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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First Film: The Untouchables (Brian De Palma, 1987) as Elliot Ness’ wife Catherine
Must-see: High Art (Lisa Cholodenko, 1998); Pieces of April (Peter Hedges, 2003); Dogville (Lars von Trier, 2004)
Star Turn: The Station Agent (Thomas McCarthy, 2003)
Underrated: The Dying Gaul (Craig Lucas, 2006)
Upcoming, Current and/or Recent: Clarkson, the consummate supporting actress of our time, has recently stolen scenes in the films of Woody Allen (2008’s Vicky Cristina Barcelona and 2009’s Whatever Works) and Martin Scorsese on this year’s Shutter Island. Clarkson will next be seen in in IFC’s Cairo Time, in a romantic, leading lady turn.
Surfing the Void
Releasing: 23 August (UK)
British psych rockers offer up their latest album this August in the UK while the US release date remains up in the air. There are already two videos to sample the new music though. Videos and stream after the jump.
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