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by Henry Guyer

27 May 2010


Directed by the fantastically named Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives won the prestigious Palme d’Or at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. Known to the rest of the film industry merely as Joe (to get around the challenge of pronouncing his name), Weerasethakul’s films have already taken home prizes from Cannes in the past. This is, however, the first time he or any Thai director has won the coveted main prize.

Set amongst the otherworldly landscape of the Thai jungle and using elements of oneiric cinema, Weerasethakul expamines the themes of life, death and, ultimately, reincarnation in a culture where the existence of supernatural apparitions such as ghosts and demons are accepted as part of daily life. The perfectly executed trailer displays a breathtaking yet eerie backdrop, where something ominous and mysterious seems to be lurking below the surface.

by Jessy Krupa

27 May 2010


The more things change, the more they stay the same. Oddly, a lot of things that happened 20 years ago this week are either similar to or have connections to current events.

On TV, Newhart aired one of the most memorable series finales, a fact that many publications have mentioned this week. Airing their series finales this week were Ghost Whisperer, Melrose Place, and Lost, among others. Family dramedy Life Goes On was renewed for a second season, just as current family dramedy Parenthood has.

At the movies this week is MacGruber, based on Saturday Night Live’s parody of the MacGyverTV series. In 1990, it was in its fifth season.

The #1 song was “Vogue” from Madonna’s Like a Prayer album. Not only was its music video recently parodied on FOX’s Glee, but the cast’s album of Madonna covers is currently selling well.

This is probably just a coincidence, but it is still a little eerie. Are there any more connections to 1990 going on this week that I missed? If so, comment about it below!

by Alistair Dickinson

26 May 2010


Klaxons, the British band that stormed the charts at home and iPod playlists around the world a few years back with Myths of the Near Future, is back with a new single, “Flashover”. It’s missing some of the electro-pop elements that embellished their earlier hits, but still has the kind of thumping back-beat that earned them their “dance-punk” reputation. Check it out below.

by PopMatters Staff

26 May 2010


Matt Fiander said this past March of Scotland’s Frightened Rabbit: “For all its size and ambition, the band never sound like they’re stopping to admire their own work, never bedding down in what they’ve created. This stuff is propulsive. It’s got somewhere to go, somewhere away from all the near-drowning that goes on here. It’s winter to be sure, but the only way to get through it is to keep on trudging, which is what Frightened Rabbit does beautifully here.” Well, it’s only taken a couple of months since he release of Winter of Mixed Drinks, but the band has finally made their major US television debut.

by Jessy Krupa

26 May 2010


Isn’t it great when a band you love covers a song you love… and does it well? There are at least 22 different versions of “I’m a Believer”, which Neil Diamond wrote and the Monkees took to No.1 in 1966. Now you can add Weezer’s version to that list, because they have covered it for the Shrek Forever After soundtrack. Covered by Smash Mouth for the first film’s soundtrack, it has sort of become the theme song for the entire franchise of movies. Weezer doesn’t translate “I’m a Believer” into anything other than what it really is, a fun, rockin’ song. While there’s something to be said for when a song is completely re-interpreted into something else, it’s still awesome when somebody plays it straight instead. So, here we have, courtesy of frontman Rivers Cuomo’s tweet, this fan-made YouTube video.

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