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Bad Neighbours

Auto-pilot anti-frat comedy, lacking the necessary heavyweight ensemble cast.


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6th Jun 2015

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Are you Mike D or Spike Jonze

Some good stuff in the latest Mike D-edited edition of Monster Children magazine, including the film below and a double edged driving playlist, curated by Mike D and Spike Jonze. I've only got two of the tracks in the Mike D playlist, but pretty much everything except Rock Lopster for Spike Jonze'.

THE SUBURBAN
Mike D, Kassia Meador, Rob Machado, Photographer Morgan Maassen
THEIR PLAYLIST
Frank Ocean, Mick Jones, Paul Simonon and Diplo - Hero
Portugal. The Man - Work All Day
Jai Paul - BTSTU (demo)
Can - Sing Swan Song
Silver Apples - Lovefingers
T Rex - Life’s a Gas
Neil Young - Journey Through the Past
Led Zeppelin - Good Times Bad Times
Soko feat. Ariel Pink - Monster Love
MIA feat. The Weeknd - Sexodus
Major Lazer - Get Free
Jai Paul - Jasmine (demo)
Cassius - I <3 U So
Brian Eno - Some of Them Are Old
Christian Tiger School - Various cuts
Darkside - Golden Arrow
Chromatics - Tick of the Clock
Kanye West feat. Bon Iver - Lost in the World
Chief Keef - Citgo
Kanye West - Blood on the Leaves
EPMD - You Gots to Chill


THE JEEP
Spike Jonze, Ford Archbold, Alex Knost, Tanner Rozunko and cinematographer Alex Kopps
THEIR PLAYLIST
Billy Joel - The Longest Time (start a 6am drive with this and everyone is feeling pretty good)
Jane’s Addiction - Summertime Rolls
Girls - Summertime
Guided by Voices - A Salty Salute
David Bowie - Five Years
Pavement - In the Mouth a Desert
Future Islands - Seasons (Waiting on You)
The Strokes - Someday (As we got closer to the spot, we would start picking it up…)
Minor Threat - Salad Days
X - Los Angeles
Television Personalities - Part Time Punks
Velvet Underground - Lady Godiva’s Operation
Pavement - Gold Soundz
The B-52’s - Rock Lobster

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5th Aug 2014 - Add Comment - Tweet

Trailer Park: The Rover

If you like Mike from Neighbours, you'll love this trailer for The Rover, from David Michod, directoor of the spectacular Aussie crime pic Animal Kingdom.

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30th Jan 2014 - Add Comment - Tweet

Trailer Park: True Detective

Looking forward to this one: starts Jan 12 HBO, sometime in Feb on Sky Atlantic.

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3rd Jan 2014 - Add Comment - Tweet

Trailer Park: True Detective

New HBO show starting in January, with Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson playing bad cop/worse cop in the deep south.

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9th Sep 2013 - Add Comment - Tweet

Trailer Park: Behind The Candelabra

Steven Soderbergh's "last" directing job: Michael Douglas as Liberace, Matt Damon his secret lover. Coming to HBO May 26 / Sky Atlantic soon after hopefully.

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10th Apr 2013 - Add Comment - Tweet

The Watch

More loose dudecom antics, Richard Ayaode joins Stiller/Hill/Vaughan on suburban neighbourhood patrol.


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23rd Dec 2012

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12 For 2012

In alphabetical order, here's 12 things I enjoyed in 2012...

Argo
Ben Affleck turns in another great actor/director turn as a CIA agent heading to Iran to rescue hostages during the 1979 revolution with the flimsiest of bad cover stories: a fake Hollywood studio looking to shoot a Star Wars ripoff. Great beards, trenchcoats, 70s soundtrack - and it's all (pretty much) true. 

Breaking Bad S5
Magnetic, bitches! Can't wait for the second half. S4 was possibly tighter, but watching Walt's turn to the baaaad side was pretty compelling. 

Frank Ocean - Channel Orange
Fresh take on modern R&B, adding Sly Stone psych jams to the digital mix.

Game Of Thrones S2
Adding more families, more magic, more dastardly plots and more blood/guts/sexposition to an ever-expanding world.

Girls S1
Cue a stream of "new Sex And The City" / "they're so shocking" / "why is their NY so white?" articles - all interesting points, but it's easy to get sucked up in the phenomenon and lose sight of just how well written this is. Makes up for HBO canning How To Make It In America. Kind of.

Fables
Bill Willingham's ongoing Vertigo series is like Game Of Thrones for fairytales. A great graphic novel drama/thriller/comedy/soap opera.

The Killing III
Focused finale for Forbrydelsen, with Sarah Lund finding love in a hopeless place (another dark room in Denmark where the lights don't work but it's OK because she's got her torch. And Borch).

Lincoln
Total Oscar-bait, will be v surprised if anything manages to beat this when they're dishing them out. Spielberg back to his epic best, showing the mechanics of US government during the Civil War as Lincoln (Daniel Day Lewis) charms, cajoles and tricks his way to the abolition of slavery.

