Tuesday, January 20, 2015

How to dress up for the Royal Tenenbaums Wednesday at the Bing

Posted By on Tue, Jan 20, 2015 at 5:06 PM

For our next installment of the Suds and Cinema series, we are hosting a screening of the 2001 instant Wes Anderson classic The Royal Tenenbaums.

We're opening doors for beer at 6:30 pm and then starting the movie at 7:30 pm.

Iron Goat Brewing will be on hand with their beloved locally made beer for $4 a pint and also giving out some Iron Goat gear to folks who take the initiative to dress up in character. 

After the screening, stick around for a special after party at the Bing Crosby Theater's new Ovations Lounge, which will feature the first night its top floor will be open. And yes, there will be drink specials. And music from a DJ.

We think you should come and if you want to win a prize, you should wear a costume depicting any character in the movie. You could be one of the hotel bellhops (what's with Wes Anderson and bellhops?), the doctor who's always in Anderson's movies in some minor role, the Egyptian guys selling Eli Cash some drugs. It doesn't matter. You could even be Dudley! The more creative the better.

More likely, though, you're going to go with one of the Tennenbaums and here are some pointers.

Fur coat + cigarette (unlit, duh) + hair clip = Margot Tenenbaum. Bonus: One of those dresses that looks like a polo shirt.
Track suit (any brand, red preferably) = Chas Tenenbaum, or one of his boys. Bonus: a dog.

Cowboy hat + any shirt or jacket with vaguely Western fringes = Eli Cash. Bonus: face paint
Sweatband + sunglasses + sportcoat = Richie Tennebaum. Bonus: tennis racket, beard or a live falcon
Pinstripe suit + mustache = Royal Tenenbaum.  Bonus: a cheeseburger
Bowtie + checkered shirt = Henry Sherman Bonus: Danny Glover mask
Power suit + pencil in your hair = Etheline Tenenbaum  Bonus: archeological equipment

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TUESDAY TASTE: Sleater-Kinney, Decemberists and Gandolfini's last role among week's new releases

Posted By on Tue, Jan 20, 2015 at 11:08 AM

Every week at Tuesday Taste, we scour the new releases in music and home video to point you toward the best of the best. Here's what we found for this week: 

We are living large in new music releases this week, friends. Fall Out Boy, Hanni El Khatib, The Waterboys, Marilyn Manson,Lupe Fiasco and Ryan Bingham all are putting out new stuff. These albums, though, are likely the best of the lot: 

SLEATER-KINNEY, No Cities to Love. The long-awaited return of Sleater-Kinney is well under way as the band hit David Letterman last week and continues making the TV rounds this week on Conan. No Cities to Love is a potent blast of the thoughtful punk the band is known for, and we should get a good dose of it when SK opens their reunion tour in Spokane Feb. 8. Here's a taste from the album: 
THE DECEMBERISTS, What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World. These guys didn't take a decade off like their fellow Portlanders in Sleater-Kinney, but they did take a long break since their last release to do things like write children's books before coming back together for this one. 
BELLE AND SEBASTIAN, Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance. Stuart Murdoch and Co. create some the best pop-rock most Americans have sadly ignored. There's no reason to think the new set will be a big breakthrough, either, but for those already in the know, it's a great addition to a stellar catalog by the Scots. 

Among the mainstream flicks out this week, Lucy will get the most attention thanks to Scarlett Johansson going into ass-kicking mode after some drugs seep into her system and turn her into a hyper-smart action star. 

I'll be passing on that in favor of watching one of these efforts: 

The Boxtrolls comes from the same animators as Coraline, and while it's not as winning overall as that one, the adaptation of graphic novel Here Be Monsters! is pretty amazing, visually anyway. The story is simple, but it's helped by voice jobs by the likes of Simon Pegg and Ben Kingsley. 
The Drop is the first screenplay by novelist Dennis Lehane, whose seen some of his writing turned into pretty great movies (Mystic River, Gone Baby Gone). This one is based on one of his short stories, and stars Tom Hardy and the late, great James Gandolfini in his final role. 

