I met a traveller from an antique land
Who said: Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert. Near them, on the sand,
Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown,
And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them and the heart that fed:
And on the pedestal these words appear:
"My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!"
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away.
MGMT: "Cool Song No. 2" Michael K. Williams, conflicted bad-ass.
Teaser: Under the Skin About 53 seconds of WTF, plus Scarlett Johansson with her top off. Thank you, Jonathan Glazer and StudioCanal UK!
Sleigh Bells "Bitter Rivals" Only listened to it once, but it's Sleigh Bells and it sounds catchy. Good combo.
Hank and Marie Watch the VMAs This is the best thing on the Internet right now.
Nymphomaniac Appetizer - Chapter 1: The Compleat Angler Here's your first look at Lars Von Trier's Nymphomaniac, which looks to be the Apocalypse Now of sexy movies.
David Bowie "The Stars (Are Out Tonight)" Directed by Floria Sigismondi. Starring David Bowie, Tilda Swinton, Andrej Pejic, and Saskia de Brauw. Mildly NSFW.
The Veronicas “Lolita” Oh hey, it's the Veronicas. They're OK, I guess. Their friends have skull masks and rifles, right. Oh, and aliens. Toothsome, slobbering aliens. Aliens are always good. And, um, a milk bath. I don't know what this is, exactly, but it's worth a look.
M.I.A. “Bad Girls” I was mixed on Romain Gavras' previous video for M.I.A., "Born Free," but "Bad Girls," shot in Morocco, hits a cross-cultural sweet spot.
Breaking Bad RPG Four seasons of Breaking Bad rendered as an old-school console game. (Spoiler alert.)
"Robot" (by Jim Henson) There's a definite proto-muppet (not to mention HAL 9000) quality to the robot in this vintage short introducing business owners to the cutting-edge concept of "data communications."
Dear Mr. Scorsese This video was purportedly shot near the end of a screening of Hugo at the Regal Union Square multiplex in downtown Manhattan. Farewell to scratched prints, melted film, and brain wraps. Still, CHAOS REIGNS.
- The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (Francis Lawrence, 2013) 19/100
- Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons (Stephen Chow, 2013) 71/100
- Why Don't You Play in Hell? (Sion Sono, 2013) 62/100
- Inside Llewyn Davis (Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, 2013) 88/100
- Blue is the Warmest Color (Abdellatif Kechiche, 2013) 70/100
- The Counselor (Ridley Scott, 2013) 77/100
- Bad Grandpa (Jeff Tremaine, 2013) 48/100
- All Is Lost (J.C. Chandor, 2013) 71/100
- John Carpenter's Prince of Darkness * (John Carpenter, 1987) 85/100
- Autumn Sonata (Ingmar Bergman, 2009) 91/100
- Riddick (David Twohy, 2013) 53/100
- After Tiller (Martha Shane and Lana Wilson, 2013) 54/100
- Short Term 12 (Destin Cretton, 2013) 61/100
- Blue Jasmine (Woody Allen, 2013) 63/100
- You're Next (Adam Wingard, 2011) 61/100
- Q * (Larry Cohen, 1982) 65/100
- The World's End (Edgar Wright, 2013) 68/100
- The Grandmaster (Wong Kar-Wai, 2013) 67/100
- The Act of Killing (Joshua Oppenheimer, 2012) 66/100
- Passion (Brian De Palma, 2012) 53/100
- Drug War (Johnnie To, 2012) 68/100
- Swamp Thing (Wes Craven, 2009) 60/100
- Lifeforce * (Tobe Hooper, 1985) C+
- Much Ado About Nothing (Joss Whedon, 2013) 50/100
- The Bling Ring (Sofia Coppola, 2013) 58/100
- Before Midnight (Richard Linklater, 2013) 85/100
- Sound City (Dave Grohl, 2013) 55/100
- Evil Dead (Fede Alvarez, 2013) 45/100
- Dark Skies (Scott Charles Stewart, 2013) 55/100
- Exotica * (Atom Egoyan, 1994) 98/100
I met a traveller from an antique land
We were entertaining at Deep Focus World Headquarters the other night. We had a friend over -- not just a fan of oddball cinema (you should have seen her face light up when she spotted my Blu-ray copy of Lifeforce) but also a certified lover of accordion music. We didn't have time to go full Holy Motors, but we did decide it would be fun to screen just the amazing Entracte, in which Denis Levant leads a band of accordionists through a church. Since I'm lazy, I dialed the movie up on Netflix instead of leaving the couch to hit the Blu-ray library. And as I was scanning forward through the movie, saying something like, "I don't know why I even buy Blu-ray Discs anymore," I noticed something very odd.
The Evil Dead gets unnecessarily updated in the debut feature film by director Fede Alvarez, who remakes the Sam Raimi original in contempo style. Alvarez's version disposes of Raimi's trademark sentimentality, replacing the young lovers at the heart of the first film with more worldly siblings, as big brother David (Shiloh Fernandez) heads out to that cabin in the woods among friends, determined to help his sister Mia (Jane Levy) detox after a near-death experience. When dumb buddy Eric (Lou Taylor Pucci) starts reciting demonic incantations aloud in the basement, Mia's harrowing withdrawal symptoms make perfect cover for her possession by formerly slumbering supernatural forces.