Archive for January, 2015

#FilmNominations2014 : Best Comedy

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2014 was a good year for funny movies, covering a wide range that went from indie smashes such as Jenny Slate’s abortion-themed ‘Obvious Child’ or ‘Chef’’s culinary delights, to multiplex successes of the calibre of ‘Bad Neighbours’ and its young family clashing with frat boys arriving next door antics or Channing Tatum & Jonah Hill’s hilarious return as undercover cops in the bromance of the summer, 22 Jump Street.

Romantic comedy merged with musical in ‘Begin Again’, where Mark Ruffalo helped the singing career of Keira Knightley, paired for the occasion with Maroon 5’s heartthrob Adam Levine; and in ‘God Help The Girl’, the Glaswegian band Belle & Sebastian’s long awaited movie, were released back-to-back with Crowd-pleasing world movies such as India’s romance ‘The Lunchbox”, depicting the well-established tradition of lunch delivery men, whose accidental mistake ignites the flame of passion in a bored wife and Laos’ ‘The Rocket’, using heart-warming humor to deal with the thorny subject of landmines left after the war in the Asian country.

Accomplished micro budget UK works such as ‘Gone Too far’, playfully toying with African immigrant communities and Estate-living stereotypes, next to big projects with such all family appeal as ‘Paddington’ and the (unfairly) tepidly received ‘Muppets Most Wanted’ helped maintaining a constant supply of laughter in our cinemas throughout the year.

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#FilmNominations2014 : Most Underrrated Picture

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On a year graced with a large number of excellent works is easy to overlook many equally worthy titles. Among the ones that didn’t get the support they deserved we can count John Curran’s beautiful adaptation of Robyn Davidson’s account of her adventures crossing the Australian outback, ‘Tracks’, which boasted a superb performance by Mia Wasikowska; Kelly Reichardt climate activists gone too far drama ‘Night Moves’; Michael H. Roskam’s first Hollywood opus, crime drama ‘The Drop’, adapted from a Denis Lehane novel and featuring the last role for the big screen by the late James Gandolfini, forming an excellent trio with Tom Hardy and Noomi Rapace; or the darkly comic Scandinoir ‘In Order Of Disappearance’.

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#FilmNominations2014 : Blockbuster Of The Year

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Tinseltown didn’t have the most successful summer ever, albeit without many spectacular flops, fewer tickets sold in cinemas and many disappointments in big titles’ numbers shaped 2014 as its least profitable year since 2006. However, the International market and, particularly China with an apparently endless appetite for Hollywood big budget offer, came to the rescue.

Sequels, reboots and rehashes kept reigning on the multiplexes, not even the bad reviews could put people off such vile propositions as the new Transformers or the universally appalled but still quite successful Ninja Turtles reboot. And it seems their kingdom is going to be extended during 2015 with the planned return of virtually everything you can think of that has been a hit in the past. It doesn’t help that the few films made from original ideas didn’t ignite the box office as expected. Among them the surprisingly good Tom Cruise’s Groundhog Day meets Alien Invasion ‘Edge Of Tomorrow”, which didn’t live up to the commercial expectations. Read the rest of this entry »

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Viet Cong Fills Our Loop With Silhouettes

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Calgary band Viet Cong, which counts with two former members of Women, released their excellent same titled debut last week and reaches the top of our loop again with “Silhouettes”. The follow-up to ‘Continental Shelf’ has ran a similar fate than its predecessor.

New releases keep on flooding the market and the surprise new track by Burial, reminding us a bit of early The Prodigy, is the highest debut. Other noteworthy entries this week are the latest by some of the favorites to win Rober Awards such as St. Vincent; Aphex Twin; Sleater-Kinney or Sharon Van Etten (you can still vote in our 2014 poll here).

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Budapest, Turner & Birdman Lead Nominations For #FilmRoberAwards2014

Oscar favourites ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’ and “Birdman (Or The Unxepected Virtue Of Ignorance)”, as well as the acclaimed Mike Leigh tribute to the painter “Mr. Turner” lead the nominations for the 2014 Rober Awards Film Poll with eight apiece. They are closely followed by “Boyhood” and “Under The Skin” with seven, and “Leviathan” with six, in what has been another excellent cinematographic harvest.

Other multiple nominees feature “Foxcatcher”; “Ida”; “Nightcrawler”;”Inherent Vice” and “Whiplash”. All of which but the last two competing for best picture recognition. Arthouse favourites “Norte, The End Of History”; “Stranger By The Lake” complete the ten films selected.

You can cast your votes here.

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Sleater-Kinney’s Enviable Return

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The second number one of 2015 in our loop belongs with honors to Washington’s legendary alternative trio Sleater-Kinney whose comeback album was released this weeks to unanimous praise. ‘Surface Envy’ was its second taster.

After last week catch up edition, the loops feels brand once more new with over 30 new entries, the highest of which by French alt trobadour Dominique A. Other highlights of the weeks are the latest offerings by Natalie Prass; Waxahatchee; Doldrums; Years And Years and Venezuelan electronica wizard Arca, who has just released a brand new mix with some unreleased tracks for a fashion show.

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Testament Of Youth: Old-Fashioned War Memoir

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Fans of period drama are up for a treat with this film adaptation of the first volume in Vera Brittain’s acclaimed memoirs, a moving depiction of the ravages World War I inflicted upon her generation.

Brittain was the rebellious daughter of a wealthy family and early in her teens was keen to defy society’s conventions. She refused her family’s attempts to get her married and aimed at a higher education to become a writer instead. Testament of Youth begins in that moment, during a carefree summer spent together by Vera, her brother Edward and two of his mates, Roland and Victor, imbued by the youngters’ eager anticipation for the next step in their lives, when everlasting bonds were forged and Romance looms. Read the rest of this entry »

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D’Angelo Is The First #1 Of 2014 In Our Loop

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It took a decade for it to happen, but D’Angelo, helped by new band The Vanguard, finally released by surprise his third album to rave reviews and unanimous acclaim. “Sugah Daddy”, his presentation track is the loop’s first number one of the year, heading a catching up edition compiling everything we’ve missed over the past weeks.

Among the strong batch of new releases hitting our shops in the first trimester, the surprise collaboration between Kanye West & Paul McCartney plus the latest tracks by Sleater-Kinney; Panda Bear; Belle & Sebastian; Viet Cong; Dej Loaf; Dominique A; Miguel; Father John Misty; Belle & Sebastian and, back from a long hiatus, The Go! Team.

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