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by Matt Mazur

28 Jul 2010

First Film:

[Bening]The Great Outdoors (Howard Deutsch, 1988)

[Moore] Tales from the Dark Side: The Movie (John Harrison, 1990)


[Bening] Bugsy (Barry Levinson, 1991); American Beauty (Sam Mendes, 1999); Being Julia (Istvan Stabo, 2004)

[Moore] Paul Thomas Anderson’s Boogie Nights and Magnolia (1999); The Hours (Stephen Daldry, 2002); Savage Grace, (Tom Kalin, 2008)

Star Turn:

[Bening] The Grifters (Stephen Frears, 1990)

[Moore] Far From Heaven (Todd Haynes, 2002)


[Bening] In this year’s Mother and Child (Rodrigo Garcia), Bening gave her most mature, expressive performance as a woman who gave her baby up for adoption at age 14, yet there was very little in the way of praise for either her or the film, which deserves a second look.

[Moore] In Jane Anderson’s The Prize Winner of Defiance Ohio (2005), many critics complained about Moore playing another mid-century housewife type and completely missed a low-key, heart-felt little performance full of passion and intelligence, followed closely by her haunted,  elegant turn as Yelena in Louis Malle’s Vanya on 42nd Street.

Upcoming, Current and/or Recent: It’s no surprise that we’ve arrived at this conclusion, with Bening and Moore at the head of the class. The two greats play lesbian moms in Lisa Cholodenko’s excellent new movie The Kids Are All Right, each hitting new career highs in a story about why we stay with the ones we love. It is impossible to imagine anyone else in their roles. The film is playing in limited release and is the number one film I recommend for the summer season because of the two strong, talented women who top-line.

by Jer Fairall

28 Jul 2010

Released to much acclaim in Canada last year, and recently nominated alongside such indie luminaries as Broken Social Scene, Caribou and Owen Pallett for the country’s prestigious Polaris Music Prize (with the winner of the $20,000 prize to be announced on September 20), singer-songwriter Dan Mangan’s second album Nice Nice Very Nice is finally getting a wider release via Arts & Crafts on August 24. “Road Regrets” is typical of Mangan’s brand of hard melodic folk-rock and further proof that the increasing attention coming his way lately is most well deserved.

by Michael Underwood

28 Jul 2010

Co-founder of Krump, Lil C makes his debut in the series as one of the Lettermakers, who craft the letters of invitation for the LXD to bolster their numbers to combat the Uprising. Krump and martial arts are well-combined in this number, which is reminiscent of the training sequences from The Matrix, though with more dance and less gravity defying.

by Matt Mazur

27 Jul 2010

First Film: The French actresses’ first international breakthrough success was in Claude Gorgetta’s 1977 The Lacemaker, but she had been working steadily since 1971

Must-see: A trio of amazing work with Claude Chabrol: The Story of Women (1998); Madame Bovary (1991); and La ceremonie (1995)

Star Turn: Huppert’s complex, depraved Erika Kohut in The Piano Teacher for Michael Haneke was unanimously voted Best Actress at Cannes in 2001.

Underrated: Violette, another Chabrol film, this time from 1978, which tied Huppert for the Best Actress prize at Cannes with Jill Clayburgh’s iconic turn in An Unmarried Woman (Paul Mazursky)

Upcoming, Current and/or Recent: Huppert just appeared, of all places, on Law and Order: Special Victims Unit opposite Mariska Hargitay, Christopher Meloni and Sharon Stone. Think about that. Her next film is White Material for French auteur Claire Denis (Beau Travail)

by G. Christopher Williams

27 Jul 2010

Rockstar Games is currently featuring a live version of “Far Away”, a familiar track to players of Red Dead Redemption.  The video features Jose Gonzalez performing the song on the rooftop of Rockstar’s offices.

It is still just as haunting a tune, even without the digital tumbleweeds of New Austin to accompany it.

//Mixed media

Slowdive Sell Out Brooklyn and Release Bonus Song "30th June"

// Notes from the Road

"Although sound issues delayed their set on the second night, Slowdive put on an unforgettable show in Brooklyn, or rather two shows.

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