Friday, April 29, 2005

Miss the 80s???

If you do, go check out this site. Here's a few screen caps of what they have. Remember any of them?

Thursday, April 28, 2005

Three Extremes screening this Saturday at midnight

An omnibus of Asian mystery tales, inspired by the desire of three film-makers in three different countries - Korea, Japan and Hong Kong - to collaborate on a project which would appeal to audiences who wish to step into the minds of these directors. Each story deals with the most mysterious of emotions. Divided into 3 segments: Cut, Box, and Dumplings – this project explores the possibilities of terror from three different perspectives

Those of you into Asian cinema should come check this out. I've seen bits and pieces, and it's a pretty interesting film. As part of the VC film fest, it's only going to be shown once at 11:55pm at the Laemmle Sunset Theatre this Saturday 4/30. See you guys there.

Click here for tickets

New Interpol music video

If you haven't seen the video yet for C'mere off their latest album, here it is.

Tuesday, April 26, 2005

The end of analog TV?

The end is near and it may be time to go buy yourself an HDTV. I came across this interesting article on MSN.

"Depending on the outcome of discussions in Congress, television as we know it may end at exactly midnight Dec. 31, 2006. That’s the date Congress targeted, a decade ago, for the end of analog television broadcasting and a full cutover to a digital format. If enforced, that means that overnight, somewhere around 70 million television sets now connected to rabbit ears or roof-top antennas will suddenly and forever go blank..."

Read complete article here.

Sunday, April 24, 2005

Aloe Blacc & Dj Exile Live Videos

Head over to the Elsewhere Studios website and check out two live videos that were done by the production team at the Detroit Bar in August. It was a full house and the show was happening from beginning to end. If you're diggin the videos, go pick up the new Emanon CD because they are on there. If you don't, go pick up the album anyways.

"What U Live for" live video
"Blind Luv" live video

video courtesy of Elsewhere Studios

Also, go to L_Ephunk at the Detroit Bar on April 28th. There's a CD release party for Emanon's Waiting Room CD. For more info check out the Elsewhere website.

Friday, April 22, 2005

More like 3 strikes...instead of Triple X

XXX – State of the Union

Starring: Ice Cube, Samuel L. Jackson, Scott Speedman, Willem Dafoe
Directed by: Lee Tamahori
Genre: Action/Adventure
Duration: 1 hr. 34 min.
Release Date: April 29th, 2005 (wide)
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for sequences of intense action violence and some language.
Plot: Darius Stone, a new agent in the XXX program, is sent to Washington, DC to
diffuse a power struggle amongst national leaders.

I have to admit that I had not seen all of the first XXX, but after seeing the lack of interest by people to see this sequel for FREE, makes me wonder if this will be a watch in theatre, wait for video, or wait for TV kind of movie.

First off, there were all types of free food, drinks (even alcohol), candy, and most importantly free beer...I mean the free movie. Even with all of the freebies, they theatre was less than a ¼ filled.

The film started off ok but as it went on, the overall premise turned out to be lame. The poor attempt at humor was similar to those cheesy late eighties and early nineties Schwarzenegger one-liners. Some of the CGI was bad; especially some of the bullet train scenes and when Cube was chasing the train on the tracks (with the tires shredded off) at speeds of over 200mph…give me a break man. On a brighter note, the movie was filled with cool gadgets and phat rides. It was action packed from start to finish and I truly was not bored, wack plot and all. For entertainment value, this movie was not bad.

As for the acting, I wasn’t convinced that Ice Cube fit the tough guy super-duper navy seal role. He did not have as much edge as Vin Diesel, but I’m not saying that VD is good at acting. What happened to VD anyway, being a babysitter (The Pacifier) pays better than being in the XXX series? Throughout most of the movie, I thought the head NSA agent was that dude from Can’t Buy Me Love, but it was actually that Ben guy from Felicity (my old roommate used to watch it). This guy was a little over-the-top, so maybe Patrick Dempsey (CBML guy) could have played a more convincing part. Then there was Willem Dafoe, playing the bad guy in the movie. All I could think of was, “What’s the Green Goblin doing in this flick?” and then later into the film, “When is Spider Man going to come into frame to save this film?”.

Overall, I rate this 3 out of 10.

Palindromes in theaters now

Todd Solondz's latest film Palindromes is playing in theaters now. Haven't gotten a chance to see it yet, but it should be an interesting film to check out since he's been away for a while.

PALINDROMES is a fable of innocence: 13-year-old Aviva Victor wants to be a Mom. She does all she can to make this happen, and comes very close to succeeding, but in the end her plan is thwarted by her sensible parents (Ellen Barkin and Richard Masur). So she runs away, still determined to get pregnant one way or another, but instead finds herself lost in another world, a less sensible one, perhaps, but one pregnant itself with all sorts of strange possibility.  Like so many trips, this one is round-trip, and it’s hard to say in the end if she can ever be quite the same again, or if she can ever be anything but the same again.

For more info or to see the trailer check out the official website.

Lords of Dogtown trailer

If you guys haven't seen it yet, here's the trailer to the Lord of Dogtown film being released on June 3rd.
Lords Of Dogtown trailer

Wednesday, April 20, 2005

E3 teaser

For all you videogame freaks, here's a little teaser for E3 2005.

E3 Access 2005 Teaser

Madden for next-gen systems

Check it out Madden fans. Finally a little preview of how Madden for the next-gen systems will look. For more info follow the link below.

