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Weekly Movie News Rundown

June 30, 2013

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Time for your weekly movie news update!  Below you’ll find a slew of sentences meant to provide a brief glimpse of what’s been going on over the past week in movieland.  If something leaves you desperate for more info, then my advice is to do a little extra research on one or all of the following fantastic sites:  Latino Review, Dark Horizons, Ain’t It Cool News, CHUD and/or JoBlo.  Read on!

Sony is said to be looking at doing a Captain Planet movie.

Peter Berg (Battleship) will direct Mark Wahlberg in an adaptation of American Desperado.  The book is based on a criminal by the name of Jon Roberts.

Julianne Moore may play Alma Coin in both parts of The Hunger Games: Mocking Jay.

Brad Copeland (Wild Hogs) has been hired by the Weinstein Company to pen a Knight Rider movie.

James Badge Dale (Iron Man 3) has signed on to appear in Stretch for Joe Carnahan (The Grey).  The movie will deal with a chauffeur who works for a billionaire.

Liam Neeson is said to be close to signing on to star in Taken 3.

Michael Gaesta and Alison Rosenzweig, who produced 2011′s Fright Night, are reportedly looking at doing a remake of Jacob’s Ladder.

Leonardo DiCaprio and Jamix Foxx are attached to star in an adaptation of Mean Business On North Ganson Street.

Cameron Diaz will play Miss Hannigan in the remake of Annie.

Marvel has reportedly requested a meeting with Vin Diesel.

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Hip Hop Hooray (Leah)

June 28, 2013

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Happy one hundred degree days, guys! It’s summertime in Austin, so just follow these instructions for a relaxing, fun, and rewarding summer*: swim, drink, hydrate, bump bangers and/or summer jams (provided below), eat tacos. Repeat. You can also follow the No Bummer Summer (PDF) playlist.

:Smooth – It’s Summertime (Let It Get Into U):
:Black Street – No Diggity (Featuring Dr. Dre):
:Main Source – Just Hangin’ Out:
:Jr. And Ph7 – Summer Chill:
:Classified – Stay Cool:
:Bambu – Beach Cruisin’:
:Monie Love – It’s A Shame (My Sister):
:Digable Planets – Rebirth Of Slick (Cool Like Dat):
:Gang Starr – Words I Manifest:
:Dukes Of Earl – My Summer Kicks:
:3rd Bass – Pop Goes The Weasel:
:Beastie Boys – So What’cha Want:
:Del The Funky Homosapien – Mistadobalina:
:Nas And Damien Marley – Nah Mean:
:The Cool Kids – Black Mags:
:House Shoes – So Different (Featuring Chali 2Na):
:M.I.A. – Bring The Noize:
:El-P And Killer Mike – Sea Legs:
:Danny Brown – Bruiser Brigade:
:The Underachievers – So Devilish:

*Don’t forget to fight for your rights this summer against Senate Bill #5 in Texas.  It’s what the Beastie Boys would want.

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Stream This

June 28, 2013

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The SOTO inbox is always full of cool stuff that never gets to see the light of day on the actual site, and I’d like to change that.  So, every Friday I’ll be posting the best album streams and videos that were sent my way during the week.  Take a scroll and find something worth remembering.

FULL ALBUM STREAMS

Bell XI – Chop Chop
Owen – L’Ami du Peuple
Daughn Gibson – Me Moan
You, Me & Us – Stay Inside
Statistics – Peninsula
Mood Rings – VPI Harmony

VIDEOS

The Octopus Project will release Fever Forms on July 9 via Peek-A-Boo Records.  They play the Mohawk on October 6.

The Yeah Yeah YeahsMosquito is out now on Interscope.

Deer Tick will put out Negativity on September 24 via Partisan.

Smith Westerns just put out Soft Will on Mom + Pop.

Alela Diane will release About Farewell on July 29 via Believe Recordings.

Colin Stetson’s New History Warfare Vol. 3: To See More Light is out now on Constellation Records.

DucktailsThe Flower Lane is out now on Domino.

