Friday, June 26, 2009

TGIF: The Box and More

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Another week come and gone. Here are the things I found exciting since last Friday...
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1. God Help the Girl - A new group established by Stuart Murdoch, lead singer/songwriter of Belle & Sebastian, this indie band has mostly female singers and tells the story of a Scottish girl's life growing up in the highlands and her eventual breakdown, although Stuart Murdoch does some vocals himself on this new CD of beautiful songs. I fell in love with the title song "God Help the Girl" immediately.
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2. Astro Boy on DVD - The original Astro Boy cartoon is very difficult to find, and impossible to track down at a reasonable price. But with a new feature film looming, The Right Stuff and Nozomi Entertainment are going to release mini-sets of Tezuka's cartoon from the 1960's (along with Kimba the White Lion mini-sets) at an affordable $49.99 price for 550 minutes of awesomeness.
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3. Michael Jackson's Thriller - This past week saw the passing of two American icons as Michael Jackson and Farrah Fawcett died. Fawcett's death seems overshadowed by Jackson's passing, as the influential King of Pop's music has seen a boom of sales and his music videos are being streamed on MTV and documentaries are neverending on various news channels. I did rediscover the video for Michael Jackson's Thriller, which was really frightening to me as a child, many of the images sticking with me for years. It's a true masterpiece. I recommend reading Sean Collins' essay on it.
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4. "Campire Songs" by The Tall Pines - This new rock/country CD by The Tall Pines has a throwback sound that's catchy and wonderful, with smooth vocals by Connie Lynn Petruk set to the great lyrics of Christmas Davis. Their first CD was one of NPR's best CDs of 2007 - they've only gotten better.
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5. The Box theatrical trailer - The new film by Richard Kelly has a great premise, as a couple will be granted one wish if they push the button within a box given to them by a stranger. The catch - that button will end someone's life, although that person will be a complete stranger to them. Richard Kelly's Donnie Darko is a great movie, although it's a bit overrated in some circles, but I've heard some pretty awful things about his follow-up Southland Tales. The Box has some great moral quandaries in it though, and could go to some really neat places. The film stars Cameron Diaz and James Marsden. Watch the trailer here.

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