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Derek Kirk Kim’s TUNE BOOK 2 : Still Life is hilarious claustrophobia

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Derek Kirk Kim seems to have come into his own on this second installment of his TUNE series. Although, more first person, the lead character Andy Go’s, inner monologues and conversations with Dash (the zoo recruiter turned art aficionado) is well worth the read.

Maybe it’s because I am morbid or maybe it’s because I watch too many movies, but I kept thinking this story of imprisonment is going to take a turn for the worst, changing it from a light-hearted comedy to a straight up science fiction horror. It doesn’t and not to my dismay. It’s a relief and a bit cathartic reading the banter between these character’s, especially Andy, who begins to understand what life is really all about.

In the second installment of the TUNE series of graphic novels, our hapless hero Andy Go is settling into life in an alien zoo…as one of the exhibits. It’s not so bad: the food is good, and his environment is a perfect copy of his house back on Earth. But everything falls to pieces when Andy realizes he’s been tricked: there will be no weekend visits back to Earth, as he was promised, and his contract doesn’t last one year…it lasts a lifetime.

The odds are stacked against this lazy art student and hopeless romantic as he paces the confines of his cage/parents home. Everything that Andy’s comes to represent, while on Earth, comes into question as the reality of what’s happening to him begins to sink in. No longer do the things that mattered to him back home matter. It’s a return to basics “somewhat” and that’s when Still Life turns into a self help book. Strange?

It’s an artists read, this book, touching on such topics as ambition and love, one can’t help, while reading, to examine one’s own life and place him or herself in Andy’s shoes. The book does all this self analysis, but without becoming the authors dream journal. Just enough to pepper the whole story with heart. It keeps all the zaniness and fart jokes and although I found it a bit trite at times, I understand.

Tune Book 2: Still Life plays out like a sitcom. The half house immediately jettisons the reader to the set of Facts of Life or Different Strokes and then gives the whole thing an odd Planet of the Apes vibe. The whole story would be terrifying if Derek wasn’t a genius at keeping it light and for this I am grateful. Not everything has to be an exercise in dread.

A collection of amazing fan made ELYSIUM posters

Janee MeadowsThe commemorate the release of Neill Blompkamp’s ELYSIUM starring Matt Damon, Jodie Foster and Sharlto Copley, some amazing illustrators have created their own poster art for the film. Some of which have a bit of that retro vibe and some mondo, but all very very good. I hope you guys run right out and catch this amazing movie! I’m hearing good things.

All artworks come compliments of The Short List

Underground Mondays: Urr – The Endless Riddles of Sky and Earth

When Dylan Carlson wrote the first notes to his defining album, Earth 2, for his band Earth, I wonder some days what was going through his mind. For anyone unaware, Earth 2 is arguably the heaviest, deepest, darkest guitar album ever written. It’s minimal and droning structure scares off listeners within seconds, and lucky for me I have the entire album on vinyl for the pure cult status of the music. Although I can’t honestly say if the album actually gained popularity at the time of it’s release, besides the fact that it’s an icon in music today, but I do know that it proved that Sub Pop can release all sorts of music. The label itself was the only one that gave this monster a chance, and thank you Sub Pop. Without Earth 2, there would be no Sunn O)), Melvins, or the Underground Mondays featured artist, urr from Denmark. 

You read that correctly. Much like Sunn O)))’s unnecceasary brackets, urr does in fact have all lower case letters. They’re name could resemble the buzz of the extremely downtuned guitars or a message that the band created. What I love about this album, titled The Endless Riddles of Sky and Earth released by Golemtapes, is how bleak, defining, and unique it is. It has more tone than a Sunn O))) album, but just as much punch as early Earth. They put their twist on drone metal and create a unique unmatched sound by today’s standards.

Take the first song for example; titled “Bleak and Golden”. It’s the same riff over and over again, and is quite quick by for a drone metal song. It’s like a crashing wave in the dark off a coast of Scandinavia that still cools the rocks it pummels. Even at almost 8 minutes, it’s only the beginning of a monstrous listen. The second song, “Sun – Moon – Earth”, is a more traditional drone metal track. While most drone metal tracks don’t have any sort of drum track on them, the duo of urr add in the cymbals and drums to keep things heavy and intense. The second track is far longer, at 23 minutes, and I cannot describe the feelings I have while listening. I head banged (at super slow tempos), I air guitared, I zoned out, I was in a trance. That’s the best way to put it. The band puts the listener in a state of semi-consciousness, only letting them go after the breaking of sound stops.

The third and final epic track is titled, “The Branches That Bend the Most Bear More Fruit”. Now it’s structurally the same as the first track with the looping guitar riff that changes throughout the song, but it also contains the dynamics of the second track. It’s the grand finale of the album, building to the crushing final moments of the album, but never feeling like it’s missing a beat. The song, along with the rest of the album, contains a slight buzz that’s so omniscient in the background. It adds to the droning effect of the album, capturing anyone who focuses on the waves of sound. It’s a beautiful effect that urr have created.

