A new trailer is available for the upcoming French thriller Raw from up-and-coming indie writer/director Julia Ducournau. Raw follows a young woman named Justine, a vegetarian who is forced to eat raw meat during a bizarre hazing ritual at vet school and, as a result, develops an unexpected craving for human flesh. The film has already received excellent reviews from critics on the indie film circuit, namely last year’s Cannes Film Festival, where Ducournau was presented with the prestigious FIPRESCI Prize. Raw also won several awards at other renowned festivals, including the London Film Festival, and the Palm Springs, Catalonian, and Toronto International Film Festivals. In spite of its already impressive track record, Raw is opening in American cinemas with some anticipation. The explicit and graphic detail in which cannibalism is portrayed in the film has already caused a number of medical emergencies. Several patrons at last year’s Toronto International Film Festival, for instance, became nauseous and even fainted during the Raw screening. Ambulances had to be called to the scene and a spokesperson had to release a statement saying that “the film became too much for a couple patrons”. Nevertheless, American audiences, already de-sensitized to explicit content in film, will no doubt rush to see this one when it comes out in theaters this March. The trailer is available here on MADE. If you have a weak stomach, view with caution!
A new drama from writer/director Gary Ross (Seabiscuit, The Hunger Games) titled Free State of Jones is now playing in theaters. The film follows the true story of Newton Knight, a farmer in Civil-War era Mississippi who abandoned the Confederate Army and formed a militia consisting of both white farmers and African-Americans who took over and declared Jones County an independent state. Ross adapted the screenplay from author Victoria Bynum’s The Free State of Jones: Mississippi’s Longest Civil War, although there are numerous publications of Knight’s stance in Jones County. Appearing as Newton Knight is Oscar-winner Matthew McConaughey (Interstellar, Dallas Buyer’s Club), who is joined onscreen by Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Concussion, Jupiter Ascending), Mahershala Ali (House of Cards, The Place Beyond the Pines), Keri Russell (The Americans, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes), Christopher Berry (Django Unchained, 12 Years a Slave), and Jacob Lofland (Mud, The Scorch Trials). This is definitely a lesser-known portion of American history, but one that is definitely intriguing, although I will say that the trailer reads a bit like The Patriot. If you’re looking for an evening out this week, keep this one on your list. The trailer is available here on MADE.
The new drama titled Concussion with Will Smith (Independence Day, Men in Black) is now playing in theaters nationwide. Smith stars as Dr. Bennett Omalu, the pathologist who discovered CTE after studying pro-football players and the longterm effects of receiving multiple concussions from standard game play. Writer/director Peter Landesman (Parkland, Kill the Messenger) wrote the film to explore Dr. Omalu’s discovery and the attempts of the National Football League to keep it all under wraps, based on a GQ article titled Game Brain by Jeanne Marie Laskas. Co-starring in the film are actors Alec Baldwin (The Departed, The Good Shepard), Albert Brooks (Taxi Driver, A Most Violent Year), Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Beyond the Lights, Jupiter Ascending), and David Morse (The Green Mile, The Hurt Locker). Director Quentin Tarantino‘s new western The Hateful Eight is also available in certain theaters, so if you can be sure to check this one out as well while it’s still on big screens. Enjoy!
Will Smith‘s next big screen outing, a drama by the name of Concussion, will be opening in theaters this Christmas Day. This time around the Independence Day and Pursuit of Happiness star takes on the role of Dr. Bennet Omalu, a neuropathologist who first discovered CTE, a brain injury related to playing football, and sought to expose the truth behind the condition, despite the efforts of the multi-million dollar corporation that is the NFL trying to keep him silent. Director Peter Landesman (Parkland, Kill the Messenger) worked with author Jean Marie-Laskas to adapt the screenplay from her GQ article Game Brain, which is based on Dr. Omalu’s life and work. Starring in the film are actors Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Beyond the Lights, Jupiter Ascending), Bitsie Tulloch (The Artist, Parkland), Stephen Moyer (Priest, True Blood), Alec Baldwin (30 Rock, The Departed), Luke Wilson (Legally Blonde, Old School), and Albert Brooks (Drive, A Most Violent Year). Check out the trailer here on MADE. We’ll be bringing further news and reminders as we get closer to the Holidays. Enjoy!
Last Thursday, we popped into Honey for the Free CD release show for Manny Phesto’s Southside Lookin In. The night featured a variety of dope performances, and we would like to thank Manny Phesto for making this event happen. If you were unable to make it to this show at Honey, you were definitely snoozing, as the place was absolutely packed tight till bar close.
While some still haven’t heard of Finding Novyon, Devon Reason and Travis Gorman, it was quite apparent that they made their names heard last Thursday. Devon kicked off their set performing songs off of Part IV, to working the entire group on stage with the likes of Finding Novyon, Rich Garvey and Roland. From start to finish, Honey’s stage was absolutely in control as they grabbed the steering wheel and punched the accelerator to a new level.
As summer continues, we look forward in capturing many more performances in the Twin Cities. If you want to see more photos from the night, make sure to stay tuned as we will have the full album posted later this evening.
Loops of dreams and dreaming of wonderful beats looping in dreams. Woah, Psymun’s highly anticipated Pink Label has us in a daze. For real though, this album was just released as the perfect weather reached the Midwest. It will be even better when the BBQ is lit, the boat motors are roaring and it’s an afternoon straight chillin’. When it comes down to it, anytime is right to play these laid-back beats by Psymun. Sure you can stream it all you want, but what is it worth when you don’t physically own your music. Feel free to visit his Bandcamp for physical CDs for $12 and Cassettes for $8.
Yesterday, the homie Es El released these dope instrumentals that didn’t quite make the cut onto Glow Mechanics’ Schmo Mechanics. Es El, one of Minneapolis’ raw hip-hop producers, put this free 5-track tape out for all of our eardrums to enjoy, and so far it’s been on repeat. Everything about these beats just scream, “THROW ME AWAY”, so make sure to waste some time playing these over and over again. If this is now your first time hearing Es El, make sure to give his album with Glow Mechanics a listen through. More importantly, come out and support them live.
Location: 7th Street Entry, 701 1st Ave. N. MPLS | Doors @ 7:00pm | Tickets $5 | When: Sunday March 23rd, 2014
Sunday night, Glow Mechanics will be making their return to 7th Street Entry for The Crash Bandits CD Release Show. The night will also consist of performances by Dan Mariska & the Boys Choir and the Person & the People. This is a great venue supported by some talented local artists, so make sure to come and support good people making good music this Saturday.
|7th Street Entry|Minneapolis, MN| Tickets $12/$14|Doors 7:00pm|
Com Truise, possibly one of the most raw electronic music producers around, will be playing at the beloved 7th Street Entry tonight. Com Truise is rather hard to put into a specific category or genre of music. Put it this way, he has labeled his style as, “mid-fi synth-wave, slow-motion funk”. Yeah that’s right, some slow motion FUNK wave jazz-synth or something. This show should be one to remember, as not only is Com Truise a one of a kind producer, but he does not come to the Twin Cities very often.
CT will also be accompanied by, Phantoms, whom will be opening up for him. I suggest taking a peak at this group. They are a pretty solid DJ’s out of LA.
This last Thursday, Beasthead was invited to do a show at RAW, which made for a successful night. After a brief hiccup with the sound guy at, The Venue, Beasthead came through strong and definitely kept the packed crowd moving. With a good turnout and a nice mixture of artists, the night was perfect for the group.
RAW featured a collective of artists for their 5th Annual Indie Arts awards, for the top performing Iocal artists. Everyone who came to the event was able to vote for each artist in their category. The event featured: hairstylists, makeup artists, performing artists, musicians, photographers, fashion designers and more. If you want to know more about RAW, peep the link below and stay tuned for 2014.