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Sunday, Aug 23, 2009

It has been quite a while since we’ve seen a really good werewolf movie, hasn’t it? Well, fellow movielovers, butter your popcorn and buckle your seatbelts because if the highly-anticipated trailer to The Wolfman is any indication, we’re in for… you know what, I’m not going to lie to you. Grab a seat. Looks like we’re going to be waiting a bit longer.


Benicio Del Toro (Che, Traffic) reapplies the makeup from his early role as “Dog-Faced Boy” in 1988’s Big Top Pee Wee to star as the lycanthropically challenged title character while Anthony Hopkins is stuck providing fatherly support (or more accurately, lack thereof, judging by the archetypically overinformative Hollywood trailer).


A disparate melange of accents unheard since Oliver Stone’s Alexander populate the film’s overly familiar Van Helsing-esque landscape. Hopkins again inexplicably chooses not to alter his Welsh accent, Geraldine Chaplin utilizes the generic creepy Eastern European affectation which only exists in movies, while one can only assume that Del Toro was born and raised in Mumblevania.


In its defense, the film’s special effects appear to be a respectable step above its increasingly effect-laden, quantity-over-quality competition. Also, the potential camp factor on this one is enormous. (Hopkins as Del Toro’s father? Seriously?)  At best, this one looks like passable popcorn-chewing summer entertainment. Problem is, this comes out in November. *sigh*



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Thursday, Aug 20, 2009

Canada’s Spiral Beach has a unique performance style, putting on wildly interactive shows where the band kicks up their heels with the audience and even are known to cook for the crowd on occasion. These events routinely last until dawn. Now that is Concerts 2.0. Spiral Beach’s new album (The Only Really Thing) hits U.S. shores on 22 September and you can get a sense of their poppy sonic mayhem on this live video for “Domino” that we are premiering today. It’s one of the highlights of the new record. Full release details and an MP3 of the tune are below the jump.



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Thursday, Aug 20, 2009

PopMatters’ Christian John Wikane talks about his massive project documenting the history of Casablanca Records that is running this week.



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Thursday, Aug 20, 2009

A literary/pulp mashup. At its best? That remains to be seen. Author Seth Grahame-Smith must have some real cajones to tamper with a such loved classic as Pride and Prejudice by adding a Zombie story line. This book trailer has a b-movie quality to it; a nod to the cinematic genre, hopefully. This will book could be a great as Danger Mouse’s mashup of the Beatles’ White Album and Jay-Z’s Black Album. Or as far-fetched as the stoner mashup of The Wizard of Oz with Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon.



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Wednesday, Aug 19, 2009
by PopMatters Staff

Do Make Say Think
Other Truths
(Constellation)
Releasing: 20 October


The Toronto group’s sixth album may look like an EP from the song list below, but this is most decidedly a full-length. These songs are quite lengthy and developed, three of them being over 10 minutes each. Hence, there’s no free MP3 of a single song on offer here, but Constellation is offering a mix sampler for your listening pleasure.


SONG LIST
01 Do
02 Make
03 Say
04 Think


Do Make Say Think
Other Truths album sampler mix [MP3]
     



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