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Sunday, September 28, 2008

W (Trailer 2 Release)

There are questions any definitive account of George W. Bush's presidency must answer, but one has in particular has dogged him from the very start: How can such a failure amount to such success?

Grade: B
Trailer 2 HERE
Trailer 1 HERE

Friday, September 26, 2008

Synecdoche, New York (Graded)

Caden, is a theatre director. After the inception of his new play, he discovers that his various autonomic functions are shutting down one at a time. The movie goes into themes such as the nature of family, of home & of male-female relationships, all while blurring the nature of reality & representation in Synecdoche, New York.

Grade: A
Trailer HERE

Valkyrie (Poster Release)

At the height of WW2, a group of high-ranking German officers hatched a plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler, & seize power of the military command in order to end the war. The operation was codenamed "Valkyrie", for the emergency plan that was meant to be used in case of a revolt against the Nazi government. This plan had been modified by the conspirators to ensure their success the rest is left in history.

Coming: Dec 26th
Trailer HERE

Saturday, September 20, 2008

I.O.U.S.A. (Movie Watch)

In this bold examination, the rapidly growing national debt & its consequences for the United States & its citizens are examined. With burdening ever-expanding government & military, increased international competition, overextended entitlement programs along with debts to foreign countries that are becoming impossible to honor, America must mend its spendthrift ways or face an economic disaster of epic proportions.

Trailer HERE

Girl Cut In Two (Movie Watch)

Gabrielle Deneige is an independent, ambitious TV weather girl torn between her love of a distinguished author several decades her senior & the attentions of a headstrong, potentially unstable young suitor. An unspoken past between the two men heightens tensions, & though she’s initially certain of her love for one, the see-saw demands & whims of both men keep confusing & darkening matters making a choice not so easy to be made.

Trailer HERE

Stealing America: Vote By Vote (Movie Watch)

For more than 30 years, exit polls accurately predicted election results. Over the last 10 years that reliability has disappeared. What’s going on? The last two presidential elections came down to a relatively small number of votes, & in both elections the integrity of the voting process has been called into question. With the upcoming election looking to be similarly close, the time has come to ask the questions: What happened in 2000 & 2004? What, if anything, has changed since? And what can be done to ensure a fair & honest tabulation of votes in 08? 

Trailer HERE

Rock n Rolla (Poster Release)

One Two is a street-smart mobster who has learned to play both sides of the fence. Lenny Cole, ia the lethal head mobster, who is quickly losing ground to the wealthier foreign mob. Stella, One Two's love interest, is an accountant with ties to the underworld. Mumbles is One Two's partner. Roman is an American trying to break into the music scene in London. When these characters run or crash into each other's lives, it's Rock n Rolla time.

Trailer HERE

The Linguists (Movie Watch)

Scientists estimate that of 7,000 languages in the world, half will be gone by the end of this century. On average, one language disappears every two weeks. THE LINGUISTS follows David Harrison & Gregory Anderson, scientists racing to document languages on the verge of extinction.

Trailer HERE

The Boy In the Striped Pajamas (Movie Watch)

In this fictional story, an eight-year-old boy largely shielded from the reality of World War II makes a forbidden friendship between himself & a boy held captive in a concentration camp. Though the two are separated physically by a barbed wire fence, their lives become inescapably intertwined. together their tragic journey helps recall the millions of innocent victims of the Holocaust.

Trailer HERE

Nights and Weekends (Movie Watch)

Mattie & James are in love, but too many mornings & too many miles apart have taken a toll on them. As they struggle with the distance between New York & Chicago, their visits become reminders of the difficulties, not the pleasures, of their relationship. In this intimate portrayal of longing & confusion, a film has been created that resonates deeply & leaves scars that fade but can’t heal.

Trailers HERE

The International (Movie Watch)

An obsessive Interpol agent spearheads an investigation into one of the world's most high-profile & powerful banking institutions in an attempt to expose them for worldwide arms brokering, corruption & murder, but at what cost?

Grade: C +
Trailer HERE

The Soloist (Movie Watch)

A schizophrenic, homeless musician from Skid Row, Los Angeles dreams of playing at Walt Disney Concert Hall.

