Film, Sight & Sound, Trailers

Trailer watch: The Lego Movie

No childhood is safe.

Warner Bros is preparing the release of The Lego Movie, an animated version of everyone’s favorite building toys. Helmed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller (Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs), The Lego Movie features the voices of Chris Pratt, Will Arnett, Liam Neeson, Alison Brie, Will Ferrell, Nick Offerman and Morgan Freeman.

The movie tells the story of Emmet (Pratt), an ordinary Lego man who is mistaken for a master builder chosen to save the Lego world. The movie’s development began back in 2008 before finally getting greenlit by Warner Bros in 2011. The Lego Movie is set to his cinemas February 2014.

 

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The third full length trailer for Guillermo Del Toro’s big summer monster mash Pacific Rim has hit the web. What can we say that we haven’t said before? It looks like a grand old blockbuster of a movie. You should probably go see it.

Pacific Rim opens in Australia July 11th.

 

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Album Reviews, Music

Review: Taking Back Sunday – Taking Back Sunday

There is great cynicism towards Taking Back Sunday– easy targets, drama kings- all are part of the conjecture volleyed towards them in the many years since their breakthrough 2002 album Tell All Your Friends. A band burdened by such weight would normally crumble- and it looked like they did when members Shaun Cooper and John Nolan left just a year later. Yet through the albums that followed, most notably the follow up Where You Want To Be and good portions of their major label debut Louder Now, the band proved every bit capable of turning any/all of the drama into the kind of emotionally histrionic songwriting they’re known for.

That is the crux of Taking Back Sunday– jagged edge rock guitars, post-hardcore sensibilities and that flair for the lyrical dramatics found in etched in your high school notebook over and over again. After seemingly hitting the skids with New Again in 2009, the band’s latest (and first with both Nolan and Cooper back in the lineup) fits somewhere in proximity to Louder Now. Its inexactness comes from much of the songs present as being some of the best material they’ve done since 2002/2004 but with the kind of sonic production that came with Louder Now.

A good many of the songs here rely on soaring choruses (the great single “Faith (When I Let You Down)”), biting dramatics (“Who Are You Anyway”?) and the kind of flair they exhibited in great tracks from their past like “This Photograph If Proof (I Know You Know)”. In fact, much of the album is like one “This Photograph” after another, which in the case of Taking Back Sunday, is a really good thing. Taking Back Sunday strips away the narrow scope of New Again and amplifies the core of what made them who they are into 10 (of the 11) succinct tracks. Only the opening “El Paso” seems like a slight stretch; relying instead on a messy, frenzied palette (look guys, you don’t need to show you “rock hard” at this point).

Sounding like a band truly comfortable in their skin once again, Taking Back Sunday is terrific, proof that growing up musically is terribly overrated. It’s great to hear this band old again. (Warner Bros.)

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Music

Amazon selling Warner music DRM free

Amazon’s online music download store has been given a boost thanks to the addition of Warner’s catalogue- DRM free to boot! According to this article, Amazon has added the Warner collection and now sells close to 3 million songs via it’s store without digital rights management and its restrictions.

This news is sure to shake up the Apple’s iTunes store which still has music controlled by DRM restrictions, and on some occasions, at a higher price. Amazon’s burgeoning MP3 store sells its tracks from $0.89 to $0.99. Amazon’s next target? Perhaps Sony BMG- whose online tracks still use restriction-based encoding.

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