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Exclusive premiere: Miracle Fortress “Raw Spectacle”

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Montreal’s Miracle Fortress, a.k.a. Graham Van Pelt’s, new video from from 2011’s “Was I The Wave,” is the result of a of an “X-Files” binge and a lot of pyrotechnic derring-do. “We set out to create our own variation on the supernatural misfit story, without the trappings of CGI or indeed much of a budget whatsoever — the video was made for around $800,” Van Pelt said. ” Much toxic by-products were inhaled and minor burns were occasionally suffered, but we can say with pride that the result exceeded our own expectations.”

“Raw Spectacle” was directed by Emily Kai Bock (Grimes’ upcoming “Oblivion”). “I wanted to make a surreal narrative video using graham as the lead character,” Kai Bock told us. “I had been watching a lot of ‘X-Files’ and had finished a short doc on ex-prisoners integrating into community at the time — so I had these themes of outcasts and aliens on my mind.”

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Those are actually Van Pelt’s hands on fire in a bath tub, which by the way appears to be one of the few non-illegal locations the video was shot in. “Guerrilla style… get in, get the shot, and get out,” Kai Bock confided. “The pyrotechnics were real, we didn’t do any visual effects – It was more fun that way. Both Graham and I suffered one minor burn each and Neal, our DP smashed a lens after tripping while running down the smoke-filled train tunnel. It was sorta insane, but a huge blast.”

 

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Underworld

Under Your Spell

10 Otherworldly Romances That’ll Melt Your Heart

Spend Valentine's Day weekend with IFC's Underworld movie marathon.

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Romance takes many forms, and that is especially true when you have a thirst for blood or laser beams coming out of your eyes.  It doesn’t matter if you’re a werewolf, a superhero, a clone, a time-traveler, or a vampire, love is the one thing that infects us all.  Read on to find out why Romeo and Juliet have nothing on these supernatural star-crossed lovers, and be sure to catch IFC’s Underworld movie marathon this Valentine’s Day weekend.

1. Cyclops/Jean Grey/Wolverine, X-Men series

The X-Men franchise is rife with romance, but the steamiest “ménage à mutant” may just be the one between Jean Grey (Famke Janssen), Cyclops (James Marsden), and Wolverine (Hugh Jackman). Their triangle is a complicated one as Jean finds herself torn between the two very different men while also trying to control her darker side, the Phoenix. This leads to Jean killing Cyclops and eventually getting stabbed through her heart by Wolverine in X-Men: The Last Stand. Yikes!  Maybe they should change the name to Ex-Men instead?


2. Willow/Tara, Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Joss Whedon gave audiences some great romances on Buffy the Vampire Slayer — including the central triangle of Buffy, Angel, and Spike — but it was the love between witches Willow (Alyson Hannigan) and Tara (Amber Benson) that broke new ground for its sensitive and nuanced portrayal of a LGBT relationship.

Willow is smart and confident and isn’t even sure of her sexuality when she first meets Tara at college in a Wiccan campus group. As the two begin experimenting with spells, they realize they’re also falling for one another and become the show’s most enduring, happy couple. At least until Tara’s death in season six, a moment that still brings on the feels.


3. Selene/Michael, Underworld series

The Twilight gang pales in comparison (both literally and metaphorically) to the Lycans and Vampires of the stylish Underworld franchise. If you’re looking for an epic vampire/werewolf romance set amidst an epic vampire/werewolf war, Underworld handily delivers in the form of leather catsuited Selene (Kate Beckinsale) and shaggy blonde hunk Michael (a post-Felicity Scott Speedman). As they work together to stop the Vampire/Lycan war, they give into their passions while also kicking butt in skintight leather. Love at first bite indeed.


