Monthly Archives: July 2016

‘Ghostbusters’ and ‘The Infiltrator’ Opening in Theaters This Weekend

The long anticipated Ghostbusters reboot with Melissa McCarthy (The Heat, Spy), Kristen Wiig (The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, The Martian), Kate McKinnon (Ted 2, Finding Dory), and Leslie Jones (Saturday Night Live, Trainwreck) is now playing in theaters nationwide. Director Paul Feig (Bridesmaids, The Heat) has faced some harsh opposition to rebooting the series, but the film is still expected to earn a large haul at this weekend’s box office. Picking up 30 years after the last installment, a new female crew of ‘busters reopens the original location and works to rid New York of its paranormal residents. Original actors Bill Murray (Caddyshack, Stripes), Dan Aykroyd (The Blue Brothers, Tommy Boy), Ernie Hudson (Joy of Sex, The Crow), Sigourney Weaver (Alien, Avatar), and Annie Potts (Jumpin’ Jack Flash, Toy Story) are all expected to make cameo appearances throughout the film, so it should be a pretty fun summer blockbuster. Also opening in theaters this weekend is a new drama from director Brad Furman (The Lincoln Lawyer, Runner Runner) called The Infiltrator. Continue reading

Movie News/Independent Highlight

This week will see a number of indie projects open on select screens across the country. We mentioned the Kristen Stewart (Twilight, Snow White and the Huntsmen) drama Equals opening this Friday, about a couple who falls in love as the result of a disease in a futuristic utopia that is devoid of feeling and emotion, and the tension it causes between them and their society. Co-starring with Stewart is Nicholas Hoult (Mad Max: Fury Road, X-Men: Apocalypse), who are led by director Drake Doremus (Like Crazy, Breathe In).

Also opening on the indie circuit this week is a new animated movie called Phantom Boy, which takes place in the 1940s-50s and follows a young boy with superpowers who helps a wheelchair-bound policeman in his efforts to take down a notorious mob boss. The film comes from Oscar-nominated filmmakers Loup Felicioli & Alain Gagnol (A Cat in Paris) and stars French actors Edouard Baer (Chicken with Plums), Jean-Pierre Marielle (Coup de torchon, The DaVinci Code), and Audrey Tautou (A Very Long Engagement, Amelie).

Finally on the indie film circuit for this week is a new comedy called Undrafted Continue reading

[MADE] Recap – Best Damn Beat Battle 4 @ Honey MPLS

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“The Showdown” – BLXCK.on.BLXCK vs. Dimitry Killstorm

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The Judges (for the most part).

Last night, The Best Damn Beat Battle 4, was held over at Honey in NE., MPLS. With a variety of producers involved, the help of our judges, and our host deM atlaS, the night was definitely another to remember. The battle consisted of 16 producers, all competing for a the grand prize ($250). At the fifth and final round, it came down to both BLXCK.on.BLXCK and Dimitry Killstorm. With two completely different styles going head to head, it was all up to the final votes, with BLXCK.on.BLXCK taking the crown. Make sure to stay locked here for more to come  and feel free to let us know who your favorite was below.

Memorable Movie Moments…

Today we’re highlighting a scene from the 1994 Stephen King drama The Shawshank Redemption. Written and directed by Frank Darabont (The Green Mile, The Walking Dead) from King’s short story, the film follows former banker-turned-felon Andy Dufresne (portrayed by Oscar-winner Tim Robbins), who is sent to Shawshank prison for the murder of his wife. During his stay he befriends fellow inmate Ellis ‘Red’ Redding, who helps Dufrense navigate the harsh realities of prison life, and who likewise is touched by Dufrense’s ability to remember life beyond tall prison walls. The film received 7 Academy Award nominations, and although it lost out on every win, has gone down in history as an iconic cinematic masterpiece. Continue reading

Today In Movie History…

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Today in movie history, revered editor and sound engineer Walter Murch was born in New York City in 1943. Murch first gained momentum in the film industry working with Oscar-winner Francis Ford Coppola on his film The Rain People (1969) before going on to work with George Lucas on THX1138 (1971) and American Graffiti (1973). He then furthered his professional relationship with Coppola working on films like The Godfather Part II (1974) and The Conversation (1974), the latter which earned him his first Academy Award nomination. His first major contribution to film came on Coppola’s iconic Vietnam drama, Apocalypse Now (1979), for which he won his first Oscar. Murch used a multi-track recording system to create new sounds that invoked both physical tension and psychological drama against the back-drop of Coppola’s war epic. Murch went on to serve as both sound and picture editor for numerous films, winning double Oscars for The English Patient in 1996 for Best Editor and Best Sound Editor. His work with Coppola continued throughout his career, working on films like The Godfather Part III (1990) and Tetro (2009); he also received a double Oscar-nomination in 1990 for The Godfather Part III and Ghost with Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore, and Whoopi Goldberg. Continue reading

Best Damn Beat Battle 4 @ Honey

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Location: 205 E Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis
When: Tuesday, July 12th @ 11PM

The 4th installment of the Best Damn Beat Battle is right around the corner. This time around there will only be 16 participants, a sample size compared to some of the bigger “Best Damn” beat battles that have gone down. So far some of the participating producers include Wealthy Relative, Amati, Jaylap and P.Soul among others, and like always there will be a special guest judges panel to help sort the winners out. The event is 21+ and the door will only be $5, mark your calendars and make sure to come through tomorrow.

