MUSIC – Current TV Theme Songs 

As a bit of TV nerd, I’ve written before about my love of soundtracks – in particular theme songs (see various Playlist pages if you don’t believe me!) – previously. Personally, I find the un-theme of Supernatural – Carry On Wayward Sons by Kansas – to be one of the most effective defacto TV theme songs EVER. I’ve even blogged on some seriously dodgy soundtracks just because they thematically tickled me – Stalker – take a bow!  Recently,  I’ve been blown away by the brilliance of the music utilised in Fargo (especially season 2), Justified and Sense8.

So naturally, I’ve purchased some of those ‘music from TV’ cd’s and found myself disappointed at how dated they all are. No Orphan Black, Game of Thrones or Utopia (not a huge fan of electronic/house/dance/whatever that was but it was a REALLY effective soundtrack!) – in fact the most recent additions are usually Dawson’s Creek and Ally McBeal; which – no offence to the respective artists involved – hark back to my school days and are therefore more antique than cassettes*

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PODCAST – INTERVIEW with Minicine

Recently I headed down to the beautiful Armley Mills Industrial Museum to have a  natter with the fabulously funny Minicine team – Woody and Abi.

As regular readers will know, I’m a long time supporter of Minicine, but only recently attended one of their screenings (check out my review for Westwood HERE and Wayne’s World HERE), who are based out of The Palace Picturehouse – one of the world’s smallest fully functional replica’s 1920’s cinemas.

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We all of us (well two of us anyway) talk a mile a minute so we manage to cover A LOT of territory. Naturally, we discussed the origins of Minicine and the ethos that drives it, as well as the challenges of trying to come up with a program of events… let alone the associated audio and video playlists, reviews and pictures that are the playground of the truly obsessed!

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Social cinema – as run by Minicine – is all encompassing, featuring cults, classics, foreign films as well as short films and anything else that Abi and Woody can sneak in, which leads to a particularly diverse and inclusive community atmosphere events. SPOILER – we pretty much decide it’s based on the cake amazing films that the team have brought together season by season in the last few years.

Which naturally leads us onto their award winning years – as they are the recent recipients of the Film Society Of the Year Award for 2015!

We also took a sneak peek at its exciting plans for 2016 – including the upcoming Human Nature season.

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Click below to hear an in-depth chat about all things film, short film, social cinema and CAKE!

Probably the most enthusiastic podcast you’ll hear this year!

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MINICINE – taking films seriously since 2010!

Want to learn more about Minicine? Check out the website HERE!

// And you can also find them on Instagram!

Human Nature Season

Her (2013)

Never Let Me Go (2010)

Under the Skin (2014)

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It’s beginning to look a lot like (a Cult Fix) Christmas…

For those of you not in the know, I’m a HUGE fan of Christmas – the tinnier the music the sweeter it sounds to my ears! The gaudier the decor, the better!  The cheesier the film, the more engrossed I am! Stick a few tubular bells on at the right time of the year and I’m in!

It occurred to me the other day that many of the actors that I’ve chatted with probably have EPIC Christmas films just waiting for me to discover them.

Here are what I’ve uncovered so far.

Enver Gjokaj

Dick Elves

[youtube https://youtu.be/NcWRPvzcW94]

Magda Apanowicz

2012 – 12 Disasters of Christmas

It’s Christmas Eve when an ominous dark star appears in the sky; could this star be a sign that Judgment Day is near? When massive earthquakes and natural disasters tear apart cities, it seems that the day of reckoning is upon us – and now a small band of heroes must come together to save the world!

[youtube https://youtu.be/RGTtzbG4TQw]

2011 – Snowmageddon

An Alaskan town is in danger of destruction by a mystical snow globe that appears on a family’s doorstep, wrapped like a Christmas gift, and causes deadly “natural” disasters in the real world, while simultaneously occurring in the globe.

[youtube https://youtu.be/cYVdZB6i89o]

2006 – Holiday Wishes

Danni Hartford, party planner to the King family, wants to find her sister. Britney, the Kings’ spoiled 15-year-old daughter, wants a horse. On a nearby horse farm, Rachel is treated like a servant by her foster siblings; all she wants is a real family. When all three girls make wishes at the Christmas dance, Britney and Rachel’s souls switch bodies. But the girls soon find their new lives are not exactly what they pictured. When Danni discovers what has happened, she must figure out how to switch the girls back.

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2001 – Three Days

Ten years ago, Andrew married his childhood sweetheart, Beth. Now Andrew’s a high-powered literary agent, but his relationship with his wife has not fared as well. When Beth is tragically killed just days before Christmas, an angel gives Andrew the chance to relive the last three days his wife was alive. But he can’t change fate and Beth will still lose her life. However, Andrew can still discover the gift Beth needs most from him.