Trailer HERE

Elite Squad (Movie Watch)

In Rio de Janeiro’s notorious favelas, the volatile slums on the edge of the city, the elite BOPE force (State Police Special Operations Battalion) combats drug trafficking, but keeping order has its price though & their actions make it difficult to distinguish right from wrong & justice from revenge.

Trailer HERE

Ballast (Movie Watch)

In the cold winter light of a rural Mississippi Delta township, a man's suicide radically transforms three characters' lives & throws off-balance what has long been a static arrangement among them.

Trailer HERE

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Richard W. Wright (July 28, 1943 - Sept 15, 2008)

Richard Wright, Pink Floyd Founder, Keyboardist passed away September 15th after a short battle with cancer, he was 65.

Richard William Wright was born on July 28, 1943 in Hatch End, London, the son of biochemist Robert Wright. By his teens, Wright had taught himself trombone, saxophone, guitar & piano, inspired by an early love of jazz. He wanted to follow in the footsteps of John Coltrane, Miles Davis and Eric Dolphy, but was persuaded by a careers master to study architecture.

There, he met future band members Roger Waters & Nick Mason, joining their fledgling band & becoming the 6th member of Sigma 6. Concurrent with attending the Polytechnic, Richard was taking private lessons in musical theory and composition at the Eric Gilder School of Music, and in fact left the Poly and architectural studies at the end of his first year. After some travelling, he enrolled in the Royal College of Music in time to rejoin Nick and Roger, whose band had just added Syd Barrett and Rado 'Bob' Klose to become The Tea Set.

The 5-piece played intermittently in early 1965 as both The Tea Set and The Pink Floyd (or The Pink Floyd Sound), with the departure of Rado 'Bob' Klose creating the first 4-man lineup at live shows from May onwards (although the band continued to alternate the use of the Tea Set/Pink Floyd designation right up until March 1966).

In the early days of Pink Floyd, Richard added his distinctive melodic style to that of Syd Barrett, and he wrote and sang several songs of his own, including Paintbox (the 'B' Side of Apples and Oranges), Remember A Day, and See Saw. As the sound and the goals of the band evolved, he became more focused on adding sound textures to extended instrumental compositions such as Interstellar Overdrive, A Saucerful Of Secrets, Careful With That Axe, Eugene, One Of These Days, and to creating musical themes for film scores – More, Zabriskie Point, and Obscured By Clouds.

He also made essential contributions to Pink Floyd's long, epic compositions such as Atom Heart Mother, Echoes, and Shine On You Crazy Diamond, though his most identifiable compositions are probably The Great Gig In The Sky and Us And Them from 1973's The Dark Side Of The Moon. His ever-tasteful contributions were an essential part of the unique Pink Floyd sound, whether on acoustic piano, Farfisa organ, synthesiser or Hammond, at which he was particularly skilled.

Using material that was extraneous to Pink Floyd's Animals album, Richard recorded his first solo project, Wet Dream, released in September 1978 and featuring Mel Collins on saxophone and Snowy White on guitar.

After Richard's relationship with Roger Waters became increasingly rocky, he left Pink Floyd at the of the sessions for the album The Wall. However, he was keen to complete the album's live shows, so was retained as a salaried session musician during the subsequent live concerts in 1980 and 1981.

In 1983, Pink Floyd released the only album on which Richard does not appear – The Final Cut.

During 1984, Richard formed a new musical duo with Dave Harris (from the band Fashion) called Zee. They signed a record deal with Atlantic Records and released one album, Identity.

Richard rejoined Pink Floyd following the departure of Roger Waters, contributing keyboards and vocals to the 1987 album A Momentary Lapse Of Reason. The Momentary Lapse world tour engendered the 1988 live album Delicate Sound Of Thunder, with Richard's distinctive voice and keyboards to the fore.

In 1994, he co-wrote five songs and sang lead vocals (on Wearing The Inside Out) for The Division Bell album. Marooned, Richard and David's instrumental from that album, won a Grammy Award in 1995 for Best Rock Instrumental performance, Pink Floyd's only Grammy to date.

As has Nick Mason, Richard performed on every Pink Floyd tour, including the tour following The Division Bell, which provided material for the double live album and video release P*U*L*S*E in 1995.

