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Checking Out ‘Chungking Express’

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Another day, another unexpectedly awesome combination of our twin passions — Music and Film. This time it comes to us from the funny folks at The Onion AV Club. In the fifth installment of his Song and Vision series writer Steven Hyden explores the relationship between Wong Kar-wai’s ‘Chungking Express‘ and The Mamas & The Papas song ‘California Dreamin’, a ... Read More »

Tehran Rock City

In Bahman Ghobadi’s film ‘No One Knows About Persian Cats‘, underground film meets underground music in Iran. The 2009 film is a docu drama about two young Persians trying to start a heavy metal band in the face of censors, after they are released from prison — a poignant protest film released shortly before this year’s disputed elections.   At ... Read More »

A Roman (Polanski) Holiday

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Roman Polanski may not be going anywhere for a while, now that (allegedly?) raping a 13-year-old has finally caught up with him and all. He may be holed up in a Swiss jail, but his films provide a trip around the world. Even after his exile from the United States in 1977, the director continued to shoot on location throughout Europe ... Read More »

Nigeria says “No” to ‘District 9′

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Homesick aliens aren’t the only problem brewing for the South African sci-fi flick ‘District 9.‘ The acclaimed film has been banned in Nigeria, following a private screening for government officials. The problem? Nigerians are upset to see their countrymen portrayed in the film as “criminals, cannibals and prostitutes who sleep with extra-terrestrial animals,” Dora Akunyili, the country’s information told CNN. ... Read More »

A Ride on the ‘Darjeeling Limited’

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What better way to shake off the Mondays than by dreaming of travel to exotic lands. Today, let’s head to India for a ride on ‘The Darjeeling Limited,’ Wes Anderson’s filmic train tour of Rajasthan, which runs from Jodhpur to Jaisalmer. All aboard, after the jump!       Read More »

Arigato, Austria!

Tora-san poster in Tokyo's Shibuya Station

The main character from Japan’s long-running ‘Otoko was tsurai yo‘ (It’s Tough Being a Man) series, is set to get a park named after him — in Vienna, Austria, of all places. Why the love? Turns out Tora-san, the bumbling and love-struck star of the films 48 installments is a beloved character in the European capital, in part because of ... Read More »

‘District 9′ Where Space Meets Soweto

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Alien action flick ‘District 9‘ is set up to be one of this summer’s biggest hits, albeit an unexpected one. Some are even calling it an early Oscar contender. Why unexpected? The film is the debut feature from a relative unknown — 29-year-old South African-born director Neill Blomkamp. We wouldn’t want to be in the same situation as the aliens in ... Read More »

Angkor On Film

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The temple complex at Angkor is one of the world’s greatest historical sites, and it’s also Cambodia’s biggest tourist attraction. Yet the massive (400 sq km) 12th-century landmark may be best known to many from its role in 2001′s ‘Tomb Raider.’ That’s not the only time the complex has starred on the big screen, though, it’s also the location of ... Read More »

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