Jam on it! J-J-Jam on it! Documentary looking at the influence of the Incredible Bongo Band's classic version of Apache on hip hop.
SAMPLE THIS is the true story of how unknown music producer Michael Viner brought together the greatest studio musicians of the 1970's to create an album that ultimately went nowhere…until the summer of 1973, when DJ Herc took the percussion breaks from that obscure album and extended them by playing them back to back. His beats became an anthem on the streets of the Bronx and ultimately the genre of Hip Hop, becoming one of the most sampled tracks in history and used by artists from Will Smith and Missy Elliott to Amy Winehouse and Jay-Z.
It's Jesse Eisenberg x 2 in this drama from The IT Crowd's Richard Ayoade. Premieres at the Toronto International Film Festival
Second Run DVD are delighted to announce that our next release will be Jindřich Polák’s pioneering 1963 Czech sci-fi film IKARIE XB 1 on September 23.
Jindřich Polák's much-imitated feature is one of the cornerstones of contemporary sci-fi cinema. Adapted from Stanisław Lem's 1955 novel The Magellanic Cloud, and predating Gene Rodenberry's Star Trek and Kubrick's 2001, Ikarie's influence can be seen on both
Trailer up for Spike Jonze's new movie - Her.
Spike Lee's remake is looking a lot like the original...
Really enjoyed this lo-tech gem at Sundance. Hope the arrival of this fuller trailer means it's getting a release soon.
Short looking at FX legend Douglas Trumbull's plans to get some HD UFO footage. Good idea. More details of a feature-length drama he's planning (about a man who wants to film some UFOs) over at THR - shooting in 4K 3D at 120 frames per second. He's also developing "a sci-fi epic that takes place about 200 years in the future”. We're in.
UFOTOG, an acronym for UFO photography, is “based on a longer screenplay that I have” that tells the story of a man’s attempt to photograph an alien spacecraft. “He’s very smart, a serial entrepreneur, like Elon Musk. So he has the wherewithal to get a really good camera and build a system on a mountaintop.” The photographer is played by actor Ryan Winkles.
It's kind of a big deal...
More Stone Roses nostalgia on the way...
Scorsese and DiCaprio on rampaging dollar-bill chucking form in this stockbroker drama. Written by Terence "Boardwalk Empire" Winter, based on the autobiography by Jordan Belfort.
Meta-trailer for Lake Bell's highly enjoyable comedy about a voice-over artist working in a world where LA's movie trailer voice-over industry is dominated by men.
A double-bill of older icons: first up, Harrison Ford gets a close shave to play a corporate raider wrangling with long-standing rival Gary Oldman via young bridge'n'tunnel hitech wizzkid Liam Hemsworth in Paranoia. Below, Michelle Pfeiffer is married to mobster Robert De Niro and finding The Family are getting bored with a life of witness protection, even when they're hiding out in France. Directed by Luc Besson.
What's this? A US show on ITV1 on Saturday night? Heard good things about this drama following a pair of KGB spies living undercover in Washington in 1981.
Interesting looking doc on the cult band described as being "punk before punk".
"Before Bad Brains, the Sex Pistols or even the Ramones, there was Death. Formed in the early ’70s by three teenage brothers from Detroit, Death is credited as being the first black punk band, and the Hackney brothers, David, Bobby, and Dannis, are now considered pioneers in their field. But it wasn’t until recently — when a dusty 1974 demo tape made its way out of Bobby’s attic nearly 30 years after Death’s heyday — that anyone outside a small group of punk enthusiasts had even heard of them. Equal parts electrifying rockumentary and epic family chronicle, the story of Death is one of brotherly love and fierce, divinely inspired expression."
Tell No One helmer Guillaume Canet makes his English-language debut with this 70s brothers-on-the-slide NYC thriller starring Clive Owen, Billy Crudup, Marion Cotillard, Mila Kunis, Zoe Saldana, Matthias Schoenaerts and James Caan. Remake of French thriller Les Liens Du Sang by Jacques Maillot.