Inspired by his successful input into The Division Bell, Richard released his second solo album, Broken China, in 1996. The album marked a new phase in his musicianship, with extensive use of computer-based recording and production techniques. Richard sings throughout, with Momentary Lapse collaborator Anthony Moore providing most of the lyrics, and Sinead O'Connor guesting on vocals for two tracks. One of these, Breakthrough, was reprised by Richard in an appearance at David Gilmour's Festival Hall show of 2002, as released on the David Gilmour In Concert DVD.

Richard contributed keyboards and vocals to David Gilmour's most recent solo album, On An Island, and performed with David's touring band for shows in Europe and North America in 2006. Onstage, he performed on piano, electric piano, and synthesiser, rapturously received by audiences nightly. He also provided vocal backing and occasional lead vocals, most notably on Comfortably Numb, Wearing The Inside Out, and Arnold Layne, singing joint lead vocals with David on Astronomy Domine and the epic Echoes.

His last appearances in front of an audience were in 2007 – performing Arnold Layne with David Gilmour and Nick Mason at the Syd Barrett tribute concert in May, followed by a reunion of the On An Island touring band on 7th September; at London's Leicester Square Odeon cinema they played a surprise Island Jam after the premiere of the Remember That Night concert film.

Rest in peace, Richard.

posted by: Galaxy Kid Productions

Two Lovers (Graded)

In "Two Lovers," a Brooklyn man is torn between a family friend his parents wish he would marry & the beautiful but volatile new neighbor with whom he falls passionately in love.

Graded: B +
Trailer HERE

Sunday, September 14, 2008

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (Movie Watch)

This is a fantastical morality tale, set in the present day. It tells the story of Dr Parnassus & his extraordinary 'Imaginarium', a traveling show where members of the audience get an irresistible opportunity to choose between light & joy or darkness & gloom. Blessed with the extraordinary gift of guiding the imaginations of others, Dr Parnassus is cursed with a dark secret. Long ago he made a bet with the devil, Mr Nick, in which he won immortality. Many centuries later, on meeting his one true love, Dr Parnassus made another deal with the devil, trading his immortality for youth, on condition that when his first-born reached its 16th birthday he or she would become the property of Mr Nick. Valentina is now rapidly approaching this 'coming of age' milestone & Dr Parnassus is desperate to protect her from her impending fate. Mr Nick arrives to collect but, always keen to make a bet, renegotiates the wager. Now the winner of Valentina will be determined by whoever seduces the first five souls.

Grade: B +
Trailer HERE

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

The Age of Rockets: Hannah (Music of Hear)

If you like indy rock, you can't get more indy than The Age of Rockets. Their new record, Hannah, gives you more of the elements we loved about their first record, The Drive Home. Andrew Futral has a gift for writing lyrics and sews it all up with a unique blend of electronics, harmony and rock. If you liked The Postal Service, The Age of Rockets delivers. I found Rockets while scouring through myspace trying to find new indy artists that have not been signed to a major label yet a few years ago. The music industry is blind to real talent. Check out Hannah and don't forget The Drive Home. Great music, Andrew! Thank goodness for the Internet. Listen to The Age of Rockets, Right HERE!

AVADA KEDAVRA by: The Age of Rockets

posted by: Galaxy Kid Productions

Pilot Speed: Into the West (Music to Hear)

If you are looking for a new band to match the magic of U2 and Coldplay, then I am happy to introduce you to Pilot Speed. Into the West, their first US release and second one in all, is an exciting alternative. This Canadian quartet is producing great sounds and lyrics, something that many music acts have been lacking lately. Pilot Speed has all the elements of Coldplay with the powerful voice of U2. Although they would be the first to admit their influences, their work shows us how unique they truly are. The record makes you go through many moods and emotions. Lead singer Todd Clark has the power to bring out strong feelings and just when the party is starting can bring us down to earth again with the greatest of ease. His voice invites us into his soul, along with his very gifted band mates. This album is personally the best I have heard all year so far. Alright, is a powerful example of Todd's gift of musical genius. I highly recommend a listen to this group and would very much anticipate more to come.
Listen to ALRIGHT, right here!

ALRIGHT by: Pilot Speed

posted by: Galaxy Kid Productions

James Bond: Quantum of Solace (Graded)

Continuing on from the events of Casino Royale, Bond is once again on the track of the Lords Resistance Army in
the 22nd Bond adventure, Quantum of Solace.

