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Bill Gunn's 'Personal Problems' and a History of the Video Revolution

None The '60s and '70s signal watershed decades for the growth of alternative media in the West. The emergence of offset printing during the '60s allowed hundreds, if not thousands, of publications to bloom since it only required a typewriter, some glue, a few volunteers, and a vision. Pirate radio stations also proliferated across the United States, Europe, and Latin America during this time. Perhaps nothing captured the excitement and utopian possibilities of the youth revolt like the video ...
Tags: Feature, Music, Hollywood, Drama, California, New York City, US, America, Canada, United States, Charles, Stephen, Latin America, Ucla, Yale University, Hess

Choice: An Interview with 'Monsters and Men' Director Reinaldo Marcus Green

None Reinaldo Marcus Green's Monsters and Men (2018) is a triptych narrative centred around the police shooting of Darius Larson (Samuel Edwards), which Manny (Anthony Ramos) witnesses and captures on his phone. Creating a ripple-effect, African-American police officer Dennis (John David Washington) wrestles with his conscience over whether to stand up to detectives involved in the shooting, while talented local high school baseball prospect Zyrick (Kelvin Harrison Jr.) risks his future as he j...
Tags: Feature, Music, Drama, New York City, America, Green, Chelsea, Police Violence, Staten Island, Yankees, Eric Garner, Dennis, Mets, Gus Van Sant, Manny, Deli

Disclosure, Dasein, and the Divine in Terrence Malick's 'The Tree of Life'

None The tree of life is a common metaphor for the interconnectedness of all beings. While this metaphor is a familiar framework for ecological thinking—all regions, systems, and species are interwoven and inseparable—the tree of life is also a provocative paradigm for thinking about creativity. The Tree of Life is also both the name of Terrence Malick's 2011 masterpiece and an apt descriptor for his creative process, as evident by The Criterion Collection's 2018 release. The Criterion's rel...
Tags: Feature, Music, Jessica Chastain, Hollywood, Texas, Drama, Germany, Fantasy, US, America, Earth, Mit, Harvard, Roger Ebert, Oxford, Brad Pitt

Our Private Prisons: Interview with 'Still' Director, Takashi Doscher

None "I was very much wrestling with the question of time and our modern or not so modern definitions of relationships, love and monogamy, and even sexuality a bit" explains director Takashi Doscher of his narrative feature debut Still (2018). When hiker Lily (Madeline Brewer) loses her way on the Appalachian Trail, she stumbles onto an isolated farm and encounters a seemingly odd couple. While Ella (Lydia Wilson) is happy to take her in, Adam (Nick Blood) is initially less hospitable, and as ...
Tags: Feature, Music, Drama, Interview, Fantasy, Mystery, The Orchard, Lily, Terence Davies, Adam, Davies, Ella, Madeline, Appalachian Trail, John Andrew, Christoph Behl

Director Max Martini on 'SGT. Will Gardner'

None SGT. Will Gardner (2019) is Max Martini's second film as writer-director, a two decade long pause following 1999's Desert Son. Martini, who has appeared in front of the camera across film and television since the '80s, plays here the title character also known as Ghost, an Iraq war veteran suffering from Traumatic Brain Injury. Setting out on a road trip, he sets his hopes on reconnecting with his young son and former wife. On his journey, he continues to be haunted by flashbacks to the wa...
Tags: Feature, Music, Drama, Interview, Adventure, Iraq, America, War, Rome, Action, Dermot Mulroney, Ptsd, Cinedigm, John Ford, Martini, Veterans Administration

Polite Movies? Not Interested: Karyn Kusama, Phil Hay, and Matt Manfredi on 'Destroyer'

None In one of the most uncharacteristic, gritty performances of her career, Nicole Kidman plays Erin Bell, a grizzled, self-destructive, veteran LAPD officer whose sordid past is revealed piece by tantalizing piece in Karyn Kusama's brutal, uncompromising cop drama, Destroyer (reviewed here on PopMatters). Co-writers Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi craft a slow-burn story that jumps around and jumbles Bell's timeline, following the emotional flow of her journey rather than its chronology. It's a st...
Tags: Feature, Music, Crime, Drama, Interview, Toronto, Los Angeles, Action, Nicole Kidman, Lapd, Tatiana Maslany, Bell, Telluride, Erin, Phil, Nicole

What Is It About 'You'?

