. Some people like to enjoy it, others like to let it motivate their affected agony to tortured, romantic climax.

01 Gray Death
02 Chocolate Makes You Happy
03 Apple for a Brain
04 House Sparrow
05 Hyunhye’s Theme
06 Dear God, I Hate Myself
07 Secret Motel
08 Falkland Rd.
09 The Fabrizio Palumbo Retaliation
10 Cumberland Gap
11 This Too Shall Pass Away (For Freddy)
12 Impossible Feeling

“This Too Shall Pass Away (For Freddy)” [MP3]

by PopMatters Staff

19 Feb 2010

Jack White’s Third Man Records is putting out the debut album by Nashville’s Black Belles and the White Stripe directed this video for the Belles that magically channels the sound of his very own band.

//Mixed media

Because Blood Is Drama: Considering Carnage in Video Games and Other Media

// Moving Pixels

"It's easy to dismiss blood and violence as salacious without considering why it is there, what its context is, and what it might communicate.

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