Lemuria’s The Distance Is So Big is out now on Bridge Nine.

Oberhofer’s Notalgia EP is out now on Glassnote.

The Riverboat Gamblers’ The Wolf You Feed is available now.

Bleached released Ride Your Heart earlier this year on Dead Oceans.

SISU’s Light Eyes EP is out now Mono Prism.

Golden Animals will release Hear Eye Go on September 24 via The Reverberation Appreciation Society.

Team Spirit have a self titled EP out now on Vice/WBR.

Disclosure’s Settle is out now.

Jenny Hval put out Innocence Is Kinky last month on Rune Grammofon.

Free Time has a self titled album that’s out now on Underwater Peoples.

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Movie Breakdown: White House Down

June 27, 2013

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People are doing traditional-style reviews all over the web, so we decided to try something different.  In each “breakdown” we’ll take a look at what a film’s marketing lead us to believe, how the movie actually played, and then what we learned from it all.  Read on!

The Impression:

Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx are directed by Roland Emmerich (Independence Day) in a remake of 2013′s Olympus Has Fallen.

The Reality:

White House Down works.  It’s clearly directed by Roland “let’s just blow it up” Emmerich, every supporting actor chews up their screen time like it might be the last thing they get to do, and Channing Tatum and Jamix Foxx make for an oddly charming combo.  If you like big, silly action movies that have zero interest in taking themselves seriously, then White House Down has to be on your radar this weekend.  Just make sure to have a few beers beforehand.

The Lesson:

The results are in. When it comes to saving the President, Channing Tatum > Gerard Butler.

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Delorean

June 27, 2013

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If I want to listen to something that’s refreshing and will help clear my head, I often go with Delorean.  They have such a lush sound, and I love the way it swirls around a room.  In other words, I’m excited for their new full length.  It’s titled Apar and it will be out on September 10 via True Panther.  Enjoy.

:Delorean – Spirit:  The press release notes that Delorean have been calling Apar their “big production album,” but I don’t really hear that in this track.  If anything, this is their sound cleaned up and simplified.  I definitely still dig it, but it does make me wonder what might be waiting for us on the LP.

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The Dialtones, Foxing Quarterly (Jennifer)

June 26, 2013

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It’s not unusual for Austin musicians to be involved with multiple bands and projects. That’s how I learned about The Dialtones, a project spearheaded by multi-instrumentalist Lauren Gurgiolo.  I met her this year as she was playing with The Plastic Habit, and she is also currently the lead guitar player for Okkervil River. While on the road touring with the latter, she began composing the set of tunes now known as Calculated Carelessness. The songs were inspired by Soren Kierkegaard’s The Seducer’s Diary, and they’re performed by Lauren and other local musicians including Karla Manzur (Alejandro Escovedo, Dana Falconberry), Andrew Gerfers (The Conrads), Lindsay Greene (Paula Nelson, Elizabeth McQueen) and Michael St Clair (Okkervil River, Polyphonic Spree).

The album was released in May and accompanied by an interactive, multimedia installation at the Museum of Human Achievement in Austin. The installation is no longer available, but the album can be found through various outlets including Bandcamp, iTunes, Amazon, and Spotify. The mood and style of the songs are reflected in its title – precise and structured at certain moments, freeform and chaotic at others. I highly recommend this record if you’re in the mood for experimental rock n’roll. There are no upcoming Dialtones performances, so I would encourage you to check out The Plastic Habit shows in the meantime to witness Lauren’s wicked guitar skills and musicianship in person.

The folks behind Foxing Quarterly are celebrating summer by presenting their Summertime Lit Fest this Saturday at the Scoot Inn. Foxing Quarterly is a print only journal for writers and artists publishing short fiction, poetry, non-fiction, and comics. This event will feature music from several local bands (including Hello Wheels, Shivery Shakes, and Major Major Major) as well as readings by members from Austin’s growing literary community. It’s an excellent opportunity to support both local music and literature. There is a $5 cover; discounted copies of Foxing Quarterly will be available for sale along with a variety of items from participating publishing houses.