None Guinevere Beck's (Elizabeth Lail) life seems like it is ripped straight out of a romantic comedy; she has an apartment in the city, she has glamorous friends and is dating the handsome and wealthy DJ, Benji (Lou Taylor Pucci). But some cracks are beginning to show; her scholarship is dependent on the approval of a lecherous professor, she can't afford to keep up with the expensive pursuits of her friends, particularly uber rich Peach (Shay Mitchell), and her relationship is more toxic than...
Tags: Feature, Music, Crime, Drama, Beck, Netflix, Thriller, Lifetime, Penn Badgley, Joe, Bateman, Shay Mitchell, Joe Goldberg, Greg Berlanti, Patrick Bateman, Sera Gamble

Pawel Pawlikowski's 'Cold War' Is a Lustrous, Slyly Subversive Melodrama

None There's a true love guiding Cold War, Pawel Pawlikowski's first film since 2015's Oscar-winning Ida. The truth isn't in the depth of the emotion, though, but in its blemished sincerity; it's a story about two lovers who stay involved, but not necessarily together, for 15 years, and who never truly convince each other (or us, as viewers) that love itself is enough. The film, set in 1950s Europe, is extravagant but unsentimental, and never strays far from the stark realities of wartime. Tha...
Tags: Europe, Music, Hollywood, Romance, Review, Drama, Film, Cold War, Paris, Alfonso Cuarón, Oscar, Poland, Casablanca, Pawel Pawlikowski, IRENA, Colette

Slavery, Piracy, and Shirtless Men in Silent Film, 'Old Ironsides'

None Now on DVD and Blu-ray from Kino Lorber is a classic silent epic that hasn't seen the light of home video since a Paramount VHS back in the '80s. Old Ironsides (1926) provides a colorful, patriotic, sometimes hoked-up and inaccurate account of an important and largely overlooked incident in American naval history, the First Barbary War of 1804-05, also called the Tripolitan War. This event served as America's first "foreign adventure" and the first time an American flag was hoisted in mili...
Tags: Music, Hollywood, Cook, Review, Drama, Congress, America, History, David, Silent Film, Library Of Congress, Mediterranean, North Africa, Film Review, Thomas Jefferson, Henry King

Mexican Grind Band THANATOLOGY Split From Vocalist, Form New Band UNIDAD TRAUMA

Some Mexican grind drama The post Mexican Grind Band THANATOLOGY Split From Vocalist, Form New Band UNIDAD TRAUMA appeared first on Metal Injection.
Tags: Music, Drama, Thanatology, UNIDAD TRAUMA

Nicole Kidman Wreaks Havoc in Karyn Kusama’s Disorienting 'Destroyer'

None It's hard to imagine a less family-friendly Christmas day film than Karyn Kusama's gruff, impassioned Destroyer, which stars Nicole Kidman as an alcoholic cop. Luckily, that much could be gleaned from promotional footage and photos, which feature a largely unrecognizable Kidman in a grey mop-like haircut and wrinkly, dry-as-dirt face makeup. That and the title should have been enough to steer those searching for purity away; this is less a tale of love than of vicious, animalistic vengeanc...
Tags: Music, Hbo, Crime, Review, Drama, Los Angeles, Action, Nicole Kidman, Tatiana Maslany, Bell, Chris, Film Review, Jennifer, Kidman, Silas, Kusama

Through the Looking-Glass of Black Mirror's 'Bandersnatch'

