Monday, May 21, 2012

'A Nightmare On Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge' recut as a Teen Drama

One of the first horror movies that I saw in the cinema was A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge. It featured a male protagonist called Jesse was who played by Mark Patton. The opening scene featuring the yellow school bus been driven by Freddy is still one of my favourite horror cinema scenes. I knew watching the movie back in the cinema in the mid 1980s that there was a definite sub theme running through the film. I remember that the then 16 year old me was identifying more with Jesse than I thought I would! The other horror film that had a similar theme was the original Fright Night

Here is a very clever recut by Johnny Jumpcut of the trailer for A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge which edits the film as a teen drama in the guise of a Nicholas Sparks novel. I wish The Vow or The Lucky One had been half as entertaining! The recut brilliantly focuses completely on Jesse's own inner emotional torment with only a spilt second appearance by Freddy featured.

and here's the original trailer.

100 Cover Versions #4: Lalah Hathaway covers 'A Song for You' by Donny Hathaway

A Song for You was first written and recorded by Leon Russell in 1969 and featured on his self titled album in 1970. It is without doubt one of my all time most favourite songs. It simply is beautiful. My most favourite version is by Donny Hathaway. I think that is the version that people who love music refer to when they think of the song. 

There were many versions of A Song For You that I was thinking of choosing but to hear Lalah Hathaway sing the song that was made famous by her father is to hear how the song should always be sung.

Here is Lalah singing A Song For You at the Dakota Jazz Club in Minneapolis in October 2011.

and here is Donny Hathaway.

100 Cover Versions #3: Susanna and the Magical Orchestra cover 'Love will Tear Us Apart' by Joy Division

So much great pop and indie music has come from Norway. Susanna and the Magical Orchestra are Susanna Karolina Wallumrod and Morten Qvenlid. I think it was through fellow music blogger Enda Guinan that I first heard their cover version of Love Will Tear Us Apart. I think this song is perfectly delicate. It just captures something.

here also is their song Believer which is also a thing of beauty.


100 Cover Versions: #2: Gemma Hayes covers 'Cloudbusting' by Kate Bush

Cloudbusting was the second single released from Kate Bush's 1985 album Hounds of Love. It got to number 20 in the UK singles chart and number 13 here in Ireland. It will forever be regarded as one of her greatest songs. Any cover of the song has to be respectful but also not be an exact imitation. There have been several cover versions of the song since it's release in 1985. One of the most successful versions is by Irish singer Gemma Hayes.

Here is a live version of Cloudbusting as performed by Gemma Hayes which was recorded in 2009. 

100 Cover Versions: #1: Arctic Monkeys cover 'Love Machine' by Girls Aloud

Here is the first of 100 featured cover versions. Recorded for The Live Lounge radio show on BBC Radio 1 here is Arctic Monkeys and their version of Love Machine which was a number 2 hit for Girls Aloud in the UK singles chart in September 2004.

Hope Springs

Meryl Streep reunites with her The Devil Wears Prada director David Frankel for her newest movie Hope Springs. She stars with Tommy Lee Jones in the romantic comedy which features a couple who are trying to revitalise their marriage with the guidance of a self help therapist played by Steve Carell. Elisabeth Shue also stars and proves that there is life after Piranha 3D.

David Frankel's follow up to The Devil Wears Prada was his adaptation of another book; Marley & Me in 2008 which was a big box office hit but his 2011 film The Big Year which starred Steve Martin, Owen Wilson and Jack Black was one of the biggest flops of last year. 

Here's the trailer for Hope Springs which is released in the U.S. on August 10th.

Gossip performs 'Candle in the Wind' and 'Perfect World' at Cannes

Here's Gossip performing Candle in the Wind at Cannes. Beth sings the song country music style but it seems more like a version suited to a small club than the very reserved atmosphere of the festival auditorium. Beth forgets her words at one point and calls the non responsive audience  a 'tough crowd' and asks 'if they are alive'. The Cannes jury are also seated on stage which includes a bewildered looking Ewan McGregor and a permanently happy Jean Paul Gaultier. 

Gossip also performed their great new single Perfect World for an outside broadcast at Cannes which was shown on French television. Sacha Baron Cohen attempted dancing in character.

The Night Out (Madeon Remix) - Martin Solveig

The Night Out is the fifth single taken from Martin Solveig's album Smash. The biggest hit single from that album is of course Hello with Dragonette with is almost as overplayed as the recent singles by Gotye or Adele. I heard it on a TV ad for an Irish supermarket chain the other night which is never a good thing!

The Madeon remix of The Night Out is a bit mobile phone ad dance but it's still good.

110% - Jessie Ware

One of the most elegant dance songs so far this year was Running by Jessie Ware. Her newest song which is called 110% is just as gorgeous. This song has been in the UK ITunes top 100 charts for the past two weeks and hopefully with radio play it will be in the top 40 soon.

The video for 110% is equally as elegant and is directed by Kate Moross.