Giving drone metal a chance can be hard. I compare it to scene in “Lawrence of Arabia” when they travel through the desert, or the entire movie of “2001: Space Odyssey”. My guess is if you enjoyed either/or, you’ll have a real connection with drone metal. Urr is a band that takes the elements of drone, and even stoner metal, adding to the ever growing popularity of heaviness in music. The Endless Riddles of Sky and Earth is an album that needs more attention. It craves the necessity to be recognized as a new face to the drone metal scene. There aren’t enough house-hold names in the genre, and the ones that are known need a young gun to help progress them. Urr is just the band they need.

 

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Trailer for The History of Future Folk blends science fiction with hipster comedy

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Someone was going to have to do it and they have. Like a mash up of MST3000 and Flight of the Conchords, comes The History of Future Folk, a cute tale of two ambassadors from the planet Hondo who on a recent trip to Earth stumble upon our music and from that point on dedicate themselves to rocking Earthlings. Sounds crazy original and completely hip!! Yay!!

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The citizens of the planet Hondo have sent General Trius (Nils d’Aulaire) to find a new home on Earth and wipe out the current inhabitants in the process. But when he lands on Earth, he’s entranced by a strange and mystical human invention: music. He abandons his mission, starts a family, and launches a bluegrass act in a tiny Brooklyn bar, later joined by a bumbling assassin named Kevin (Jay Klaitz) who was supposed to get the mission back on track. Now Hondo is still coming for Earth, and only Future Folk can save us. J. Anderson Mitchell & Jeremy Kipp Walker direct The History of Future Folk in limited theaters May 31st.

 

ELYSIUM trailer starring Matt Damon is another masterpiece by director Neil Blomkamp

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There’s a certain feeling I get when I watch true artistry. Artistry that’s not forced and completely effortless. This trailer for director Neil Blomkamp‘s hyper apocalyptic film ELYSIUM is just that. Clean and concise and with a ton of visually interesting concepts that folks like me will take one look at and must know more. That’s the hook! Bring on the Halo movie, this guy can do it!

In the year 2159, two classes of people exist: the very wealthy, who live on a pristine man-made space station called Elysium, and the rest, who live on an overpopulated, ruined Earth. The people of Earth are desperate to escape the planet’s crime and poverty, and they critically need the state-of-the-art medical care available on Elysium – but some in Elysium will stop at nothing to enforce anti-immigration laws and preserve their citizens’ luxurious lifestyle. The only man with the chance to bring equality to these worlds is Max (Matt Damon), an ordinary guy in desperate need to get to Elysium. With his life hanging in the balance, he reluctantly takes on a dangerous mission – one that pits him against Elysium’s Secretary Delacourt (Jodie Foster) and her hard-line forces – but if he succeeds, he could save not only his own life, but millions of people on Earth as well.

Elysium stars Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, Sharlto Copley, Alice Braga, Diego Luna, William Fichtner, and Wagner Moura.“Elysium” is set to hit theaters on August 9, 2013.

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Second trailer for M. Knight Shyamalan’s “After Earth” starring Will and Jaden Smith Arrives in Epic fashion

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Damn! I gotta say, M. Knight may just come back from the slump with this one. I was already impressed with the first trailer for this film, but this second one is brilliant. The story is all very well set up, plus it eludes to some things that they were gracious enough to leave out of the trailer. I will say this though, there are more than a butt load of films about turning kids into killing machines as of late…wouldn’t you say? The Hunger Games, the soon to be released Ender’s Game, the web series Halo:Forward unto Dawn. Am i right or am I right? This story line is no exception, but there’s apart of me that wants to see good things for everyone involved with this picture. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, this looks better than the Cruise/Freeman joint OBLIVION.

In the near future, humanity was forced to abandon the planet forever after cataclysmic events, and they reestablished mankind on the planet Nova Prime, light years away from Earth, and managed to rebuild society. Earth was left in its prime state, and continued to live on its own.

1,000 years later, a crash-landing of a small ship leaves teenager Kitai Raige (Jaden Smith) and his father, army General Cypher Raige (Will Smith) stranded. With Cypher critically injured, Kitai must embark on a perilous journey to signal for help so they can return to Nova Prime, facing uncharted terrain, evolved animal species that now rule the planet, and an unstoppable alien creature that escaped during the crash. The father and son must learn to work together and learn to trust one another if they want any chance of escaping Earth and returning home.

After Earth is directed by M. Knight Shyamalan and stars Will Smith and Jaden Smith. After Earth releases in theaters on June 7, 2013.

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Trailer for M. Knight Shyamalan’s After Earth starring Will and Jaden Smith arrives

Archaia Entertainment gives the 70′s science fiction series Space:1999 a respectable graphic

YOU DON”T MESS WITH THE BROXO!!

CHECKOUT THIS HILARIOUS SHORT “THE DUEL AT BLOOD CREEK”

Leo Burton directes this amazing short about…damn almost gave it away. The story follows an aristocrat and his servant as they make their way to a spot in the woods where a duel is supposed to take place between the aristocrat and another man. When a man arrives, but it’s not his opponent a battle of ego and wit builds as others arrive at the same spot expecting to do exactly what the first man had intended, but with another late opponent.  From that point on the hilarity ensues. A lot of great acting in this bit by new comer Dominic Allburn (Captain Gower) and veteran Mark Jefferis (AntiChrist,The Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy). I hope to see more of this directors work as well as the rest of this brilliant cast.

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