None Spoilers ahead. In 1983 I played an arcade game called Dragon's Lair. In what was already a video-game cliché, a knight named Dirk the Daring attempted to rescue Princess Daphne. But the selling point was not the story—it was that it looked like a cartoon. Meanwhile, on my Atari back at home, the similarly-themed Adventure featured a protagonist who was literally just a dot. After losing a week's worth of quarters within a minute, though, I realized that Dragon's Lair was not really a game...
Tags: Google, Feature, Books, Music, Video Games, Drama, Film, Sci-fi, Netflix, George Orwell, New York Times, Dragon, Mystery, Philip K Dick, Black Mirror, Charlie Brooker

'Vice', Dick Cheney, and the Satisfaction of the Deed Itself

None The crucial moment in Vice, Adam McKay's furiously funny mock biopic about the rise of Dick Cheney, doesn't come when, as Vice President just after 9/11, he makes a naked power grab and shifts the country onto a war footing. It's not when he calls his wife Lynne from a cubicle in the Gerald Ford White House and says, "We did it." It happens back in Wyoming in the early '60s. Cheney is going nowhere fast after drinking after another drunk night that saw him tossed in the slammer, Dick—a he...
Tags: Music, Politics, Comedy, Review, Drama, White House, Iraq, Wyoming, Biography, Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Satire, Shakespeare, Amy Adams, Will Ferrell, Vice

Evil Is Art, Murder Is Art, Torture Is Art: On Lars von Trier's 'The House that Jack Built'

None Lars von Trier's latest film has been gestating publicly for quite a while. After the mixed reception of his two-volume 2013 sex epic Nymphomaniac (not to mention the fury caused by his famous remarks expressing joking sympathy with Hitler at Cannes in 2011), his name had perhaps surpassed recognition as a critically beloved auteur and morphed into a simplified symbol of provocation and controversy. Von Trier's films, spanning four decades, have always been groundbreaking both in form and...
Tags: Music, Crime, Drama, Horror, House, Uma Thurman, Lars von Trier, Hitler, Jack, Cannes, Stellan Skarsgard, Ifc Films, Film Review, Emily Watson, Virgil, Mandy

'If Beale Street Could Talk' Is an Intimate Rendering of Black Love in the Face of Hatred

None The heart of If Beale Street Could Talk, Barry Jenkins' much-anticipated follow up to the Oscar-winning Moonlight, is apparent from its opening scene. Tish Rivers (KiKi Layne) and Fonny Hunt (Stephan James), a young black couple in love, hold hands as they stroll across a secluded New York City waterfront. Their colors of their clothes and skin — warm, sensuous yellows, oranges and browns — mimic the tender intensity of their blossoming love. The music swells and the camera focuses straigh...
Tags: Music, New York, Crime, Romance, Review, Drama, New York City, America, Racism, Adaptation, Harlem, Puerto Rico, Film Review, Nicholas Britell, Henry, If Beale Street Could Talk

Shavo Says SYSTEM OF A DOWN Are Not Fighting, Adds “We Have Material That Tops Everything We’ve Done”

Shavo seems confident we'll hear new System of A Down music. The post Shavo Says SYSTEM OF A DOWN Are Not Fighting, Adds “We Have Material That Tops Everything We’ve Done” appeared first on Metal Injection.
Tags: Music, Drama, System Of A Down, Shavo Odadjian, Shavo

Barry Jenkins' 'If Beal Street Could Talk' Is Unapologetically Romantic

None If Beale Street Could Talk, Barry Jenkins' eagerly anticipated follow-up to 2016's Oscar darling Moonlight, is a beautiful rumination on love and community set against a backdrop of institutionalized racism. Each character is delicately imbued with dignity and intelligence, as Jenkins chisels this world out of lingering close-ups and Nicholas Britell's magnificent score. Though it sputters with repetitive story beats towards its finalé, there's no denying the passion and urgency of Jenkins...
Tags: Music, Crime, Romance, Review, Drama, America, Racism, Adaptation, Harlem, Film Review, Nicholas Britell, If Beale Street Could Talk, James Baldwin, Baldwin, Jenkins, Tish

Black Humour's Tender Touch: An Interview with 'Mug' Director Małgorzata Szumowska