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Milk Music, Destruction Unit (Dan)

June 26, 2013

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Looking forward to tomorrow night’s show at the Mohawk with Mikal Cronin, Shannon And The Clams, A Giant Dog, and Sweet Talk? I know I am. It’s a damn sweet lineup, but it’s not the only upcoming show with a killer bill of garage and psych rock bands! On Saturday night Milk Music and Destruction Unit hit Beerland for what I predict will be the best show of the entire weekend.

I first learned of Milk Music when I went to Chicago for the Pitchfork Festival last summer. They opened for Ty Segall at an unofficial after show and blew me away. I was sure to catch them the next day when they hit the festival stage. Their music has been compared to many of the bands that were on SST in the 1990s: Dinosaur, Jr., Hüsker Dü, Black Flag, Meat Puppets, etc. Basically, a lot of the stuff I listened to growing up so it’s no surprise I dig these guys. Earlier this year they released Cruise Your Illusion, which moves beyond the SST sound they were first known for. I think it shows these guys have some chops and will be around for a while.

:Milk Music – Illegal And Free:
:Milk Music – No, Nothing, My Shelter:

Hailing from Tempe, Destruction Unit is a thundering five piece that’s dark and even a little ominous. They deliver guitar heavy sonic-psych rock that will rattle your brain. The lineup once included Jay Reatard and now features R. Rousseau (Reatards) on guitar and his brother Rusty Rousseau (Digital Leather) on bass. Ear plugs recommended.

Also sharing the bill on Saturday are Austin’s own The Young and La URSS, who hails from Granada. Go!

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Diarrhea Planet

June 25, 2013

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It was barely a month ago that I gave the colorfully named Diarrhea Planet a solo post, and now here they are already packing another stellar single.  Way to go, guys.  Check the song out below.  The highly anticipated (for me, anyway) I’m Rich Beyond Your Wildest Dreams is due on August 20 via Infinity Cat.  Also, if you’re in Austin, the band will play the Parish on August 1.  Enjoy.

:Diarrhea Planet – Kids:  Like the first single, this one is a guitar-driven anthem.  Here though, they let things swirl around and swell instead of just putting up a wall of noise.  Can’t say I knew they were this versatile.

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Quickdraw: Kitty, Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin, Gold Lake, Pond, Edward Sharpe

June 24, 2013

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Today’s music would like for you to step things up around the office.  Enjoy.

:Kitty – Barbie Jeep:  Adult Swim’s Summer Singles Program is back, and this catchy, attitude-filled little number from Kitty is apart of it.  I think it might be time to start paying more attention to her.  Check out the other free tunes in the series here.

:Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin – Nightwater Girlfriend:  “For this new album, the members of SSLYBY returned to the attic where they made their debut full-length Broom.”  This is the sort of press release fodder that usually makes me roll my eyes, but I think it actually worked for these guys.  This is the most confident they’ve sounded in a long time.  Fly By Wire is due out September 17 via Polyvinyl.

:Gold Lake – We Already Exist (Helio Sequence Remix):  It’s funny how having the Helio Sequence attached to this track instantly made me want to check it out.  Perhaps they should reach out and remix more up and comers.  It could be good for the world.  Gold Lake’s We Already Exist is out now.

:Pond – Xanman:  I’m starting to think that Pond’s upcoming album might end up being one of the year’s best rock releases, especially if the rest of the effort is as thoroughly loud and jammy as this slab of psych rock.  The wonderfully titled Hobo Rocket is due out August 6 via Modular.

:Edward Sharpe And The Magnetic Zeros – This Life:  This song made me feel ridiculous for thinking that I no longer cared about Edward Sharpe And The Magnetic Zeros.  It’s such a beautiful, soul-filled effort.  Their self titled album is due out July 23 via Vagrant.

