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Links for the Day: Mac DeMarco: Mannish Boy, British Horror After the Hammer Fell, BBC Cancels The Review Show, Aaron Aradillas’s Second Sight, & More

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Links for the Day: Mac DeMarco: Mannish Boy, British Horror After the Hammer Fell, BBC Cancels The Review Show, Aaron Aradillas’s Second Sight, & More

1. “Mannish Boy.” With his gap-toothed smirk and carefree tunes, Mac DeMarco has quickly become the goofball Prince of indie rock.

“To understand why this grubby, gap-toothed kid has seized a strong following over the last few years, consider the other festival-friendly indie rock outfits currently in his sphere. In a heap of artists who take their craft very seriously, here’s a guy with a penchant for public nudity, shameless drunkenness, and slovenly classic-rock covers peppered with the shouted words ’SUCK MY DICK!”’ So while some find his behavior repugnant, others are enthralled with his youthful abandon; either way, within the often faceless world of modern guitar rock, DeMarco demands attention by not giving a fuck. It’s no wonder he recently found a kindred spirit in shit-stirrer extraordinaire Tyler, the Creator, who tweeted: ’DEAR MAC DEMARCO I LOVE YOU YOU ARE AWESOME.’”

2. “British Horror, After the Hammer Fell.” Enterprising, prolific and notorious, Pete Walker and Norman J. Warren departed from Hammer’s penchant for period Gothic terror in favor of modern-day settings with ramped-up doses of sex and violence.

“The United Kingdom was better known for banning horror movies than producing them until the late 1950s, when hitherto minor studio Hammer Film Productions gambled on color remakes of Frankenstein and Dracula—surprise smashes that spawned numerous sequels (and imitations) while making stars of Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee. By the early 1970s, however, Hammer had boxed itself into a corner, repeating itself to diminishing returns and failing to find success with non-horror films. After 1974 it basically closed shop, only recently returning to feature production with movies like The Woman in Black with Daniel Radcliffe. If Hammer’s films had begun to seem old-fashioned, however, there was still demand for British horror movies—and a slew of independent directors and producers sprang up to fill the gap.”

3. “The BBC has betrayed its historic mission by killing The Review Show.” The Review Show has been cancelled after 20 years as the pre-eminent, and often the only, serious panel discussion of the arts on television.

“Its cancellation is a powerful blow against information, education and entertainment, the BBC’s three reasons for being. The Review Show was the programme that helped viewers think about the arts and not just consume them. And for that reason it was invaluable. Absurdly, its loss came in the same week as BBC Director-General Tony Hall announced the corporation’s ’strongest commitment to the arts…in a generation’. The official statement on the axing declares, ’The BBC has ambitious plans for arts on TV, radio and online. Review will continue to have a place across the BBC alongside more topical arts coverage.’ I’d like to know where that place will be. It evidently will not be on BBC2 as a major weekly show. It also, evidently, will not even be on BBC4 in a shifting monthly timeslot we have to work hard to find. Form suggests that this new place for review on the BBC will be one viewers will struggle to visit.”

4. “Second Sight: How Channel-Surfing, an iPod, and Peggy Sue Got Married Restored a Movie Critic’s Eyesight.” A moving piece by Aaron Aradillas about watching, loving, listening to, and writing about movies, through the lens of a vision impairment.

“I tried to visualize what I was hearing. The new seasons of Girls and Justified started, and the very verbal natures of these shows allowed me to construct the blocking and settings in my head. On the days my dad would come over to keep me company, we’d watch Justified and listening to Walton Goggins’ Boyd Crowder do his soft-spoken intimidation of people provided some fleeting moments of relief. True Detective was more difficult. With its Sam Shepherd-meets-Jeff Nichols ’poetic’ dialogue, its back-and-forth structure, and its backwater setting, I knew I wasn’t experiencing the whole story. I intuited that the pregnant pauses, the sideways glances, the visuals were a major part of the story. (I stopped watching after three episodes.)”

5. “Show Me a Story.” Ashley Clark on The Wire (episode: “Misgivings”) and Juice.

“Yet Juice—in its early stages, at least—now seems remarkable for its visual similarities to The Wire. The initial scenes unfold with the same documentary-style clarity as ’Misgivings,’ with frequent long-lens shots, and a constantly prowling camera situating the characters within their environments as though they’re constantly being observed from a distance by a third party. Dickerson also frequently deploys the motif of a camera creeping out from behind a wall or an obscuring surface, suggesting that for young urban black males, constant surveillance is a way of life.”

Video of the Day: The trailer for The Drop, James Gandolfini’s final film:

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Watch: The Long-Awaited Deadwood Movie Gets Teaser Trailer and Premiere Date

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At long last, we’re finally going to see more of Deadwood. Very soon after the HBO series’s cancellation in 2006, creator David Milch announced that he agreed to produce a pair of two-hour films to tie up the loose ends left after the third season. It’s been a long road since, and after many false starts over the years, production on one standalone film started in fall 2018. And today we have a glorious teaser for the film, which releases on HBO on May 31. Below is the official description of the film:

The Deadwood film follows the indelible characters of the series, who are reunited after ten years to celebrate South Dakota’s statehood. Former rivalries are reignited, alliances are tested and old wounds are reopened, as all are left to navigate the inevitable changes that modernity and time have wrought.

And below is the teaser trailer:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tAcftIUE6MQ

Deadwood: The Movie airs on HBO on May 31.

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Watch: Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Gets Teaser Trailer

When it rains, it pours.

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When it rains, it pours. Four days after Quentin Tarantino once more laid into John Ford in a piece written for his Beverly Cinema website that saw the filmmaker referring to Ford’s She Wore a Yellow Ribbon as Tie a Yellow Ribbon, and two days after Columbia Pictures released poster art for QT’s ninth feature that wasn’t exactly of the highest order, the studio has released a teaser for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. The film was announced early last year, with Tarantino describing it as “a story that takes place in Los Angeles in 1969, at the height of hippy Hollywood.”

Set on the eve of the Manson family murders, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood tells the story of TV actor Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his stunt double, Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt), as they try to get involved in the film industry. The film also stars Margot Robbie (as Sharon Tate), Al Pacino, the late Luke Perry, Damian Lewis, Dakota Fanning, Emile Hirsch, Timothy Olyphant, Kurt Russell, and Bruce Dern in a part originally intended for the late Burt Reynolds.

See the teaser below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Scf8nIJCvs4

Columbia Pictures will release Once Upon a Time in Hollywood on July 26.

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Watch the Stranger Things 3 Trailer, and to the Tune of Mötley Crüe and the Who

A wise woman once said that there’s no such thing as a coincidence.

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A wise woman once said that there’s no such thing as a coincidence. On Friday, Jeff Tremaine’s The Dirt, a biopic about Mötley Crüe’s rise to fame, drops on Netflix. Today, the streaming service has released the trailer for the third season of Stranger Things. The clip opens with the strains of Mötley Crüe’s “Home Sweet Home,” all the better to underline that the peace and quiet that returned to the fictional rural town of Hawkins, Indiana at the end of the show’s second season is just waiting to be upset again.

Little is known about the plot of the new season, and the trailer keeps things pretty vague, though the Duffer Brothers have suggested that the storyline will take place a year after the events of the last season—duh, we know when “Home Sweet Home” came out—and focus on the main characters’ puberty pangs. That said, according to Reddit sleuths who’ve obsessed over such details as the nuances of the new season’s poster art, it looks like Max and company are going to have to contend with demon rats no doubt released from the Upside Down.

See below for the new season’s trailer:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YEG3bmU_WaI

Stranger Things 3 premieres globally on July 4.

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