Julie Taymor’s adaptation of William Shakespeare’s The Tempest was recently featured as the centerpiece at the 48th annual New York Film Festival. Despite this honor, the film—which stars Helen Mirren in the masculine role of sorcerer Prospero—the film left mutterings of dissent in its wake. The trailer does little to dispel gripes that Taymor’s vision is kitschy, over-reliant on CGI, and hampered by the fact that Russell Brand is really, really annoying. Having been in attendance at the NYFF screening, I can attest that, while The Tempest has its faults, it is also a visual delight and a unique diversion from the usual cinematic treatment Shakespeare plays usually get. At the very least, I highly doubt any other movie this year will feature a transparent, asexual sprite, or at least not one with a head of hair so fantastic.
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Though the lead singer looks terminally bored in this video, this is truly gorgeous stuff. Translated from granular distortion and marble-mouthed vocals into something discernible, even terrestrial, Memoryhouse’s cover of My Blood Valentine’s “When You Sleep” still feels synchronal to the original. Like the Scissor Sisters’ disco take on 1979 pop-prog, Memoryhouse supplant shoegaze for something that could of floated out of some liminal space between the K Records and Red House Painters axis. Actually, there’s something about the piano line too that suggests this cut could have been the perfect addition to Jon Brion’s soundtrack for Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Memoryhouse have dissected the bittersweet dynamics of MBV’s harsh sound and extracted just the sweet, but it turns out that the sweet’s pretty delectable all on its own.
Solo artist and Black Sabbath singer Ozzy Osbourne has recently covered John Lennon’s song “How?”—from Lennon’s classic album, Imagine (1971). Osbourne has always voiced his love and admiration both for The Beatles and John Lennon, and his tribute will benefit Amnesty International. For clear evidence of Lennon’s influence on Osbourne, watch Osbourne’s “Dreamer” video. Also, Lennon’s own video for “How?” would be critical if one wishes to compare or contrast the two.
If John Lennon wasn’t tragically murdered at the age of 40, then he would be celebrating his 70th birthday this week. Perhaps instead of focusing on this sad fact, we should turn our attention to the fascinating accomplished life that he lived.
On October 9th, 1940 John Lennon was born, according to some sources, during a WWII air raid. He grew to adore British skiffle and rock ‘n’ roll music and formed a group with some of his friends from school. In 1958, that group, the Quarrymen, recorded a cover of Buddy Holly’s “That’ll Be the Day”.
W. Scott Poole’s recent PopMatters review of the Blu-Ray edition of The Blair Witch Project stung a little bit. While I think Poole absolutely nailed all of the problems inherent in improving the AV quality of a film that was supposed to be shot on handheld camcorders, I also have always had a soft spot for the Blair Witch deep in my heart, so it was a bit tough to see the film described as “dated”.
Which brings me, of course, to this post! Watch below:
Now watch over here.
Frightening how relevant the movie just became, eh?
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