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Month: October 2021

“Halloween Kills” is a Middling Means to an End (Review)
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“Halloween Kills” is a Middling Means to an End (Review)

It was fun until it wasn't. That's how I felt about the latest effort to keep the twisted legacy of Michael Myers going. In 2018, David Gordon Green and his "Eastbound & Down" buddy Danny McBride were unlikely choices to reboot the "Halloween" franchise, but they managed to bring the series back to life with a fascinating exploration of personal trauma that was equally measured and brutal. For the follow-up, they leaned heavily on the brutality but left the script feeling like a parody of a horror sequel. That is probably the hardest element to overcome here. Since it was intended as a new trilogy, "Halloween Kills" was always going to feel half baked. It exists to bridge the gap between movies and, never fear, "Halloween Ends" (which it most certainly will not) is already...
Creativity, Loss, and Passion Collide in “Bergman Island” (Review)
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Creativity, Loss, and Passion Collide in “Bergman Island” (Review)

In her English-language debut, French director Mia Hansen-Løve utilizes the inspiration of Ingmar Bergman to tell two stories in one. Both take place on the Baltic island of Faro, not far off the northern coast of Sweden. Bergman first went there in 1960 while scouting locations for "Through a Glass Darkly." He ended up shooting multiple feature films and two documentaries there and ended up building a house where he lived with Liv Ullmann. Chris (Vicky Krieps) and Tony (Tim Roth) are two American filmmakers who head to Faro on a creative pilgrimage. They are not married, but have a young daughter at home, so they've escaped to work on their separate screenplays and be inspired by the land that Bergman loved dearly. They stay in the home where "Scenes From A Marriage" was filme...
Illenium Teams With Thirty Seconds To Mars On A New Single “Wouldn’t Change A Thing”
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Illenium Teams With Thirty Seconds To Mars On A New Single “Wouldn’t Change A Thing”

Multi-platinum artist, producer and DJ ILLENIUM has just unveiled his latest project, a collaboration with alt-rockers Thirty Seconds To Mars. The song marks the first new material from the Jared Leto-led outfit in three years. "Wouldn't Change a Thing" is set to be included on the upcoming Deluxe Edition of ILLENIUM's fourth studio album FALLEN EMBERS which is due October 22. The release marks the first under the newly signed deal with Warner Records. The Deluxe Edition features five new songs and is available for pre-order & save now. So far the original album release has surpassed more than 400 million streams. ILLENIUM has an impressive five billion+ streams on his catalog to date. Tour is underway and more details can be found here. For updates and to stay in touc...
INTERVIEW: WØLFDARLING’s Buzzworthy New Single “chemical violence” Out Now
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INTERVIEW: WØLFDARLING’s Buzzworthy New Single “chemical violence” Out Now

WØLFDARLING taps into a wide range of emotions to bring you a unique alt-rock vibe. From tragic and gloomy to showing bravery in the face of hopelessness, frontman Sam Urich says this about the new single "chemical violence", "This song is a conversation between myself and my mind. Everything beautiful, everything frightening." The band consists of Urich along with his brother Jack on bass with Jason Hartless on drums. The single was produced by Chris Ahn and Chuck Alkazian (Pop Evil, Soundgarden, Tantric) at Pearl Sound Studios in Canton, Michigan, and Ahn's studio in Los Angeles. For additional WØLFDARLING updates be sure to follow along on Facebook and Instagram. We recently connected with frontman Sam Urich and he filled us in on some questions we had about the project. ...
World and Jazz-influenced Caravan of Souls Album Set For Release From Danny Paradise
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World and Jazz-influenced Caravan of Souls Album Set For Release From Danny Paradise

Hawaiian-based singer-songwriter Danny Paradise is known for intertwining yoga with music. According to a recent press release, his ambitious new album is set to feature 16 world and jazz-influenced songs as he looks to heal people through soulful music and movement. Caravan of Souls has a September 24 release date through Mesa Bluemoon Records and will be available on all digital platforms. "Love Will Rescue You" is the lead track off the album and was recorded in a floating bungalow on a remote jungle lake in Thailand. Now that's not something you hear every day. The song carries a serious message with commentary on the plight of child trafficking and hope for children's freedom. Paradise has assembled an elite team of musicians to play on the song including Chris Botti o...
“The Velvet Underground” Hits Apple TV and Select Theaters This Friday (Review)
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“The Velvet Underground” Hits Apple TV and Select Theaters This Friday (Review)

