We Are Scientists released their fifth studio album, Helter Seltzer, in the spring and have since been touring with a packed-full schedule around the US and Europe, including number of cities in the UK and Germany. I had a chance to sit down with singer/guitarist Keith Murray and bassist Chris Cain at Berlin's Lido club before a gig, and talk about the nature of independent rock today, social media and – of course – cats.
Based upon Marvel Comic's most unconventional anti-hero, "Deadpool" tells the origin story of former Special Forces operative turned mercenary Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds), who after being subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers adopts the alter ego 'Deadpool'. Armed with his new abilities and a dark, twisted sense of humor, 'Deadpool' hunts down the man who nearly destroyed his life.
Maps to the Stars (K16)
While the arrival of a new David Cronenberg film las century would signal often startling observations in body horror, recent year have seen the Canadian director expand his repertoire considerably. Some, such as History of Violence have been superb; others, like 2012’s Cosmopolis have been more perplexing than transcendent examples of cinema. Here Cronenberg continues unperturbed towards new frontiers, in a searing take on Hollywood. Boasting a cast that includes Julianne Moore, John Cusack, Mia Wasikowska and Robert Pattinson, Cronenberg weaves numerous stories together as a true master of satire. Teenagers returning from rehab, personal assistants, self help gurus, aging Hollywood starlets and limo drivers all come together in what promises to be the director’s most satisfying piece in a number of years.
AS Finland’s population continues to diversify, one constant over the past quarter-century has been that of the Etnosoi! Festival. Organised since 1989 by the Global Music Centre, the festival annually brings a range of musical styles and approaches from around the globe to illuminate the November gloom.
It’s been a little while since we have had an unhinged character onscreen to rival Taxi Driver’s Travis Bickle. Offering up his best shot at the title, Jake Gyllenhaal bravely steps up to the plate. And in true de Niro style, he has dramatically altered his appearance as Lou, shedding weight to the extent that his performance demands to be taken seriously. So, let’s give him our best shot in a film that resides in the darkness of Los Angeles.