Academy Award winners Kate Winslet, Jodie Foster, Christoph Waltz and Academy Award nominee John C. Reilly star in Roman Polanksi’s adaptation of the Tony Award-winning play. Carnage is a razor-sharp, biting comedy centred on parental differences. After two boys come to blows in the playground, the victim’s parents, liberal writer Penelope Longstreet and her wholesaler husband Michael (Foster and Reilly), invite the bully’s parents, ‘power couple’ Nancy and Alan Cowan (Winslet and Waltz), to their apartment to work out their issues.
A polite discussion of child-rearing soon escalates into verbal warfare, with all four parents revealing their true colours. Set in contemporary Brooklyn, New York, and based in just one apartment, the film explores the dynamics of spousal relationships, using deeply dark humour and sharp dialogue to create a witty examination of modern families.
If you’d like a copy of this latest film from everyone’s favourite sexually deviant director, email firstname.lastname@example.org and tell him how you would resolve the playground fight.
Email the editor with your name, phone number and address to see if you can pick up yourself a one of these.
Beethoven. Everyone knows his music even if they don’t know they know. The ‘da-da-da-dum’ opening of the Fifth Symphony; the Ode to Joy from the Ninth Symphony; Für Elise – a favourite piano piece you’ve all probably learned, if not heard.
The force of this project is Daniel Barenboim - an icon of our time, a pianist and conductor who crosses over into popular and political culture. Now, in the year he turns 70, he brings the universal appeal of Beethoven’s music to a wider audience with an ambitious new project: Beethoven For All.
Daniel Barenboim’s mission of music breaking down silos, having no barriers is nowhere better symbolized than his setting up WEDO – The West-Eastern Divan Orchestra bringing together, in the same orchestra, musicians from Israel and Palestine.
If you’d like a copy of this Beethoven collection performed by Barenboim’s WEDO, email email@example.com with the best instance of Beethoven’s music being used in film.
NCM Fathom and CBS TV are coming together with Sharmill Films to present a special one night event to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Star Trek: The Next Generation.
Boldly go where no one has gone before and don’t miss the only opportunity to see two of the most popular Next Generation episodes, Ep. 106 Where No One Has Gone Before and Ep. 114 Datalore, which have undergone a $10 million restoration with enhanced special effects, on the big screen.
This special ‘alternate content’ event will include exclusive looks at the massive restoration of season one, never-before-seen interviews with the original cast members and behind-the-scenes looks at the artists who created the original FX elements and photography during the making of the show. Audiences will also be privy to an unseen sneak-peak of Measure of a Man.
Don’t miss seeing the futuristic world created in the past. Technically, it would be impossible to create a futuristic world in the future, but whatever. That's SF for you. One step ahead, 5 steps behind.
For a double pass, email firstname.lastname@example.org with the best argument you can make for your favourite incarnation of the Star Trek team.
"It’s like a fucked up children’s show," Noel Fielding purrs in that oh-so familiar voice of his for this issue's cover story (which you can read here). He's talking about his latest utterly bonkers series Luxury Comedy.
"We thought, let’s do a lot of ideas, and leave it quite loose and make it pretty random. 30 seconds or eight minutes - that’s fine, let’s allow ideas the time they deserve. And if they’re just a one-off that’s fine.
"It was like machinegun fire, just opening up the head, and there was a sort of punkness to that I really like, a purity. And it was a bit wonky in places but that’s what I needed to do after the Boosh. This was me going a bit crazy. Especially with the colours."
We have 10 copies of Fielding's Ode to the Bizarre known as Luxury Comedy. To win, write to email@example.com and tell us you favourite piece of Fielding mirth.
"Of course it had to happen. It was just a matter of time before ‘hipster culture’ – whatever that loose catchall term is meant to really mean is anybody’s guess – was skewered mercilessly on a TV sketch show. What is surprising is that the show in question, Portlandia, was not only very funny but also had a degree of warmth directed at its targets. Satire can be unnecessarily bitter; Portlandia is anything but."
Colorado’s most irreverent grade-schoolers are back in the outrageous South Park The Complete Fifteenth Season. Jam packed with extensive profanities, surreal storylines and ludicrous misadventures, South ParkThe Complete Fifteenth Season delivers the same laugh out loud humour the series has become famous for.
Created in college by Matt Parker and Trey Stone, South Park is Comedy Central’s longest running program and has earnt itself four Emmy Awards. South ParkThe Complete Fifteenth Season kicks off with HumancentiPad, an interesting pairing between the Apple iPad phenomenon and horror film The Human Centipede. Cartman, Kyle, Kenny and Stan’s adventures continue through 13 more hysterical episodes including Crack Baby Athletic Association, City Sushi and You’re Getting Old.
But that’s just the latest season. Here there’s Mega Streisand in original and revamped versions, Marvin the Martian, the mystery behind who Cartman’s father is, Scott Tenorman Must Die – EVERYTHING.
If you’d like this ultimate boxset you’re going to have to earn it! Email firstname.lastname@example.org with who you think should be South Park’s next target and why. The first runner-up will receive a copy of South Park: The Complete Fifteenth Season for their efforts.
On 22 November 1981, in the middle of their mammoth American tour, The Rolling Stones arrived in Chicago prior to playing three nights at the Rosemont Horizon. Long influenced by the Chicago blues, the band paid a visit to Muddy Waters’ club the Checkerboard Lounge to see the legendary bluesman perform.
It didn’t take long before Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood and Ian Stewart were joining in on stage, and later Buddy Guy and Lefty Dizz also played their part. It was a unique occasion captured on camera. Now, restored from the original footage and with sound mixed and mastered by Bob Clearmountain, this blues night is being made available in an official release for the first time. Although a few tracks have been on poor quality bootlegs this official release is the most complete version of the show ever to have appeared and is in superior sound and picture quality.
If you’d like a copy, email email@example.com with the name of the song that saw Mick Jagger collaborating with another music great in 1985, this time donning a green silk shirt and touching faces with a pretty man as they danced alone.
It is an era beset by an abscess of competition, an influenza of celebrity, a continental flux of technology and the gasping breath of Regurgitator's nineteenth year as the twilight of its teen years bear down on the double decades. Without looking back for the sake of cutting back, they take a knife to the face of nostalgia and sculpt it a new nose with the highly unexpected – playing Tu Plang and Unit back to back.
Along for the glide will also be Indonesian two-piece phenomenon Senyawa. Having performed at Melbourne Jazz festival, MoNA FoMA and Adelaide Festivals, Rully and Wukir return with their homemade bamboo instrument and perform their traditional Javanese heritage filtered through a framework of contemporary experimental music practices.
The show is Thursday October 4 and if you’d like a double pass, email firstname.lastname@example.org with a humourous sentence constructed from song titles from Tu Plang and Unit.