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When I was on one of my bouts of searching for music in the same style as the soundtrack from "Drive" (yes, I'm still listening to that synthy stuff years later), I came across some music which actually belongs to the genre of Chiptune.

Chiptune is a genre based on making music purely out of the sounds which can be produced from a gameboy. (Otherwise known as 8-bit music.) For many of us, I think our first exposure to this genre was the 8-bit version of "Threshold" from the "Scott Pilgrim Vs The World" soundtrack.

I was pointed to what is probably the best song from Unicorn Kid by a youtube user claiming it was the chiptune equivalent of selling out. So perhaps Unicorn Kid doesn't count as chiptune? (Not sure that adding in a few sounds which AREN'T straight from a gameboy is such a bad idea.) In any case, the song "Lion Hat" consists in a beautiful melding of squeaky noises which really appealed to me. I think others may find it annoying beep-y rubbish, but heck if you don't check it out you won't know what you are missing:

Lion Hat


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More recommended Unicorn Kid music under the cut.... )
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I'm not at all sure what the hell is going on with a bizarre upcoming movie called "Frank" about a band fronted by a figure I remember appearing on channel four during the nineties. But Michael Fassbender stars as the masked frontman and apparently the film also features Maggie Gyllenhaal playing a theramin.

Anyway, this song comes from the movie and regardless of what the film is like, it's a pretty cool song. There's a slight almost out-of-tune element which shouldn't work, but kind of does:


(Song found here on Nialler9)
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The figure above is Tubal-Cain, the villain played brilliantly by Ray Winstone in the "Noah" movie.

There were a few important differences between the Noah movie and the excellent graphic novel. One element which I already mentioned in my review was the way the introduction was handled. In the movie there's a long explanation of the early parts of the Book of Genesis.

It should probably be noted that in explaining the Cain and Abel story, the movie fails to mention that Cain made a vegetable offering to God while Abel offered an animal sacrifice (which God apparently approved of more). That might be slightly at odds with Cain's descendants in the movie being meat eaters while Noah's family (descended from Seth) are vegetarians.

From now on you should be warned that there may be SPOILERS for the movie "Noah" (and, of course, for the graphic novel). I shall be working through both in the same order found in the films, so the earlier parts of this article will relate to earlier parts of the film or graphic novel. So the further through you go, the more spoilery it will get. You have been spoiler-warned!

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Setting up the world of the Noah re-interpretation
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Noah's family values...
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The role of Japeth
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The ending of the story. How important is Biblical accuracy?
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It's bizarre that this song was connected to the Judge Dredd movie starring Sylvester Stallone. Or any Judge Dredd property for that matter. It doesn't really suit that character at all. The cynical Dredd is not likely to say to anyone "believe in me as I believe in you".

However, it is nonetheless probably my favourite song from The Cure. It's really uplifting and beautiful and I absolutely love it:


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Frozen (2013)

I had high hopes when I heard this was made by the creators of Tangled. Then I had low expectations when I saw the trailer. Then I was suddenly told it was marvellous by everyone. So the other week, we finally decided to give it a go. (Great thing about childrens' movies is that they stay in the cinema for weeks and weeks.)



Now there were three things that I loved about "Tangled". The hair effects (particularly when she does a whole action-movie bit swinging across a chasm), the horse (OMG the horse! So funny!) and the relationship between the daughter and her mother. It was cool the way we had a villain who felt like a real person for a change. And it was even rather creepy the way that the mother figure was possessive and manipulative like you'd expect from a real person rather than, say, Skeletor.

There was something I really didn't like about Tangled though. It wasn't a huge issue, but it did leave it with an "A-" instead of an "A+". That was the songs. I hated the songs. I found every song was a period of time I would have to sit and wait for things to start happening again. It was never something I actually enjoyed.


Click here to read the rest of the review... )



Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)

Okay so ironically we move from a film where the worst thing for me was the songs (Frozen), to a film where the best thing about the film was the songs.



I love the Coen Brothers' movies a lot and it has come to my attention that every single last one of them is a black comedy. Heck, even something that seems pretty light-hearted like "Raising Arizona" is about a couple who kidnap a baby. That should not be sweet and cheerful stuff. The sweet and cheerful portrayal is not because the Coens' don't care about baby kidnapping, but because there's a darker side to the story. There's a cheerful nihilism in the background of the Coens' movies, laughing at the misfortunes of the characters. Heck, what other filmmakers would start a movie with a man happily doing a running job in order to commit suicide from his office building? ("The Hudsucker Proxy" btw.)


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This is an old favourite of mine. A little more mellow than the songs I've been posting over the past year. Also quite funny. Listen carefully to the lyrics.


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I suppose I'm probably the last person to hear about this, right? The latest Horroretc Podcast had this playing at the beginning and I instantly had to get it....


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Turns out these are the same guys who did the amazing soundtrack for the movie "Oblivion". Rewatching that movie recently I was struck by how much more effective that movie was made by its soundtrack, so it seems that the talents of M83 were a major factor in my enjoyment there.


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My last Metroid post with a whole selection of cool Metroid-related artwork I discovered can be found here.
I've been mainly finding this artwork on the Samus Aran and A Metroid Fanatic tumblr blogs.
(I also did a similar kind of post related to He-Man and the Masters of the Universe here.)


More awesome images under the cut... )
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Maniac (2012)

Before we begin with the review, I absolutely have to share this awesome song from the soundtrack. It's another Drive-esque synthy song and I absolutely love it.


