With the blogosphere erupting over the Kanye West/Jay-Z joint (do we call them “albums” anymore?), Kid Cudi couldn’t have picked a worse time to release his video for “No One Believes Me.”
Actually, it’s not his fault: It’s the “official” music vid for DreamWorks’ remake of “Fright Night,” which opens Friday. I’m under one of those dreaded review embargoes, so I can’t tell you until Friday whether I think the Colin Farrell/Anton Yelchin starrer falls short of the 1985 horror-comedy classic; or whether I think its 3-D effects are needless; or whether I think Imogen Poots (despite her flatulent name) is way, way, way hotter than Amanda Bearse.
In the meantime, Kid Cudi! As with the film, the lushly orchestrated clip is directed by Craig Gillespie (“Lars and the Real Girl”) and looks to take place on the same set. Its dark tone is right in line with the picture, and it’s nice to see what it essentially “just” a tie-in have merit on its own. —Rod Lott
No matter how audiences receive “Another Earth” when the Sundance drama tinged with sci-fi elements opens Friday here in the 405, one thing is certain: Its stellar soundtrack is heavenly.
Eighteen of its 19 tracks are original compositions from new duo Fall on Your Sword, a new project of composer Will Bates and LCD Soundsystem’s Philip Mossman. Here, they’ve crafted an ethereally threaded, warm blanket of trippy, downtempo instrumentals, delivered atop a bed of understated electronics and orchestral instruments. Think a toned-down Tangerine Dream as remixed by Two Lone Swordsmen.
The album opens and closes with variations on its stark, sonic theme, “The First Time I Saw Jupiter,” whose simple melodics and stick percussion result in instant accessibility and addiction. “Rhoda’s Theme” seems beamed from space, accompanied by a ghostly wisp of an angelic voice, while “Making Contact” breaks out of the box to offer some ominous vibes via strings. I don’t know what pep meds “Rhoda’s Theme/Returning to John” are on, but I want some.
The disc is peppered with a number of short, piano-driven bits like “Bob the Robot” and “House Theme,” serving as transitional bridges to the showier numbers. Another track doing the same is Phaedon Papadopoulos “Sonatina in D Minor,” a straightforward piano piece that’s not out of character, given the tone Fall on Your Sword establishes.
If the movie proves even half this good, yum. —Rod Lott
‘Final Destination 5’ has plenty of blood and nearly no brains. But as long as you know that …
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Last summer, the fourth “Final Destination” movie swapped a numeral for a
definitive article, because producers figured the franchise had run its
course. Then “The Final Destination” made $181 million worldwide, so
this summer, we have another chapter, and the numbering system has been
One month ago, I reviewed six films that fall into the grindhouse genre known simply as “women in prison.” Three flicks apiece were part of two new DVD collections: Shout! Factory's "Women in Cages Collection" and Synapse's "Women in Prison Triple Feature.” At the time, picking which was better was like picking your favorite child.
But now I’m going with the former because on Aug. 23, Shout! Factory will release the same set on the glorious, ever-so-pristine format of Blu-ray. This means that Pam Grier’s br -- well, you get where I’m going with that. It must be what God intended when he created high-definition.
For those not attuned to the saucy, sassy style of producer Roger Corman’s wildly successful WIP efforts, Shout! Factory gives you these three safe-for-work clips. Watch. Then buy. —Rod Lott
One new-to-DVD/VOD documentary I’m interested in checking out is “Damn!” It’s not about my favorite expletive, but YouTube sensation Jimmy McMillan.
The founder of the political party known as Rent Is Too Damn High, the 64-year-old New York gubernatorial candidate McMillan seems like quite the character, being a Vietnam vet, black belt karate master, former stripper and 1970s soul singer. He became famous when his televised appearance on the 2010 debates went viral, with more than 2 million views in 24 hours.
A screener’s supposedly coming our way, so expect a review before too long. In the meantime, check out these three deleted scenes from the doc. In the first, he shares a sexual secret; in the second, he demonstrates “verbal judo”; and in the third, he shares his love for Eminem, marijuana and his favorite movie, which is ... um, “Deep Throat.” —Rod Lott
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Hong Kong has a serious housing problem. As "Dream Home" informs us,
owning property is a near-impossibility for today's generation of
working youth, because asking prices have bloated for up to $3,200 per
square foot. Yes, that's in American dollars.