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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

TUESDAY TASTE: Jimi reborn, Bruno assists Mark Ronson and Panda Bear's new expansive set in week's new releases

Posted By on Tue, Jan 13, 2015 at 12:01 PM

Every Tuesday we sift through the new music and DVD releases to see what's worth spending your money on, and what's better left to people with no sense of taste. Let's do it: 


Justin Townes Earle, Absent Fathers. The rabble-rousing roots musician (and son of Steve Earle) releases the follow-up and companion set to his excellent 2014 album Single Mothers. Here's a taste: 
Mark Ronson, Uptown Special. Bruno Mars and Tame Impala's Kevin Parker are among the vocalists taking the mic on a slate of new songs full of maestro Ronson's funk, R&B and soul beats. 
Panda Bear, Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper. The founding member of Animal Collective releases his fifth solo set, a typical mashup of influences ranging from hip-hop to alt-rock. 


The monster-sized mainstream release of the week is Gone Girl, a movie that will more than likely get a few Oscar nominations soon. You've probably already seen the well-received David Fincher flick, so consider checking out one of these under-the-radar efforts: 

Love Is Strange is an utterly charming love story, and one you haven't seen before. John Lithgow and Alfred Molina are happy, older newlyweds in New York City who suddenly find themselves forced apart and crashing with different parts of their respective families. 
Finding Fela! is a documentary about the pioneering African musician Fela Kuti, who died of AIDS in 1997. Critics didn't love it, but the music is undeniable. 
Jimi: All Is By My Side was a bit of a quiet release, but OutKast's Andre 3000 got some good reviews for this look at one year in Jimi Hendrix's pre-fame days. 

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Friday, January 9, 2015

The Interview hits the big screen in Spokane tonight, N. Idaho already had it

Posted By on Fri, Jan 9, 2015 at 11:01 AM

The Interview ... the film that launched a few million hacked Sony emails into the public view ... the film that then caused Sony to freak the hell out and pull the movie from theaters ... the film that North Korea was really, really pissed off about and made all of the aforementioned things happen... is finally coming to a big screen in Spokane today.

You'll remember that Sony caved to threats from the allegedly North Korean hackers who said they'd wreak havoc on any theater that showed the film and so the production company behind the Seth Rogen-powered film pulled its December 25 release.

Now, that film is set to open at the Garland Theater tonight. The film has been appearing in small theaters throughout the country, while the megaplexes have continued to shy away from the tale of Rogen and James Franco as the TV producers tasked by the CIA to kill North Korean demigod/porkchop/dictator Kim Jung Un.

You wouldn't think Spokanites would give in to the North Koreans, did you? After all, we already conquered them in a remake of Red Dawn a few years ago.

Surprisingly, the brave patriots of North Idaho, who ain't afraid of shit, have already had The Interview in theaters for a while now. The Bonner Mall Cinemas outside of Sandpoint has had the film since Christmas Day. And the Hayden Discount Cinemas is also screening the film, which apparently isn't really that great. 

As you likely know, The Interview is available from the comfort of your own home. It's streaming on every platform you can think of, even your cable provider's Video on Demand menu. And Sony has already raked in $31 million from this avenue alone. Still, Kim Jong Un probably gets super, super fussy when you watch it with a bunch of strangers in a theater. Be a patriot and head to the movies.
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Thursday, January 8, 2015

Psycho performance with the Spokane Symphony

Posted By on Thu, Jan 8, 2015 at 12:04 PM

You’d recognize those shrieking strings anywhere.

“Er, er, er, er, er, er!”

The soundtrack to Alfred Hitchcock’s classic horror movie Psycho is some of the most terrifying music ever set to film. Imagine Janet Leigh’s immortal shower scene without the bone-chilling musical theme to accompany her screams. On February 12 (in time for a pre-Valentine’s date), the Spokane Symphony boldly takes on the Bernard Herrmann-penned score as the film rolls behind them on stage at the Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox.  

