On April 9th, Back Lot Records will be releasing the soundtrack to the highly anticipated movie, Oblivion, starring Tom Cruise. The soundtrack features new music by Anthony Gonzalez of M83 and Joseph Trapanese (TRON: Uprising, The Raid: Redemption). It has 16 score cues along with a brand new song featuring Norwegian singer-songwriter Susanne Sundfør that is used as the end title for the flick.
Gonzalez stated regarding the scoring process, “It was challenging, to say, writing the music for Oblivion during my tour with M83. In the back of the tour bus, I had a small set up and was making music whenever I could. It was a little complicated at first but a great way to take a break from the tour and lose myself in Oblivion’s score. Joseph Kosinski had a pretty good idea of what the music would be for the movie, and it took me finding a way to make him happy and make me happy during the process. The soundtrack is truly a collaboration between Joseph Kosinki, Joe Trapanese and myself.”
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Once upon a time…or maybe twice, there was a young sprog who happened to see a television commercial for a brightly-colored and magical bit of animation called Yellow Submarine. The child was fascinated, and determined to learn more about this fantastic machine and its intriguing inhabitants, but his parents denied him. “Your little mind will be blown,” they assured him. But the child persisted, and eventually he reached a compromise with his mother and father. He would be allowed to watch Yellow Submarine, but on an old 9-inch black and white set in the spare bedroom. “It’s for your own good,” they assured him.
So, when the designated evening arrived, the child hunkered down in font of that ancient television and experienced Yellow Submarine in approximately 256 various shades of grey.
Yes, people, that lad was me. And while my mind wasn’t blown by my encounter with the strangely noirish Yellow Submarine, it wasn’t until many years later that I discovered why the Blue Meanies were so called.
If you’ve not been exposed to The Beatles’ 1968 classic, I will spare you the synopsis here, as it would likely do more harm than good. Suffice to say you get good guys, bad guys, trippy animation, cartoon violence, bad puns and more feel-good universal themes than you can shake a stick at. Of course, you also get a boatload of great music courtesy of those four lads from Liverpool, whom I just discovered, thanks to the special features of the Blue-Ray release, did not even voice their own characters for the film.
Fun fact: An actor named Peter Batten voiced George Harrison for the first half of the film, but he was arrested when he was discovered to be a deserter from the British Army, and his lines were finished by actor Paul Angelis, who also provided the voice of Ringo Starr.
Like many other things from the 60s, Yellow Submarine probably raises more questions than it answers: Why did the Blue Meanies hate music? Was Jeremy Hillary Boob Ph.D. simply trying to avoid the draft? What happens to Young Fred in the last third of the film? Maybe I’m overthinking it. This is Yellow Submarine, after all, and not Citizen Kane.
Not surpsingly, the Blu-Ray edition of Yellow Submarine looks and sounds great. The Apple Bonkers, Butterfly Stompers, Countdown Clowns, Snapping Turks and The Dreadful Flying Glove all practically leap from the screen into the lap of the viewer. The dialog is crisp (and loud) and the fidelity of the songs likely surpasses that of much of your music collection.
I also feel compelled to mention that I’ve never come across a DVD or Blu-Ray that offers subtitles in so many languages.
And of course, being a top-shelf Blu-Ray release, Yellow Submarine offers a slew of special features sure to tickle fans pink, including:
the Mod Odyssey documentary
the original theatrical trailer
multiple storyboard sequences
interviews with select actors and creative staff
original pencil drawings
Basically, everything even the most casual Beatles fan could need for a mind-blowing evening at home. Just add your mood-altering substance of choice.
Yelllow Submarine Blu-Ray Giveaway : MOKB has scored one Yellow Submarine Blu-Ray. If you want to qualify win, you need to follow @myoldkyblog on Twitter and tweet us your favorite Beatles song by Friday, June 15th. The winner will be chosen at random.
The artist known as Rodriguez sold a half million albums in South Africa, so it’s no surprise some call him the “South African Elvis.” American music industry veterans put him on par with the likes of Bob Dylan as one of the greatest songwriters at the dawn of the 1970s. Meanwhile his folk rock music went largely snubbed by Americans at the time of its release.
Despite his mega-fame in South Africa, the fans there knew little about him. After his second album release, his quick disappearance fueled wild rumors. By most accounts, he committed suicide on stage at a concert that turned sour. Other things that add to his air of mystery: he recorded songs, even within the same album, under different names, including Sixto Rodriguez and Jesus Rodriguez. In every single photograph of him, he wore shades. He reportedly turned his back to audiences at his performances.
It was this mystery that sparked two fans to hunt down the story of Rodriguez. Searching for Sugar Man, directed by Mailk Benjelloul, follows their quest. I caught the Tribeca Film Festival screening Tuesday night, and the Q&A afterwards would read more like a love letter to Rodriguez than a series of questions about the film. The film, too, was a kind of love letter to the music that was almost lost. This film gives one last gasp to his albums, currently re-released on light in the attic records. Will Americans finally pay attention to Rodriguez? For those who see the film, I’m betting they will.
Here’s a trend that can keep on coming: the online film festival. As my Amtrak hurtles toward NYC, where I’m headed to cover Tribeca Film Festival (TFF) in the flesh, I can warm up with with a few flicks thanks to their online fest and the modern marvel that is wifi on the train.
