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Monday, Oct 5, 2009

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.



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Monday, Oct 5, 2009

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.



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Monday, Sep 28, 2009

In 1984, the Talking Heads’ release of Stop Making Sense floored critics and fans alike, securing a place in music history as one of the greatest documentaries and performances captured on film. Pauline Kael of The New Yorker described it as “a dose of happiness from beginning to end.” Now, 25 years later, the film is being re-released on Blu-ray by Palm Pictures, on October 13th.


The film was directed by Jonathan Demme, and filmed over a period of three separate performances at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood, in December of 1983. As the concert progresses, the complexity of the music and presentation grows. There are few cutaways and no interviews; the audience doesn’t even appear until the end. The film is focused around the music and the eccentric talents that created it.


Its 1999 DVD release included an audio commentary with Demme and all four band members, David Byrne’s storyboards and notes, bonus songs, Byrne’s self-interview video, text notes and the film’s trailer. The Blu-ray features the same extras as the DVD, plus a never-before-seen, hour-long press conference with the full band, filmed in 1999 at the film’s theatrical re-release.


With an enhanced visual and audio experience, Stop Making Sense is sure to inspire you to throw on an over-sized suit and frantically dance about.



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Wednesday, Sep 16, 2009

Sufjan Stevens
The BQE
(Asthmatic Kitty)
Releasing: 20 October


Sufjan Stevens’ Brooklyn-Queens Expressway-inspired multimedia performance, The BQE, a pastiche of film, music, and hula-hooping, only graced the stage and screen for a brief moment in October of 2007 at the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Next Wave Festival, but will be seeing new life in a release from Asthmatic Kitty this fall.


The standard edition includes the film and soundtrack on a double format CD/DVD, a 40-page booklet, and a stereoscopic image reel for your View-Master, of course, and the limited edition puts the music on 180-gram vinyl and adds a 40-page comic book, Hooper Heroes, which you can also buy separately. No word yet on the release of any Sufjan-flavored bubblegum or commemorative roller skate key. The trailer for The BQE and an MP3 from the soundtrack are available below.


SONG LIST
01 Prelude on the Esplanade
02 Introductory Fanfare for the Hooper Heroes
03 Movement I—In the Countenance of Kings
04 Movement II—Sleeping Invader
05 Interlude I—Dream Sequence in Subi Circumnavigation
06 Movement III—Linear Tableau with Intersecting Surprise
07 Movement IV—Traffic Shock
08 Movement V—Self-Organizing Emergent Patterns
09 Interlude II—Subi Power Waltz
10 Interlude III—Invisible Accidents
11 Movement VI—Isorhythmic Night Dance with Interchanges
12 Movement VII (Finale)—The Emperor of Centrifuge
13 Postlude—Critical Mass


Sufjan Stevens


Movement VI: Isorhythmic Night Dance With Interchanges[MP3]
     


THE BQE- A Film By Sufjan Stevens from Asthmatic Kitty on Vimeo.


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