[youtube https://youtu.be/4-lWwjEGqBE]

Do let me know if I’ve missed anything in the comments or via twitter!

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QUICK CHAT with Magda Apanowicz

Recently, the delightful Magda and I chatted about her upcoming SF project on Indiegogo – OmniWorld (have a listen here, if you wish!).


She’s nearly always smiling or laughing in person!

While I had her on the line, it seemed only right that we have a little catch up about her life, work and hobbies. We only had a few moments but still managed to fit in snippets about a ton of stuff including putting the final touches on Continuum’s final season and how hard it is to say goodbye to such awesome characters; learning accents (for roles mostly!); The Green Inferno – finally released after sitting in limbo for some time and cooking as a hobby.

Then we discover why people shouldn’t podcast while hungry as we sort of descend into food worship – PRO TIP there, lads!

[audio http://culturallyfixated.podbean.com/mf/play/4ghj8i/CultFix-Magda-catchup.mp3]

Also, Magda has agreed to be a CultFix Special Correspondent (like our very good friend Reed Diamond) – so hopefully we’ll be hearing more about her adventures soon!

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The Green Inferno Trailer

[youtube https://youtu.be/FcpYPu9M3bw]

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MINI-INTERVIEW – Magda Apanowicz talks about OmniWorld

Recently I came across a tweet promoting an Indiegogo project called –

OmniWorld – The Movie

When tragedy strikes a couple leaving one of them in a coma, the other is presented with the technology to reconnect the two lovers, but at what cost?

I was intrigued by the idea and, when I read further, realised that Culturally Fixated friend Magda Apanowicz is set to star!

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Naturally I asked her to share some behind the scenes info with us. We only had a ten minute chat but – as you imagine from two talkers – cover A LOT of ground.

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We chat about why Maggie Werning (the director) chose Indiegogo and what it’s like raising funds for a film this way.

Magda also gives us a basic run down of the plot and what it was in particular that drew her to the project. We then have a bit of a natter about science fiction; the role that technology plays in our lives and the impact of this upon us as individuals but also as a society and species.

Magda chats about pushing the boundaries within storytelling and acting. And then the two of us get deep and meaningful (read a bit paranoid) about the prospect of a real life Elysium; about the importance of human connection and harmony with technology.

As always, it’s a true pleasure nattering with Magda – she’s so genuine and funny and awesome.

This project is still raising funds for another week or so. If this sounds like something you’d like to support, head over to THIS page on Indigogo for contribution details!

Directed and written by: Maggie Werning

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MINICINE – Wayne’s World

scalaramaVenue: Left Bank Leeds 

4 Spring Grove Walk
Leeds
West Yorkshire
LS6 1RR

SHORTS

live in the now

Well, the atmosphere in the Left Bank was warm and friendly as ever…though the building itself was just a little chilly! For such an unobtrusive exterior; I never cease to be amazed by how awe-inspiring the inside is. The ceilings take my breath away and I always feel a twinge of guilt when I see the pop-up-charity bar opposite the poor box. There are some ex-churches that never seem to actually stop being reverent spaces! Then I go support the bar…because it’s for charity guys.

There was a gourmet pizza van Pizza Fellas out front so the start of the event was postponed while the entire audience decided to treat themselves to a cheese fix. I feel like I’m being spoiled by MINICINE – coffee and cakes one week; hot chocolate (or booze for those so inclined) and pizza the next. Genius idea lads!

Woody and Abby were funny and cheerful as they introduced us to four new musically minded short films and the feature film event.

The shorts were ‘I need nothing‘; ‘The Archive‘ (which made me very sad for the world); ‘Tribe‘ (which couldn’t have left me less impressed if it had tried. Himself actually turned to Jo and asked if it was a spoof… I don’t think that we are representative of the target audience perhaps that’s why I remember it’s name wrong. Can’t find it anywhere); ‘Words‘ (nice, possibly a bit twee but I very much enjoyed) and the tear inducing joy making magic that is ‘Caine’s Arcade‘ – please watch below.

[youtube https://youtu.be/faIFNkdq96U]

WAYNE’S WORLD

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In the tradition of the TEN COMMANDMENTS, LAWRENCE OF ARABIA and GHANDI comes a sweeping screen epic bursting with spectacle and drama … NOT!

Its Wayne’s World, the hilarious, party down movie of the year, featuring rockin’ tunes, radical babes, and your most excellent hosts, Wayne Campbell (Mike Myers) and Garth Algar (Dana Carvey).

When a sleazy TV exec (Rob Lowe) offers Wayne and Garth a fat contract to tape their late-night cable-access show at his network, the two can’t believe their fortune (“No way”, “WAY”). But they soon discover the road from basement to big time is a gnarly one, fraught with danger, temptation and ragin’ party opportunities.