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Weekly Movie News Rundown

June 23, 2013

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Time for your weekly movie news update!  Below you’ll find a slew of sentences meant to provide a brief glimpse of what’s been going on over the past week in movieland.  If something leaves you desperate for more info, then my advice is to do a little extra research on one or all of the following fantastic sites:  Latino Review, Dark Horizons, Ain’t It Cool News, CHUD and/or JoBlo.  Read on!

Arnold Schwarzenegger is set to star in Maggie.  It will reportedly follow a man trying to stop his daughter from turning into a zombie.

Tobias Santelmann (Kon-Tiki) has been cast as the villain in Brett Ratner’s Hercules.

Columbia is reportedly trying to put together a sequel for Bad Teacher.

Robert Downey Jr. has officially signed on for two more Avengers sequels.

Shailene Woodly (The Descendants) had her scenes as Mary Jane in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 cut.  Director Marc Webb apparently wanted to delay the character’s appearance until the next film.  The role will likely be recast.

Sandra Bullock will not appear in the Annie remake.

Sam Taylor-Johnson (Nowhere Boy) will direct Fifty Shades Of Grey for Universal and Focus.

Russell Crowe will make his directorial debut with The Water Diviner.  It will follow a man who travels to Turkey to find his missing sons.

Universal has picked up the rights to Dumb And Dumber To.

Jurassic Park IV is now said to be coming in 2015.

Sin City: A Dame To Kill For has been delayed to August 22, 2014.

Ryan Reynolds has dropped out of the Highlander reboot.

Jack Palgenis (Transcendence) is reportedly in talks to write the script for the Prometheus sequel.

Scarlett Johansson will be the voice of a computer in Spike Jonze’s HER.  The film is said to be about a guy who falls in love with his computer.

Nicolas Winding-Refn recently noted that he would like to make a sequel to Valhalla Rising.

Roland Emmerich has said that Will Smith will not be back for the Independence Day sequels.

Casey Affleck has joined the cast of Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar.

Helena Bonham Carter will play the Fairy Godmother in Cinderella.

Jason Schwartzman has landed a role in Tim Burton’s Big Eyes.  The film will detail the art of Walter and Margaret Keane.

Ken Levine (Bioshock) has been hired by Warner Bros. to rewrite the Logan’s Run remake.

William Fichtner will appear as Shredder in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Rumor has it that Marvel is looking at doing a Doctor Strange movie with Dormammu, Baron Karl Mordo, and The Mindless Ones as the villains.

Britt Robertson (The Secret Circle) and Naomi Scott (Terra Nova) are reportedly the favorites for the lead role in Brad Bird’s Tomorrowland.

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Zoe Knows Life

June 21, 2013

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“Life.” Sometimes life is great; like when Thundercloud Subs opens up just a few blocks away and you eat delicious avocado sandwiches. Sometimes like is rough; like when the Spurs lose and you see Tim Duncan’s sad, sad face. It’s been a week of highs and lows; it’s been a week of saying life in that way so that you can just hear the quotation marks around it. Life is, unsurprisingly, a popular song topic, so here I have compiled a playlist of songs so varied, yet all united by their use of life … it’s a mix that can only be called “Life.”

:Okkervil River – Your Past Life As A Blast:  An excellent, upbeat tune from Austin’s golden boys. Okkervil is known for their incredible lyrical storytelling, and this is a great example – and includes one of my all time favorite lyrics “cause no one, no one is gonna stop me from loving my brother, not even my brother.” If you’ve ever been close with a sibling, then you know that sentiment exactly.

Life Lyric: “Your life, back in a banner year”

:The Sounds – Mine For Life:  A selection from the Swedes’ debut album; a perfect slice of early/mid 2000s indie rock. I often find myself drawing parallels to them and Metric in terms of sound and general feel. Powerful female vocals + synth riffs = a win in my book.

Life Lyric: “No, I could never leave you, cause you are mine for life”

:Morrissey – Sing Your Life:  How could I assemble a playlist without King Moz? His dark, moody voice contrasts with the jumpy, light nature of the song. A wonderful song to feel tragically sarcastic to…

Life Lyric: “Sing your life / All the things that you love / And the things you loathe”

:Jens Lekman – It Was A Strange Time In My Life:  There’s no one quite like Jens Lekman. His unique use of sampling in indie pop music is unmatched and brilliant. This is one of his quieter, more contemplative songs, at times going with a solo vocal track. Lyrically, Jens also has a gift for the cinematic, and his memories of age 17 are poignant and fun.

