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by Steven Zeitchik - Los Angeles Times (MCT)

18 May 2011

CANNES, France—In 2007 it was No Country for Old Men and The Diving Bell and the Butterfly. In 2009 it was Inglourious Basterds and A Prophet. A bit more than halfway through this year’s Cannes Film Festival, it’s not too early to predict which films will endure long after the last beachside-club guard dog scampers to different pastures.

Here are six movies you didn’t know before that you’re almost certainly to know about after the festival shuts its doors.

Steven Zeitchik - Los Angeles Times (MCT)

by Cynthia Fuchs

18 May 2011

Again and again in Araya, workers go to the sea and bring back salt and fish. Fathers pass on rituals of life and labor, their sons apparently unthinking as they accept their lots, and proceed as heir ancestors have done. At once lyrical and relentless, the documentary follows their daily rhythms, their treks to the shore, the baskets they load and carry, their weary walks home again. Awarded the Cannes critics’ prize in 1959, Margot Benacerraf’s movie is now restored and released for the first time in the U.S. by Milestone Films (the company who also brought I Am Cuba, Killer of Sheep and The Exiles to theaters and DVD). The workers are resolute, the film beautiful and also heartbreaking, resisting resists categories, leaning forward while looking back. Here past and future collapse, along with poetry and poverty, documentary and invention.

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by Sarah Zupko

17 May 2011

Montreal’s real life Klezmer hip-hopper is releasing his latest album, Sleepover, today in digital form. The physical release will follow later this summer. “Sleepover” is a wacky, hip-hop mash-up with Klezmer accordions and lyrics that seem to poke fun at rap’s obsession with “booty”. We love Socalled’s mixed-up genre stew here at PopMatters, with Ghettoblaster being one of 2007’s highlights. Following that record’s release, Socalled traveled the world lecturing and teaching masters classes. For the new album, he has teamed with some 34 musicians, including Chilly Gonzales, Irving Fields, Fred Wesley of the JB Horns, C-Rayz Walz.


by Matt Mazur

17 May 2011

Elizabeth Taylor … Suddenly, Last Summer

Oscar Nominees:

Doris Day ... Pillow Talk
Audrey Hepburn ... The Nun’s Story
Katharine Hepburn ... Suddenly, Last Summer
Simone Signoret ... Room at the Top
Elizabeth Taylor ... Suddenly, Last Summer

Mazur Nominees:

Dorothy Dandridge … Porgy and Bess


by PopMatters Staff

16 May 2011

Gravity the Seducer
Release date: 12 September (UK) / 13 September (US)

Britain’s electro-poppers Ladytron are slating their fifth LP for release this coming September. New music is already being previewed with the release of “White Elephant” today and “Ace of Hz” late last year. Full tracklist after the jump.

Ladytron - White Elephant by nettwerkmusicgroup

Ladytron - Ace Of Hz [2010] by nettwerkmusicgroup

//Mixed media

Of Pillow Forts and Play: Epic Games' 'Fortnite'

// Moving Pixels

"Everybody loves building a fort.

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