Apart from writer-director Charlie Kaufman’s Anomalisa being animated from stop-motion puppetry, there is initially nothing too different about the film. But knowing Kaufman’s reputation for weird story-telling (Being John Malkovich, Adaptation, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind), that normalcy does not last for too long.
In hindsight, 2015 has proven to be a rather disappointing year for geek movies. Despite the hype accorded to Star Wars: The Force Awakens, JJ Abrams’ reboot of the franchise proved less than satisfying but that could not stop the movie from grossing over a billion at the box office (and still going strong at time of posting).
The amount of new music releases in 2015 is staggering. And it’s basically impossible to be able to listen to everything out there. But when it comes to Singapore Rock, well then it is possible to almost do just that.
Thus, a justification for this list – our recommendations for those of you who have recently come aboard the S-ROCK train. Welcome to the rest of your life!
Described by the composer himself as an eight-hour long cradle song, Sleep is probably one of the finest musical concepts of 2015. Fact is, this is a release that would only make sense now, cuz an eight-hour piece makes no sense commercially on CD or vinyl or cassette! But as a digital download? Absolutely. What is even more brilliant, is that if Sleep truly worked as intended, listeners would never be able to experience the bulk of it!
It’s December and there are about 25 days left in 2015. As good a time to reflect and look back at the music of the year via a Spotify playlist. Here’s the songs we dug from January, which includes material from The Decemberists, TAJ, Gaz Coombes, Catfish & the Bottlemen et al. Enjoy!
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Lest anyone forget, 2015 is the year of Back to the Future 2! Which makes that movie a awesome lead in for this excellent mashup of the upcoming movies this year. From the kind folks at JoBlo Movie Trailers!
Omitted from our list of Coming Movies in Jan 2015, this biopic of the legendary British painter J.M.W. Turner is a must-see for Mike Leigh’s direction and Timothy Spall’s award-winning performance as the seminal artist. Mr. Turner opens in Singapore on 8th January.
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Our look at the geek movies of 2015 continues with the 2nd half of the year dominated by the return of the Star Wars movie franchise with Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens. Nothing even comes remotely close between that and Avengers: Age of Ultron – which means serious moolah for Disney, doesn’t it? Not many trailers to feature here but will update as and when trailers are released. Check out Part One here.
Terminator: Genisys (1 July)
Cameron’s Terminator gets rebooted with a couple of twists & turns along the way. Most ridiculous thing is that Arnold is back as an aging robot! A non starter but might be good for (unintentional) laughs.
Here we go again, as 2014 wraps up, let’s take a look at the geek movies coming our way in the first half of 2015 and examine which are the ones we must watch and the ones we might need to avoid.
Alien Outpost (30 Jan)
Typical alien invasion flick with the look and feel of those recent Iraq/Afghanistan war movies. The aliens (heavies?) looked really silly in the trailer though. Not essential whatsoever.
Jupiter Ascending (6 Feb)
The Wachowskis are back with an original screenplay, their first since The Matrix trilogy. With Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis as the leads, this movie will appeal to the young adults set. For the rest of us, it’s hard to tell at this stage but The Wachowskis have still enough goodwill left for geeks to give this film a chance.