Life Lyric: “I turned 17 and I swore to never to speak a word again / But then someone came along and ruined everything / It was a strange time in my life”

:Kanye West – Good Life:  Pure pop rap fun for days with the windows down and nights shaking booty in the club. Nothing more, nothing less.

Life Lyric: “Welcome to the good life”

:Kurt Vile – Life’s A Beach:  I think I’ve forced everyone in my life to listen to this song at least a million times. It’s the perfect laid back strung out garage rock song. Vile’s voice feels like that perfectly torn pair of vintage Levi’s, and the guitar is that plain white fruit of the loom 5 pack t shirt that fits with it.

Life Lyric: “I’m so out of reach / Life’s a beach”

:John Ralston – Haven’t Missed You All My Life:  Well if you thought I could do a playlist without a song that features strings, you’d be incorrect. Ralston’s intentionally quiet, understated vocals are sweetly complimented by a lush range of instruments. This song feels like it could (and should) play in the background of many, many movie scenes — I feel epic whenever I listen to it.

Life Lyric: “And I was never scared / And I haven’t missed you all my life”

:Best Coast – My Life:  The first time I heard this song is the first time I realized that Bethany Cosentino had really matured on Best Coast’s sophomore album. If you are a young woman, especially a young woman who travels a lot and/or has romance problems, this song is probably your life – I know I’ve certainly felt very connected to this song. I love that it’s so simple musically, but so powerful lyrically. And just as it gets complex, it finishes out, leaving you with no one to confront but yourself.

Life Lyric: “My mom was right / I don’t wanna die / I wanna live my life”

:R.E.M. – Imitation Of Life:  Lest you get too positive, R.E.M. is here to do what they do best; bring everyone down, but in a demure and beautiful way. I first came to this song via the music video, a frequent topic of music trivia (it’s the same 20 seconds over and over!), but the real magic lays in the quiet strings and the line “like a Friday fashion show teenager / freezing in the corner / trying to look like you don’t try” thus encompassing the entire adolescent experience in one turn of phrase. If you wanna zone out on the words, just enjoy the typical jangly R.E.M. guitars.

Life Lyric: “Water hyacinth / Named by a poet / Imitation of life”

:Bright Eyes – First Day of My Life:  I know it’s cliche, but I have a hard time not crying every time I hear this song. It’s so devastatingly beautiful! Oberst bears his heart, knows he’s winning tons of hearts in the process, but manages to back up the goo with a strong, simple tune. If you don’t tear up the first time you hear this, you probably don’t want to carry on a conversation with me.

Life Lyric: “This is the first day of my life”

:The Beatles – A Day In The Life:  Finishing out strong with a classic. I almost left this off because it seemed too blatantly obvious, but it’s actually one of two Beatles songs that I keep in my music library. Yes, I’m not a big Beatles fan. However, there’s something about this song that I really enjoy, most due to the absurd tune change around 2:15. It’s really two songs in one; and I’m very partial to the second second. The first half is a bit overdramatic (yes I realize I just over-dramatically proclaimed my love for Bright Eyes, but that’s a blog, not a song) but the second song hits all the right notes and then devolves into strangeness…just like life. And there it is, folks.

Life Lyric: This song does not include the word life in it … typical contrary Beatles.

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Stream This

June 21, 2013

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The SOTO inbox is always full of cool stuff that never gets to see the light of day on the actual site, and I’d like to change that.  So, every Friday I’ll be posting the best album streams and videos that were sent my way during the week.  Take a scroll and find something worth remembering.