None Małgorzata Szumowska's Mug (Twarz, 2018) tells the story of construction worker Jacek (Mateusz Kościukiewicz), whose three loves are heavy metal, his girlfriend and his dog. Following a disfiguring accident on a construction project to build what will be the tallest statue of Jesus anywhere in the world, he undergoes the first facial transplant in Poland. Mug was the recipient of the Silver Bear Jury Grand Prix at the 68th Berlin International Film Festival, shadowing the success of Szumow...
Tags: Feature, Music, Drama, Interview, Italy, Poland, Jesus, Alex Ramon, Mug, Jacek, Polish Film Institute, Film feature, Twarz, Polish film, Małgorzata szumowska, Mateusz kosciukiewicz

'Roma' Is Painfully Beautiful

None You could argue that Alfonso Cuarón's gorgeously imagined and intimate epic Roma invokes politics when convenient for dramatic impact but ignores their context in order to move forward with the family melodrama at its core. Why, for instance, does nobody talk about why the students are protesting in the massive street demonstration that some of the characters are shocked to be caught up in? But to follow this argument would entail making the assumption that all people are fully cognizant o...
Tags: Music, Review, Drama, Mexico, Netflix, Mexico City, Alfonso Cuarón, Roma, Film Review, Sofia, Cleo, Bergman, Tonio, Adela, Cuaron, Fermin

Mary Pickford: Hollywood's Most Powerful Waif

None As has been stated often and as we can't be reminded often enough, Mary Pickford was the most powerful woman in Hollywood during the silent era. Since establishing herself as a star in the 1910s -- really a superstar by today's standards -- she'd taken control of her career and produced her own vehicles. This became officially known when she co-founded United Artists, the era's most important independent production company. Now restored and tinted on 4K Blu-ray/DVD combos are two of her cl...
Tags: Music, New York, Hollywood, Review, Drama, Wikipedia, America, Annie, Silent Film, Paramount, MGM, Alley, Film Review, Mary, Kelly, Fred

Silent Film 'You Never Know Women' Makes the Most of Light and Shadow

None Before he earned his Wings, by which we mean the 1927 film that won a Best Picture Oscar at the very first Academy Awards ceremony, director William Wellman had to prove he could handle ambitious, sophisticated entertainment. That test was the critical and popular success, You Never Know Women (1926), now on DVD and Blu-ray from Kino Lorber. On a commentary track, William Wellman, Jr. explains his father's career at that point. He'd made several low-budget westerns and comedies, and produ...
Tags: Europe, Music, Hollywood, Texas, Review, Drama, Wikipedia, America, DuPont, Silent Film, Paramount, Continental, Film Review, Blu, Ivan, Wellman

'Vox Lux' Is an Oblique Meditation on Innocence, Celebrity and Trauma

None Natalie Portman doesn't show up in Vox Lux, Brady Corbet's new film, until halfway through, yet it's her meatiest role since the brilliant Annihilation earlier this year. She's an increasingly versatile actress, known for fraught, melodramatic performances in films like Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan and Pablo Larrain's Jackie — and in Luc Besson's 1994 Léon, the Professional when she was just a child — and so the maximalism here, culminating in a frenzied pop music performance, isn't as st...
Tags: Music, Hbo, New York, Hollywood, Review, Drama, Bradley Cooper, Croatia, Sia, Luc Besson, Lady Gaga, Staten Island, Darren Aronofsky, Jude Law, Natalie Portman, Jackie

The Unhappiest Two: The Impossible Demand in Ingmar Bergman's 'Scenes from a Marriage'

None What is it to properly think the relation with the beloved? When asked about our love relationships, we often resort to a description of effects and affects. "S/he makes me feel joy/ anxiety/ bliss/ despair." "I'm happy in his/her presence." "I'm lost without my love." "I'm better off without him/her." This is not thinking the relationship. This is thought trapped in concern with the self. But what if proper care of the self is predicated upon the care for the beloved, for the one that is ...
Tags: Feature, Music, London, Marriage, Drama, Groucho Marx, Philosophy, Princeton University Press, Christ, Annie Hall, Corinthians, PAUL, Abraham, Hegel, Marianne, Pauline