Can Wayne win the affections of rock goddess Cassandra (Tia Carrere)? Will Garth get dunked by his dream girl (Donna Dixon) at the doughnut shop? Serious questions dude and there’s only one way to find out – watch Wayne’s World!

TRAILER

[youtube https://youtu.be/OIuhsHpcNAU]

My first time to ever see Wayne’s World on a Big Screen. What a wonderful way to spend an evening!

Of course for me, this was less a watch along and more of a mouth along, as I knew not only every line of dialogue but every lyric to every song featured…and most of the slightly more moronic of Garth’s dance moves.

I repeat [mantra style], my childhood was well spent.

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Thankfully, Jo (the ever delightful @Minimalesque) was just as bad and the two of us were frequently guilty of the occasional ‘pre-laugh’ (where you laugh just before a joke or set up). I couldn’t hear Wendy aka @Wandapops (well known to regular readers here for her @LeedsPlaylist concept) but every time I glanced over, she was bent double laughing…which I’m taking as a good sign!

I’ve been a long time fan of SNL. The sketches and (more recently) lonely island digital shorts are wonderful in the main, but the more recent films have left me cold.  Wayne’s World films* not only transcend their SNL beginnings; but are damn near perfectly realised and structured comedies in their own right.

There were two cos players as Wayne and Garth (duh) and so many checked shirts in the audience I just couldn’t stop smiling at everyone. Oh and I got chatting to an Irish chap in the line for the loo’s about the Backstreet Boys, S-Club7, B*witched and other LEGEND-ary groups from the late 90’s which was just brilliant!

Kindred spirits at every turn as Anne (of Green Gables) would have noted!

QUEEN – BOHEMIAN RAPSODY – WAYNE’S WORLD VIDEO

[youtube https://youtu.be/d7nOO4BeG54]

From the Minicine website

Scalarama is an annual celebration of cinema taking place every September. The season aims to unite all those who are passionate about showing films to one another, and to champion communal film watching and the cinema experience. Scalarama takes the form of a month long season of screenings taking place across the world at a wide range of venues, with all different types of exhibitors showcasing films from across the history of cinema and from all parts of the world.

A little info about Minicine

Since 2010, Minicine has been committed to screening the best independent and foreign language, cult and classic cinema that may not otherwise reach West Yorkshire audiences.

A non-for-profit, we currently screen every fourth Thursday of the month at The Palace Picturehouse in Armley Mills Industrial Museum. In the past we have held events in 51% Bourbon, The Maven and what was once Dock Street Market in Leeds city centre, as well as the Polish Parish Club in Bradford.

We try to offer our audience an alternative to the impersonal experience of the multiplex and offer short films and free refreshments at our events too, so if you like homemade cake we may just be the film society for you.

We prefer to inclusive and not exclusive so while we do offer membership Minicine has, is and always will be open to everybody.

We are a proud member of the British Federation of Film Societies and in 2012 we were awarded the BFFS Best Film Programming prize.

 

minicineVenue: Armley Mills Industrial Museum
Canal Road
Leeds
West Yorkshire
LS12 2QF

Website: minicine.org.uk

Twitter: @MinicineYorks

*Also love The Blues Brothers…okay and probably Coneheads

Cross posted at Leeds Book Club

MINICINE – Westworld

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Venue: Armley Mills Industrial Museum
Canal Road
Leeds
West Yorkshire
LS12 2QF

Twitter: @MinicineYorks

Just in this second from watching Westworld at Armley Mills, courtesy of MINICINE – my first time attending one of their events – despite best intentions.

The venue is absolutely amazing – a huge space – originally the world’s largest woolen mill – housing a museum, devoted to our collective industrial history. We were doing the quickstep through to make sure we were on time, but I will definitely be back to check out the exhibits in more detail. Particularly the Memoria – Memories of Light one that runs until October.

Our two hosts – (book clubber) Woody and Abby – were lovely, personable and welcoming, as well as being very well informed about the upcoming Fanorama event and the ongoing Scalarama festival  programme of events across the city. We opened with 4 shorts films ‘No Robots‘; ‘Cowboy, Clone, Dust‘; ‘(can’t think of the name right now)’ and my personal favourite ‘Wirecutters‘ (read more about Wirecutters here)

[youtube https://youtu.be/3Bs4LOtIuxg]

After the shorts, we had a brief intermission…with CAKE…tea and coffee were also available. Then we settled down for the main event.

Blurb

Westworld is a futuristic theme park where paying guests can pretend to be gunslingers in an artificial Wild West populated by androids. After paying a sizable entrance fee, Blane (James Brolin) and Martin (Richard Benjamin) are determined to unwind by hitting the saloons and shooting off their guns.