Tame Impala - Lonerism
Aussie psychedelia with bags of personality and tunes.

Toy - Toy
Two tracks pushing beyond the 7 min mark, tight Krautrock beats and Chameleons-style riffing - a promising, solid debut in a post-Horrors space that had multiple repeats at Chimp Towers.

The Walking Dead S3
Zombie action ramped up, more plots, more characters, less time to think "hey, what about..?"

Also CONSUMED & ENJOYED
Modern Family S4, Boardwalk Empire S3, Homeland S2, The Fear, Fresh Meat, Flying Lotus - Until The Quiet Comes, The US Office, Nurse Jackie S4 (another standout performance from Bobby Cannavale - almost as crazy as Gyp Rossetti), Skyfall.

THE STUPIDO DAMN YOU WHY WHY pile
Prometheus
, The Dark Knight Rises

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17th Dec 2012 - Add Comment - Tweet

New Studio Ghibli Double Bill For 2013

Studio Ghibli animators Hayao Miyazaki (Kiki's Delivery Service, Spirited Away) and Isao Takahata (Pom Poko, My Neighbors the Yamadas) will both be releasing films in summer 2013: Kaze Tachinu (The Wind Rises) and Kaguya-hime no Monogatari (The Tale of The Bamboo Cutter).

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17th Dec 2012 - Add Comment - Tweet

To The People Who Kept Us Up Last Night...

neighbourhood watch, listen, review

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14th Sep 2012 - Add Comment - Tweet

Bon Iver: The Shoe

Not to be outdone by his buddy Kanye, Bon Iver is releasing a shoe. Cats seem to dig the fishbone motif

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18th Jun 2012 - Add Comment - Tweet

How To Make It In America

Season 1

HBO

With Entourage winding down after an epic 7 (soon to be 8th and final) seasons, HBO have started to line up it's successor. While the no-money, Lower East Side vibe of aspiring fashion entrepreneurs Ben Epstein and Cam Calderon might seem like a million miles from the valet parking of Vincent Chase's Hollywood, there are many parallels with this East Coast cousin - following the same dreams of success and the high life, just jumping on board at an earlier stage.

Despite the opposing fortunes, lifestyle envy also plays a big part here and while the reality of always being a dollar short might not quite hold the everlasting appeal of having a dollar too much, always knowing the hippest parties and being on first-name terms with every door man in town is something many of us would have loved 15 years ago. Slow motion mixes with flash frame photography and well chosen music to beautifully capture the gritty, exciting world of opportunity of both the Lower East Side and the just-graduated student mentality.

How To Make It In America has that quick-fix vibe that gets you high in 25 minutes and leaves you wanting more. Well-rounded episodes that fly by, but the season arc stays strong and is filled out well with multiple story strands (including a career-best performance from Luis Guzman and Rasta Monsta) all staying as strong as each other, while still building the bigger picture of the show's overall themes and agenda.

Great stuff. Should be back for season 2 later on in 2011.

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1st Jun 2011 - Add Comment - Tweet

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HBO 2 GO

It's US-only of course, but HBO's new iPad app looks pretty impressive for catching up with your favourite shows from the comfort of your bed/toilet/plane.

Fingers crossed that Sky Atlantic might release something similar. And that it doesn't cost an extra £10 a month.

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Netflix Vs HBO

Netflix seems to be fancying itself as the next HBO, commisioning a remake of 1990 British TV show House of Cards under the guiding hand of David Fincher - and starring Kevin Spacey. The show will initially run exclusively via Netflix's own streaming services late next year. In a show of confidence, they have commisioned two full series up front - 26 episodes. Quite a stretch, considering the original was only four parts.

Netflix already has 20m subscribers, compared to HBO's 28m. If only Love Film was as ambitious.

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29th Mar 2011 - Add Comment - Tweet

Skate or die: The Get By - Skating NYC

In support of last year's New York-set dramedy How To Make It In America, HBO made this nice little film The Get By - documenting the New York skate scene.

The show also features references to a supposed New York skate 'legend' - Wilfredo Gomez ... a film about whom you can see above.

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7th Mar 2011 - Add Comment - Tweet

Trailer Park: Games Of Thrones

quite like the look of this new epic fantasy show - coming to Sky Atlantic a day after US HBO transmission, Apr 18

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24th Feb 2011 - Add Comment - Tweet

H.B.O.V.A.

Forget watching any HBO shows legally in the UK unless you've got satellite. Sky has snapped up all of HBO's current and past output, which will become exclusive to the pay-TV channel as current deals expire - for the next 5 years at least.

Scorsese's upcoming Boardwalk Empire looks like a future highlight for the channel, as well as the return of Curb and Bored to Death, but with ITV failing to renew their deal on Entourage and Treme failing to be picked up by anyone yet, Sky is going to be the place you have to go.

