Posted by Notcot on Jul 25, 2012 in Cult Film
When singer-songwriter Nick Drake died of a drug overdose in the autumn of 1974, he left behind only three well-received but modest selling albums. Today, he is recognised as one of true geniuses of English folk music, with millions of fans worldwide and a regular place in all-time best album lists. Using many newly discovered documents and all-new interviews with the singer’s friends and associates, Trevor Dann’s book reveals more detail on Nick Drake’s life than ever previously published, from his early years in Tanworth-in-Arden and Cambridge, to the missed opportunities and mismanagement that defined his recording career, to the remarkable ‘Drake cult’ that has grown since the singer’s death at age 26. An unflinching portrait of a reclusive and gifted artist, Darker Than the Deepest Sea is essential reading for any serious music fan.
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Posted by Notcot on May 8, 2012 in Gothic
Seventeen-year-old Savannah ‘Little Eagle’ Mcleod has always felt something from her life was missing, despite a normal upbringing. At the end of her junior year her adoptive parents move her from her beloved hometown of Roswell, Georgia into the heart of Atlanta’s Inman Park. That summer she encounters a love interest she did not ask for. Magical powers are bestowed upon her that will fulfill a Cherokee tribal prophecy; they believe Savannah is the only one powerful enough to stop the world from ending in 2012. Along with all of this, a group of mysterious teens are hell-bent on entangling her into their Legion of Darkness. In October of 2011, Savannah, the lead singer/rhythm guitarist of the band, V.A.M.P.S. ~ ATL, vanishes right before her band goes onstage during a gig at The Masquerade club in Atlanta, Georgia. All that was found of Savannah that fateful night were her bloodied dress and slashed silicone wristbands wadded up in the back of the band van.
Follow the alternating points of view of the five teens who are her best friends and band mates as they weave the loving yet intriguing story of Savannah. Will any information learned help find their friend in time? After all, the planets are aligned, and 2012 is just around the corner. Will Savannah live to fulfill the prophesy?
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Posted by Notcot on May 28, 2011 in Noir
Humphrey Bogart stars as Rip Murdock, a World War II veteran ensnared in a web of crime and conspiracy when his best friend, Johnny Drake (William Prince), disappears en route to Washington, D.C., to receive a war medal. Murdock follows the trail to Drake’s hometown in the Deep South, where he finds his friend’s body burned beyond recognition at the local morgue. Murdock, determined to find the murderer, begins his own investigation but soon falls for Drake’s ex-girlfriend, femme fatale Cory Chandler (Lizabeth Scott). When Murdock finds his first lead dead in his own hotel room, he begins to suspect that Chandler may be a lot more than just a local singer. Directed by acclaimed veteran John Cromwell (SO ENDS OUR NIGHT, ABE LINCOLN IN ILLINOIS), DEAD RECKONING provides sharp and merciless suspense. The dark, winding plot twists in this classic film noir are held together and energized throughout by Bogart’s commanding, inimitable screen presence and his paradoxically expressive, world-weary deadpan.
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Posted by Notcot on Mar 31, 2010 in Cult Film
Director-producer Perry Henzel’s all-Jamaican 1973 classic The Harder They Come–one of the most beloved of all international cult favourites–fiercely expresses the live-wire Jamaican spirit when an impoverished Africa tuned to American radio. Ivan, a country boy who dreams of fame as a singer, rides into Kingston on a rickety country bus in the opening scenes, only to meet with disaster heaped on disaster at the hands of those masked as friends. In a breathless defining climax, Ivan finally breaks from his passivity and begins to wreak his revenge. Soon Kingston’s music Mafia and the equally corrupt authorities are after him, but like the real-life people’s hero (a man named Rhygin) on whom this character is partially based, Ivan leads them on a maddening chase eluding capture until the movie’s shocking final moments. ,p.
The film incorporates an archetypal passion for “outlaw” justice common to American Westerns, which were a staple of the Caribbean theatre circuit at the time. Released just 12 years after Jamaica achieved independence, The Harder They Come also reflects the disenchantment that soon followed a massive post-independence exodus from the island’s country hamlets to the tropical ghettos of Kingston, where a more grinding urban poverty awaited. Brilliantly shot, directed, written, and acted; singer Jimmy Cliff excels in the leading role and Carl Bradshaw shines as his arch-enemy, the film tells an anthemic Jamaican story to seductive rhythms of a soundtrack that became a reggae bestseller.–Elena Oumano
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