The symphony has performed other film soundtracks, like Casablanca last season, but Psycho was practically made for this format. 

Assistant conductor Jorge Luis Uzcategui makes his Spokane Symphony debut with this exciting performance.

Show up early as a character from the film (Mrs. Bates anyone?) and win prizes in the costume contest. The show starts at 7:30 pm.

Tickets are $28 - $49 and can be purchased at beginning Friday. Do note the film is rated R (even though it was made in 1960 and was filmed black and white, do not underestimate its fright factor). 

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Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Royal Tenenbaums, Iron Goat Brewing star in our next Suds and Cinema

Posted By on Wed, Jan 7, 2015 at 2:51 PM

In the weeks leading up to the holidays, we at the Inlander held a grand experiment in democracy when we allowed you, our faithful, well-groomed readers, to select the film for our January 21 edition of Suds and Cinema.

It was a heated race that featured a virtual tie between The Royal Tenenbaums and Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure. We then proceeded to a run-off, per the rigidly enforced Suds and Cinema voting protocol, and in the end, it was Tenebaums that came out on top.

Joining this excellent piece of cinema from genius director Wes Anderson is the equally genius beer of Iron Goat Brewery, which will be serving up their Garbage Pale Ale and the Belsnickel Winter Beer. Allow Dwight Shrute to remind you about Belsnickel.

We'll be conducting a costume contest for those who want to win prizes. So find your matching red track suit, fur coat, tennis head band, faux-cowboy getup or whatever Bill Murray's character wears and get out to the Bing Crosby Theater on Wednesday, January 21. Please, no live falcons.

We'll start pouring beers at 6:30 pm and will roll the movie at 7:30 pm. Here's the official Facebook invite.

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Spokane-made Knights of Badassdom now on Netflix Instant; Z Nation to come

Posted By on Wed, Jan 7, 2015 at 2:42 PM

Peter Dinklage filmed in Spokane before his days of Game of Thrones acclaim.
  • Peter Dinklage filmed in Spokane before his days of Game of Thrones acclaim.

Nearly a year after it hit local theater screens, the Spokane-made, nerd culture comedy/horror Knights of Badassdom is now available to stream on Netflix Instant.

While the film has been available on other video-on-demand platforms for some time at a fee, Netflix subscribers can now watch the fantastical LARP-ing adventures of its all-star cast of characters — played by Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones), Steve Zahn (Treme), Ryan Kwanten (True Blood), Danny Pudi (Community) and Summer Glau (Firefly) — as part of their subscription package. 

Knights was shot in and around Spokane by the local production studio North by Northwest back in summer 2010, and before major, breakthrough roles for some of the aforementioned actors. Due to delays in production and distribution, the film wasn't publicly released until January 2014.

Speaking of other locally filmed sci-fi adventures, Z Nation is set to release on Netflix Instant this Friday, Jan. 9. Looks like we all have some weekend binge-watching to look forward to. 

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Tuesday, January 6, 2015

TUESDAY TASTE: Boyhood hits video; Decemberists, Sleater-Kinney among anticipated albums of 2015

Posted By on Tue, Jan 6, 2015 at 1:01 PM

Every week we delve into the (mostly) steaming pile of new music and home video releases to help readers spend their money on the most worthy of entertainment options. It's a new year, we have the same job. Let's do this. 

