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Listen to new M83 song “I Need You” off the DIVERGENT soundtrack

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In keeping with M83′s quest to become the theme music to every new science fiction film there is, they’ve written another one for the new dysotopic tween flick Divergent starring Shailene Woodley (The Descendents), Kate Winslet (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) and directed by Neal Burger (Limitless). Now I’m about to be that guy, cause this isn’t, in my opinion, the best M83 song I’ve ever heard, but it’s definitely a departure, which I guess they are allowed to do from time to time.

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Various songs on the Divergent soundtrack album pair up Kendrick Lamar with Tame Impala, or A$AP Rocky with Gesaffelstein.

The Divergent soundtrack is out 3/11. Divergent hits theaters on March 21, 2014

Dario Argento’s “Suspiria” will always be a classic horror film

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Funny story…my wife and I both believed we had seen Suspiria before, but both of us had different memories of the film. So we rented it recently and none of us remembered anything we were seeing. It was strange, like seeing something for the first time, but we both knew we saw it together awhile back, but on a positive note, this movie “Suspiria” was way more entertaining than the film I remembered, so that was a plus.

In the seventies everybody was making horror films, what used to be an underground and somewhat subversive genre, was seeing it’s hay day with films like The Exorcist, The OMEN, Halloween and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Hollywood was realizing what a cash cow horror was, but it wasn’t until 1977 when Italian director Dario Argento released Suspiria, that Hollywood and horror fans alike, realized that horror could be visually stunning as well as bloody and disturbing.

Quick note: We also rented PHENOMENA, another one of Argento’s film’s starring a very young Jennifer Connelly and it wasn’t nearly as exciting, but in Dario’s defense we unknowingly watched SUSPIRIA out of chronological order. There were two other films after SUSPIRIA that were meant to be viewed together. They were lovingly referred to as “The Three Mother’s” by Dario Argento. They were SUSPIRIA (1977), INFERNO (1980, which turned out to be the film we mistook for Suspiria) and THE MOTHER OF TEARS (2007).

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SUSPIRIA SYNOPSIS: The film follows American ballet student Suzy Bannion (Harper) who transfers to a prestigious dance academy in Germany, only to discover that it is controlled by a coven of witches.

The world Dario set out to create with SUSPIRIA was one of feminine power, both good and bad. His films usually involved a hero be it male or female, usually female, that has been displaced, an American in Europe or vice-versa. Take for instance our hero in SUSPIRIA, Susie Bannion played by Jessica Harper, she’s a dancer whose just arrived in Germany and is instantly greeted by a disgruntled cab driver at the airport and then when she get’s to the dance school she’s told she can’t come in. Mind you, it’s been pouring rain since she arrived. Part of me would like to believe that this is a text book horror set up, but he does it again in PHENOMENA. Whether politically driven or not, one can’t deny his need to seemingly torture American’s, but he does it with style. Dario is a master of getting the viewer to empathize with the protagonist.

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A series of unfortunate event’s leads Susie down a technicolor rabbit hole where she slowly learns that the dance school is a front for a witches coven that’s being controlled by an ancient evil. There’s a host of colorful character’s that poke their heads into the storyline, but none more daunting than the schools head mistress Madame Blanc played by Joan Bennett. Despite the bad dubbed English there are a few whose talent shines through the muddy ADR, which for all intents in purposes also adds to that strange vibe.

As I’m writing this I’m realizing how this story could very well be a mad man’s version of The Wizard of Oz. I haven’t quite figured out who’s the Lion or the Tin Man, but Susie is certainly Dorothy and Madame Blanc is definitely The Wicked Witch of the West. If I figure out the rest…I’ll let you know.

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You can’t mention SUSPIRIA without commenting on the look. If Dario Argento had been born in the early 1900′s, he would’ve been French and sipping Le Absinthe in some cafe filled with artists, poets and musicians. He masterfully blends elements of French Art Nouveau with 30′s art deco and gives it all a rock concert look. There’s not a frame that doesn’t have some over the top lighting scheme, bold colored walls, high concept architecture or freaky stained glass. Never would I have imagined that these images would become the thing of macabre, but what it does is it transports you to a vivid nightmare in which the setting is terrifying despite the lack of a graveyards, pitch black forests or haunted houses. He fools you, like a drug does it’s user, tapping into those triggers that can turn a “trip” to Disney World into a terrifying experience.

Dario also has a healthy love for eerie soundtracks, but he uses well known rock bands to produce the sounds, giving his landscapes that pop, that many have taken a page from. In PHENOMENA he used Iron Maiden in the soundtrack, in Suspiria he hired Italian progressive rock band GOBLIN (formerly known as Cherry Five), a band inspired by the sounds of Genesis and King Crimson. Their sound was so awesome they went on to provide the soundtrack for another Argento project, the George Romero film Dawn of the Dead.

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The Suspiria theme is not unlike the theme from The Exorcist, but let’s be honest, directors were serving up that strange sound ever since the success of Rosemary’s Baby and The Omen. This is just another one of those classics like The Halloween, that get’s down in you and won’t let go.

These are all the elements that make this film such a classic, A film that isn’t all about the horror, but is also about giving you much more. At some point, someone must say “it has to still be an art form” and this is why directors like Alejandro Jordorowsky, Dario Argento and Stanley Kubrick have created films that give you much more than what you expected. Movies that went beyond and buried themselves in your soul, never letting go. Do yourself a favor, if you haven’t seen Suspiria…see it. You won’t be disappointed.

By the way there’s a bar in Tokyo’s Fashion District based on Suspiria called “Cambiare”. From the chairs to the walls and the ceiling’s…it’s flawless! You can check it out HERE.

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Name that soundtrack contest

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Wanna get some free MITNG swag??!! Try naming all the movies that these songs come from and you will receive some cool shit. I say cool shit cause I don’t even know what your going to get, that’s amazing! The songs are a mix of television and movies, so take your time, their not easy, but MITNG readers are smart and this is why I am challenging you…dammit!!

We’ve had this challenge up on our Soundcloud for months and no one has been able to figure it out. There are a few of them that are givens and no one even tried for those. Shame. Give it a shot guys, I’m depending on you.

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Leave your answers in the comment section with your email address to see if you win. The contest will be extended across several social media platforms so the quicker you answer the quicker you win. Good Luck!!

 

M83 shares another song off the OBLIVION Soundtrack

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Here’s another song from the Oblivion soundtrack composed by M83, this ones called…well “Oblivion” and features the vocal styling’s of Susanne Sundfor. As much press as this film has been receiving, I’m surprised it’s not out already, but it actually releases April 19 with its soundtrack arriving April 9 via Back Lot Records. Earlier last month we got to hear the first release off the OST “starwaves” and we weren’t disappointed, this is definitely another gem.

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Listen to M83′s “Starwaves” from the OBLIVION soundtrack and prepare to be overwhelmed

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So many amazing artist have transitioned into composing soundtracks and have done so successfully. Trent Reznor, Danny Elfman, Jonsi, Johnny Greenwood, BECK and Randy Newman just to name a few. All great artist and all clearly capable of pushing themselves to that next level. Anthony Gonzalez  of M83 can now be added to that list, but it isn’t like his music hasn’t been used in a slew of trailers and commercial’s, it’s just that this recent endeavor makes it official. Most of you remember the M83 track “OUTRO” off their “Hurry Up Were Dreaming” album, that was used in The Cloud Atlas  trailer. If that song didn’t help sell that highly complicated film, to people who had no idea what the film was, I don’t know what did. There’s no one I know, that didn’t say they got chills when they saw the trailer for The Cloud Atlas for the first time. It’s a shame too, cause not only was the film a respectable endeavor, but the soundtrack composed by Tom Tykwer, Johnny Klimek, Reinhold Heil is absolutely outstanding and it along with other aspects of the film were completely snubbed by The Academy of Motion Picture Art and Sciences   this year. This really doesn’t surprise me considering this institution was also responsible for snubbing Martin Scorsese for best director of Good Fellas, they also had never given an award to Alfred Hitchcock. Alfred Hitchcock…wtf! So yeah, they suck! But you know what doesn’t suck? This new  M83 track off the OBLIVION OST. Look folks, I know I have been bad mouthing this film, but it’s because I’m not making the connection. I felt too much has already been given away in the trailer, so unless director Joseph Kosinski (Tron Legacy), pulls an amazing M.Knight Shyamalan, people are going to be disappointed. Allow me to make this very clear…I want this film to work. This is just how I’m feeling right now, that being said, I think leaking this little snippet from the OST is moving in the right direction and should snatch in the last few line toter’s before the films releases on April 19, 2013. M83′s Anthony Gonzalez scored Oblivion with Disney XD’s TRON: Uprising composer Joseph Trapanese , the two are being called M83 although Joseph is not a current member.

If you haven’t seen nor heard Tron: Uprising yet…well damn. It’s not just a cartoon people, it’s some serious next level animation. I’ve embedded the soundtrack from Tron Uprising below, compliment’s of Geek Tyrant’s SoundTRAX series on Soundcloud. If these two great musician’s continue to work together, they have a very promising future in the film industry.

Kosinski’s Oblivion (also known as Horizons) stars Tom Cruise as Jack Harper, plus Morgan Freeman, Olga Kurylenko, Zoe Bell, Andrea Riseborough, Melissa Leo and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau.

Living and patrolling the breathtaking skies from thousands of feet above, Jack’s soaring existence is brought crashing down when he rescues a beautiful stranger from a downed spacecraft. Her arrival triggers a chain of events that forces him to question everything he knows and puts the fate of humanity in his hands.

Oblivion opens in theaters and in IMAX 3D on April 19, 2013.

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