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by Cynthia Fuchs

5 Apr 2012


“It was just impossible to explain. How do you explain God? How do you explain love?” When she left Hollywood back in 1963, Mother Prioress Dolores Hart remembers, her friends and colleagues were perplexed. And yet, she knew then, when she was a 24-year-old rising movie star, that she was doing the right thing. As recalled by the Oscar-nominated short documentary, God Is the Bigger Elvis, she had appeared in a couple of films with Elvis Presley, 1957’s Loving You and 1958’s King Creole. She had money and fame, a bright career future, and a fiancé, but still, she became a Benedictine nun at the Abbey of Regina Laudis in western Connecticut. The film tells the story simply: Over a series of glamour shots, the Mother Prioress recalls her unexpected opportunity to play opposite Elvis (after she appeared in 1947’s Forever Amber as a child), and then her efforts to find satisfaction in the earthly pleasures that followed. She appeared in movies with Brando and Beatty, Jeff Chandler and George Hamilton, and yet, she found herself yearning for another sort of life. The film includes as well interviews with Dolores Hart’s fellow nuns, who all describe the perfect harmony of their cloistered experience at the Abbey. They eat in silence, they laugh at jokes and toast with wine. The Mother Prioress tends to her parrot Toby and dedicates herself to contemplation and instruction, praying and hearing confessions. “My role is to help the person find hope,” she says, “If you can find hope, you might find faith.”

by Sachyn Mital

5 Apr 2012


One of the articles I saw about the new Indonesian movie The Raid: Redemption has the headline “THE RAID Punches Indonesia’s Box Office in the Face”. The score for this movie is half the fun and just as likely to punch you in the face then give you a few jabs in the torso as you fall to the ground. The brutal action film has some crazy choreographed fight scenes accompanied with a score composed by Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park and Joseph Trapanese. The movie is slowly rolling out in theaters around the US (the unnecessary subtitle was given for our market) but the soundtrack is available for streaming now and can be purchased at the official site (the only place for the CD version it says). The music is heavy on synthesizers and percussion may not win any awards but it will get your blood rising.

 

by Sachyn Mital

5 Apr 2012


Sony Electronics has offered three (3) lucky PopMatters readers a chance to win a set of their new Balanced Armature headsets, designed for use with Apple iPods and iPads. These headphones are sure to best the competition and Sony Electronics will tell you why:

Step up to Sony® Balanced Armature. A revolution in audio with the world’s only drivers optimized for music enjoyment. Rediscover every note and all the emotion of your favorite music with in-line iPod®/iPhone® control. A full range driver, plus one woofer driver and tweeter, deliver a sublime audio experience. You won’t believe your ears.

by Sachyn Mital

4 Apr 2012


Contest is now closed!

For 17 years, the Vans Warped Tour has been a punk rock juggernaut, a misfit circus crisscrossing North America every summer as a wandering minstrel show for youth culture.  Embracing a powerful, unifying ethic created by its founder Kevin Lyman, the Vans Warped Tour has grown and prospered as the music industry itself imploded and continues to sift through the rubble in search of a new way forward. Along the way, Warped has provided a launching pad for a dizzying array of talent, from Green Day and Blink 182 to Ice-T, Eminem and No Doubt, along with perennial punk legends such as Pennywise, All, Bouncing Souls and Bad Religion.

by Comfort Clinton

4 Apr 2012


Soulful Swedish singer and instrumentalist Theresa Andersson migrated to the US in 1990, and found herself in bustling New Orleans, where she originally intended to play violin with fellow musician Anders Osborne. Though that partnership didn’t work out, Andersson remained in the Big Easy and, now over 20 years later, officially calls it home. Andersson is known for her inventive live shows, but she’ also released several recordings with Basin Street Records, including 2008’s Hummingbird, Go!. She returns to the label with her newest effort: Street Parade. The album, due out April 24, acts as a sort of homage to the great city of New Orleans.

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