Archive for May, 2013

New Tom Hanks and Paul Greengrass film ‘Captain Phillips’ – trailer

Posted in Film, Movies with tags , , , , , , , , on May 31, 2013 by dc

Master action film director, Paul Greengrass has teamed up with the ever-bankable, Tom Hanks on forthcoming drama, Captain Phillips.

The film tells the true story of Captain Richard Phillips and the 2009 hijacking by Somali pirates of the US-flagged MV Maersk Alabama, the first American cargo ship to be hijacked in two hundred years.

Looks like a good ‘un to me – check out the trailer below:

Captain Phillips is released on 11th October.

Machete Kills – new trailer

Posted in Film, Movies with tags , , , , , , , , , on May 30, 2013 by dc

machete kills poster

Back in 2010, Robert Rodriguez (and Ethan Maniquis) directed the madcapped action film, Machete. The hugely entertaining explotation film homage was released to mixed reviews but gained a cult following.

Now three years on, Rodriguez has made a sequel, Machete Kills. The brief plot (as if it really matters) is as follows, “The U.S. government recruits Machete (Danny Trejo) to battle his way through Mexico in order to take down an arms dealer who looks to launch a weapon into space.”

The film stars original cast members Danny Trejo, Michelle Rodriguez and Jessica Alba. They’re joined by Mel Gibson, Antonio Banderas, Charlie Sheen (or Carlos Estevez as the trailer prefers), Modern Family‘s Sofia Vergara (complete with machine gun brasierre), Vanessa Hudgens, Cuba Gooding Jnr and William Sadler (and rather unfortunately Lady Gaga too).

Check out the trailer below:

Machete Kills is released in US cinemas on the 13 September – as yet there’s no scheduled UK release date.

Unknown Mortal Orchestra – From The Sun – new video

Posted in Music with tags , , , , , , , on May 29, 2013 by dc

Probably my favourite track from UMO‘s recent second album, II – here’s the new video for, From The Sun:

De La Soul feat. The Spirit of The Wu – Get Away – new video

Posted in Music with tags , , , , , , , , , , on May 29, 2013 by dc

Good to have them back! Now somebody needs to have a word with them about getting a new album out too.

Get Away is available on iTunes here.

New ‘Volcano Choir’ album and tour news

Posted in Music with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on May 28, 2013 by dc


Back in 2009, a year after releasing the debut Bon Iver album, To Emma, Forever Ago, Justin Vernon threw a fascinating curveball into his musical mix by forming another band called Volcano Choir and releasing an album called, Unmap.

Experimental and boundless, Unmap steered clear of things like verses and choruses and instead embraced textures and musical wanderings that toy with elements of post-rock and (dare I say it) even avant-garde jazz.

Four years on from Unmap, and two years after the last Bon Iver album, Volcano Choir have unveiled plans for a second album, Repave.

The new album features eight tracks and is described by record label, Jagjaguwar as, “the product of growing conviction and trust, of a fully-operational band, gifted in shading and nuance, and rumbling with power.”

Repave‘s release on the 3rd September coincides with a North American tour – check out the dates below:

06/09 – Chicago, Illinois (Metro)
07/09 – Indianapolis, Indiana (Vogue)
08/09 – Toronto, Ontario (Phoenix)
09/09 – Burlington, Vermont (Higher Ground)
11/09 – Boston, Massachusetts (Paradise)
12/09 – Washington, DC (9:30 Club)
14/09 – New York, NY (Webster Hall)
27/09 – Madison, Wisconsin (Orpheum Theater)
28/09 – Milwaukee, Wisconsin (Past Theater)
18/10 – Minneapolis, Minnesota (First Ave)

Now, here’s the trailer for Repave:

…and the tracklist:

01 Tiderays
02 Acetate
03 Comrade
04 Byegone
05 Alaskans
06 Dancepack
07 Keel
08 Almanac

Yul Brynner sizzles in Westworld

Posted in Film, Movies, Photography with tags , , , , , , , , on May 27, 2013 by dc

Forget Arnie in the Terminator films. Probably my favourite ‘human-esque robot gone haywire’ film moment is the scene in Michael Crichton‘s 1973 sci-fi thriller, Westworld, where Yul Brynner‘s Gunslinger robot gets acid thrown on him – no dialogue, all tension.

The scene also threw up this mind blowingly good film-still – check it out below:

yul brynner westworld

And now check out the scene:

Cool ‘Blue Velvet’ poster

Posted in Art, Film, Movies with tags , , , , , , , on May 27, 2013 by dc

One of my favourite David Lynch films (in fact one of my favourite films of all time full stop), Blue Velvet, makes my head feel a little bit odd and detached every time I see it. I love it.

Scrolling through film posters on Pinterest this evening I stumbled across a poster for the film that I hadn’t seen before. It was designed in 2010 by Cardiff based designer and illustrator, Matt Needle – and you can buy a copy for £25 here. It’s excellent – check it out below: