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Popdose Giveaway: Win TRANSPORTER REFUELED Swag and a $25 Fandango Gift Card!

We here at Popdose love to giveaway swag to our loyal readers. You’ve been with us a long time and it’s our little way of saying “thanks.” The good folks supporting THE TRANSPORTER REFUELED (opening September 4) are stoked about the movie and want to to make sure you all rush out and see it. In case you’re unfamiliar with the TRANSPORTER franchise, it comes from the mind of Luc Besson, the French filmmaker who’s given us such action packed classics like The Professional, The Fifth Element, the Taken series, and Lucy starring Scarlett Johansson. The first TRANSPORTER film was released in 2002 and it starred Jason Statham as Frank Martin, a former special-ops mercenary now working as a professional courier driver for hire. Statham went on to star in two sequels before stepping away. After that, there was a TRANSPORTER television series continuing the adventures of Frank Martin that aired on TNT in the States. Martin returns to the big screen with THE TRANSPORTER REFUELED with the character now portrayed by newcomer Ed Skrein. In the new film, Frank Martin is now living a less perilous life – or …

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Blu-ray Review: Mads Mikkelsen is a Sure Shot in the Western, “The Salvation”

Mads Mikkelsen is best known here in the States as the latest incarnation of the infamous Hannibal Lecter. His performance on NBC’s Hannibal went largely unnoticed by the general audiences, but if you saw just one episode, you knew that this guy is one of the greatest actors working. The veteran Danish performer has had a renowned movie career in films ranging from French romances (Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky) to gripping Danish dramas (The Hunt) to blockbuster spy movies (Casino Royale). With The Salvation, he leads an international cast and tackles the mythology of the Old West. This excellent western directed by Kristian Levring plays out like an origin story to one of the many Clint Eastwood Man with No Name films. Mikkelsen portrays Jon, an ex-soldier from the Second Schleswig War of 1864 between Denmark and Prussia and Austria. After the war, Jon immigrates to America’s frontier to begin a new life as a farmer. With his brother, Peter (Mikael Persbrandt), they set down roots in the rugged land, before Jon calls for …

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Popdose Vinyl Giveaway: Diary of A Teenage Girl Soundtrack

The fine folks at Rhino Records are set to release the original soundtrack for the film Diary of A Teenage Girl, set in 1976 San Francisco, starring Kristen Wiig and Alexander Skarsgard. The record will be released, Friday August 7th (same day s as the movie which is getting great reviews) and Popdose is proud to offer a poster  & vinyl giveaway for the wonderful collection of songs from HEART, Nico, The Stooges, and Television. Plus, an original track from Nate Heller ft. Amber Coffman from Dirty Projectors. Track list: Dreamsong (feat. Amber Coffman) – Nate Heller Looking For The Magic – Dwight Twilley Band Dreamboat Annie – Heart Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams – Nico Next Plane To London – Rose Garden Precious Star – T. Rex Crying Laughing Loving Lying (2006 Remastered Version) – Labi Siffre It It’s Good To You (It’s Good For You) – Barbara & The Browns Roll Away The Stone – MOTT The HOOPLE Down On The Street – The Stooges A Fool In Love – Frankie Miller See No Evil – Television …

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DVD REVIEW: THE STRAY CATS, “Live At Rockpalast 1983/Loreley Open Air & 1981 Cologne”

The Stray Cats were born of the punk era, but with their obvious skills, it was evident from their love of pure rock & roll that  rockabilly would be their driving force. Guitarist/vocalist Brian Setzer, Lee “Rocker” Drucker on standup bass and Jim “Slim Jim Phanton” McDonald took their revivalist style to England from their native Long Island and slowly re-set the world on fire. Thirty-plus years after their initial launch and success, this 2-DVD set reminds you what a great combo the Cats were. Live at Rockpalast brings together footage from two German shows, the first from Cologne in 1981 and the second at the Loreley in 1983. The look and sound of both performances are terrific – it’s a great statement of a band’s beginning and then explosion on the international stage in a short, two-year span. The 1981 show is a band flushed with the drive and excitement to buck against everything happening at the time while the 1983 show shows the band during the frenzy of their now-international success. These are …

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Farkakte Film Flashback: Buggy ‘Ant-Man’ Edition

I saw “Ant-Man” over the weekend, and given the fact that advance buzz (so to speak) was iffy, I was pleasantly surprised: It was the funniest Marvel movie yet, and it fully embraces its ludicrous premise (something about being able to make people shrink by “changing the distance between atoms,” a concept that only sounds even mildly reasonable because it’s uttered by Michael Douglas). But one of my favorite parts of the movie is its cast of supporting characters — no, not Michael Peña, although he is awesome. I’m talking about the ants, whom Ant-Man controls by harnessing the something in their whatsis … actually I don’t think they ever really explain how it works, but who cares? Unlike most movie bugs they’re a huge help to our hero, and one of them — SPOILER ALERT! — even gets a name (Antony) and a heroic demise. It also made me think of certain other, previous bug movies, some of which are definitely lesser than “Ant-Man,” but which all hold a space in the pantheon of creepy …

