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by Arnold Pan

25 May 2010


Remember Stuart Murdoch’s God Help the Girl project, which is basically the Belle and Sebastian frontman’s attempt to write soundtrack for a film that doesn’t yet exist? While the movie has yet to go into production (though it’s slated to in 2011 according to the God Help the Girl website), Murdoch has released a video for a new track, “Baby You’re Blind”. Adding Linnea Jönsson of Swedish band Those Dancing Days to the would-be soundtrack’s revolving cast of singers, the offering has an early ‘90s feel to it, between its lite synth-pop sound and just in the way the video looks. Better yet for B&S fans who’ve been waiting patiently for a follow-up to 2006’s The Life Pursuit, the band is apparently holed up in a Los Angeles studio and enjoying their proximity to Trader Joe’s while working on a new record, if their Twitter feed is to be believed.

 

by Oliver Ho

25 May 2010



Inspired by the music of 400 Lonely Things, Michael and Phil Harrell created the meditative and compelling short film “Be Still Life”. At times, this haunting little movie brings to mind the work of David Lynch, and it perfectly matches the mood of 400 Lonely Things, who also produced the mind-blowing “Tonight of the Living Dead.”

From the film’s official description:

Be Still Life takes its name from the 2009 album by 400 Lonely Things, extrapolating the bittersweet interplay suggested in the album title between the constant change of life, and the human desire to keep things always as they are. While drawing most of its inspiration and soundtrack from Be Still Life, additional songs from the 400 Lonely Things catalog are also used to tell an introspective, wordless story.

Built on intriguing samples and field recordings, the 400 Lonely Things album is cinematic and psychedelic, and even features on track created entirely from extracts of John Boorman’s incredibly strange film, Zardoz.

by Jonathan Simrin

24 May 2010


It had a good run, but Heroes is finally bowing out of prime time. The series certainly had some great moments and characters, but sadly, those highlights might ultimately be overshadowed by the incredible devotion and patience Heroes demanded from its viewers, as it weathered convoluted story lines and sloppy writing. Still, the series deserves a good deal of credit for bringing superheroes to a 21st century television audience. Now, not to slight the artistic merits of Wizards of Waverly Place, but there is still room for creative improvement when it comes to this genre.

ABC has stepped up to the plate, with No Ordinary Family, one of its new series being launched this fall. After a vacation helicopter accident (Beware of that phosphorescence!), Michael Chiklis and Julie Benz notice their entire family has developed superhuman abilities. The trailer does not give much of an indicator regarding the show’s feel or tone, but it’s good to see two fine television actors like Chiklis and Benz working together.

by Henry Guyer

24 May 2010



Ever wondered how a television really operates? Well, so has Björk (during Christmas some time in the ‘90s). Let her guide you through this informative yet fantastical educational video as she takes apart her TV set and explain why it is more like a megalopolis in there and why Icelandic poets are all liars.

by Oliver Ho

24 May 2010



Bruce Lee’s daughter Shannon reads and offers context for some excerpts from her father’s 1967-71 daytimers. There are meetings with Serling Silliphant (The Towering Inferno, Circle of Iron) and Blake Edwards (!), lessons for James Coburn, and and entry marked “Steve called” (possibly McQueen). His workouts included a five-minute mile and doing 800 punches with each arm.

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Culture Belongs to the Alien in 'Spirits of Xanadu'

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