It’s been a tale of two princes in English theatre this year, with Rory Kinnear’s take on the Dane at London’s National vying for first place with John Simm’s interpretation at Sheffield’s newly revamped Crucible. Simm’s angry, witty, spiky Hamlet has received mixed reviews, but he and a strong supporting cast succeed in bringing out the rich humour in what is undoubtedly one of the most psychologically complex of Shakespeare’s plays. Eminently quotable and reworkable, too—I counted at least five film titles in there…
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Crying snake eyes. Skeleton Wallpaper. Crocodiles juxtaposed to mandalas. There’s a sort of screen-saverish/tour backdrop quality to Avey Tare’s video for his first single off as-yet-unreleased album Down There, which was directed by his sister Abby Portner. Yet, any excuse to listen closer to the song with its Dan Deacon-esque programmed tweaks and lachrymose lyrics, is probably a good thing. If this is any indicator, Avey Tare may have finally found a project that can compete with the solo work of his Animal Collective comrade Panda Bear.
UK duo Blood Red Shoes, which consists of Laura-Mary Carter and Steven Ansell, is setting out on a North American tour to support their sophomore album Fire Like This. They start in Vancouver on October 12 and end in Chicago fourteen days later on October 29.
Serene and understated, Woodsman’s “When the Morning Comes” is a fascinating dose of atmospheric psychedelia.
On the Denver, Colorado-based quartet’s rich Mystery Tape EP (Lefse, 2010), “When” can rightfully be deemed a stirring centerpiece—over its three minutes, these guys never bring it to a full boil. Instead, “When” is left to simmer, with analog sequencers, elongated guitar harmonics, and an occasional looped snare wound backward over the act’s reliable floor tom support, a percussive cornerstone of the EP. Mystery Tape‘s nearly quarter-hour “Smells Like Purple” is just as spaced-out, with fraying, reverberating guitar lines, but “When the Morning Comes” mystifies in a manner worthy of comparison, by way of a considerably smaller serving.
Woodsman member Mark Demolar strings together an equally brain-splitting mesh of what looks like early public access TV nature doc footage for “When the Morning Comes”. Video and tour dates after the jump.
Though no one should be expecting the director of 21 Grams and Babel to be doing a screwball comedy, the trailer for Iñárritu’s newest film Biutiful looks even more dramatic and intense than usual.
Visually compelling, and featuring a lauded, dynamic performance from Oscar-winner Javier Bardem (No Country for Old Men), Biutiful looks to be one of the prestige film season’s true winners and quite possibly also one of the most divisive after a thunderously mixed reception at Cannes.
Kudos to Mr. Iñárritu for always mixing risk in equal parts with brains, heart, and vision.