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Polish composer and conductor Krzysztof Penderecki, whose often disturbing and challenging avant-garde music has turned up in films from “The Shining” to “The Exorcist” and “Children of Men,” and as recently as the TV series “Twin Peaks: The Return,” died at his home in Krakow on Sunday, March 29. He was 86 years old.
Penderecki’s greatest influence on any modern composer can perhaps be found in the work of Johnny Greenwood, the lead guitarist and keyboardist of Radiohead and musician behind the soundtracks for films including Paul Thomas Anderson’s “There Will Be Blood,” “Phantom Thread” and “The Master,” as well as Lynne Ramsay’s “We Need to Talk About Kevin” and “You Were Never Really Here.”
“What sad news to wake to. Penderecki was the greatest — a fiercely creative composer, and a gentle, warm-hearted man. My condolences to his family, and to Poland on this huge loss to the musical world,” Greenwood tweeted on Sunday morning.
Penderecki began composing in the 1960s, going on to produce eight symphonies, four operas, a requiem, and many concertos and choral works, many of which are regarded as notoriously difficult to play. His compositions were often politically motivated, including probably his most famous work, “Threnody for the Victims of Hiroshima,” which appeared in the films “The People Under the Stairs” and “Children of Men.”
The chilling composition below was also used by David Lynch in the landmark Episode 8 of Showtime’s “Twin Peaks: The Return,” set against images of an atomic bomb that appears to birth evil itself into the world. In “Children of Men,” “Threnody” sets off the film’s masterful long-take sequence as Clive Owen rushes to safety through a harrowing warren of chaos. In this piece, 52 string instruments collaborate to create a nerve-shredding soundscape.
Penderecki’s work also appeared in “The Shining,” with terrifying pieces employed by director Stanley Kubrick in lieu of an original soundtrack though composer Wendy Carlos did turn in a score, it went mostly unused in favor of preexisting music. Penderecki’s works also appear in David Lynch’s “Inland Empire” and “Wild at Heart,” Martin Scorsese’s “Shutter Island,” William Friedkin’s “The Exorcist,” and Peter Weir’s “Fearless.” His work even appears in the 1996 disaster movie “Twister” and the Netflix series “Black Mirror.” He also contributed original scores to films as well, including most recently in the 2015 Polish horror film “Demon.”
Head over to The New York Times for a full obituary...
Only five episodes from the fourth season of Rick and Morty aired on Adult Swim towards the end of last year, so Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon still have to make good on the rest of the season. Thankfully, fans won’t have to wait much longer because a new trailer for the second half of Rick and Morty‘s current season has arrived, and it looks like some of their craziest adventures are coming. Get a peek at what’s in store when Rick and Morty season 4 returns in May.Rick and Morty Season 4 Returns in May
There’s a lot to take in with this new Rick and Morty trailer. First of all, Adult Swim has announced that Rick and Morty will finish the fourth season with another five episodes starting on May 3 at 11:30 P.M. ET. The last episode this season aired back on December 15, so fans have been patient enough. Sure, there was that recent Rick and Morty anime short that was a nice treat while we wait, but it’s time to get back to the real adventures.
Speaking of which, a lot of this trailer seems to have footage from an episode where Summer is ruling over a species of aliens, and Rick and Morty get caught at some point trying to hide among them. They’re the same aliens that we see Rick and Morty slicing down when they’re in a pair of Gundam suits. So who knows what’s happening there, or when the hell Rick and Morty got those cool suits.
There are also some shots that don’t provide any context whatsoever, such as Morty levitating while being electrified by some kind of purple energy in Rick’s garage lab. There’s also a shot of a naked, goop-covered Morty running from several Ricks, Jerry flying through some kind of tube system with a camping backpack, Summer having a lightsaber fight with another woman, and even the return of Snowball aka Snuffles in his robot suit from the second episode all the way back in the first season.
The return of Rick and Morty couldn’t come at a better time. It’ll be nice to have the distraction of this grotesque and hilarious animated series back on Adult Swim. However, since coronavirus is delaying movie and TV productions across the board, who knows how long we’ll have to wait until we get a fifth season. Stay tuned.
One attends a festival in hopes of finding a film that leaves you giddy with how good it is, seeking always for that thrill gained from a sense of discovery, uncovering that gem before it gets to be seen by a larger group of people. It’s almost like a drug, where you take hit after hit of cinema just waiting for one to fully give you that rush.
