Yellow Bricks Vol 3

When Erik and I came up with the idea for Sound Colour Vibration’s Yellow Bricks series, our main objective was to give to you, our readers, a little change of pace by featuring a little bit of everything we receive on a daily basis. This is definitely one of my favorite series because I am able to really sit down and take time to enjoy new material that doesn’t consist of hours and days of research; I’m able to become one of you and get that sneak peek of what’s in the works and what’s to come. This is a very special segment of Yellow Bricks. Yellow Bricks Vol. 3 is an exclusive feature on the new and the epic of international cinema. From Brazil to Japan, this special feature is bound to have you captivated by the cinematic masterpieces coming to a theatre near you.

THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO SOUNDTRACK

"The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" from director David Fincher

Trent Reznor is one of the most pivotal artists of our time. This multi-instrumentalist, composer, singer-songwriter, and record producer, has catapulted industrial rock into mainstream music with his band, the provocatively dark and rabidly sexy, Nine Inch Nails. Reznor is a magician. Music is his magic, and his sound has burned a hole in the minds of anyone and everyone who has been hit by the NIN fist. With that being said… Sound Colour Vibration would like to introduce you to this rock maestro’s latest release, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Soundtrack. This soundtrack to the 2011 American film adaptation to the Swedish novel by Stieg Larsson is an epic in itself. With over three hours of new music produced by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross (whose previous collaboration won them an Academy Award for ‘Best Original Score’ for 2010’s ‘The Social Network’), this dynamic beast of a melodic duo went full throttle with this ferocious soundtrack; including tracks from Karen O (Yeah Yeah Yeahs) with her Led Zeppelin cover of ‘Immigrant Song’, and How to Destroy Angels’ (band comprised of Trent Reznor, wife, Mariqueen Moondig, and Atticus Ross), ‘Is Your Love Strong Enough’. This soundtrack is a feature of its own; not just any subsequent soundtrack throwing out cliché pop songs for the commercial sake of its cinematic counterpart. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Soundtrack is available now worldwide in digital download. You can also pre-order the 3-CD set or 6-Vinyl LP set, that will be available during its December 21, 2011, North American Release. From Top Spin Media:

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo” soundtrack, featuring three hours of new music by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, is out now worldwide. Get the download right away, or pre-order the 3-CD package or 6-vinyl deluxe package, at http://nullco.com/GDT

The soundtrack includes “Immigrant Song” with Karen O and “Is Your Love Strong Enough?” by How To Destroy Angels.

LULA, SON OF BRAZIL

Straight to you from Brazil comes Fabio Barreto’s, ‘Lula Son of Brazil’. This distinguished Brazilian screenwriter, actor, and director, has become one of Brazil’s most valued cinematic exports. With films such as: ‘India a Filha do Sol’, ‘O Rei do Rio’, and Oscar-nominated ‘O Quatrilho’ (first Brazilian Oscar –nominated film for ‘Best Foreign Film’ since 1962’s ‘O Pagador de Promissos’), Fabio Barreto and his sister, Paula Barreto (producer), bring to you an epic film- and the most expensive film production in the history of Brazilian cinema- about the life of former Brazilian President, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva. If you are an avid fan of cinema and foreign film, ‘Lula, Son of God’ is not to be missed. Monumental in Brazilian Cinema, this epic is one that will make its place known as a prominent figure in Brazilian (and worldwide) cinematic history. The following is press materials from the lovely Sasha Berman at Shotwell Media:

"Lula, Son of Brazil" from director Fábio Barreto

New Yorker Films is pleased to present the US Theatrical release of LULA, SON OF BRAZIL, directed by Oscar nominee Fábio Barreto (Quatrilho) and produced by his sister Paula Barreto for L.C. Barreto, the legendary film production company started by their parents in 1961. Chosen as Brazil’s entry to the 2011

Academy Awards, LULA, SON OF BRAZIL will open in New York at Lincoln Plaza Cinemas and Quad Cinemas on January 13, 2012. A national release will follow.

Based on the book by Denise Paraná, LULA, SON OF BRAZIL is a richly produced, deeply moving story of the early years of Brazil’s most beloved president, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva (Lula).  Not to be construed as a film about a politician, or a president, this is more to the point an incredible story of perseverance, family, love, honor, resilience, heroism… a story so fantastic, that it could work as fiction.

