In the year that saw the ambitious remastering and re-release of the entire Beatles catalogue, the Cute Beatle is still going strong. Paul McCartney was always the Beatle that most enjoyed live performance and that enthusiasm has never dimmed throughout his long and storied career. Good Evening New York City captures the excitement from McCartney’s most recent tour with two CDs and a DVD packed with solo, Beatles, and Wings classics, including “Hey Jude”, “Yesterday”, “Band on the Run”, and 30 others.
In 2008, Entertainment Weekly conducted an online poll of the 25 most controversial movies of all time, and Natural Born Killers ended up at number eight. Copycat killers linked to Natural Born Killers surfaced, even leading to a lawsuit against director Oliver Stone and Time Warner. Natural Born Killers seeks to expose the sadistic nature of media by glorifying two pitiless murders, Mickey (Woody Harrelson) and Mallory (Juliette Lewis). The provocative film will be re-released on DVD tomorrow.
Trick ‘r Treat had a lot of hype in the horror community as being the new age version of anthology horror film, a la The Twilight Zone Movie. However, this was two years ago, back when quality horror films were seemingly taking a sabbatical from mainstream audiences. After jumping through some hoops, either with the studio, the director, or the producer (who knows these days?), the movie is finally due for direct-to-DVD release in early October.
Directed by Michael Dougherty, the film is an anthology of four Halloween-related stories. The common tie is the presence of a burlap-wearing trick or treater, who serves as the moral conscience for those who behave badly, which includes going against the rules of the Halloween holiday. It features creatures such as werewolves and goblins, the mentally disturbed, and even someone dressed up as Little Red Riding Hood.
The film stars Anna Paquin (of HBO’s True Blood), Leslie Bibb, Brian Cox, and Dylan Baker. It should be noted, the reviews say that this movie is actually very scary and should not be watched alone.
The Gate is a 1987 classic horror film, and is distinct because it is one of the most well-known examples of horror that focused on children, not just as characters but also as a core audience. The film tells the story of a young boy Glen (Stephen Dorff), his sister, and his best friend who have to deal with demons that are using the hole in their backyard as a portal from Hell. Oh, and the parents, as I’m sure you guessed, are out of town for the weekend, leaving the kids to deal with the emergent demon threat. Throw in some of the older sister’s friends who are looking to party and some very poor judgment calls, and it’s easy to see why this film is a classic.
The DVD, which is known as The Gate: Monstrous Edition, will be released October 6th.
Robyn Hitchcock I Often Dream of Trains in New York
Releasing: 10 November
This CD/DVD set includes most of Hitchcock’s 1984 album, I Often Dream of Trains (minus “Furry Green Atom Bowl”, plus a few odds and ends), performed live at Symphony Space in New York, of all places. There will be a deluxe package, which folds out into a working phenakistoscope, which is sort of like a one-person zoetrope, which is… maybe Wikipedia can help. He’ll be going on a short U.S. tour this month, check the dates after the jump.
01 Sometimes I Wish I Was a Pretty Girl (cassette fragment)
02 Nocturne (Prelude)
03 Flavour of Night
05 Sounds Great When You’re Dead
06 Uncorrected Personality Traits
07 I Used to Say I Love You
08 Winter Love
09 This Could Be the Day
10 Ye Sleeping Knights of Jesus
11 Trams of Old London
12 My Favourite Buildings
13 That’s Fantastic, Mother Church
14 Heart Full of Leaves
15 Autumn Is Your Last Chance
16 I Often Dream Of Trains
18 Up To Our Nex
19 Goodnight I Say