Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy? Official Trailer

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Michel Gondry’s latest is a documentary/conversation with Noam Chomsky. But instead of your average 60 minutes-esque interview style, Michael Gondry, of course, has gone and done something peculiar/spectacular. Is the MAn Who Is Tall Happy is ‘A series of interviews featuring linguist, philosopher and activist Noam Chomsky done in hand-drawn animation.’ It’s currently playing at the Downtown Independent, Sundance Sunset and Laemmle’s Playhouse 7 for a very limited time and will be available for your private viewing pleasure on itunes y Amazon…starting now. Get ready to be confused, stimulated and essentially get your mind blown.

RZA debuts The Man With The Iron Fists

Hmmm…I don’t know exactly how to feel about this yet. I’ve seen the trailer a couple times now. Hip hop’s RZA has his directorial debut and stars alongside Russell Crowe and Lucy Liu. A martial arts epic with a white dude, a black dude, and an asian girl all presented by Quentin Tarantino, a collaborator of RZA. Sounds about right. Looks pretty nuts via Eli Roth. Here’s a tip, if you want to see the clip above, just say you are 60. It’s NSFW unless you work at Mcdonald’s. Stay tuned for a release date.

Up From Poppy Hill DVD!

I was so sad to hear that they weren’t releasing this until March 2013 in the states. Luckily for fans you can now order the DVD in a whole bunch of confusing packages with sticker sets and Bluray. Check all that here. Watch the trailer below!

I’ve now watched it over 5 times. Love every minute of it! Goro (Hayao Miyazaki’s son) really did right with this Tetsurō Sayama comic. Get the DVD with subtitles before you get brainwashed by the English language dubs with celebrities recruited by the Mouse.
Love the soundtrack as well! Get it nowwww!

Studio Ghibli Retrospective Hits America!

If you haven’t heard of Studio Ghibli and it’s entourage of wonderful and odd characters and personalities, I actually feel happy for you! You soon (better be) checking out all those wonderful films but wait…there’s so much more. The swell people at American Cinematheque are showing a fat handful of these favorites in two theaters in LA! But crap I wrote about this so late while not sharing this news. You still got time, the animation parade ends this month. These films, that have never been released in US theaters are not only screening, but they are brand new 35 mm prints of pure filmic glory. Buy tickets before they sell out!

Check here for all the remaining dates!

Palladium’s Tokyo Rising

I can’t afford them boots but Palladium did just give us a really sweet documentary hosted by Pharrell who is evidently quite fond of Japan for it’s stylo, art, culture, etc. Pretty cool perspectives of the spirit of Japan from artists and musicians. There are 5 parts and a bonus so be sure to peep’em all!

GO SEE HANNA!

Just like the title says. You need to go see Hanna. Watched it last night with some friends and I was blown away. The handhelds and long shots of Joe Wrights signatures were right on. The syncing of scenes with the incredible Chemical Brothers on the soundtrack–amazing. Even if you somehow didn’t know the movie, the soundtrack alone is killer. Immediately after the film, I wanted to see it again. Cate Blanchett’s in-n-out accents, Saoirse Ronan’s chilling looks, and colorful settings with hella swag pistols, point on.

BTW, Saoirse Ronan? The Irish, 17 year-olds name sounds like a Ninja character in an Anime. Lots of interesting parallels in the film, but I won’t spoil it. Go see it and get that soundtrack. Check the article in NYTimes with Joe Wright, very cool stuff and love the David Lynch spills. Excerpt — “[Hanna is] not set in the real world, but a kind of mystical world just beyond rational perception. It’s a dream of adolescence — or a nightmare really.”

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The Devil Is In The Beat [MP3]

Children Of Invention

Watch this wonderful film Free! COI won 13 awards including Best Feature at Newport International Film Fest and the Special Jury Award at San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival. Not bad for a first feature, Tze Chun.

“Two young children living illegally in a model apartment outside Boston are left to fend for themselves when their hardworking mother disappears.”