To celebrate the release of AK 100 and the 100th anniversary of Akira Kurosawa’s birth, Image Entertainment has provided PopMatters with these exclusive Kurosawa stills from films never before released on home video, including The Men Who Tread on the Tiger’s Tail (1945), The Most Beautiful (1944), Sanshiro Sugata (1943), and Sanshiro Sugata, Part II (1944).
Product details from Image: The creator of such timeless masterpieces as Rashomon, Ikiru, Seven Samurai, Yojimbo, and High and Low, Akira Kurosawa is one of the most influential and beloved filmmakers who ever lived — and for many the greatest artist the medium has known. Now, on the occasion of the centenary of his birth, the Criterion Collection is proud to present this deluxe set celebrating his astonishing career. Featuring 25 of the films he made over the course of his 50 years in movies — from samurai epics to postwar noirs to Shakespeare adaptations — AK 100 is the most complete set of his works ever released in this country, and includes four rare films that have never been available for home video.
New York-based gypsy punks and long-time PopMatters faves Gogol Bordello are releasing their new album Transcontinental Hustle in mere weeks, 27 April to be precise. By way of early promotion, the band turned in a smoking version of the new tune on “Pala Tute”.
To address the elephant in the room, yes, the Paper Man trailer is rife with indie conventions that are somewhat cliché. The background music is vaguely familiar, if not decidedly hipster in style. Credit titles awkwardly shift in place, as if to shout, “This is an indie film! Notice the unfinished quality of it all!”
Now that that’s out of the way, it’s time to acknowledge the film’s potential. Although Paper Man has been working the festival circuit without gaining any crazy buzz, the cast alone should raise more than a few eyebrows from viewers. The film stars Jeff Daniels as a down on his luck novelist (nobody said it would be a stretch), who enjoys the company of an imaginary superhero, played by a bleach blonde Ryan Reynolds (the star of the forthcoming Green Lantern film). The story kicks into gear with the arrival of Emma Stone, playing a 17-year-old who just might be cool enough to change Daniels’ life. Stone, having proven her chops in Superbad, continues to be a captivating actress, so it should be interesting how she fares in the land of the indie.
Indie rock’s most eagerly awaited sentimental journey arrives stateside as Pavement plays two performances the next few days in southern California, with more to come from coast-to-coast this summer and fall. The reviews floating around the blogosphere have raved about the first reunion shows in New Zealand and Australia, but you’d expect that from fans who’ve been waiting over a decade for this to happen. What’s lost in the haze of nostalgia is that Pavement was a notoriously frustrating and sometimes diffident live act, though, at the very least, the set lists this go-around have definitely been crowd pleasers. Check out for yourself this edited sampler of songs from the March 1st show in Auckland, New Zealand, one of the few YouTube fan videos that’s not rendered unwatchable by a pogoing camera hand or audience sing-alongs.
Thu Apr 15, 2010—Fox Theater—Pomona, CA
Sun Apr 18, 2010—Coachella Festival—Indio, CA
Tue May 04, 2010—Dublin—Tripod SOLD OUT
Wed May 05, 2010—Glasgow—Barrowland Ballroom SOLD OUT
Fri May 07, 2010—Paris—Le Zenith
Sat May 08, 2010—Amsterdam—Paradiso
Mon May 10, 2010—London—Brixton Academy
Tue May 11, 2010—London—Brixton Academy SOLD OUT
Wed May 12, 2010—London—Brixton Academy SOLD OUT
Thu May 13, 2010—London—Brixton Academy SOLD OUT
Fri May 14, 2010—Minehead, West Somerset—All Tomorrow’s Parties SOLD OUT
Sat May 15, 2010—Minehead, West Somerset—All Tomorrow’s Parties SOLD OUT
Sun May 16, 2010—Minehead, West Somerset—All Tomorrow’s Parties SOLD OUT
Tue May 18, 2010—Brussels—Ancienne Belgique SOLD OUT
Wed May 19, 2010—Berlin—Astra
Thu May 20, 2010—Praha—Palac Akropolis
Fri May 21, 2010—Vienna—Arena
Sat May 22, 2010—Munich—Muffathalle
Mon May 24, 2010—Rome—Atlantico
Tue May 25, 2010—Bologna—Estragon
Fri May 28, 2010—Barcelona—Primavera Festival
Sun May 30, 2010—George, WA—Sasquatch Music Festival
Sat June 19, 2010—Toronto, ON—Olympic Island
Fri June 25, 2010—Berkeley, CA—Greek Theatre
Sun Jul 04, 2010—Roskilde—Roskilde Festival
Sun Jul 18, 2010—Chicago, IL—Pitchfork Festival
Thu Aug 12, 2010—Oslo—Oyafestival
Sat Aug 14, 2010—Gothenburg –—Way Out West Festival
Thu Sep 09, 2010—Broomfield, CO—1st Bank Center
Sat Sep 11, 2010—Kansas City, MO—Uptown Theater
Sun Sep 12, 2010—St. Paul, MN—Roy Wilkins Auditorium
Sat Sep 18, 2010—Boston, MA—Agganis Arena
Tue Sep 21, 2010—New York, NY—Central Park Summerstage SOLD OUT
Wed Sep 22, 2010—New York, NY—Central Park Summerstage SOLD OUT
Thu Sep 23, 2010—New York, NY—Central Park Summerstage SOLD OUT
Fri Sep 24, 2010—New York, NY—Central Park Summerstage SOLD OUT
Sun Sep 26, 2010—Atlanta, GA—The Tabernacle
It finally happened. New York City hipsters have finally created their utopia, transforming their 21st century metropolis into a retro video game landscape. Well, not really. But there’s a short film about it, and it’s amazing.