With Sky also rolling out their video-on-demand system this looks like a Monopoly-power-play move to add more value to their offering, as they push past the 10,000,000 subscriber mark.

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The Punisher: War Zone

One of the thinnest plots I've ever seen. Like Neighbours does superheroes.


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20th Jun 2010

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Ad Nauseum: Paint The Town Lavender

Fairly epic ad up from Dulux, who've kindly painted your neighbourhood a puke inducing shade.

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17th Jun 2010 - Add Comment - Tweet

Male Bonding

Nothing Hurts

Sub Pop

Male Bonding are trio from London and after an early spell of pretty abrasive noise-pop they've evolved into a more well rounded band and have been scooped up by Sub Pop the lucky little beggars. Their early noise excursions still remain in the mix here but have been filled out with a delicious serving of mangy punk-rock packed full of hooks, fierce guitars, crashing cymbals, basically everything you'd want from this label. Very much in the neighborhood of bands like No Age or Abe Vigoda these guys marry perfectly the lo-fi scuzz with the garage-rock sensibility and always keeping a sideways glance in the direction of melody and structure. Nothing Hurts doesn't quite match the reckless abandon of Japandroids but it's brimming over with excitement and raw passion. Killer tracks are More Things This Way and Franklin.

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4th Jun 2010 - Add Comment - Tweet

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Rollins and Danzig Forever

Love the sound of this mini comic - Henry & Glenn Forever, documenting the fictional civil partnership between Glenn Danzig and Henry Rollins. Hall & Oates are their neighbours.

Via Ian C Rogers

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7th May 2010 - Add Comment - Tweet

Trailer Park: Boardwalk Empire

Trailer up for the Scorsese-produced HBO series Boardwalk Empire, which premieres in the autumn in the US.

The show stars Steve Buscemi and Kelly Macdonald, while the pilot is written by Sopranos vet Terrence Winter and directed by Scorsese himself.

via AICN.

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19th Mar 2010 - Add Comment - Tweet

Conchords Grounded

To coincide with their new website, Twitter feed, Flickr group and Facebook page, the Flight of the Conchords have announced that there will not be another series of the HBO show.... basically, because it's too much work.

"While the characters Bret and Jemaine will no longer be around, the real Bret and Jemaine will continue to exist."

Hopefully that doesn't mean it's the absolute end however. I Told You I was Freaky is sitting high in my best of 2009 list.

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11th Dec 2009 - Add Comment - Tweet

Doctor Who - The Waters Of Mars

(dir. Graeme Harper)

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Another fun entry in modern Who cannon as the current Doctor heads towards his final episodes. We're off to Mars here, as the Tardis lands on the red planet in 2059, just in time to find the crew manning Bowie Base One in trouble with some H20.

The Doctor's initially pleased to meet the crew, lead by Lindsay Duncan and Peter O'Brien (Neighbours, Flying Doctors and Casualty) - until he realises he's arrived at one of those points in time which just can't be changed - "certain points in time are fixed... Everything else is in flux, anything can happen, but those certain points, they have to stand... This base on Mars... what happens here must always happen." Something about altering the course of future events etc (not that it's really bothered him much in the past) (or is that the future?). So as soon as he arrives, he's getting ready to go. 

Duncan's a good foil for the Doctor here - it always seems to work when they try that that Harry Potter trick of roping in some classy British thesps to bump up the acting credentials on this show. The monsters are quite engaging, even though it's hard to escape the feeling that they're wetting themselves all the time (you'll see what I mean). Even though he's only got as far as Mars, it's fun to see the Doctor getting off Earth - one of the main problems in the new Who is that the Tardis seems stuck on ending up in recognisable moments in our planet's history. Bit of a shame when you could go anywhere in the universe, at any time, really. 

Basically Waters Of Mars is a set-up to remove the Doctor's man of action status and get him to angst over all his interventionist tendencies -  a theme that looks like it's set to play out as we head towards his impending doom/regeneration. Will he ever pay for mucking about with time? Are there consequences when you can keep zipping back and forwards through the time stream?

Was it always this heavy when they used to get near  the moment whenthe actors got worried about being typecast as the Doctor each regeneration? I remember it all being much more of a surprise when I was a kid and Tom Baker or Peter Davison suddenly morphed into view, but maybe that's because I wasn't online wading through the geek soup all day. Does seem to be wavering on that fine line between not taking itself seriously (the GADGET robot stuff here is pretty silly) and then getting disappearing up its own Tardis with the weight of it all. Still, it's a good teatime thriller, and I'm intrigued enough to want to see how they finish David Tennant's tenancy off/introduce Matt Smith in the Christmas specials. 

Whoniverse extras:

The Doctor's back in his own astronaut suit, from The Impossible Planet

Nice K-9 ref.

Looks like there's going to be a bit of a greatest hits reunion coming - The Master, Donna and the Ood are all heading our way for the Christmas finale.

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