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by PopMatters Staff

15 Apr 2010

To celebrate the release of AK 100 and the 100th anniversary of Akira Kurosawa’s birth, Image Entertainment has provided PopMatters with these exclusive Kurosawa stills from films never before released on home video, including The Men Who Tread on the Tiger’s Tail (1945), The Most Beautiful (1944), Sanshiro Sugata (1943), and Sanshiro Sugata, Part II (1944).

Product details from Image: The creator of such timeless masterpieces as Rashomon, Ikiru, Seven Samurai, Yojimbo, and High and Low, Akira Kurosawa is one of the most influential and beloved filmmakers who ever lived — and for many the greatest artist the medium has known. Now, on the occasion of the centenary of his birth, the Criterion Collection is proud to present this deluxe set celebrating his astonishing career. Featuring 25 of the films he made over the course of his 50 years in movies — from samurai epics to postwar noirs to Shakespeare adaptations — AK 100 is the most complete set of his works ever released in this country, and includes four rare films that have never been available for home video.

Images after the jump…

by PopMatters Staff

15 Apr 2010

New York-based gypsy punks and long-time PopMatters faves Gogol Bordello are releasing their new album Transcontinental Hustle in mere weeks, 27 April to be precise. By way of early promotion, the band turned in a smoking version of the new tune on “Pala Tute”.

by Jonathan Simrin

14 Apr 2010

To address the elephant in the room, yes, the Paper Man trailer is rife with indie conventions that are somewhat cliché. The background music is vaguely familiar, if not decidedly hipster in style. Credit titles awkwardly shift in place, as if to shout, “This is an indie film! Notice the unfinished quality of it all!”

Now that that’s out of the way, it’s time to acknowledge the film’s potential. Although Paper Man has been working the festival circuit without gaining any crazy buzz, the cast alone should raise more than a few eyebrows from viewers. The film stars Jeff Daniels as a down on his luck novelist (nobody said it would be a stretch), who enjoys the company of an imaginary superhero, played by a bleach blonde Ryan Reynolds (the star of the forthcoming Green Lantern film). The story kicks into gear with the arrival of Emma Stone, playing a 17-year-old who just might be cool enough to change Daniels’ life.  Stone, having proven her chops in Superbad, continues to be a captivating actress, so it should be interesting how she fares in the land of the indie.

Paper Man is releasing 23 April in the US.

by Arnold Pan

14 Apr 2010

Indie rock’s most eagerly awaited sentimental journey arrives stateside as Pavement plays two performances the next few days in southern California, with more to come from coast-to-coast this summer and fall. The reviews floating around the blogosphere have raved about the first reunion shows in New Zealand and Australia, but you’d expect that from fans who’ve been waiting over a decade for this to happen. What’s lost in the haze of nostalgia is that Pavement was a notoriously frustrating and sometimes diffident live act, though, at the very least, the set lists this go-around have definitely been crowd pleasers. Check out for yourself this edited sampler of songs from the March 1st show in Auckland, New Zealand, one of the few YouTube fan videos that’s not rendered unwatchable by a pogoing camera hand or audience sing-alongs.

Thu Apr 15, 2010—Fox Theater—Pomona, CA
Sun Apr 18, 2010—Coachella Festival—Indio, CA
Tue May 04, 2010—Dublin—Tripod SOLD OUT

Wed May 05, 2010—Glasgow—Barrowland Ballroom SOLD OUT

Fri May 07, 2010—Paris—Le Zenith

Sat May 08, 2010—Amsterdam—Paradiso

Mon May 10, 2010—London—Brixton Academy

Tue May 11, 2010—London—Brixton Academy SOLD OUT

Wed May 12, 2010—London—Brixton Academy SOLD OUT

Thu May 13, 2010—London—Brixton Academy SOLD OUT

Fri May 14, 2010—Minehead, West Somerset—All Tomorrow’s Parties SOLD OUT

Sat May 15, 2010—Minehead, West Somerset—All Tomorrow’s Parties SOLD OUT

Sun May 16, 2010—Minehead, West Somerset—All Tomorrow’s Parties SOLD OUT

Tue May 18, 2010—Brussels—Ancienne Belgique SOLD OUT

Wed May 19, 2010—Berlin—Astra

Thu May 20, 2010—Praha—Palac Akropolis

Fri May 21, 2010—Vienna—Arena

Sat May 22, 2010—Munich—Muffathalle

Mon May 24, 2010—Rome—Atlantico

Tue May 25, 2010—Bologna—Estragon

Fri May 28, 2010—Barcelona—Primavera Festival
Sun May 30, 2010—George, WA—Sasquatch Music Festival
Sat June 19, 2010—Toronto, ON—Olympic Island
Fri June 25, 2010—Berkeley, CA—Greek Theatre
Sun Jul 04, 2010—Roskilde—Roskilde Festival

Sun Jul 18, 2010—Chicago, IL—Pitchfork Festival
Thu Aug 12, 2010—Oslo—Oyafestival

Sat Aug 14, 2010—Gothenburg –—Way Out West Festival
Thu Sep 09, 2010—Broomfield, CO—1st Bank Center
Sat Sep 11, 2010—Kansas City, MO—Uptown Theater
Sun Sep 12, 2010—St. Paul, MN—Roy Wilkins Auditorium
Sat Sep 18, 2010—Boston, MA—Agganis Arena 

Tue Sep 21, 2010—New York, NY—Central Park Summerstage SOLD OUT

Wed Sep 22, 2010—New York, NY—Central Park Summerstage SOLD OUT

Thu Sep 23, 2010—New York, NY—Central Park Summerstage SOLD OUT

Fri Sep 24, 2010—New York, NY—Central Park Summerstage SOLD OUT
Sun Sep 26, 2010—Atlanta, GA—The Tabernacle

by John Lindstedt

14 Apr 2010

It finally happened. New York City hipsters have finally created their utopia, transforming their 21st century metropolis into a retro video game landscape. Well, not really. But there’s a short film about it, and it’s amazing.

//Mixed media

'Assassin's Creed': The Comic Book

// Moving Pixels

"How does one establish an entry point into a complex mythos developed through the plots of more than a half dozen very popular video games in only about 20 pages? Not very well.

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