Archive for October, 2012

Beasts Of The Southern Wild; Frankenweenie & Skyfall: Films Of The Month

With our weekly section on hold due to a holiday break followed by the LFF, we’re trying to catch up with all the best new releases that have hit the theatres during our absence with this packed-up October recap.

Three films stood out from an excellent crop of new releases and deservedly would have been granted film of the week honours: Sundance winner ‘Beasts Of The Southern Wild ‘; Tim Burton’s black & white animation ‘Frankenweenie” and the best Bond film in ages ‘Skyfall’, the three of them are currently wowing audiences worldwide.

Our film of the month, and second five star review of 2012 is Behn Zeitlin’s acclaimed debut ‘Beasts Of The Southern Wild’★★★★★, a lesson in magical realism showing the post-Katrina nightmare through the lively imagination of Hushpuppy, a 5 year-old girl who tries to make sense of the terrible events with a naive mix between reality and myt; in total contrast with his father’s fierce struggle to prevent their home, community and livelihood being wiped out by the catastrophe. Poetry and social commentary merge in one of the most visionary features of the year. Beasts is likely to obtain the push from most critics and indie awards’ in the Oscar race. Ouvenzhané Willis and Dwight Henry pack a strong onscreen emotional punch and despite being non-professional they should also count among the favourites for their correspondent acting categories.

The opening gala at this year’s London Film Festival marked Tim Burton’s return to his origins after a string of rather lacklustre big budget missteps, turning one of his first shorts into a full-length work. ‘Frankenweenie’ ★★★★ is a totally enjoyable stop-motion, black and white animation in 3D and a glorious tribute to the horror genre that sets Mary Shelley’s timeless creature in suburban America, where a lonely kid inspired by his science teacher finds the formula to bring back to life his dear pet dog. The procedure is discovered by other kids who promptly follow his steps, creating havoc with their resurrecting attempts. Full of references to both his own films and many other classics, US audiences have cruelly ignored it, probably due to a release after a number of similarly horror-influenced animated works that, despite being inferior, had already conquered the US box-office. However, the skill and endless inventiveness of Burton should be enough to earn him at least a nomination for best animated film as deserved reward. Read the rest of this entry »

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#1 Kendrick Lamar Excels Art Of Peer Pressure

The wait is over, after a whole year anticipating his second album which features among others the legendary production skills of Dr. Dre, Kendrick Lamar can easily claim the title of hip-hop album of 2012 to himself. “good kid, m.A.A.d city” exceeds all expectations and rightly places the young rapper straight among the genre’s A-listers. “The Art Of Peer Pressure’, one of the record’s standouts, deservedly tops our loop

Despite Pantha Du Prince’s electronica being the highest entry, this was another strong week for hip-hop, with Meek Mill; Mr. Muthafuckin’ Exquire and A$ap Rocky previewing new works, as well as the Wu-Tang Clan getting back together in the soundtrack of RZA‘s first film directorial effort, “The Man With The Iron Fist”.

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The Return Of Godspeed You! Black Emperor

Last year they were one of the sensations in the live circuit and now they have finally put an end to a decade’s long recording hiatus with their magnificent ‘Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend!’. The timely comeback of Godspeed You! Black Emperor perfectly captures the mood of a world in crisis, as their music always anticipated. ‘Mladic’, the opening track of what is already a candidate for album of the year, tops the loop’s current edition.

A strong week for hip-hop releases, Angel Haze; Kanye West & Big Boi provide the highest new entries, alongside Beck’s remixing an old piece by Philip Glass for the acclaimed composer’s remixes collection and our guilty pleasure of the moment, US country popster Taylor Swift‘s crossover to global stardom with “We Are Never Getting Back”.

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The Loop Visiting Glaswegian Chvrches

After a week of travel through Canadian latitudes, the loop returns with highly-tipped Glaswegian electronic trio Chvrches getting track of the week honours thanks to their second single ‘The Mother We Share’.

Compiling two weeks’ worth of new releases Solange; Bat For Lashes and Crystal Castles feature among the highest ones, next to Caribou’s alter ego dance project Daphni and the surprise comebacks of No Doubt and our favourite doom and gloom mongers Godspeed! You Black Emperor

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