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2008

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Crystal Castles – Crystal Castles (2008)

By placing digital breadcrumbs of sound throughout the album, they manage to draw you in, as if sleepwalking into a black hole. And as you pass through the event horizon everything is bleached white, and you adjust your eyes, making out a new soft country made of beats ripped straight from the ancient sound-banks of the Commodore 64 and the Amiga 500…

Zack And Miri Make A Porno (2008)

Zack (Rogen) and Miri (Banks) are platonic losers with dead end jobs and overdue bills. It’s the middle of winter, and when the heat is turned off in the house they share, the two bumbling buddies concoct a plan to make money – shoot a porno film after hours in the coffee shop where Zack works…

Blindness (2008)

In an unnamed city, people are going blind. There is no explanation for it, but it seems to be contagious. Fearing an epidemic, the authorities send the afflicted into makeshift quarantine, among them a doctor (Ruffalo) and his wife (Moore), the latter unaffected by the mysterious disease (or whatever it may be). Soon, the blind are left to fend for themselves, and as their numbers grow, hygiene deteriorates and power struggles ensue…

Body Of Lies (2008) • Valkyrie (2008) • Gran Torino (2008)

In the Middle East, CIA operative Roger Ferris (DiCaprio) chases an Islamic extremist responsible for a spate of bombings. In the United States, an agency analyst named Ed Hoffman (Crowe) tracks Ferris’ movements on the ground through a network of communications systems, feeding information and distorting it on his own terms…

Burn After Reading (2008) • Cloverfield (2008) • The Strangers (2008)

For the last twenty-five years, the Coen Brothers have created some of the most unique films in American cinema history. From Blood Simple to No Country For Old Men, the Coens have consistently displayed highly individual techniques and superior writing. Burn After Reading is another addition to their long line of quality work with crazy performances from all involved…

StepBrothers (2008) • The X-Files: I Want To Believe (2008) • American Gangster (2007)

The premise – two 40 year-old unemployed infants still living at home with their single parents, thrown together when the parents marry – seemed funny on paper. But sadly, the writing team of Ferrell, Reilly (story credit) and director Adam McKay have sunk to the bottom of the comedic barrel with this offering…

The Dark Knight (2008) • Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006) • Prom Night (2008)

With the sequel, Nolan returns with an equally dark film, yet this time, somewhat more oppressive and less enjoyable. As the Joker (Ledger) revels in a sadistic wave of violence, Batman (Bale) considers a Gotham free of his services. This hope comes from Harvey Dent (Eckhart), a fearless prosecutor who spits in the face of organized crime…

Hancock (2008) • Half Nelson (2006) • Iron Man (2008)

The first half of this film is a clever alternate take on the superhero story, but when the film takes a dramatic tone shift in the second half, one is left wondering what the filmmakers’ intentions were. For what could have been an entertaining action comedy quickly becomes a messy hybrid that is ultimately disappointing…

Wanted (2008) • Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008) • John Rambo (2008)

Visionary Russian director Bekmambetov (Nightwatch) scores big time with his first Hollywood film, a whacked-out tale of a nebbish young man who becomes a member of a cabal of assassins. Based on the comic by Mark Millar, this slick, imaginative action film is brought to life by a great cast…

Hellboy 2 (2008) • There Will Be Blood (2007) • Leatherheads (2008)

The red ape is back, wisecracking his way through another adventure and saving mankind from the evil elements of the netherworld in the process. Big, brash, colourful and highly entertaining with visuals that put the original and Del Toro’s Pan’s Labyrinth to shame…

Langley Parks: Soundscapes, Themes & Noise – free individual track download…

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