This is one of those movies you spend days and days just hoping to uncover.
Boys State follows a bunch of high-strung Texan teens as they head to the Capitol in Austin to engage in political machinations. For decades the American Legion has sponsored “Boys State” events ostensibly in order to improve education in civics. A kind of summer camp for political junkies, this week-long event begins with the 1200 or so kids divvied up into separate parties – the Nationalists and the Federalists – and then tasked with picking party leadership, defining a platform, passing bills and, above all, electing a governor that represents the entire group.
Superficially Boys State plays as a conventional film about a grand event, not dissimilar to reality TV that follows a few key characters out of the myriad that attend the event. Jesse Moss whose 2014 Sundance film The Overnighters is one of the greatest non-fiction films ever made and co-director Amanda McBaine pitch most of the film on the shoulders of four participants, with the result being a simply astonishingly powerful and nuanced look at the machinations of politics.
We first meet Steven wearing a Beto O’Rourke shirt and explaining his parents are not at the bus stop to drop him off as they’re at work. We learn he got into politics thanks to Bernie Sanders, and has spent time campaigning against gun violence. Then there’s Robert, a square jawed dude-bro straight out of the John Hughes playbook, looking exactly the kind of kind that would roughhouse his way down the alleys of lockers at his high school.
René is a pursed lipped, extremely eloquent thinker whose personal views are far more to the left than the majority of participants. Through political savviness he tacks towards the centrist position and manages through some extremely effective speech skills to help move others to be under his sway, even if he earns some enemies on the way.
Then there’s Ben, perhaps the most Shakespearean of the group. Despite a physical disability, he’s as manipulative as anyone in the group. It’s easy to find comparisons between Ben and the likes of Stephen Miller, and while one may not share his ideology it’s hard not to respect his skills and determination.
The four represent various facets of a multitude of positions, most of them coming across as immature and underbaked as the rowdy group of young adults test the limits of their freedom, while others display a maturity far more...
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A good gangster movie must do two things: Make us want to live a life of crime and, at the same time, make us grateful we haven't indulged our dark sides like the characters on this list. Most gangster films make the criminal underworld look like a hell of a good time. There's booze, money, women, expensive cars, everything we're taught we should want, but the lavish lifestyle often comes with a price, which means a good gangster movie must also show us the downside of running a criminal empire: The violence, the bloodshed, and the very real threat of prison time. As they say, you can't have your cake and eat it too — but no one told that to the characters in these films.
Here are the 10 most enjoyable films currently streaming on Netflix.
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Run Time: 209 min | IMDb: 8.7/10
Martin Scorsese delivers another cinematic triumph, this time for Netflix and with the help of some familiar faces. Robert De Niro and Al Pacino team up again for this crime drama based on actual events. De Niro plays Frank Sheeran a World War II vet who finds work as a hitman for the mob. Pacino plays notorious Teamster Jimmy Hoffa, a man who frequently found himself on the wrong side of the law and the criminals he worked with. The film charts the pair's partnership over the years while injecting some historical milestones for context. It's heavy and impressively cast and everything you'd expect a Scorsese passion-project to be.A24 A Most Violent Year 2014
Run Time: 125 min | IMDb: 7/10
Jessica Chastain and Oscar Isaac play a husband-wife duo caught up in the criminal underground in this darkly-lit drama. Isaac plays Abel Morales, an immigrant and aspiring business owner who finds himself the target of ruthless competitors when he takes steps to secure a facility to transport oil throughout the boroughs. Chastain plays his wife Anna, a shrewd businesswoman in her own right who comes from a mobster family. The two fights against a determined D.A. and corrupt criminals in order to secure the money they need to purchase the land, but in doing so, they become the enemy they've been fighting against. It's a heavy, morose kind of film, filled with violence and shady back-door dealings, but Chastain and Isaac bring a bit of brilliance to it all.Netflix Imperial Dreams 2014
Run Time: 87 min | IMDb: 6.8/10
John Boyega stars in this stirring drama about a recently released convict caught up in the terrible cycle that people often face after prison. Boyega plays Bambi, a 21-year-old who gets a taste of freedom after spending time behind bars for some kind of crime involving a weapon. Bambi's determined to live right and do right by...