BRING ME THE HORIZON Frontman Says Modern Rock Music Is Soft, Miserable & Boring

"Rappers are almost the new rock 'n' roll or punk or whatever." The post BRING ME THE HORIZON Frontman Says Modern Rock Music Is Soft, Miserable & Boring appeared first on Metal Injection.
Tags: Music, Drama, Bring Me the Horizon

Did Dave Mustaine Just Throw Marty Friedman Under The Bus Over Risk Creative Direction?

Dave Mustaine is never at fault. The post Did Dave Mustaine Just Throw Marty Friedman Under The Bus Over Risk Creative Direction? appeared first on Metal Injection.
Tags: Music, Drama, Megadeth, Dave Mustaine, Marty Friedman

Eddie Hermida's Vocals Replaced in Devil May Cry 5 Game, But SUICIDE SILENCE's Music Remains

An interesting solution to a unique problem. The post Eddie Hermida's Vocals Replaced in Devil May Cry 5 Game, But SUICIDE SILENCE's Music Remains appeared first on Metal Injection.
Tags: Music, Video Games, Drama, SUICIDE SILENCE, Eddie Hermida, Devil May Cry 5

From Beyoncé to Sorry to Bother You: the new age of Afro-surrealism

From psychedelic sketch shows to far-out satire, black artists are expressing the absurdity of life in a racist society by embracing the disturbing and bizarreThere he was, dangling into the void. Sinking, arms outstretched, helplessly clawing at the air. Jordan Peele’s satirical horror Get Out introduced us to the “sunken place”, a purgatory where Daniel Kaluuya’s character is trapped by body-snatching white liberals. As otherworldly as the Salvador Dalí-designed dream sequence in Alfred Hitchc...
Tags: Art, Music, Comedy, Television, Beyonce, Drama, Film, Race, Video Art, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Society, Culture, Art and design, Television & radio, US television

Lee Chang-dong's Mysterious 'Burning' Simmers with an Inquisitive Tension

None Most films, whether or not they claim an outsized ambition, don't deserve a runtime longer than 120 minutes simply because too much action easily leads to a case of diminishing returns. Lee Chang-dong's Burning (Beoning) is the rare film that warrants such excess; its languorous passivity takes time to fester, all up to a point of inevitable climax when, seemingly out of pure necessity, a final action is taken that brings all parties the long-overdue gift of change. There's something sli...
Tags: South Korea, Music, Review, Drama, Africa, Burning, Mystery, Haruki Murakami, Seoul, Film Review, Ben, Jong, Paju, Murakami, Jay Gatsby, Steven Yeun

Chris Jericho Roughs Up Crazed Fan Trying To Barge Onto FOZZY's Tour Bus & Breaking Drum Tech's Collar Bone

Don't do drugs and try to mess with Chris Jericho. The post Chris Jericho Roughs Up Crazed Fan Trying To Barge Onto FOZZY's Tour Bus & Breaking Drum Tech's Collar Bone appeared first on Metal Injection.
Tags: Music, Drama, Don, Chris Jericho, Fozzy, Chris Jericho Roughs

'Sex, Lies, and Videotape' Originated the Soderbergh Enigma

None Steven Soderbergh's work has been in our lives for 29 years via 28 feature films. That's a mountain of artistic evidence, enough to figure out most directors' favorite motifs, crutches and passions three times over. Yet maybe it's because of Soderbergh's prolific work rate that he remains difficult to decipher. You'd be hard pressed to name another contemporary director whose films can be as routinely dissimilar as Che, Solaris and The Informant!. Or look at it this way: the artist who wou...
Tags: Feature, Music, Drama, Los Angeles, Ocean, Steven Soderbergh, Graham, Warner Bros, ANN, Criterion, James Spader, Bellagio, Peter, Unsane, Baton Rouge, Erin Brockovich

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