Music Of The Day: Suddenly

Ashley Tisdale is in my opinion one of the best things to come out of High School Musical, a franchise I will write an in-depth article sometime soon when I have the time. Though she hasn’t done that much yet, the 23 year old is a joy to watch as Sharpay Evans in the Disney series of films and I’m convinced she’s capable of some great stuff in the future.

Suddenly is a single from her debut album Headstrong, and easily the best song I’ve heard from her, or any of the HSM crew’s solo efforts for that matter. A slow ballad about attaining her dreams aka making it as a performer, it’s not the greatest ever made, but I find it quite a pleasant listen. Similarly the music video isn’t amazing, but in tone with the song, and thus quite good. What do you think?

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Fun Stuff: Best Movie Car Chases

YouTube user Brutzelpretzel did an amazing job at editing together some of the best car scenes witnessed on screen from 1964’s Goldfinger to 2008’s Vantage Point, and with an inspired music choice to boot! Seriously, this guy deserves some praise, superb video. View a full list of movies used after the jump (the only inexplicable omission I detect is Casino Royale and its record-breaking crash).

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Movie Of The Day: Alexander (2004)

Back in 1964, the huge financial failure of The Fall Of The Roman Empire pretty much single-handedly buried the big-budget peplum genre, and it wasn’t until forty years later that new attempts at grand American sword and sandal epics were made. Indeed Gladiator‘s success back in 2000 slowly revived interest in the genre, which led to the release of no less than three such films in 2004: King Arthur, Troy and Alexander.

Existing in three (very) different cuts, the film is obviously based on the life of Alexander The Great and follows the Macedonian king through his childhood, youth and tenure as king, his loves, conquests and relationships with friends and family. Directed by Oliver Stone (W.), who co-wrote the film with Laeta Kalogridis (Pathfinder) and Christopher Kyle (K-19: The Widowmaker).

Alexander stars Colin Farrell (Pride And Glory), Angelina Jolie (Changeling), Val Kilmer (Felon), Anthony Hopkins (Fracture), Jared Leto (Chapter 27), Rosario Dawson (Eagle Eye), Jonathan Rhys Meyers (The Children Of Huang Shi) and Christopher Plummer (Closing The Ring) among others. Trailer and review after the jump. Continue reading

Music Of The Day: Les Rivières Pourpres

Les Rivières Pourpres is title track of the eponymous French thriller known in English parts of the world as The Crimson Rivers. Based on a novel by Jean-Christophe Grangé (The Stone Council) and directed by Mathieu Kassovitz (Babylon A.D.), the film is amazing, a perfect blend of action, intrigue, suspense and visual style. I could seriously watch the the film several times in a row and this is no small part due to Bruno Coulais’ wonderful score. The visuals of the above video are pretty dumb and useless, but hey it’s the sound that counts.

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Fun Stuff: The Sticky Note Experiments

Chances are you’ve already seen this, but honestly do you need an excuse to watch it again? The Sticky Note Experiments is the latest vid from EepyBird, the dudes behind the whole Diet Coke + Mentos thing, and all I can say is I don’t know how they do it but just as their previous video, it’s frickin’ beautiful…

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Movie Of The Day: Nosferatu (1922)

Ironically, one of the the most infamous and well-regarded adaptations of Bram Stoker’s seminal novel Dracula, and one of the most influential vampire movies in the history of cinema, is not actually an official adaptation and would be lost today if it weren’t for some happy circumstances. It is the German color-tinted silent film Nosferatu: Eine Symphonie Des Grauens, literally Nosferatu: A Symphony Of Horror but also known in English as Nosferatu: A Symphony Of Terror, Nosferatu The Vampire and Terror Of Dracula.

Directed by the legendary F.W. Murnau (Sunrise: A Song Of Two Humans) and written by Henrik Galeen (The Golem), the film follows Dracula‘s story pretty well, mainly omitting some characters and changing names and locations. A real estate employee named Hutter is sent by his boss to meet with the reclusive Count Orlok and sell him a house. Strange events surround him as he arrives and he eventually realizes that Orlok is a vampire, and that his eyes are set on Hutter’s wife Ellen. Trailer and review after the jump. Continue reading

Music Of The Day: XY

XY is the latest music video fom French rapper Kery James. What’s so special about it then? Simply that it was directed by Mathieu Kassovitz, director of such films as Gothika, the underrated Babylon A.D., and several French movies.

Costing around 88000 dollars, the video shows two guys burning a body in the forest, and through backwards storytelling explains how they got there. As for the song, it pretty much says what’s happening on screen.

I wasn’t convinced at first but then felt that the video grew more and more effective as it went on. I still don’t think it’s great, but mostly because I don’t really like the song and I still prefer that awesome Levi’s Onion Peel commercial in terms of backwards storytelling. But what do you think of this music video?

Fun Fact: Kery James apparently drew inspiration from films such as 21 Grams and Crash when writing the song

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