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by Matt Mazur

20 Jul 2010


First Film: Heavenly Creatures (Peter Jackson, 1994)

Must-see: Holy Smoke! (Jane Campion, 1999); Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2003); Little Children (Todd Field, 2006)

Star Turn: Sense and Sensibility (Ang Lee, 1995)

Underrated: As a sensual lower-class laundress who smuggles the prohibited work of the Marquis de Sade to the public after he is imprisoned in Phillip Kaufman’s Quills (2000)

Upcoming, Current and/or Recent: Having recently won the Best Actress Oscar for The Reader (Stephen Daldry, 2008), Winslet went right to work on auteur Todd Haynes’ mini-series update Mildred Pierce, which is shooting.

by PopMatters Staff

20 Jul 2010


Vevo has the video of “Pala Tute” from the PopMatters approved Trans-Continental Hustle. It’s one of the year’s best singles so far.

by PopMatters Staff

20 Jul 2010


New York’s No Surrender are true genre mashers, not content to reside happily in any one category. Blending hip-hop, banging electronic beats, R&B and even indie pop is their stock and trade. They seem programmed to appeal to the OutKast and N.E.R.D. audience as the new video for “Godda Get It” proves. “Godda Get It”, produced by Radioclit, is surely more overtly dancey and electro-poppy than OutKast and shows off a psychedelic aesthetic that shares more in common with electronic music and indie pysch, but it’s got the soul and flow that would make the Atlanta crew proud. No Surrender will be releasing their sophomore full-length Medicine Babies this fall on ZerOKilled Music. The group brags about making “future music” in this tune and, guess what? They actually deliver it.

by PopMatters Staff

20 Jul 2010


In an upcoming review of Mahjongg’s The Long Shadow of the Paper Tiger later this week, PopMatters’ Scott Branson says the record is “noisy and repetitive, without neglecting pop hooks. Mahjongg incorporates interesting elements of pop music without confining the songs to a typical structure. The result is an uncompromising sound in which harsh verges on sweet.” That intriguing mixture is on full display in their new single “Whoop”, which we have the pleasure of premiering today. The Chicago band is clearly indebted to ‘80s new wave with their pop friendly electronic beats, but the sound is also more spare and the songs less traditionally structured than that earlier musical form and is completely contemporary as a result. The group coined a term for their artistic approach, “Chicagotronics”, which they describe as “a wall of sound command center with drums and humans”. Dig into the fractured beats and rather discoey vocals of “Whoop” and check them out at an upcoming show (dates after the jump).

by PopMatters Staff

20 Jul 2010


The nominations for the UK’s coveted Mercury Prize have been announced and include a couple PopMatters favorites like the xx, Foals, I Am Kloot, and Paul Weller. Below is the full list along with our ratings, reviews and videos for each release. We’re betting that London’s the xx is going to nab the ultimate honor, but UK bookmakers William Hill are declaring even odds between the xx and Dizzee Rascal. It just doesn’t feel like Dizzee Rascal’s year, as all the momentum has been with the xx and they’ve got far more critical acclaim behind their self-titled debut than Dizzee’s recent effort.

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Culture Belongs to the Alien in 'Spirits of Xanadu'

// Moving Pixels

"The symbols that the artifact in Spirits of Xanadu uses are esoteric -- at least for the average Western gamer. It is Chinese culture reflected back at us through the lens of alien understanding.

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