Four world premiere feature selections from the 2012 TFF are online now, streaming for free. These include my first viewing pick, Babygirl, directed and written by Macdara Vallely. (Ireland, USA). View the trailer:
Other streaming features include: On The Mat, directed and written by Fredric Golding. (USA)
Achieving greatness in high school wrestling requires a level of devotion unmatched perhaps by any other sport. That greatness has become a yearly expectation at Lake Stevens High, winner of seven Washington state championships in the past 10 years. Narrated by Lake Stevens wrestling alum Chris Pratt (Moneyball), this riveting documentary follows the team over the course of a season as they fight through injuries and academic issues to maintain their school’s legacy.
The Russian Winter, directed by Petter Ringbom. (Russia)
Brooklyn-born John Forté was a Grammy-nominated musician in The Fugees at 21 and a federal prison inmate at 26. When his prison sentence was remarkably commuted in 2008, Forté was given a second chance to share his talents with the world. Chronicling his concert tour across Russia, this inspirational documentary takes us on Forté’s personal journey—one that’s as much about having his voice heard as having his music heard. In English, Russian with subtitles.
Town of Runners, directed by Jerry Rothwell. (UK)
Over the past two decades the small, rural Ethiopian town of Bekoji has been the unlikely home to numerous Olympic champion long-distance runners, whose athletic success has paved the way for a generation of young Ethiopians searching for a better future. With a keen artistic eye, TFF award winner Jerry Rothwell (Donor Unknown) follows two teenage track hopefuls who face the challenge of growing up and striving for greatness in a developing nation. In Amharic, Oromo with subtitles.
A handful of shorts will also be streaming, each with limited screening windows and capacity. Go forth and register for free at Tribeca Online Film Festival and have you very own mini Tribeca Film Fest in your living room. Let me know your favorite picks!
Here’s a story of love that hasn’t been told before. In “Cadaver,” a dead man makes a last gasp at life, convincing an unsuspecting med student to take him on a road trip to tell his wife once more that he loves her.
This 2D animated short features a poem filmmaker Jonah Ansell wrote for his own sister as she struggled with her early medical school jitters. If you can imagine Shel Silverstein whimsy and rhythm with an Edgar Allen Poe edge, you”ll be somewhere near the vibe of this unexpected, bittersweet tale.
The star-studded cast includes Christopher Lloyd and Kathy Bates, with Tavi Gevinson of fashion blogger fame narrating the tale. Tavi is known for sweeping up the fashion world, having started her own fashion blog Rookie Style at the tender age of 11. Now 15, she endcaps the film with a rendition of Neil Young’s Heart of Gold.
Tavi Gevison Performs Heart of Gold at New York Fashion Week:
Currently, “Cadaver” is playing the festival circuit after opening at Santa Barbara Film Fest and holding a private screening at New York Fashion Week. The film will screen next at Cinequest Film Festival in San Jose on Friday 3/3/12, which will include a Q+A session with Ansell, one of the producers and some of the production crew.
In more recent news, Kathy Bates and Christopher Lloyd have signed on to return for the feature-length version of “Cadaver,” which Jonah Ansell will write and direct. No release date has been set.
I can’t resist the adorable charm of Paul Rudd, so it’s impossible not to be a little excited about the release of Our Idiot Brother, featuring Rudd as a naive, free spirit who looks for the answers to life with his dog (named Willie Nelson) and generally drives his family nuts. With Zooey Deschanel starring as one of his sisters, it’s almost too much adorable charm to handle in one movie.
Sadly, you won’t hear any tracks from She & Him on the soundtrack, but you’ll get a nice sample of old and new: Willie Nelson, Carole King, Fruit Bats, Thao with The Get Down Stay Down and Generationals. Cowboys and Hobos grabbed my attention because Nina Persson of The Cardigans lends her vocals to the track. If, like me, you yearn for another tune in the vein of Lovefool that drips with pop goodness, you’re in for a surprise. Cowboys and Hobos is a loping, quiet country tune likely to leave a tear in your beer. Nina’s voice is as pure as ever and the harmonies with Nathan Larson and Eric D. Johnson are lovely. (Nina, if you’re reading this, we really miss The Cardigans.) Get the soundtrack on Amazon tomorrow.
Sub Pop has just announced a solid release date of June 28th for one of my most hotly-anticipated records of 2011 Shabazz Palaces’ new full-length, Black Up.
In other news, the band also provided the score for Tough Bond, a Village Beat documentary about Kenya’s street children. The film is expected to be released this summer, but we’ve got an early trailer, which features Shabazz Palaces’ Blast It, right here.
Shabazz Palaces on Tour
Apr 30 Howlin Wolf, New Orleans, LA (Jazz Fest)
May 11 Kung Fu Necktie, Philadelphia, PA
May 12 Santo’s Party House, New York, NY
Jun 9 Troubadour, Los Angeles, CA
Jun 30 Neumos, Seattle, WA (CD Release show)
Jul 01 Neumos, Seattle, WA (CD Release show)
Jul 17 Pitchfork Music Festival, Chicago, IL