Grade B +
Trailer HERE
Teaser HERE

Pride and Glory (Movie Watch)

A family of police officers in New York are torn apart by a corruption scandal. A homicide detective who is assigned to investigate the precinct run by his older brother. When his partner maybe a cop might be dirty himself, family & loyalty are called into question.

Trailer HERE

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Brian Wilson: That Lucky Old Sun (Music to Hear)

Brian Wilson returns to his California roots with the release of his new record, That Lucky Old Sun. This record plays like a sound track to Brian's life. As usual his beautiful harmonies take us back to a simpler time when it was all about the music. His genius carried us when we were down and inspired many to rise above. At that time he never truly was able to enjoy the fruits of his imagination. Through his music he brought us closer to him and into his life. We listened to his happiest times as a Beach Boy and we also heard his darkest times. Through depression, drugs and tragedy he shared it all with us. He tried many comebacks but the demons were too strong to escape. Finally he broke free and embraced his new life and ever since then, happy times are here again. This album is California through the eyes of Brian Wilson. Tracks like Forever She'll Be My Surfer Girl and Southern California are beautiful examples of what the Wilson brothers were are about, Love. The album also contains some great narratives by old Smile collaborator, Van Dyke Parks. This album in many ways sounds like a sequel to Smile. Its nice to see Brian's imagination overflowing again. Brian is back!
Listen to a single right here!
Southern California by: Brian Wilson

posted by: Galaxy Kid Productions

Monday, September 08, 2008

Shiny Toy Guns (Music to Hear)

Shiny Toy Guns are back! After a successful first album, We are Pilots, they have moved on without the talents and vocals of Carah Faye, their very sexy lead singer. A cult hit band in the US and even bigger in the UK, their second album titled Season of Poison is about to be released sometime this fall. The first single was released free of charge to the fans before hitting the general public. The new single, Ricochet! is a blend of electronic with a heavy dose of rock. The new female lead singer, Sisely Treasure, sounds very similar to Carah but only time will tell if the public approves of this crazy move. Carah was a huge catalyst for the band hitting their cult status. They are worth listening to and even better, LIVE!
Listen to the single right here!
Ricochet! by: Shiny Toy Guns

posted by: Galaxy Kid Productions

The Wrestler (Movie Watch)

A retired professional wrestler, Randy "The Ram" Robinson, makes his way through the independent circuit, trying to get back in the game for one final showdown with his former rival.

Grade: A
Trailer HERE

Friday, September 05, 2008

City of Ember (Movie Watch)

For generations, the people of the City of Ember have flourished in an amazing world of glittering lights - underground. But Ember's once powerful generator is failing . . . and the great lamps that illuminate the city are starting to flicker. Now, two teenagers in a race against time, must search Ember for clues that will unlock the ancient mystery of the city's existence, and help the citizens escape before the lights go out forever.

Trailer HERE

Thursday, September 04, 2008

Slumdog Millionaire (Movie Watch)

An illiterate kid looks to become a contestant on the Hindi version of Who Wants to be A Millionaire in order to re-establish contact with the girl he loves, who is an ardent fan of the show.

Grade: A -
Trailer HERE

Milk (Graded)

The story of California's first openly gay elected official, Harvey Milk, a San Francisco supervisor who was assassinated along with Mayor George Moscone by San Francisco Supervisor Dan White.

Grade: B +
Trailer HERE

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Carlos Meglia (Dec 11, 1957 – Aug 15, 2008)

Argentinian comic book artist Carlos Meglia has Passed away. According to initial reports, he was admitted to the hospital after suffering from problems related to his aorta.

Meglia, who made his artistic debut in 1974 as the assistant for the illustrator Oswal was probably best known to American audiences for his more recent work on projects such as Adventures of Superman, Spyboy, Monster World and a brief stint on Marvel’s Elektra.

In his native Argentina (later in Spain & France), Meglia was a constant on the art scene since his debut, illustrating El PendulaLa Bible pour les Enfants and Don Quichotte magazine, record covers, and other works. He was perhaps best known to Spanish-speaking audiences for his collaborations with Carlos Trillo, with whom he created Irish Coffee and Cybersix. With Crisse, he created Canari in 2005. He was great friends with fellow artist Humberto Ramos. Meglia was more substance than style, but his flair was legendary, he infused personality in everything he drew.

Link to Story

Posted by: Galaxy Kid Productions