Launching today, the 60th edition of the London Film Festival is one of the world’s most dynamic, as its schedule of 245 features and 144 shorts is set to bring the industry’s A-listers to town. Among its hard-hitting list of crowd-pleasing blockbusters, edgy documentaries and boundary-pushing debuts is the launch of its Black Star series, which showcases top black acting talent, as well as dedicated strands to music and experimental cinema. Here we’ve picked out five films set to make a major impact this year.
Selling a career as a door-to-door salesmen might not sound like an easy job but Andrea Arnold’s slick new road movie does its best. Following a hard-partying crowd led by an effervescent Shia Labeouf, Sasha Lane’s lead protagonist, Star, leaves behind her life in the dead ends of Oklahoma and signs up for a summer on the road selling magazine subscriptions. The gang’s lawless, hedonistic lifestyle is vividly documented on a journey through America’s Midwest that — thanks to a punchy score — sounds as good as it looks.
The Man From Mo’Wax
James Lavelle has achieved more than most in the music industry, thanks to co-founding Mo’Wax Records way back in 1992. This documentary charts the highs and lows of Lavelle’s ascent to icon status over a career spanning three decades that saw him become a millionaire by the age of 21, produce and put out a critically-acclaimed repertoire of records, and successfully find a balance between creativity with commerce. Plus — given that the film’s contributor list includes the likes of DJ Shadow, Grandmaster Flash and Josh Homme — you can expect big things from the soundtrack.
Having shown the world his directorial hand with 2009’s A Single Man, Tom Ford applies his trademark sleek aesthetic to this masterful, if not long overdue, followup. As super-sleek as you’d expect from the former head of Gucci, this psychological thriller sees Amy Adams and Jake Gyllenhaal excel in another visual feast that unfolds over the course of this nervy thriller. Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Laura Linney and Paul Shannon also star in what will be a sure-fire contender for next year’s Oscars.
The Red Turtle
The feature film debut of Dutch-British animator Michaël Dudok de Wit, The Red Turtle marks the first time that Japan’s Studio Ghibli has co-directed a production, and the celebrated animation studio has lost none of its magic. Through richly textured visuals, a dialogue-less narrative tells the tale of a castaway’s attempts to escape a desert island and his battles with the island’s underwater inhabitants. The Red Turtle premiered at Cannes this summer, where it picked up the “Un Certain Regard” award, and is further evidence of Studio Ghibli setting the benchmark by which all other animations should be judged.
Marking Amy Adams’s second entry on this list, Arrival is an extraterrestrial big hitter set to erase the memory of a mediocre summer blockbuster season. Directed by Denis Villeneuve (Sicario, Prisoners and 2017′s Blade Runner), it sees Adams play a linguist forced to step up and help protect Earth following the menacing arrival of mysterious orbs from outer space. As a global defense mission builds, the fast-paced narrative adeptly manages to team high-wire tension with heartfelt moments in a film expected to do big things at the box-office following its November release.
Spotify Now Has 83 Million paid Subscribers
Music streaming service Spotify has announced its latest financial results for its second financial quarter of 2018. The company has revealed that it now had more than 83 million paid subscribers, this is up 8 million from the previous quarter.
The company also revealed that it has a total of 180 million active monthly users, the company has said that a lot of its growth has come from its family plan.
Today Spotify is reporting results for Q2 2018. The quarter was largely in line with our expectations, with some metrics performing at the high end of our guidance range.
We finished the quarter with 180 million Monthly Active Users (“MAU”) and 83 million Premium Subscribers, up 30% and 40% respectively, Y/Y.1
You can find out more information about the financial results for quarter two from Spotify over at their website at the link below.
Best Songs Of FIFA World Cup 2018 Is Here
The FIFA World Cup Final is being played this Sunday between France and Croatia, and the FIFA gods have just dropped their Football Stadium Anthems Playlist on Spotify. It’s hotter than the Russian World Cup fan who turned out to also be a porn star.
Even if your team has gone home, we can all appreciate hits from the Messis and Ronaldos of EDM: Daft Punk, Tiësto, Martin Garrix, Calvin Harris, ZHU, Major Lazer, Kygo, DJSnake, and the late great Avicii (RIP).
The track list is as long as the month-long World Cup itself, with over 100 tracks that includes global superstars such as: U2, Sia, Coldplay, Kanye West, AC/DC, and many more. It ensures that the party goes on well after the trophy has been handed out.
Best Songs of 2018 Summer: Playlist
Ahh, summer. The time of year when you scheme to get a half-day Friday, try to discreetly pass gas during family road trips, and fill your Instagram timeline with fake pictures of you living “your best life.” Of course, no summer is complete without a breezy, festive playlist, complete with steel drums (check), “summer” dropped in a title (check) and no mention whatsoever of “Despacito” (check).
Childish Gambino – “Summertime Magic” and “Feels Like Summer”
Although Childish Gambino has had success as a musician, Donald Glover’s side hustle became a main gig when his music video for “This Is America” went viral, sparking think pieces and barbershop debates. No one has ever questioned the Atlanta star’s acting chops (he stole the show as Young Lando Calrissian in Solo: A Star Wars Story), which have also served him well as a rapper/singer, as he has a sly, wry uncanny ability to slip into “musical” characterizations, channelling everyone from Kanye West, Kendrick Lamar, Prince, and Sly and the Family Stone. Gambino recently dropped not one, but two summer-themed songs, which tap into Drake and Toro Y Moi, for some hip hop yacht rock, complete with Caribbean steel drums and breezy Pina Colada melodies.
Rhye – “Summer Days (Roosevelt Remix)”
Rhye’s sounds of seduction are usually reserved for late night, but this stellar remix by Roosevelt is clearly ready for prime time. The German musician slaps a funky disco bassline on the already infectious groove of the original, giving it new life as a unbutton your shirt dance party jam.
Chance the Rapper – “Work Out”
If you want that summer bod, you’ve got to work out. Chance the Rapper is looking out for you, dropping four new songs for your gym playlist. The most playful of them is “Work Out”, a sing along lullaby about parenthood that doesn’t take itself too seriously, kinda, sorta like the musical equivalent of a dad bod.
Maribou State – “Feel Good (feat. Khruangbin)”
Maribou State is the perfect band name for a summer road trip song made for long drives on lonely highways. The English dance music duo enlist vintage surf riffs from Khruangbin to create a “Feel Good” cross country cruiser that can play on a loop.
Yuno – “No Going Back”
Don’t bother Googling “Tame Impala new album”. Yuno is a former skater skid signed to indie label Sub Pop, who sounds a lot like Tame Impala frontman Kevin Parker, at least on this made for summer single. It’s a refreshing Spritzer-sipper that will whet your appetite for the up-and-coming Jacksonville singer/songwriter’s debut EP, Moodie.
MØ and Diplo – Sun In Our Eyes
Summer is about catching up with old friends. When MØ and Diplo get together, good music happens, remember “Lean On” (with DJ Snake) and “Cold Water” (with Justin Bieber)? Now, the dynamic duo are back with “Sun In Our Eyes”, a nostalgic look at summer’s past, where the Danish singer harps about leaving “footprints in the sand, stealing liquor, making plans.” Sounds like our type of girl.
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