Juusan-nin no shikaku (13 Assassins)

2011 Best Production Designer Asian Movie Award;
2011 Best Art Direction, Best Cinematography, Best Lighting, Best Sound Award of the Japanese Academy.

US release date: April 29

Thirteen versus two hundred? One big bloody bladefest remake!

My Rating: 6/10


*New Release* Holy Ghost!

Release date: April 26, 2011


1. Do It Again
2. Wait And See
3. Hold My Breath
4. Say My Name
5. Jam For Jerry
6. Hold On
7. It’s Not Over
8. Slow Motion
9. Static On The Wire
10. Some Children

My favorite tune: Hold My Breath (yes, the same song remixed TWICE in last week’s release ‘Wolfram’).

Synth-pop lives on and strikes again! I can easily imagine singles from this album being played on AM radios back in the 80’s….

My Rating: 7/10

The Surrendered

2011 Pulitzer Prize Fiction Finalist.

The Surrendered

Nostalgic romance drama with the horror of Japanese invasion to China and Korean War as background. While lavishly detailed, moving and well written, it is also burdened with too much character cliché: chick-magnet war vet, sex, orphans, reverends, sex, insecure men, lonely women, past and present lovers, more sex; basically those same people portrayed again and again in so many war related stories.
Surprising to find this novel as Pulitzer finalist. But would’ve been a bigger surprise if they picked this as the winner.

*New Release* Wolfram

Release date: April 19, 2011


1. Hold My Breath feat. Holy Ghost
2. Fireworks feat. Hercules & Love Affair
3. Out Of Control feat. Paul Parker
4. Roshi
5. Thing Called Love feat. Haddaway
6. Teamgeist feat. Patrick Pulsinger
7. Norway feat. Sebastian
8. So Fine All The Time feat. Legowelt
9. Hold My Breath feat. Sally Shapiro
10. Pianopella and Breathless

My favorite tune: Pianopella and Breathless

This self-titled debut album by the Austrian DJ will pound your eardrums and send you straight to disco-dancing heaven.

My Rating: 7/10

Suttree by Cormac McCarthy (1979)


Originally published in 1979.

Pale manchild were there last agonies? Were you in terror, did you know? Could you feel the claw that claimed you? And who is this fool kneeling over your bones, choked with bitterness? And what could a child know of the darkness of God’s plan? Or how flesh is so frail it is hardly more than a dream.

Probably the most beautifully written prose about a bum, ever. Not an easy read, but McCarthy’s ability to invent endless wilderness of words and intricate sentences in every page is just beyond uncanny. You know him as a great writer, but here you will find him as magical.