4. Spider-man/Mary Jane Watson, Spider-man

After rushing to the aid of beautiful girl-next-door Mary Jane Watson (Kirsten Dunst), the Amazing Spider-man is rewarded with an upside-down kiss that is still one of the most romantic moments in comic book movie history. For Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire), the shy, lovable dork beneath the mask, his rain-soaked makeout session is the culmination of years of unrequited love and one very powerful spider bite. As the films progress, Peter tries pushing MJ away in an attempt to protect her from his enemies, but their web of love is just too powerful. And you know, with great power, comes great responsibility.


5. Molly/Sam, Ghost

When it comes to supernatural romance, you really can’t beat Molly and Sam from the 1990 hit film Ghost. Demi Moore goes crazy for Swayze like the rest of us, and the pair make pottery sexier than it’s ever been.

When Sam is murdered, he’s forced to communicate through con artist turned real psychic, Oda Mae Brown (Whoopi Goldberg in her Academy Award-winning role) to warn Molly she is still in danger from his co-worker, Carl (a pre-Scandal Tony Goldwyn). Molly doesn’t believe Oda is telling the truth, so Sam proves it by sliding a penny up the wall and then possessing Oda so he and Molly can share one last romantic dance together (but not the dirty kind). We’d pay a penny for a dance with Patrick Swayze ANY day.


6. Cosima/Delphine, Orphan Black

It stands to reason there would be at least one complicated romance on a show about clones, and none more complicated than the one between clone Cosima (Tatiana Maslany) and Dr. Delphine Cormier (Evelyne Brochu) on BBC America’s hit drama Orphan Black.

Cosima is a PhD student focusing on evolutionary developmental biology at the University of Minnesota when she meets Delphine, a research associate from the nefarious Dyad Institute, posing as a fellow immunology student. The two fall in love, but their happiness is brief once Dyad and the other members of Clone Club get involved. Here’s hoping Cosima finds love in season four of Orphan Black. Girlfriend could use a break.


7. Aragorn/Arwen, Lord of the Rings

On a picturesque bridge in Rivendell amidst some stellar mood-lighting and dreamy Elvish language with English subtitles for us non-Middle Earthlings, Arwen (Liv Tyler) and Aragorn (Viggo Mortensen) bind their souls to one another, pledging to love each other no matter what befalls them.

Their courtship is a matter of contention with Arwen’s father, Elrond (Hugo Weaving), who doesn’t wish to see his daughter suffer over Aragorn’s future death. The two marry after the conclusion of the War of the Ring, with Aragorn assuming his throne as King of Gondor, and Arwen forgoing her immortality to become his Queen. Is it too much to assume they asked Frodo to be their wedding ring-bearer?


8. Lafayette/Jesus, True Blood

True Blood quickly became the go-to show for supernatural sex scenes featuring future Magic Mike strippers (Joe Manganiello) and pale Nordic men with washboard abs (Hi Alexander Skarsgård!), but honestly, there was a little something for everyone, including fan favorite Bon Temps medium, Lafayette Reynolds (Nelsan Ellis).

In season three, Lafayette met his mother’s nurse, Jesus, and the two began a relationship. As they spend more time together and start doing V (short for Vampire Blood), they learn Jesus is descended from a long line of witches and that Lafayette himself has magical abilities. However, supernatural love is anything but simple, and after the pair join a coven, Lafayette becomes possessed by the dead spirit of its former leader. This relationship certainly puts a whole new spin on possessive love.


9. Nymphadora Tonks/Remus Lupin, Harry Potter series

There are lots of sad characters in the Harry Potter series, but Remus Lupin ranks among the saddest. He was bitten by a werewolf as a child, his best friend was murdered and his other best friend was wrongly imprisoned in Azkaban for it, then THAT best friend was killed by a Death Eater at the Ministry of Magic as Remus looked on. So when Lupin unexpectedly found himself in love with badass Auror and Metamorphmagus Nymphadora Tonks (she prefers to be called by her surname ONLY, thank you very much), pretty much everyone, including Lupin himself, was both elated and cautiously hopeful about their romance and eventual marriage.

