Don’t walk home after dark if you live in the London projects. You might get mugged. Street toughs don’t get much of Sam’s money before they’re interrupted by…AN ALIEN! Attack the Block is a British sci-fi comedy where the inner city battles outer space and bad seeds get second chances.
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A pimp, a DJ and an Italian tourist escape from prison, only to get lost in the Louisiana swampland surrounding it. Jim Jarmusch’s minimalist portrayal of the down-and-out is at its best in Down by Law. How could it go wrong? It stars Tom Waits, Roberto Benigni and John Lurie.
In a theater converted into a recording studio, Stax Records laid down such legends as Otis Redding, The Staple Singers, Sam and Dave, Booker T &the MGs and Isaac Hayes. Watch the rise and fall of Motown’s biggest rival in, Respect Yourself: The Stax Records Story.
Have you ever wondered what the Beach Boys would’ve sounded like if they were into heavy metal? Do you crave spaghetti western, circus music? What about sci-fi, funk, doo wop? California, the third album by the experimental, avant-garde enthusiasts Mr. Bungle, is for you.
Ryan Gosling’s heart of hearts is filled with dancing skeletons, expansive melodies, butterfly knives and a children’s choir. I know this from listening to his (and Zach Shields’) first self titled album, Dead Man’s Bones. Don’t think gothic, camp showtunes are your thing? Maybe a video will turn your mood…
The heir to the Empire of Ontil is a twelve-year-old, recently orphaned boy named Lathmar. Lord Urdhven, Lathmar’s uncle, will stop at nothing to secure the empire for himself. It is up to Morlock Ambrosius to save the child king, but who will save Morlock? He may be the most skillful magicker in the land and one of the deadliest swordsmen ever, but he’s also a hopeless drunk. For those of you that enjoy HBO’s Game of Thrones, try the gritty sword and sorcery of The Blood of Ambrose, written by the World Fantasy Award-nominated, fantasist extraordinaire, James Enge.
Most folks know Munly from the apocalyptic country band Slim Cessna’s Auto Club, but Munly has side projects. One solo work is Petr and the Wulf, an album that turns a well-loved folktale into a brooding reflection on societal placement and revenge. Have a listen and pass it on.
Andrew Moore’s Detroit Disassembled documents Michigan’s crumbled industrial culture from the broken windows and rusted roof of Michigan Central Station to the mold-ridden shag carpeting at the abandoned Ford Motor Headquarters to entire brownstone ruins covered in mounds of vinery. It’s as gorgeous as it is depressing.
Catherine and Heathcliff, from Wuthering Heights, are the Sid and Nancy of classic lit. They love one another – but that doesn’t stop either from continually hurting the other. I admire Tom Hardy’s disturbingly passionate portrayal of Heathcliff in the BBC’s adaptation.
The extraordinarily passionate and detailed music of the Romani people has been informed by over a millennium of migration and persecution. Gypsy Caravan documents five Rom bands from four different countries over a six week tour of America. I especially enjoyed the band Taraf de Haïdouks.