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DVD PREVIEW: “He’s A Bully, Charlie Brown”

Once again, the fine folks at Warner Bros. Home Entertainment are preparing to release another collection of Peanuts specials, but in this case, the message and the subject matter is quite timely and serious. He’s a Bully, Charlie Brown will be available October 6, 2015. This collection brings together two Peanuts specials that are paired with an episode of The Charlie Brown & Snoopy Show, that have been brilliantly remastered in all-new 4K Ultra HD transfers to DVD. In this must-own compilation, Charlie Brown is called upon to stand up for one of his pals, who is taken advantage of by a bully at summer camp. Most saliently, this DVD set will be released in time for National Bullying Prevention Month, which takes place in October. In It was a Short Summer, Charlie Brown, which is also featured on this release, it’s a hilarious battle of boys against girls, withSnoopy having to get in the middle of it all.  At summer camp, the Peanuts gang put up with poor food and the girls winning all …

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Keep It To Yourself: Finding Vivian’s Copyright

A few nights past Dr. Keepit and I watched “Finding Vivian Maier,” a documentary about an unknown photographer whose street scenes, cityscapes and studies of ordinary people rival those of the great Robert Frank and Diane Arbus. Maier didn’t exhibit her photos during her lifetime; she spent most of her years toiling as a nanny for posh Chicago families, none of which ever saw her work. In fact, no one saw her work.  She took thousands of photos, producing countless rolls of undeveloped film that she dumped haphazardly into shoeboxes.  In 2009 she died a Dickensian death, penniless and alone, her genius a complete secret.  Her treasures were left behind in storage containers she couldn’t pay for. A box of Maier’s negatives was bought at auction by John Maloof, a Chicago real estate agent gathering material for a book he intended to write about the city. Astutely clocking that he had stumbled on a gold mine, Maloof set about buying up Maier’s possessions, including thousands of negatives, films, audio recordings, and tons of personal detritus packratted away over …

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DVD REVIEW: Warner Bros., “Looney Tunes Musical Masterpieces”

In this day and age, it’s near impossible to explain the beauty, brilliance and sheer joy of having grown up watching (and subsequently never forgetting) Warner Bros. masterful “Looney Tunes”/”Merrie Melodies” cartoons.  The genius of the writers, animators and voice artists – most notably, the incredible Mel Blanc – gave us for all time the likes of Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Elmer Fudd, Foghorn Leghorn and so on.  Whether it was the subversive humor, the slapstick madness or the downright bawdiness of it all, Warner Bros. cartoon characters knew how to make us all laugh – and they also taught us a lot of songs.  If you think about it, for many, these cartoons were our introduction to jazz, opera, classical music – and none of us knew why. And now the good people at Warner Bros. Home Entertainment are bringing some of Looney Tunes’ most memorable musical cartoon favorites together – for the first time in one collection, with the release of Looney Tunes Musical Masterpieces. This must-have compilation has 18 classic theatrical shorts …

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FILM REVIEW: “Spandau Ballet – Soul Boys Of The Western World”

I will make no apologies for what I am about to say:  I loved Spandau Ballet and I still think their albums – especially the first two – are classics of the early ’80’s.  From the moment I first heard “To Cut A Long Story Short” in ’80, ’81, I was a fan.  Granted, as time went by and their albums didn’t seem to have the same quality (I seemed to stop paying attention around Through The Barricades), they faded from my memory – and it seems from a lot of other peoples, as well as the charts.  Certainly, aside from the success of “True” and “Gold”, they didn’t have the same star-factor as they did elsewhere.  Nonetheless, as the ’80’s ended, it seemed so did Spandau.  I’d heard over the years about their self-inflicted lawsuit against songwriter Gary Kemp; there were bits and pieces but no band, so they seemed to be a relic of the ’80’s. In 2009, it was announced the band were reforming for a British tour and a new compilation …

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Blu-Ray Review: “Escape From New York, Collector’s Edition”

From the mid-70s to the late 80s, John Carpenter was an industry unto himself, variously writing, directing, producing, scoring and/or appearing in a string of well-executed genre entertainments that relied on atmosphere and colorful performances to make up for what they lacked in budget. Released in 1981, at roughly the height of its director’s most fertile period, Escape from New York is probably Carpenter’s most enduring work after Halloween. But whereas the singular effectiveness of that film has been repeatedly diminished by countless imitators and its own dreary sequels, Escape (despite its own inferior sequel) remains as simple and engrossing as it was 34 years ago. Its premise is pure Carpenter, all high stakes and no bullshit: New York City has been converted into a prison. The President of the United States is trapped inside. He has a cassette tape that’s vitally important for world peace, for some damn reason or other. And only one man can rescue him, recover the tape, and save the world. Enter our hero, Snake Plissken. Snake is a rare …