Sadly, the pair met a tragic ending when both were killed by Death Eaters during the Battle of Hogwarts, leaving their son, Teddy, orphaned much like his godfather Harry Potter. Accio hankies!


10. The Doctor/Rose Tyler, Doctor Who

Speaking of wolves, Rose “Bad Wolf” Tyler (Billie Piper) captured the Doctor’s hearts from the moment he told her to “Run!” in the very first episode of the re-booted Doctor Who series. Their affection for one another grew steadily deeper during their travels in the TARDIS, whether they were stuck in 1950s London, facing down pure evil in the Satan Pit, or battling Cybermen.

But their relationship took a tragic turn during the season two finale episode, “Doomsday,” when the Tenth Doctor (David Tennant) and Rose found themselves separated in parallel universes with no way of being reunited (lest two universes collapse as a result of a paradox). A sobbing Rose told a holographic transmission of the Doctor she loved him, but before he could reply, the transmission cut out, leaving our beloved Time Lord (and most of the audience) with a tear-stained face and two broken hearts all alone in the TARDIS.

Exclusive premiere: Lindsay Fuller “One More Song”

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Lindsay Fuller’s heavy Southern Gothic sensibilities will set her debut album, “You, Anniversary” apart from the crowd when it arrives March 27th. Her preoccupation with faith, mortality and her willingness to take a blood bath only add to her distinctly dark style.

In her first video from the album she explores the perils of the pulpit and a great personal loss. “The song is about the suicide of a dear friend of mine,” Fuller told us. “The video involves the fact that religion is capable of demonizing anything, even a rubber ducky. So we have to be discerning and ask lots of questions of people at pulpits, especially the ones who have the exorcist on speed dial.”

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The multi-talented Fuller built the preacher’s pulpit herself, and that villain is played by John Roderick, singer/guitarist from The Long Winters. Not to leave you with too macabre a taste in your mouth, the blood in the tub was made from a delicious blend of karo syrup and red food coloring.

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Soundtracks: “Chronicle”

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Three high school pals play pranksters after they acquire mysterious powers in director Josh Trank’s “Chronicle,” but hijinks turn to tragedy when their darker impulses come to the fore. The film, out at the end of this week, used no composer to help create it’s mood switches, that job fell entirely to music supervisor, Andrea von Foerster.

“There’s no score in the film and all songs are used as source music,” von Foerster explained. “When Josh Trank and I discussed the music for ‘Chronicle’ we knew we wanted it to be cool, diverse and mostly indie.  Artists such as Deastro, MNDR and A B & The Sea were early favorites.”

Von Foerster, whose credits include music supervision on “(500) Days of Summer” and “It’s Kind of a Funny Story,” was also responsible for the music in the prematurely canceled, “Stargate Universe,” a show of truly surprising quality and the best science fiction series since “Battlestar Galactica.”

“We set our sights high to license Jessie J’s ‘Price Tag’ for Matt’s hilarious car singing scene and David Bowie’s classic ‘Ziggy Stardust’ in a dark scene where Andrew lashes out,” Von Foerster said. You can see part of that car singing scene in the trailer below. Mini spoiler here: “We were extremely excited to add M83’s ‘This Bright Flash’ to close out our film in the end titles. We wanted the music in Chronicle to accurately reflect the varied musical tastes of high schoolers (and ourselves).”

 


 

“Music From the Motion Picture Chronicle” is out on Milan Records, the film opens this Friday, February 3rd via 20th Century Fox.  Here’s the full track list:

1. Blonde Acid Cult – “Calypso”
2. The Longcut – “Tell You So”
3. Bad Veins – “Gold and Warm”
4. A B & The Sea – “Bone Dry”
5. Deastro – “The Shaded Forests”
6. Simian Mobile Disco – “Sweetbread”
7. Capsule – “Flashback”
8. Congorock – “Sirius”
9. STRFKR – “Bury Us Alive
10. Class Actress – “Keep You”
11. Bikini – “American Mourning”
12. M83 – “This Bright Flash”

 


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