GoShow w/ Joey Bada$$

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Location: 318 N 1st Avenue, Minneapolis
When: Wednesday, July 13th @ 7:30PM

Minneapolis’ long awaited hip hop radio drought ended at the top of 2016, and Go95 has done everything in their power to keep things on the up and up. A few months back they brought Curren$y to town, but this time it looks like NYC’s own Joey Bada$$ will be making an appearance. The night will also feature hometown favorites Finding Novyon and deM atlaS, as well as Niykee Heaton, not bad for the price of $20. This show is 18+ and advance tickets are still available for a $20 spot ($30 @ door), click the link below to buy yours now before they sell out.

GoShow: Joey Bada$$ Tickets

New Woody Allen Dramedy ‘Cafe Society’ Opening In Theaters This Friday

Writer/director Woody Allen (Annie Hall, Manhattan) has had a pretty solid streak since Midnight in Paris and Blue Jasmine both won Oscar awards. His latest project is a dramatic comedy following a young Bronx native who moves to 1930s Hollywood to follow his successful uncle, who is a Hollywood agent. Instead, he falls in love with his uncle’s secretary and upon returning to New York, becomes engulfed in the high-society night club scene in Manhattan. The film features an all-star cast, including Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network, Zombieland), Kristen Stewart (Twilight, Snow White and the Huntsman), Steve Carell (Foxcatcher, The Big Short), and Blake Lively (The Town, The Age of Adaline). Continue reading

[MADE] Recap CRAM Vol.2 Release Show | 7.7.16

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This last Thursday, we were in attendance for the CRAM Vol.2 Release show, at Triple Rock Social Club. CRAM was joined by Mike The Martyr, Nazeem & Spencer Joles, Denim Matriarch and a other few special guests. As CRAM set fire to the stage, each song was built with energy, pumping up the crowd like a methodical crescendo. If you couldn’t make it out, take a look at a few pics below and stay on the lookout for more performances by the above artists.

Four Midwest Artists to Bump this Summer

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Summer ’16 has already offered a swarm of new releases. But if you are looking for a break from the mainstream buzz and to support close-to-home talent, then these four artists would be great additions to your BBQ, pool party or road trip playlist.

Kweku Collins: Kweku Collins is a 19-year-old Evansville, IL based artist. He has a melodic sing-rap style and cited his influences as a diverse range of artists, including Miles Davis, Black Sabbath, Black-Eyed Peas and Young Thug in a Late with Rosenberg interview last month. His latest project, Nat Love, sounds a lot like falling in and out of love. It includes a sweet and airy track that features Chance the Rapper’s little brother Taylor Bennett. His tracks are less electronic and rawer sounding and instrumental, which could be incidentally influenced by his father who is an African and Latin percussionist.

WebsterX: WebsterX is based out of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, but his content is somewhat otherworldly. WebsterX should be a familiar name if you are a Minnesota hip-hop fan, as he has worked alongside both Finding Novyon and Allan Kingdom. He also falls off the beaten path of traditional hip-hop with an experimental style and chant-like vocals. His imaginative lyrics were recently brought to life in his stunning video for “Everything.”

Martin $ky: Martin $ky is based out of Chicago and if you are looking for traditional rap, then he is most definitely your go-to guy on this list. There really isn’t a song of his that he hasn’t produced. He said he learned how to produce at the age of 13, and started rapping shortly after in a Lyrical Lemonade interview. His experience is evident in the clean production of each track, but at the same time his rhymes are not put on the backburner. In fact, his skills have allowed him to develop a cohesive style that is uniquely his own. In his track BK2CHI, Pro Era’s Kirk Knight kicks off the song and helps to create a stellar blend of two producer turned rappers who stay true to their hometowns.

RO$$I: RO$$I is another more traditional rapper based out of Brooklyn Park, MN. Many of RO$$I’s tracks are also self-produced. His most popular track on Soundcloud is titled “Back At It” and is one of those tunes that you can vibe to, drive to, dance to, light to or all of the above. His tracks carry a lot of light themes of turning up, girls and cars, but he also delves into heavier topics of family problems and conspiracy theories. His crew name goes by SpʌceGʌng, which goes along well with his mentions of Martians in tracks like “Dark Matter.” Be sure to give this local underdog and all the other artists mentioned a listen below.