FULL ALBUM STREAMS

Bass Drum Of Death – Self Titled
Lightning Dust – Fantasy
The Orwells – Other Voices
Matias Aguayo – The Visitor
oOoOO – Without Your Love
James Holden – The Inheritors
Mavis Staples – One True Vine
Smith Westerns – Soft Will
Bosnian Rainbows – Self Titled
Selebrities – Lovely Things
Columboid – Monster Vision

VIDEOS

The Sour Notes’ In The Meanwhile cassingle is available now.  They have a free show at the Blackheart tonight.

Majical Cloudz recently released Impersonator via Matador.  They play Red 7 on August 31.

JJ DOOM randomly released this track.  Their last effort together was in 2012.

The Postal Service reunited to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Give Up.

The Coathangers just put out a 7″ on Suicide Squeeze.

Small Black’s Limits Of Desire is out now on Jagjaguwar.

Chvrches will release The Bones Of What You Believe on September 24 through Glassnote Records.  They’ll play Stubb’s on November 22.

Barbarossa will release Bloodlines on August 8 via Memphis Industries.

The Hussy’s Pagan Hiss is out now on Southpaw Records.

Foals’ Holy Fire is out now on Sub Pop.

San Fermin will put out a self titled album on September 17 via Downtown Records.

Metz’s self titled album is currently available on Sub Pop.

Wavves’ Afraid Of Heights is out now on Mom + Pop.

Niagara released OTTO earlier this year on Monotreme Records.

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Movie Breakdown: Much Ado About Nothing

June 20, 2013

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People are doing traditional-style reviews all over the web, so we decided to try something different.  In each “breakdown” we’ll take a look at what a film’s marketing lead us to believe, how the movie actually played, and then what we learned from it all.  Read on!

The Impression:

Joss Whedon switches from comic book nerd to Shakespeare lover for a super low budget take on Much Ado About Nothing.

The Reality:

I didn’t get Much Ado About Nothing.  I wanted to.  After all, I’m a big fan of Joss Whedon, and many of the actors in the film are favorites of mine.  The movie, though, was more of a test of my patience than anything else.  I didn’t like its clunky pace, and when you consider it’s a Whedon directed/scripted/produced effort, it’s surprisingly not funny.  Even if I tried, I don’t think I could consider Much Ado About Nothing to be anything more than just an amateurish Shakespeare adaptation shot in a house with a few familiar faces.

The Lesson:

Can’t win ‘em all.

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Deer Tick

June 20, 2013

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It’s hard for me to believe that Deer Tick are on the verge of releasing their fifth album.  Have they really been around that long?  In any case, you can find their new single just below.  It’s off of the positively titled Negativity, which is due out on September 24 via Partisan.  Enjoy.

:Deer Tick – The Rock:  I listened to this, thought it sounded like an elaborate take on a Two Gallants song, and then read on Rolling Stone that frontman John McCauley was specifically aiming for just that.  Well, nicely done.  I dig the hell out of it.

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Movie Breakdown: World War Z

June 20, 2013

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People are doing traditional-style reviews all over the web, so we decided to try something different.  In each “breakdown” we’ll take a look at what a film’s marketing lead us to believe, how the movie actually played, and then what we learned from it all.  Read on!

The Impression:

Brad Pitt stars in an adaptation of Max Brooks’ famed World War Z.  Early word carries  a “troubled production” tag and hints that the film might be a big mess.

The Reality:

World War Z is actually a fairly solid film.  Sure, it isn’t going to do much for those of you who are big fans of the book, and it’s definitely riddled with a constant stream of convenient plot devices, but it does work as far as zombie-themed summer blockbusters go.  Matinee it at least.  Also, if possible, save a few bucks and avoid the poorly used 3D.

One last note, World War Z does a nifty thing where it works in reverse of the way most big budget flicks do.  Instead of building to some epic climax that blows out your senses by overwhelming them, the film progressively gets smaller and more intimate.  For me, this made every move on the screen seem one that was leading to an actual goal, which kept me engaged in between chaotic zombie moments.

The Lesson:

Always best to actually watch a film before judging it.  Unless it’s something like Beverly Hills Chihuahua, of course.  Fuck that.

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