Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life (2010)

2010 Tribeca Film Festival – Winner Best Actor

US release date: August 31

Is this a true story, or ‘based on a true story’ Gainsbourg? Was he really a smart-ass, over imaginative, over sexed, skinny chain-smoking jew kid that grew up into an insomniac, skinny, awkward, chain-smoking, still over imaginative–now with big emphasize on the word ‘over’–French playboy with odd sense of humor, who later morph into middle-aged drunk eccentric music star? But…what is exactly heroic about his life? Ah, doesn’t matter. It’s a reimagining, Baby Pop!
RIP, Lucy Gordon!

My Rating: 5/10

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*New Release* Red Hot Chili Peppers: ‘I’m With You’

Release date: August 30, 2011

Tracklist:
01. Monarchy of Roses
02. Factory of Faith
03. Brendan’s Death Song
04. Ethiopia
05. Annie Wants a Baby
06. Look Around
07. The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie
08. Did I Let You Know
09. Goodbye Hooray
10. Happiness Loves Company
11. Police Station
12. Even You Brutus?
13. Meet Me at the Corner
14. Dance, Dance, Dance

My favorite tune: Look Around

Anthony Kiedis can sport a moustache and change his hair (again) but Chili Peppers stay the same.
RHCP is already matured musically. A little bit too matured maybe: The band is already in its ‘static’ state. Not in any negative sense, they still make good songs, but the pattern is laid. They paved it in, of course, on Blood Sugar Sex Magik, and established this ‘funky pop-rock’ posture since One Hot Minute, back in 1995, four-albums-long ago. From then onward, all is done. It looks like there won’t be anymore adventurous splurge in years to come. You can sense this now. Listening to these new materials, you’ll probably think: maybe this is why Frusciante left.

My Rating: 6/10

Ready Player One

Ready Player One

Standing there, under the bleak fluorescents of my tiny one-room apartment, there was no escaping the truth. In real life, I was nothing but an antisocial hermit. A recluse. A pale-skinned pop culture–obsessed geek. An agoraphobic shut-in, with no real friends, family, or genuine human contact. I was just another sad, lost, lonely soul, wasting his life on a glorified videogame.

They say truth is stranger than fiction, but most of times fictions are much better than real life. The year is 2044 and the world in a bigger mess: More wars, more poverty, starvation, global warming, international energy crisis. But thanks to the gods of geekery, Wikipedia and YouTube survives, affordable uninterrupted 24/7 high-quality wi-fi internet connections are abound, so everybody can free-download everything and MMORPG-ing all days to forget hunger and despair.
I don’t think humankind are ever going to be that lucky.
If Gary Gygax and Matthew Broderick are your heroes, then this is the perfect book for you. A novel specifically written for all the old-school videogames, sci-fi, mecha, tokusatsu nerds, and general 70’s-80’s tv, movie, and music freaks out there (Your favorite console is Xbox and a Power Rangers superfan? Sorry kiddo, you’re too young). And like those good classic videogames, Ready Player One is so damn addictive!
Mr. Hollywood, film this. It will whup Sucker Punch, Tron: Legacy, Avatar, AND Avatar 2‘s collective asses!

Brighton Rock (2010)

US release date: August 26

Pinkie Brown is an aspiring young criminal, obviously very gifted on guns, so it’s understandable that the strict suave-clothing-and-hairdo-but-switchblade-only-weapon code of conduct in the local low-class gangster must be really holding him down. Soon enough he tries to climb up the ladder, making his way to strike deal with the big rich mob boss, toying and using a foolish naive girl who loves him, and somewhere along the way scooter mods fight biker rockers.
So, he’s a bad guy and just… bad. Nothing more, nothing less. All style, no soul man. All style, no soul remake.

My Rating: 3/10

Conan the Barbarian: What Can You Expect From a Sword and Sorcery Movie?

The Cimmerians aren’t that barbaric after all, wonder why those other equally uncivilized people keep calling them barbarians.
What can you really expect from a sword and sorcery movie? Non-stop mindless bloodletting? Monsters? Some nudity and sex? Check. Cheesy acting and nonsensical dialogues? Of course. Villains falling into bottomless pits? Hell yeah.
Story. What story?
Basically reboot ‘Co-nin’ is a same deal as the old Arnie’s version was, minus epic Basil Poledouris soundtrack of course, but not so far strayed. There’s no real need to compare. By today’s Hollywood standard, this is a decent, bordering acceptable, movie! If you hated the new Clash of the Titans or Prince of Persia, chances are you won’t love this much either. The original Robert E. Howard’s Conan? Nobody knows him anymore.

My Rating: 5/10

*New Release* Sun Araw: ‘Ancient Romans’

Release date: August 23, 2011

Tracklist:
1. Lucretius
2. Crown Shell
3. Crete
4. Lute and Lyre
5. At Delphi
6. Fit for Caesar
7. Trireme
8. Impluvium

My favorite tune: At Delphi

Up to ten-minute long songs, the last one clocks fifteen minutes, and all super trippy. That is total one hour and nineteen minutes of pure psychedelia! Damn. You don’t need a time machine and pack for Rome. You can play this record back to back a whole day while smoke joint in your bedroom.

My Rating: 7/10