But when the system goes haywire and a guest is killed in a duel with a robotic gunslinger (Yul Brynner), Martin’s escapist fantasy suddenly takes on a grim reality.

I’m not going to do a review of the film here. It’s one that I’ve grown up with and I have a great deal of affection for it. Suffice to say that seeing it on a proper screen, with such a beautiful backdrop (red curtains!!), was really special. The whole night ran smooth as silk and when I say that I’m planning on becoming more involved with the indie scene – I mean that I’ve already bought tickets for my next event – Wayne’s World at Left Bank next week.

Party On Minicine!

Trailer

[youtube https://youtu.be/LcL3eP0Hfy4]

From the Minicine website

Scalarama is an annual celebration of cinema taking place every September. The season aims to unite all those who are passionate about showing films to one another, and to champion communal film watching and the cinema experience. Scalarama takes the form of a month long season of screenings taking place across the world at a wide range of venues, with all different types of exhibitors showcasing films from across the history of cinema and from all parts of the world.

A little info about Minicine

Since 2010, Minicine has been committed to screening the best independent and foreign language, cult and classic cinema that may not otherwise reach West Yorkshire audiences.

A non-for-profit, we currently screen every fourth Thursday of the month at The Palace Picturehouse in Armley Mills Industrial Museum. In the past we have held events in 51% Bourbon, The Maven and what was once Dock Street Market in Leeds city centre, as well as the Polish Parish Club in Bradford.

We try to offer our audience an alternative to the impersonal experience of the multiplex and offer short films and free refreshments at our events too, so if you like homemade cake we may just be the film society for you.

We prefer to inclusive and not exclusive so while we do offer membership Minicine has, is and always will be open to everybody.

We are a proud member of the British Federation of Film Societies and in 2012 we were awarded the BFFS Best Film Programming prize.

Cross-posted on LeedsBookClub

REWATCH – Angel – Spike and Andrew

This is one of my favourite scenes in the Buffyverse

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I love that Spike – who clearly knows what’s to come – just stands there and lets Andrew hug him. Again. And Again.

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He knows Andrew, they’re mates…of a sort… so he doesn’t make fun or put him down (later there’s a gentle jibe but more at Wesley than Andrew and it’s very good humoured).

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Also, Angel’s face – watching one of the Sunnydale set just ADORE Spike like that. And no harm for the rest of the team to be reminded again that there are other opinions on Spike (than Angel’s).

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Couldn’t find a gif with the ‘like Gandalf the white…’ line

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It’s just so…Buffy. And frankly, Angel (the series) needed a bit of that.

MUSIC VIDEO – Killjoys theme song

The not-at-all photogenic Killjoys

The not-at-all photogenic Killjoys

Y’all know that I’m a sucker for a good theme song (memo to me – might be time for an updated TV Theme song playlist…). I’ve tolerated many a not-so-awesome show just because I enjoyed the music (and in fact I was predisposed AGAINST the most recent Star Trek tv series because of its dire theme song. A song. With LYRICS. For Star Trek. Ooooh I can feel the blood pressure rising already!).

Killjoys is a new Canadian* SF series – very Firefly meets Farscape – with a pleathora of SF references to keep the serial viewer happy (Red 17, ‘So say we all’). Also space ships, alien planets and shiny things…so it’s fair to say I’m likely to get hooked.

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Killjoys follows a trio of hard-living but fun-loving bounty hunters – Dutch, John, and D’avin– taking on interplanetary missions, chasing and capturing deadly criminals throughout a distant system named the Quad.

They have sworn amongst themselves to remain neutral during a bloody, multi-planetary class war that threatens to destroy the Quad.

Additionally, Dutch and D’avin both have dark secrets in their past – secret even from themseleves – and which threaten to tear their team apart.

The theme track is written by show creator and writer Michelle Loveretta (Lost Girl) and *is performed by the Mahones (or a few of their members anyway) – an Irish Canadian punk-rock-folk group. called A Real Westerlyn.

No sign of the complete song just yet.

Theme

[youtube https://youtu.be/8i8QJ5-Dx3o]

Trailer

[youtube https://youtu.be/ST9OkLjTu9Q]

First 4 minutes

[youtube https://youtu.be/wbd2x6uJB_c]

*I know that I’m constantly harping on about it…and here I go again – I’m telling you – Canada is *the* place for new SF for TV. Sure, the production values aren’t always as high as on the US equivalents, but they have more heart and guts. Orphan Black, Continuum (not a perfect show but still), the good half of Haven (I kid) – some of my favourite shows of recent years have come out of the great north…the white north? That country there!

**I had originally posted this line about the Mahones but was corrected via comment. Thanks for the update Jeffrey!