Jared Brenner at The Hatchet, the independent student newspaper of George Washington University (in Washington, DC), has written an excellent article highlighting the construction of a DC Hardcore archive at GWU’s Gelman Library. This unique archive is rivaled only by one at the Library of Congress, which obviously means that curator Dr. Mark Yoffe is keeping good company. I can only hope that this resource will pose merely a minor threat to all of the other work that I need to do.
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It’s either genius at its most inventive or someone with just too much time on their hands. However, Toronto’s James Cochrane took a bunch of old electronic devices and computer parts, including printers, along with a handful of household items, to create the Bit-52s – a robotic cover band of the B-52s. Creating a series of Rube Goldberg-like contraptions, Cochrane was able to replicate the B-52s’ ‘70s seminal hit “Rock Lobster” in its entirety in what appears to be his basement. The only question that really remains after watching this video is: does the “band” take requests?
Less than one month after film geeks everywhere mourned the death of At the Movies, the revolutionary movie review show pioneered by legendary Chicago critics Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert, Mr. Ebert has announced that the balcony will soon be re-opened, albeit in a substantially modified form. The new program, entitled Roger Ebert Presents at the Movies, is scheduled to air nationally on public television starting in January 2011. Christy Lemire, film critic for the Associated Press, and Elvis Mitchell, NPR and TCM contributor, will be the principal co-hosts, although film bloggers such Kim Morgan and Omar Moore will also appear regularly. Mr. Ebert himself will appear in a weekly segment called “Roger’s Office”, in which the famed film critic will use a computer-generated voice to review a classic, independent, or documentary film.
Fortunately, potential audience members need not wait until January to satisfy their curiosities regarding this experiment in criticism. Chicago’s WTTW has made clips from the show’s pilot episode available online. Based upon the seven-minute excerpt, it is clear that Roger Ebert Presents at the Movies has the potential to bring back relevance and intellectual vigor to a unique critical genre, movie reviews on television. While it is unfair to jump to conclusions about the co-hosts based upon such limited clips, we see that Mitchell and Lemire are articulate and passionate about movies. Some of the review excerpts feel a bit dry and mechanical, but it understandably took Mr. Ebert and Mr. Siskel a while to find their grooves. Mitchell and Lemire are clearly unafraid to disagree with one another, and there is hope that they may capture some of the cheerful and respectful professional antagonism made famous by the show’s original reviewers.
The fact that the program will regularly feature bloggers, respectable film critics who do not live financially by reviewing alone, suggests that Ebert and his production team are in touch with the distinct direction of modern film criticism. The show will also feature regular discussions of uniquely 21st century topics as new media, alternative film distribution methods, and cinema on demand. So far, the signs are good that Ebert and company will produce the type of program that At the Movies in the post-Siskel era tried somewhat unsuccessfully to remain, a relevant and intelligent exploration of movies that casual film-goers and cineastes alike can embrace and treasure.
Nashville’s Bad Cop play a gritty, visceral brand of guitar rock, fully embracing the nervous energy of their under-21 male beings. This foursome may indeed be quite young, but they’re already made the touring rounds several times, playing with bands like Jemina Pearl and, most appropriately, the Slits. The band is a classic power trio with all the vigor that term implies and they’ve all been honing their musical since about the age of 12, while soaking up a steady listening diet of MC5 and Joy Division. ROIR released their brand new album, Harvest the Beast just yesterday into a crowded week for new records and we’ve got the premiere today of the video for “Control”.
Soundcloud, tour dates and more videos after the jump…
Keisha Castle Hughes ... Whale Rider
Diane Keaton ... Something’s Gotta Give
Samantha Morton ... In America
Charlize Theron ... Monster
Naomi Watts ... 21 Grams
Jennifer Connelly … House of Sand and Fog