Archive for January, 2013

Film Of The Month: Zero Dark Thirty ★★★★★

In the midst of the Oscar madness, the film and month of the week honours go this week to the most controversial among this year’s crop of nominees, ‘Zero Dark Thirty’. Kathryn Bigelow has scooped five nominations for the Academy awards and another five for the Robers with this dense and gripping account of a passage of recent story that’s still on everybody’s mind, the search and killing of Osama Bin Laden.

Bigelow’s follows-up her Oscar winner ‘The Hurt Locker’ with what could easily be regarded as its twin companion. It maintains the same directorial style, unadorned but slick cinematography and a focus on the storytelling thanks to a brilliant screenplay written by her regular collaborator Mark Boal. ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ inherits all the merits of its predecessor and takes them to new highs, adding a far more rapid pace; thorough research and the bonus interest of delving into those still little known era defining events. Read the rest of this entry »

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Merchandise Heading The Loop

New week, new loop and brand new number one; the former punk trio from Tampa Merchandise, exploring now their more melodic, eighties-Brit influenced vein with ‘ Anxiety’s door’, the presentation card of their new album ‘Totale night’.

Highest entries of the week come from Sweden with the return of our favourite weird duoThe Knife and Brattleboro, Vt. by the hand of another bizarre pop duo, Blanche Blanche Blanche; next to new offerings from the likes of Unknown Mortal Orchestra; Disclosure Feat. AlunaGeorge; Serafina Steer , plus long-awaited returns by The Flaming Lips; The Strokes and Raekwon, the latter two giving away brand new tracks to download.

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Lamar; Ocean; Grimes & Apple Winners Of The Robers 2012

Our 2012 Music Poll has come to an end with Kendrick Lamar being the biggest winner. The rapper from Compton was the most voted artist in three categories: album, song and hip-hop artist of the year. Following closely, Frank Ocean beat Lamar for best male artist, earning best R&B artist as well. Other multiple winners are Canadian alt-pop star Grimes; US songwriter Fiona Apple and Swedish psychedelic purveyors Goat. The veteran band Swans, celebrating their 30th anniversary, were voted group of the year.

Other favourites were less fortunate in the polls; Julia Holter; Chromatics; Django Django and Beach House weren’t left empty handed,though, winning some of the official awards handed by the Academy.

Congratulations to all winners and nominees.

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Amour; Motors & Beasts Lead Nominations For 2012 Film Rober Awards

The 2012 Rober Awards Film Poll is now open. ‘Amour’, Michael Haneke’s painfully real drama about an elderly couple coping with degenerative illness; Leos Carax’s visionary hommage to cinema in ‘Holy Motors’ and first timer Behn Zeitlin’s poetic tale of a Katrina-like catastrophe narrated from the point of view of a five year old kid, ‘Beasts Of The Southern Wild’, head the nominations list with eight apiece.

On a superb year for movies, the rest of contenders for best picture are The Master; Django Unchained; Zero Dark Thirty; Tabú; No; Once Upon A Time In Anatolia and Argo. Whereas Silver Linings Playbook; Life Of Pi; Berberian Sound Studio; Moonrise Kingdom; Barbara; Rust and Bone; etc. are also among the works earning multiple nominations.

You can vote for the best films of the year here. During the following days we will be reviewing in detail each category

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Yo La Tengo Back To Their Best With “Ohm”

In what already looks like a vintage year for musical comebacks with Bowie; Blur; Pulp; Suede; Fleetwood Mac and My Bloody Valentine already announcing live tours or studio albums, Hoboken’s finest Yo La Tengo are the early returning birds. The veteran trio delivers one of the first great albums of 2013 showing their poppier side in ‘Fade’. Their second single ‘Ohm’ tops the current edition of our loop.

Carry on with this jam-packed month of January; the new entries keep on coming. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds; Pere Ubu; Todd Terje & Lindstrøm are back too. As well as Rober Awards contenders, Laura Mvula or Grimes, who’s just released a brand new Four Tet remix of’Skin’, one of her album’s standout moments.

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Film Of The Week: Django Unchained ★★★★★

Back from a long seasonal hiatus we resume our film review section in style. Our film of the week means the return to form of Quentin Tarantino, straight back to the heart of pulp by taking the Spaghetti Western genre by storm. Setting it during the times of slavery, the most shameful era in US history, Tarantino has delivered a spectacularly good film, his best since Jackie Brown, already touted by many as another masterpiece from one of the most essential contemporary directors.

Django Unchained shares a similar territory with Inglorious Basterds, both expanding the trademark elements that made of Tarantino such an influential cultural reference (His peculiar sense of humour; a collage of popular culture influences; comic-like violence; pick- and-mix soundtrack expertly selected from a broad range of sources) by taking over different film genres and boasting powerful statements against two of the most devastating chapters in the story of the world, the Nazi Germany in Basterds and slavery in the South of the States in Django. But wherever the irregular Inglorious Basterds was short of fulfilling its grand ambitions, Django Unchained achieves and even exceeds them. Read the rest of this entry »

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#Roberawards Film Nominations 2012: Best Picture

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#Roberawards Film Nominations 2012: Best Director

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#Roberawards Film Nominations 2012: Best Actor

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#Roberawards Film Nominations 2012: Best Actress

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#Roberawards Film Nominations 2012: Ensemble Cast

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#Roberawards Film Nominations 2012: Supporting Actor

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#Roberawards Film Nominations 2012: Supporting Actress

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#Roberawards Film Nominations 2012: Rising Star

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