The Decemberists' new album arrives in two weeks.
  • The Decemberists' new album arrives in two weeks.
The music biz is still coasting on holiday sales of Pentatonix and taking a break from releasing anything of note this week. Instead, here are some of the albums I'm most anticipating in the first few months of 2015: 
The Decemberists, What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World (Jan. 20). It's been four years since the strong The King is Dead album from the Portland folk-rockers led by Colin Meloy. 
Sleater-Kinney, No Cities to Love (Jan. 20). Nine years after Sleater-Kinney released The Woods and then split up, America's best band (ya heard me!) is back with one of the most anticipated albums and tours of the year — and the tour starts right here in Spokane on Feb. 8 with a sold-out show at the Knitting Factory. 
Father John Misty, I Love You, Honeybear (Feb. 10). His 2012 debut, Fear Fun, was excellent. Here's hoping the concept album he's releasing for his sophomore effort holds up as well. 
Modest Mouse, Stranger to Ourselves (March 3). It's been eight years since Issaquah's finest put out an album. That's way too long for a band that always has something interesting going thanks to leader Isaac Brock. 
Faith No More, title tba (April). Younger readers probably won't know or care about the Bay Area experimental rockers — it's been 18 years since their last release! — but Mike Patton has one of the best voices in rock. 
My Morning Jacket, title tba (April). Speaking of great voices, MMJ's Jim James has one, too, and the band has reportedly recorded enough songs for two full-length releases. Huzzah!

This week's video releases include some of the worst movies of 2014 — hello, Left Behind remake starring Nicolas Cage — but some of the Oscar favorites are out as well. 

Boyhood has topped a slew of year-end "Best Movies of 2014" lists, and is generating serious Oscar buzz for director Richard Linklater, as well as Patricia Arquette. If the near-three-hour running time was too daunting for you to see it in theaters, now's your chance to buy it and watch on your own time. 
Dinosaur 13 is a remarkable documentary about the discovery of the T-rex named Sue (you might have seen a cast replica of her at the Mobius recently), and the battle for control of her fossil. Here's a look: 
Get On Up got a frustratingly short release in theaters, so a chance to see the James Brown bio-pic is a welcome one. It stars Chadwick Boseman, hot on the heels of his strong Jackie Robinson portrayal in 47

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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

TUESDAY TASTE: Denzel still one bad man; Kevin Smith's Tusk has teeth

Posted By on Tue, Dec 30, 2014 at 3:45 PM

Each Tuesday we clue you in on the best new music and home video releases, and even though we're two days from 2015 and the music biz has basically shut down for the moment, there are a couple of vids potentially worth your time on New Year's Eve or for viewing during a break in New Year's Day football. Check 'em out: 


Even though he doesn't crank out the flicks at the same pace as in his earlier days, Denzel Washington remains one bad man, and capable of starring in an action flick like The Equalizer, the big-screen adaptation of a much-beloved '80s TV series. Antoine Fuqua, who teamed with Washington for Training Day, directs this one, too, although it wasn't as well-received as that Oscar-winner. Here's a look: 
Tusk is director Kevin Smith's latest effort, and stars Justin Long as a podcaster who is captured, enslaved and experimented on by a wily old coot with a thing for walruses. Or something like that. Check the trailer: 

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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

TUESDAY TASTE: A second Trip and Funkadelic comeback

Posted By on Tue, Dec 23, 2014 at 11:15 AM

Even during the week of Christmas the entertainment biz is trying to find its way into your wallet with new music and DVD releases, and we're here to help you separate the good from the bad every Tuesday. 

Not much in the way of new music this week, with one notable exception. You got the funk? Funkadelic is releasing its first new music in 33 years on CD Tuesday (it came out digitally a couple weeks back), and First Ya Gotta Shake the Gate has all the usual suspects you want from a Parliament/Funkadelic release—George Clinton leading the charge, contributions from Sly Stone and a slew of bad mofos. Here's a tune called "Ain't That Funkin' Kind of Hard on You:"

Remarkably, there are two worthy indie flicks newly released this week that you should consider for some holiday viewing. 

The Trip to Italy is the follow-up to The Trip, in which British actors Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon play exaggerated versions of themselves, bouncing through travel hotspots, exploring fine cuisine and lodgings while delivering their best Michael Caine impressions (among others). The original took them through their native Britain, while the follow-up leads them to, yes, Italy for visits to Pompeii and Sicily. 
Pride stars some seriously great actors (Bill Nighy, Imelda Staunton, Paddy Considine) in a true story about a group of gay and lesbian activists who join forces with some rough-and-tumble striking miners in mid-80s England. Pride was nominated for a Best Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy) Golden Globe. 

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