The stunning Milla Jovovich returns as “Alice” in Resident Evil: Afterlife, director Paul W.S. Anderson’s fourth film based on the popular survival-horror gaming franchise, and the first in 3D. This seems a bit odd, as rumors indicated that the next entry in the franchise would be a reboot.
Fans of the series, however, should find it welcome. While never the most innovative or popular franchise, the Resident Evil series delivered gory thrills and breathtaking visuals. They’re fun flicks that don’t have much to say, but hardly need to. Just keep churning out sequences like this, and I’ll keep coming back:
Critics, you can just go home. This isn’t for you.
Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti Before Today
Releasing: 8 June
Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti are making their 4AD debut this June with Before Today and have just released a free MP3 “Round and Round” to give you a taste. Before the album release, “Round and Round” will pair with “Mistaken Wedding” for a limited edition 45. The press release makes the album sound rather interesting: it’s a “beguiling mix of glam rock, West Coast funk and Merseybeat harmonies with a high-production sheen; a contrast to the corroded bedroom recordings that have fomented a fervent cult following over the past decade.”
The reviewer talks in nasally, sarcastic, tone, but his disparaging hostility towards the movies he reviews never gets grating (especially if you agree with him.) Although most people have a general idea why the Star Wars prequel films were less than stellar, this reviewer breaks it down to a science while remaining entertaining through out.
He makes some interesting observations that are infinitely more insightful than the average internet flame war, like how since there’s no fish-out-of-water character the principles need to explain the plot to, the audience is often left in the dark. Check it out in parts if you don’t have time, it’s fascinating to anyone who is a Star Wars fan, or just good film making in general.
New Zealand’s Crowded House will be releasing their long-awaited follow-up to 2007’s Time on Earth in June. Titled Intriguer, this is really the band’s first proper post-reunion album, since Time On Earth began life as a Neil Finn solo album. Crowded House have reportedly signed a new record deal with Universal Music for all territories except the US. Expect a US release for Intriguer, though, as Crowded House will be touring North America later in the summer. Here’s the premier performance of first single “Saturday Sun” on New Zealand’s TV3.