Casa Clara by Cheoff Levy Fischman Architecture + Design // Miami Florida
Casa Clara by Cheoff Levy Fischman Architecture + Design // Miami Florida
Foreign writer/director Yorgos Lanthimos (Dogtooth, Alps) has a new comedic drama seeing a limited theatrical release this Friday titled The Lobster. The film was won several awards at the Cannes Film Festival last year, and with nothing but positive review from critics and audiences, anticipation for an American release has been pretty high. Co-written with Lanthimos’ long-time collaborator Efthymis Filippou, the film is set in a future dystopian society, in which single individuals are taken to The Hotel in order to find a romantic partner within 45 days, or be transformed into wild beasts and banished to live in The Woods. Definitely sounds pretty strange, but that is Lanthimos’ style, so it’s actually not far off the mark considering his portfolio. Starring in the film are actors Colin Farrell (Phone Booth, Miami Vice), Rachel Weisz (The Constant Gardener, The Fountain), Jessica Barden (Hanna, Far From The Maddening Crowd), and Olivia Colman (The Iron Lady, Locke), among a supporting cast including John C. Reilly (The Good Girl, Chicago) and Ben Whishaw (Spectre, In The Heart of the Sea). Check it out in theaters if it’s playing in your local area this weekend.
Allan Kingdom’s currently rounding out the western leg of his national tour. The budding artist is joined by Denzel Curry, JK The Reaper and Sdot Braddy; a solid core of rappers who should bring out crowds on any given night. The tour literally criss crosses the entire United States, those of you in Chicago will be happy to hear that they’ll be playing Reggie’s on April 9th. Check out the dates above and be on the look out for more info regarding the Chicago stop.
This week, a 2010 mystery-drama from the Weinstein Company will finally see a limited American release after having spent five years waiting on the studio shelves. Director Mikael Hafstrom (1408, The Rite) and producer Harvey Weinstein were set to begin principle photography on the film Shanghai in 2008 when the Chinese government suddenly pulled their permits, forcing the production to relocate to Thailand and England to complete filming. The film is a period piece, set in Japanese-occupied Shanghai in the 1940s just months before the attack on Pearl Harbor occurs, and follows an American who returns to probe the mysterious death of his friend. As the mystery begins to unfold, however, and as he falls into a personal romantic relationship, the truth behind his friend’s death begins to reveal a much larger conspiracy at work. Starring in the lead role is actor John Cusack (2012, Hot Tub Time Machine), who has worked with director Hafstrom on the suspense-thriller 1408 in 2007. Also in the supporting cast are actors Li Gong (Miami Vice, Hannibal Rising), Yun-Fat Chow (Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, Curse of the Golden Flower), and David Morse (The Green Mile, The Hurt Locker). We’re not entirely sure why Weinstein decided to hold the US release back for so long, but this isn’t the first film the company has withheld from the public for a number of years before releasing it. Whatever the case, the Weinstein Company is usually pretty good about investing in worthwhile features, and the trailer reads more like an action-thriller than a romantic drama. Either way it should be a great watch. Enjoy!
Actor and playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney is best known for the acclaimed The Brother/Sister Plays trilogy and studied theater at Chicago’s DePaul University.
Writer/director Barry Jenkins (Medicine For Melancholy, Futurestates) will begin filming his own adaptation of the play In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue by playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney in Miami this fall. Simply titled Moonlight, the film follows a young man, Chiron, in 1980s Miami during the War on Drugs at three important moments in his life as he deals with a rough home-life and his developing sexuality. Additional casting for the film is currently underway and Indie film production company A24, which is also behind this year’s Ex Machina and Amy, will be teaming up with Brad Pitt’s Plan B Productions to finance the project. Adele Romanski (Bad Milo, War Story) will also serve as the film’s producer. This will be the second major production for director Jenkins, whose Medicine For Melancholy received much critical praise in 2008 when it was first seen at the SXSW Film Festival in 2008. Actor and playwright Terell Alvin McCraney was born in Miami, Florida in 1980 and attended the Theater School at Chicago’s DePaul University, graduating with a BFA in acting and receiving the Sarah Siddons Award in 2003. We’ll keep an eye out for additional news.
Chester Watson has had a good 2015 so far managing to balance a slew of festival slots and a steady stream of releases. His latest drop comes in the form of a video titled “Wrath of the Guided.” No stranger to the Twin Cities, Watson links up with Alan De Leon Taverna and Conner Evert on the visual’s production; 2 emerging artists in their own right. “Wrath of the Guided” is dank and eerie, Chester’s monotonous voice sounds right at home as the production picks up. At 18, Chester Watson has positioned himself as one of the MCs to watch in his class, check out the video above and stay tuned for more.
Chicago spitter Hyype recently released a new track titled “Vital.” The Chicago MC links up with Miami’s own Boobielootaveli over a dark synth ridden instrumental. Both artists hold their own with a pair of quick witted verses that display each of their lyrical ability. Hyype has been a little quiet as of late, but we have a feeling that all of this will change very soon. Check out “Vital” above and stay tuned for more from Hyype and The 11th Realm.
Chester Watson recently dropped a new video for a his track title “Creed.” The Miami MC continues to prove his worth slicing Dave Sparkz’ instrumental to pieces with sharp, precise wordplay. Ahead of his years perhaps, Chester shows a prowess that’s rarely seen in an artist his age. The visual is simple, clean and compliments the record well; a solid body of work from an artist who should be on everyone’s radar. Chester will bless the stage at Soundset in May, for now check out the video for “Creed” above.
Miami’s own Pouya recently took to Twitter to drop a new song titled “Heed.” Produced by Cian P, the jazzy, horn heavy track features the likes of Alex Wiley and Allan Kingdom. A trio to be reckoned with, all 3 of these artists are buzzing hard in their respective cities. “Heed” feels like an experiment among friends, the record isn’t as cohesive as one would like, but it’s still well worth a few spins. If this is what these guys call a “loose” record, we can’t wait to see what else is in the vault. Check out “Heed” above and make sure to keep an eye out for all 3 of these artists, you can expect to see a lot more of these guys in the near future.
Location: 2136 NW 1st Avenue, Miami
When: Saturday, February 28th @ 1PM
Miami has quietly become one of the nations hottest cities for music festivals. One that all hip hop fans should be aware of is the upcoming “Rolling Loud” Festival set to go down at Soho Studios. The one day fest has an insane lineup with performances from Schoolboy Q, Travi$ Scott, Action Bronson, Juicy J, Curren$y, and A$AP Ferg to name a few. A few hometown artists even made the cut including Allan Kingdom, Kembe X, Alex Wiley, and Lucki Eck$. The event is all ages and general admission tickets are available for $70, pit tickets are $100. A diverse lineup with a bunch of current and future stars, “Rolling Loud” might just go down as one of the year’s best festivals, click the link below for tickets. (Allan Kingdom is no longer on the lineup)