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Anamanaguchi do Their Nintendo Rock
Love goes screwy in Adam Szymkowicz's play at the Secret Theatre
With Monday marking the midway point of my stay in Park City, here's a notebook dump on a few films I haven't had a chance to write about at length.
Drawn and nickled and dimed
Earlier today, the National released a video for the song "Think You Can Wait," from the "quirky" Paul Giamatti film Win Win. The video is a misguided combination of film dialogue transposed over a staged performance (the YouTube comments have already begun trashing it, and Matt Berninger's voice ... More >>
Last year, Burlesque was the only musical to hit the screen (unlike you count Camp Rock 2 and Scott Pilgrim), but somehow that was enough to make the genre catch fire again. No fewer than three major divas are going ahead with large-scale movie musicals. And interestingly, every one of them ... More >>
I'm leaving out the obvious ones, which get enough attention, thank you. OK, here goes: Mesrine. A two-part tour de force for Vincent Cassel as a real-life gangster who loves his children. The Town. Male nuns robbing banks? That's just one thread of this seamy, Ben Affleck-directed melodra ... More >>
Phoenix, Arizona! The fifth most populated city in the country. It's the capital of Arizona, the Grand Canyon State! It's also -- as the center of the United States' immigration crisis with two sides viciously battling over the future of millions of people -- the place where the most people i ... More >>
Freddie Gibbs, who could use a better promo picture. Photo by Alexander Richter.In this week's Village Voice, Rob Harvilla on the pointless, entirely necessary reissue of Queens of the Stone Age's Rated R, Jayson Greene assesses the market value of Freddie Gibbs, and Kurt Gottschalk talks wit ... More >>
Ryder RippsPoor ladyOne detail that didn't emerge during our long conversation with Brooklyn chiptune composers Anamanaguchi, regarding their wish-fulfilling project of scoring the Scott Pilgrim videogame, was whether or not the band planned to release the tracks separately. So we wrote guitarist/NE ... More >>
May we all look this relaxed in this situation. Photo by Sam Horine.In the week the words "Kanye West" became synonymous with social media, the rapper performed at Facebook while dissing Twitter, performed at Twitter while dissing his mother's old boyfriends, then joined Twitter, a thing he t ... More >>
"I feel a huge connection to Scott Pilgrim: we all grew up playing in bands, we all grew up with the John Hughes-esque emotional drama drowning our lives. So all I had to do was write music and it would work." Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game pixel art by Paul Roberston Every few years, glori ... More >>