Heard promising reports for this tripped-out English Civil War psychedelic thriller from Kill List director Ben Wheatley, which is getting an interesting simulatenous release on cinema screens, Film4, Blu-ray & DVD, Video On Demand, all from 5th July. With Michael Smiley (Kill List), Peter Ferdinando (Tony), Reece Shearsmith (The League of Gentlemen), Julian Barratt (The Mighty Boosh), Richard Glover (Sightseers) and Ryan Pope (Ideal).
Offbeat offering from Waltz With Bashir director Ari Folman: Robin Wright gets scanned by a mysterious company, ends up in a string of trippy cartoons... More at Slashfilm
The Shane Meadows doc is coming soon, with the resurrected Roses playing some more gigs this summer. That opening guitar riff for Made In Stone is still amazing.
All new eps up on Netflix May 26
George Clooney and Sandra Bullock are lost in space in the new one from Alfonso Cuarón
Longer trailer for this eco-activist undercover FBI agent drama.
More Hollywood maths at work here: The Dude + Men In Black x Ghostbusters / CGI = RIPD
Sophia Coppola's latest, with a shoplifting Emma Watson
Yet another trailer for Man of Steel. This one offers a brief reprive from the wackness of the Zod Facetime viral and claws back some of the Terrence Mallick vibe from the teaser ...but this tenpole's on thin ice.
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.
Doc about The Band's drummer.
New one from Nicolas Winding Refn; Ryan Gosling gets moody in Bangkok.
Apocalypse woah: James Franco, Seth Rogen, Danny McBride etc get all "dude, it's the end of the world"
Round three: Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke walk and talk again.
(or COLOSSAL VELOCITY)
Contents: more ass-kicking, some Jim Carrey .
From the home of Extremely Dark Knight
Wahlberg just needs to drop the action and do comedy full time. Sorry, been meaning to put this one up for ages.
DJ Shadow beefs up this Stoker trailer.
Good cast in this brunch at the end of the world comedy from Oscilloscope Labs: David Cross, Julia Stiles, America Ferrera. Follow @OscopeLabs for details of the whole thing showing on Vine (if watching a movie in 6 sec clips is your kind of thing)
Good looking trailer up for Robert Redford's new thriller The Company You Keep, about 60s radicals The Weather Underground. It's star studded, but not to be confused with Raymond Pettibon's similarly star studded art flick The Whole World is Watching - Weathermen '69.
Another favourite from this year's Sundance.
Fuller trailer for the haunting Upstream Color, the highly recommended follow-up to Primer from writer/director Shane Carruth. Blew the Chimp team away at Sundance, can't wait to see it again.
"Ride like lightning, crash like thunder..." Another drive for Ryan Gosling - this time, he's staring into the distance on a motorbike. With Eva Mendes, Bradley Cooper and Ray Liotta.
Hollywood loves doing the same thing twice: Capote v Infamous; Antz v A Bug's Life; Snow White And The Huntsman v Mirror Mirror; Lincoln v Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. Now here's two takes on the perils of eating candy in a house made of sweets: you've probably seen Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton getting all medieval badass - but have you seen Lara Flynn Boyle as a stoner witch with a serious case of the munchies? Asylum Films have knocked one out too (starring Dee Wallace - aka Elliott's mum in ET).
While you're waiting for Bill & Ted 3, here's a longer trailer for Alex Winter's Napster doc
Looks like they need a bigger boat... Biopic about Norwegian explorer Thor Heyderdhal who sailed the Pacific in 1947 on a balsa wood raft.
The Coens go folk for their latest, with Oscar Isaac as the titular singer, plus John Goodman and Carey Mulligan hanging out in Greenwich Village in the early 60s
Promising trailer for The East - the follow up to the excellent Sound of My Voice from Zal Batmanglij and Brit Marling. Looks like they're stepping things up, with a cast that includes Alexander Skarsgård, Ellen Page, Julia Ormond and Patricia Clarkson
An introduction from Charlie Sheen to his new Roman Coppola film