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When I first saw the original 1980s movie "Maniac" I decided that it could not possibly be remade because to do so the original movie would need to have some kind of unique plot that set it apart. That's not to say that the original had nothing to set it apart at all. It was essentially a showcase of Tom Savini's gore effects and that makes it special in its own way. However, a remake clearly would not be a showcase of Tom Savini's gore effects (or at least, if it was, Tom Savini had better have some pretty amazing new tricks up his sleeve to make it worthwhile).



Incredibly the remake has somehow managed to make some distinctive story points which fit the original and part of how it managed to achieve this is by making the story clearer and stronger. In the original movie the insane murderous protagonist possessed a whole load of shopfront mannequins without any real explanation. This time around it turns out that he makes his money by restoring classic mannequins and selling them to collectors. His hideout is actually at the back of a store devoted to this craft.

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I was reminded of Samus Aran from the incredible Metroid Prime games when watching Pacific Rim. See any reasons why?




More incredible images under the cut... )

ZOMG! YAY!

May. 7th, 2013 05:54 pm
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Oh wow! New poster for the fourth movie in the REC series: REC Apocalypse!

I am so excited!!!!
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(If you like this video you should probably check out the youtube link above and click "like". Plus in the video information there's a tinyurl link to Mediafire. Apparently the band Flashworx have offered up this EP as a freebie.)

Seriously, the movie Drive has done weird things to my taste in music. I can't stop listening to stuff like this these days....
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A Royal Affair was my favourite film of last year. I said in my "movies of 2012" list that it was the best costume drama I have ever seen. What I didn't realise, however, was that the film was chock full of CG and I didn't even know that it was there. All I knew was that the film was utterly beautiful. It seems that the film features a palace created out of thin air. Wow....

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Awesome hilarious animation video about a guy who meets aliens, from the creator of "Pingu Vs The Thing".


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(More vids from Lee Hardcastle here)
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Today I present a song from the horror comedy "Detention" which I absolutely loved. It probably won't seem like much unless you've heard it in the movie, but I currently can't stop listening to it. (So I don't know if I'm recommending the song or the movie here. It's like the "Drive" soundtrack all over again...)



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Also there's a cool new poster for "John Dies At The End". ZOMG I want to see this film so much. Now know that it's the director who did "Bubba Ho-Tep", ALL the "Phantasm" movies, and also "Beastmaster" which I've been meaning to see since I was very young. I may have to watch ALL Don Coscarelli's movies.

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[livejournal.com profile] rhoda_rants decided to do this new meme so I guess I ought to follow it. If you are interested in sharing your current desktop image, the rules are pretty simple:
1.) Anyone who looks at this entry has to post this meme and their current wallpaper. (So yeah, that's mandatory right?)
2.) Explain in five sentences or less why you're using that wallpaper!
3.) Don't change your wallpaper before doing this! (Coz that's cheating!)




I'm a big fan of the Metroid Prime series. "Metroid Prime Trilogy" is like my favourite game of all time. I also love the colour effect on this pic. It's just generally really cool. There's a tumblr blog I follow especially to find new awesome Metroid pics.

(My desktop pic originated here)

Also.... ever wondered who would win out of Samus Aran and Boba Fett in a DEATH BATTLE?


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Jonathan Davis with his microphone stand designed by H.R. Giger. (Yes, seriously.)

I've long been a big fan of Korn, but it's been hard to get particularly animated when their last decent album (though admittedly my personal favourite) was Untouchables, released back in 2002. After that, first there was an okay album that seemed to be trying to revert to their old style, then an attempt to go a bit more poppy, then another album which felt similarly poppy and then finally another attempt to revert to their old style with absolutely no good songs on it whatsoever.

Now they've released an album where every song is conjunction with some kind of industrial and/or dubstep artist. The best songs are in conjunction with Skrillex (whose video seems to be doing the rounds on the internet right now). The songs in question are embedded below:

Get Up (featuring Skrillex)



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Narcissistic Cannibal (featuring Skrillex and Kill The Noise)



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The new album is called "The Path Of Totality" and it sounds absolutely brilliant. A real surprise and it just goes to show that Korn are at their best when they try to be a bit more experimental.

Also there's a rather amusing review at the AV Club which tells us that it's worse than sludge. I remember when there were nothing but glowing reviews for Blur's (now thankfully forgotten) album "13". Music criticism is such BS.
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This is a fan-made film poster for "Aliens". So awesome. Almost as good as the vegetable alien I posted a while back.

(Via Reelizer)
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Recently watched Doomsday since it was sitting in a bargain bin. Director Neil Marshall's follow-up to The Descent is actually not bad at all. It's crazy and more like Resident Evil quality than The Descent quality. That said, if Paul WS Anderson came out with something as good as Doomsday it would be a huge step up for him.


Left: Siouxsie Sioux (pronounced "susie sue"). Right: crazy cannibal woman from "Doomsday".

Anyway, a nice little "Escape From New York"-esque cannibalism scene takes place backed up by Siouxie And The Banshee's "Spellbound". It made me want to look back at some of their stuff. The band seem to have been at the height of their career while I was still very young and were pretty much yesterday's news by the time I would have been old enough to enjoy them. Still, some of their songs just seem utterly brilliant and just seem so different from other music of the time that they are one of the few eighties bands not to sound horrifically dated.

Here are some of my favourite Siouxsie And The Banshees songs, starting with the one I just mentioned.

Spellbound
Notable lyric: "And don't forget, when you elders forget to say their prayers, take them by the legs and throw them down the stairs."



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Cities In Dust
Notable lyric: "Your former glories, and all the stories, dragged and washed with eager hands. Oh your city lies in dust, my friend."



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Even more awesomeness under the cut... )

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