Next-gen Madden preview

Tuesday, April 19, 2005

Google video upload service

Ever wanted to store some of your digital home video files on the net for others to view? Well, Google has the solution.
"Our mission is to organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful. Currently, Google Video lets you search a growing archive of televised content -- everything from sports events to dinosaur documentaries to news programs. In addition to televised content, we're now accepting video from anyone who wants to upload content to us. Uploaded content will not be immediately available to users searching Google Video as this is just the submission stage of the program. But (if you'll pardon the pun) stay tuned."

For more info go here.

Monday, April 18, 2005

Jonze does Sendak

If you were exposed to Maurice Sendak's Where The Wild Things Are, you're in for a treat because it's being made into a film by director Spike Jonze. Although this news is kind of old and it is unsure whether the project is still being pursued, IMDB shows that it is still in pre-production. Let's hope this falls through.

Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Jared Hess directs Postal Service music video

For those who enjoyed Napoleon Dynamite and like The Postal Service, go check out the We Will Become Silhouettes music video. Although it doesn't star Uncle Rico or Pedro, director of Napoleon Dynamite Jared Hess managed to capture a similar aesthetic feel. If that isn't enough for you, Jenny Lewis of Rilo Kiley does a cameo with two children as backup singers. Fans should find it entertaining.

First wave of UMD movies to be released 4/19

Just wanted to give fellow PSP owners heads up, if you don't already know, that the first wave of UMD movies are slated for release next Tuesday. Titles will include House of Flying Daggers, Once Upon a Time in Mexico, Hellboy, Kill Bill Vol. 1, XXX, Resident Evil:Apocalypse, and Pirates of the Carribean. If you're really anxious to get them, several members on's message boards have found the UMDs at Walmart. Bestbuy, Target, Fry's, and several other retailers should all be carrying them by next week.

Star Wars trailer and toy

Saw the trailer right before viewing Sin City so I thought I'd post the trailer link and this new toy that Hasbro is releasing.

Darth Tater
Episode III trailer

Freestyle:The Art of Rhyme Documentary

Freestyle: The Art of Rhyme is a work in-progress film that explores the world of improvisational rap--the rarely recorded art form of rhyming spontaneously, or "off the top of the head." Made over the course of more than seven years, mostly with borrowed or stolen cameras by a co-operative of students, b-boys, DJs, and MCs know as The Center for Hip-Hop Education, Freestyle takes the viewer on a journey through the previously unexamined dimensions of hip-hop as a spiritual and community based art form. DVD scheduled to be released May 24th.

Art of Rhyme official site

Adidas dream sequence commercial

Directed by Spike Jonze and tracked by a soundtrack composed by Sam Spiegel featuring Karen O, the three artists conceived an immersive dreamlike sequence. For more info, follow the link below.

Adidas Commercial

Karen O
download the song

Monday, April 11, 2005

Chris Cunningham at it again

Create a hyperactive shape shifting child who's been locked away in a basement and then score the short to music by Aphex Twin and what is the result? A short seven minute film titled Rubber Johnny. Of course only the imaginative mind of Cunningham could think of something so twisted. The DVD is scheduled to be released 5/23/05. Check out the official website.

official Rubber Johnny site

Sunday, April 10, 2005

How about a Thai cult film???

In the mood for a Spaghetti Western? How about a musical? A romantic tearjerker? Well you can have all of that in the Thai cult film, Fai Talai Jone also known as Tears Of The Black Tiger. With Citizen Dog now under his belt, Wisit Sasanatieng's first film is a memorable one.
It's raining steadily and a woman in a bright 1940s magenta dress is walking with an umbrella, across a wooden walk way in a picturesque green lotus-filled pond to a white gazebo that has a rooftop matching her dress. Meanwhile, two Cowboys are trying to get into a bungalow that has been raided with bad guys. The cowboys all of a sudden dash in, bullets start trailing them, and they eventually make it to the porch. Dum, dressed all in a black with a shoulder holster, draws and close-ups of his pistol are quickly cut in as he blast his way into one of the rooms only to spot a bad guy hiding behind a post through a mirror hanging right in front of him. Dum draws his pistol, but then decides to aim at something else, with the bullet ricocheting off a lantern, bucket, shovel, tool box, a dancing toy figure, a light fixture, eventually landing through the bad guy's forehead.
Too fast for you? Well, Sananatieng does us all a favor and shows everything in slow motion. With a well-developed plot line about the tortured romance of Dum and Rumpooey, scenes like this will lead viewers into wanting more. Visually ornamental with the highly stylized set design and stunning shots in pastel colors, stills from the film could pass as Monet paintings. Check out the screen shots and then try to get a hold of the film.

Saturday, April 02, 2005

Drop Stitch

Nothing is hotter than chicks who snowboard, except hot chicks that snowboard and snowboard well. Check out this dvd. It was released last year, but pop this in before you ride and you'll be amped to ride. Dropstitch is a dvd that highlights girls who have taken this male dominant sport and made it on their own. Its all about talent, determination, inspiration, and devotion to the sport. Hey, its something to watch as the snow slowly starts to melt and we pop in our Fresh Prince CD and get ready for summa-summa summa time!!! This will help ease the itch to ride...til next season.

Friday, April 01, 2005

New Release-Kung Fu Hustle

If you love Kung-Fu Movies and you love comedy, this movie will not dissappoint. Now don't think this is another kung-fu spoof like Kung Pao... this is the real authentic Chinese joint. Just watching clips from the website, I was busting up, and that's watching some small ass image on a tiny monitor. The site is one to check out, with lots of clips and images. A new era of martial arts comedy is coming, watch out!

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