Born into extreme poverty in 1945, Lula was guided by a strong mother (Gloria Pires in an award-winning performance as Dona Lindu) who faced overwhelming obstacles to raise her children with the drive and courage to live life without fear.  Lindu, who was abandoned by her husband just before Lula’s birth, never wavered from her strict commitment to seeing that her kids live a better life.  She raised eight children on her own, and with an unbridled tenacity, she saw to it that each child lived life to the fullest.

Lula spent the better part of his childhood growing up just outside of Santos, Brazil.  When he wasn’t in school, he helped support the family.  He hustled – shining shoes, selling fruit, working as a delivery boy…   Life was getting better and, as fate would have it, he was soon accepted to study at SENAI, a technical school from which he graduated in 1963.  As a full-fledged member of the union, Lula found his path to a life in politics.  However it wasn’t until he experienced an intense personal transformation following the startling death of his first wife and unborn son, that Lula found the courage and ambition he needed to take full control of his destiny.  This “common man” who overcame incredible adversity would soon rise to become one of the world’s most extraordinary men.

Filmmaker Fábio Barreto. Photo courtesy of New Yorker Films

By 2010, Time Magazine had declared Lula one of the “Most Influential People in the World”  and Forbes ranked him as “One of the World’s Most Powerful People.”  He was named the “Man of the Year”  by Le Monde and El Pais, and Esquire hailed him as “One of the Most Influential People of the 21st Century.”

Celebrating its 50th year, L.C. Barreto has such a rich history that it can be said it gets mixed up with the history of Brazilian and Latin American Cinema. Since 1961, L.C. Barreto has produced more than 80 films according to the highest artistic and technical standards.  Founders Luiz Carlos and Lucy Barreto produced two Academy Award nominees for Best Foreign Film: Quatrilho, in 1996, directed by their son Fábio Barreto (Lula, Son of Brazil) and 1998’s Four Days in September, directed by their eldest son, Bruno Barreto (Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands).

This film opens in NYC on January 13 at Lincoln Plaza and Quad Cinema.

CRAZY HORSE

American documentary filmmaker, Frederick Wiseman, is one of the most acclaimed filmmakers and profound artists in American cinema. After spending ten weeks in the midst of the legendary Parisian cabaret, The Crazy Horse, Frederick Wiseman enchants us with his latest documentary, Crazy Horse. The Crazy Horse has been an international landmark of the world’s most famous and legendary cabarets. If you haven’t heard of this Parisian performance monument, I can assure you that you will be very curious to know more considering its influence on the art of seduction and burlesque. If you’ve ever been to a cabaret, you know that these shows are not your typical nude bar in some around the corner location across from your local airport. Cabaret is a performance, a show, laced and interwoven with provocative class and quality seduction. Cabaret is an art; an exhibition of the beauty that lies within potent sexuality and delicate erotica. Wiseman is known to spend a brief amount of time on site with his camera (3-4 weeks), and having the bulk of his time in editing spent on perfecting his signature characteristic of his documentary films: drama, drama, and more drama. Going the extra length with ‘Crazy Horse’, Wiseman is invigorating with his approach and his dedication towards this epic house of desire. Crazy Horse is the public’s lens into the hidden world of this house of lust and what I’d consider to be a window into the artistic aspect of this far too taboo of an industry. Steve Indig, Landmark Theatres Senior Regional Publicist, sent us the following press info that is included below.

"Crazy Horse" from director Frederick Wiseman. Photo courtesy of mTuckman media

Zipporah Films presents CRAZY HORSE, opening on February 3, 2012, at Landmark’s Nuart Theatre in Los Angeles for a one-week engagement.   Celebrated documentary director Frederick Wiseman spent ten weeks with his camera exploring one of the most mythic places dedicated to women: THE CRAZY HORSE. Over the years this legendary Parisian cabaret club, founded in 1951 by Alain Bernardin, has become, the Parisian nightlife ‘must’ for any visitors, ranking alongside the Eiffel Tower and The Louvre. Wiseman’s impeccable eye allows us to enter into this intriguing international temple of the Parisian club world and to discover what makes the Crazy Horse tick: elegance, perfectionism and a grueling schedule (with two shows a night and three on Saturdays, seven days a week).

The film follows the rehearsals and performances for a new show called “DÉSIRS,” staged by Philippe Decouflé, a celebrated French choreographer, as well as the backstage preparations of the dancers (make-up and costume fittings) and also the various issues involved in the planning of the show and the administration of the club. The show DÉSIRS is an artistic, modern, humorous and colorful spectacle that is the pinnacle of ‘nude chic.

Frederick Wiseman has made 37 documentaries and 2 fiction films.  Among his documentaries are Titicut Follies, Welfare, Public Housing, Near Death, La Comédie Française ou l’Amour Joué, and La Danse—Le Ballet de l’Opéra de Paris.  His documentaries are dramatic, narrative films that seek to portray the joy, sadness, comedy and tragedy of ordinary experience.  He has won numerous awards including four Emmys, a MacArthur Prize Fellowship and a Guggenheim Fellowship.  His films have played in theatres and been broadcast on television in many countries.

“A reminder of what a documentary can be.” – A.O. Scott/The New York Times

“The artistic impulse and visual creativity behind the numbers here confirms the appeal the Crazy Horse has for both men and women… One could simply experience the film as a warm, gentle, seductive shower of similar but ever-changing images and be happy with that.”  – Todd McCarthy/Hollywood Reporter

Due to the mature nature of the content for this trailer, check out the trailer here.

BATTLE ROYALE

Japanese cinema is one of the most coveted artistic muses for all forms of artistic expression. There’s no question that Japan has created one of the most innovative and inspiring cinematic empires in the world. From Akira Kurosawa and Takashi Miike epics to consistent American adaptations of Japanese horror flicks, the cinematic talent and artistry of Japan has left one of the most powerful impacts on cinema worldwide. Finally, after eleven years, Kinji Fukasaku’s Battle Royale is coming to the United States. As one of Japan’s most epic films ever created, Kinji Fukasaku’s masterpiece is calming fame among US theatres. This astoundingly prolific award-winning filmmaker, actor, and screenwriter, teams up with one of Japan’s most celebrated actors, Beat Takeshi, to take you into a crazed world of maniacal brilliance and an eerie ‘Lord of the Flies’ affect of unsettling discomfort with a heavy dose of unconscionable brutality . Set to make its North American premier on December 21st, this fierce Japanese epic is not one to miss. The extremely hard working team at Cinefamily in Los Angeles has an extended run of this film in its very first US theatrical run. Below is the info Cinefamily sent us.

"Battle Royale" from director Kinji Fukasaku. Photo courtesy of Cinefamily

Screening Schedule:

Saturday, December 24th:2:00pm, 4:45pm, 7:30pm, 10:15pm
Sunday, December 25th: 2:00pm, 4:45pm, 7:30pm, 10:15pm
Monday, December 26th: 4:45pm, 7:30pm, 10:15pm
Tuesday, December 27th: 3:30pm
Wednesday, December 28th: 4:45pm, 7:30pm, 10:15pm
Thursday, December 29th: 4:45pm, 7:30pm, 10:15pm
Friday, December 30th: 3:45pm, 6:30pm, 9:15pm
Sunday, January 1st: 2:00pm, 4:45pm, 7:30pm, 10:15pm
Monday, January 2nd: 4:45pm, 7:30pm, 10:15pm

All Tickets – $10/free for Cinefamily members

The most controversial Japanese film of the millennium comes to The Cinefamily over the extended Xmas weekend in its first North American theatrical run EVER! In a Clockwork Orange for the 21st century, the late, great Japanese auteur Kinji Fukasaku tackles the anti-authoritarian Battle Royale — a gorefest with a purpose, an astonishing opus of teen rebellion, generation-gap satire and gleeful bloody anarchy.

Seasoning the time-honored “Most Dangerous Game” scenario with an adults vs. teens twist, Fukasaku tells the dystopian tale of a depressed society run rampant with teen violence, as the government decides to tame insubordinate youngsters by shipping entire 9th-grade classes to a remote island for the ultimate test in survival. Whether goody-goody or troublemaker, the kids must prepare to kill or be killed. Shocking, hilarious and as thrilling as any classic Spielberg or Scorsese epic, it is one of the most incredible and explosive action films of the last few decades, made even better by a devious, ice-cold performance of a lifetime by Beat Takeshi (one of Japan’s greatest movie stars). Withheld from U.S. distribution since its original release in 2000 due to its disturbing teen-on-teen carnage, Battle Royale will blow you away. Whether it’s your favorite film, or you’ve never before witnessed this masterpiece of mayhem, join us for the theatrical experience of the season!

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