It’s that time again for another Wes Anderson dark comedy. Wes Anderson directed Bottle Rocket, Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums, and The Life Aquatic, and produced The Squid and the Whale. With another star-filled cast, Anderson’s new comedy set in India, The Darjeeling Limited, will be released September 29th.
Martin Scorsese’s Taxi Driver continues to be one of the best character studies films ever. With Paul Schrader’s great writing and a fantastic cast (Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster, Harvey Keitel, Cybill Shepard, Peter Boyle, and Albert Brooks), it is hard to resist such a movie. It has won the prestigious Palme d’Or and is #52 on the AFI’s “100 Years… 100 Movies” list. Recently, Sony released Taxi Driver: Collector’s Edition, a DVD with an array of extra features to complement one of the greatest films of all time.
Gaudi + Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan
Bethe Bethe Kese Kese [MP3]
Blending the imcomparable vocals of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan with traditional instrumentation and a full spectrum of reggae and dub elements, Gaudi has sensitively created a set of completely new tracks from a collection of recently discovered and rare studio sessions, recorded in Pakistan in the late ‘60s and early ‘70s. Dub Qawwali once again brings to life one of the most powerful and moving voices of our time in an exciting new context.
Comedian Doug Benson is one of the great comics you have never heard of. Previously, he appeared on Comedy Central Presents, VH1’s Best Week Ever, and the comedy classic Mr. Show. Recently, Benson was one of the finalists on Last Comic Standing, but was eliminated with Matt Kirshen. Doug, along with fellow comedians Arj Barker and Tony Camin, wrote the off-Broadway comedy, The Marijuana-Logues. As Benson’s popularity increases, we will hopefully see more of him in the future.
The New Pornographers continue to set the bar for the indie music scene. This Canadian band released their first album Mass Romantic in 2000, winning a Juno Aaward for Alternative Album of the Year. The New Pornographers also have songs featured on The Office and Weeds. Their latest album, Challengers, came out today, August 21.