Fresh off its successful screenings at the New York Film Festival, the first ever documentary from cinematic provocateur Todd Haynes is about to hit theaters and streaming this weekend. The director of "Velvet Goldmine" and "Carol" takes us on a deep dive into the history of one of rock and roll's greatest art rock bands, The Velvet Underground. If you're hoping for a straightforward approach, you won't get it here. Haynes returns to the more experimental techniques of his earliest work and features lots of split screens and rare archival footage presented in a collage method that would make Peter Greenaway proud. There are beautiful close-up establishing shots of each band member (Lou Reed, John Cale, Moe Tucker, and Sterling Morrison) that linger, capturing the intimate natur...
Hundred’s of Historic Grateful Dead Items Up For Auction Through Thursday
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Hundred’s of Historic Grateful Dead Items Up For Auction Through Thursday

If you've ever wanted to own a piece of Grateful Dead history, Sotheby's is hosting a one-of-a-kind auction. Featuring hundreds of unique items from throughout the bands' storied history, From the Vault: Property from the Grateful Dead and Friends is a collection of items from Grateful Dead Productions and from the bands' inner circle. The wide array of instruments, equipment, and collectibles features everything from some of Jerry Garcia's old guitars to posters to remaining pieces of the bands' infamous 'Wall of Sound' public address system. The collection goes deeper with items from crew members 'Big' Steve Parish, Lawrence 'Ram Rod' Shurtliff along with an epic t-shirt collection from the band's longest-serving sound engineer, Dan Healy. Still Truckin' The Grateful Dead ...
Looking to Fill 31 Days of Horror? Halloween Streaming Tips Are Here!
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Looking to Fill 31 Days of Horror? Halloween Streaming Tips Are Here!

Are you looking for some thrills and chills for streaming this spooky Halloween season? The good news is that there is something for everybody out there, you just have to know where to look. If all you want to do is watch scary movies for the next few weeks, you should really subscribe to Shudder. That's just what they do year-round: the best of horror, new and old. Favorites like "Carrie," "The Texas Chain Saw Massacre," "Hellraiser," and "Night of the Living Dead" are currently on hand along with brand new releases like the latest installment of the anthology series "V/H/S/94" and Simon Barrett's "Seance." https://youtu.be/opnSln8Ue2U Netflix already released the 'Fear Street' trilogy this year, but have a few more tricks up their sleeve for the month. Just this week they d...
Mastodon Release New Emotionally Charged Single & Cinematic Music Video
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Mastodon Release New Emotionally Charged Single & Cinematic Music Video

Grammy Award-winning rockers Mastodon have just released a new single on the heels of a major tour and album announcement. "Teardrinker" is set to be featured on their upcoming LP Hushed and Grim due October 29. The video, directed by Lorenzo Diego Carrera, follows the band as they enter an empty warehouse before becoming immersed into four uniquely curated mini universes. Far out. The Atlanta-based outfit has offered up the new album for pre-order and will have vinyl options available. Hushed is the ninth studio album from Mastodon and first since they took home the Grammy for Best Metal Performance in 2017. According to a recent press release, "Invoking their evolution again, the elegiac track’s melodic riff cuts through a steady groove before a haunting hook takes hold,...
Your Mileage May Vary With Audacious Palme d’Or Winner “Titane” (Review)
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Your Mileage May Vary With Audacious Palme d’Or Winner “Titane” (Review)

Just when you think you've seen it all, along comes a film like "Titane." Julia Ducournau's 2016 debut "Raw" had people passing out at the Toronto International Film Festival at its premiere screening. "Titane" is, in my estimation, even more extreme and difficult viewing while harboring an emotionally charged second act that is surprisingly sweet. Agathe Rousselle devours the screen as Alexia, a woman who survived a terrible car accident as a child and now lives with a titanium plate in her skull. The incident has left her scarred in more ways than one, but she maintains an strong affinity for automobiles. She spends her evenings grinding away as a dancer at an autoshow as men ogle the new cars and the women on display. Mostly polite, these guys often ask for autographs at...