In this summer of sequels, a title most summers could sport in this day and age, I thought it would be nice to take a look back at the finest sequels of all time. One of the things I noticed when composing this list was that sequels that utilized elements of the first feature to tell an entirely new story faired better than those which basically recycled the movies that preceded them. Audiences like to revisit characters and environments more than they like to revisit plots, so finding a way to tell a new story is critical to a sequel’s success. With that in mind, there are several films on this list that rise above the films that inspired them, movies that somehow bucked the odds and surpassed their predecessors.
Also, in a bit of a curious note, the 80s have it, at least so far as sequels are concerned. The only entry on my list that didn’t come didn’t come from that glorious decade of obnoxious decadence arrived mere months ahead of schedule in 1979.
Another key attribute of the films that made my Top 5 here: grand finales. Sequels are routinely touted for higher body counts and bigger explosions, but many of my favorites made sure to end with a massive setpiece, many of which remain among the most invigorating finishes in motion picture history.
Voices of Hope and Recovery is a film about the struggles and victories of five Virginians who have overcome the grip of mental illness to live life on their own terms. Created by award-winning Virginia filmmaker Robert Griffith, along with an original score by acclaimed Virginia singer/songwriter Steve Bassett, this 50-minute documentary illustrates the power of hope and the possibility of recovery from serious mental illness. This film was made possible by funds from the federal Mental Health Block Grant.
A Robert Griffith film, "Voices of Hope and Recovery" will be airing on PBS in Richmond and Charlottesville on the following dates: Friday 7/9 at 10 p.m., Sunday 7/11 at 4 p.m., Monday 7/12 at 11 p.m., and Tuesday 7/13 at 8 p.m.
"Voices" is a film about the struggles and victories of five Virginians who have overcome the grip of mental illness to live life on their own terms.
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We have 2 WEIRD parties coming to New York Deli in July. First is Iggy Plop (local favorite - Iggy Pop cover band - do an INSANE live show!!!) and DJs Sara & Greg on July 17th followed by Wednesday the 21st featuring Nashville's Pujol along with Black Girls. Its a free show but you must be 21+ to enter. Check out the video flyer.
WEIRD Satellite Show:
Wed, July 21
w/ Black Girls (Richmond)
(local favorite - Iggy Pop cover band - do an INSANE live show!!!)
DJs Sara & Greg
(60s garage and psych)
10pm - Close
DRINK DANCE MAKE OUT
LET’S GET WEIRD!!!!!
The want and the need is clearly here in RVA for a skate park. However, the city has shown little interest in representing their people in this way. Which brings the question.... if the city will not build it, who will? Close to 400 people showed up at Go Skate Day sponsored by Dominion Skateboards among others at Chimborazo Park. Chimbo is quickly becoming a 'field of dreams' for skateboarders and supporters of the sport to take action on their own. Click on the link below to check out the video.
Who knew? 10 consecutive sold out weeks of craziness rolls on with RVALUTION 13 and is only getting stronger. Check the pics from last week below.
Come out tonight for straight on club/burner/electro madness and keep coming back to rvamag.com for your RVALUTION information as there are some big things in the mix as we approach Halloween. Imagine The Hat Factory Haunted House and thousands of costumed freaks partying outside on the Canal Walk! Can you say BIGGEST HALLOWEEN PARTY IN RICHMOND EVER? Just putting that bug in your ear.
Remember to get your tickets ahead of time HERE and use promo code "RVA" for the $3 treatment.
photos by Erik Fox of Dope On Plastic
No pretention, just mindless fun. DJ Epoc got everybody up and dancing with an uplifting top40/house set last New Year's at New York Deli. I was there and it was good time for sure. Now he has a regular gig there every month, I would suggest making the trip and taking a few lady friends. Make sure check him out along with DJ Vic Vic this July 9th at New York Deli's TRENDSETTERS.
Whether he is playing house parties, art galleries, or popular night spots in Richmond, DJ Epoc’s unique blend of world dance anthems and American top-40 tracks puts him in a class of his own.
Since starting in college, he has performed in front of audiences for nearly 7 years. He is a tireless self-promoter and consistently works to take the dance scene to a new level.
His loops, beats, and meshed styles harness the emotions that live in each of us, guiding his mission to bring our shared passion for music to life. via DJ EPOC
DJ Epoc - www.facebook.com/djepoc
Dom - Sun Bronzed Greek Gods (Burning Mill)
Keyboard-based pop music that owes a large debt to 80s New Wave but features just enough lo-fi fuzz to make it fit into that modern indie buzz category, "chillwave." Toe-tapping in the moment, its melodies soon blur together and are forgotten by record's end. Not terrible, not great.
Acacia Strain - Wormwood (Prosthetic)
These guys have been playing dark, downtuned metalcore for years now, and I've never been very enthusiastic about them. Wormwood does not change my opinion. They rely overmuch on slow, pounding breakdowns and deep, growly vocals, but they kill the effect through constant repetition. Instead of brutal, they're just boring.
((Eagle Winged Palace)) - Where We're Coming From (Western Crest Vinyl)
This is sun-drenched San Francisco psych-folk music with an emphasis on the ethereal and ambient ends of the spectrum. Percussion is de-emphasized in favor of acoustic guitars, keyboards, and the layered female vocals that are the album's dominant sound. Too hippy-ish for some, perhaps, but rather charming overall.
GOVERNOR BOB MCDONNELL HISTORIC TAX CREDIT LEGISLATION
On June 14, 2010, Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell signed Virginia’s first film tax credit legislation into law. Designed to recruit the production of television, film, documentaries and gaming to Virginia, this legislation is part of the Governor’s jobs and opportunity initiative. Participating in the ceremony were Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling, New Millennium Studios founders Tim and Daphne Reid, Senator Louise Lucas, Delegate Roslyn Dance and approximately 100 members of Virginia’s film production community.
INDEPENDENT FILMMAKERS RECEPTION
The Community Idea Stations (WCVE) in Richmond is hosting a reception and networking event on Thursday, July 8 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m at the studio, located at 23 Sesame Street. Virginia independent filmmakers and producers of all experience levels will find this a valuable opportunity. Mark Ruppert, creator of the 48 Hour Film Project, will be the special guest for the evening. Also attending will be Jody Kielbasa, director of the Virginia Film Festival. The event is sponsored by the Virginia Production Alliance and the Virginia Film Office. RSVP’s are requested. Call or email John Felton. 804.560.8120.
VIRGINIA FILM FESTIVAL CALL FOR ENTRIES – Free for Virginia filmmakers!
Attention Virginia Filmmakers! The Virginia Film Festival has announced a call for entries for features, documentaries and short films for the 2010 Festival. The Festival wants to encourage and support the state’s film community and has waived the entrance fee for any Virginia entry. Visit the Virginia Film Festival website for more information. The 23rd annual Virginia Film Festival is scheduled for November 4-7 in Charlottesville.
VIRGINIA MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS FRIDAY SCREENING SERIES
The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is premiering a new Friday Films series, a weekly showcase for a wide variety of filmed entertainment. This series complements the spectacular new renovation and expansion the museum has just undergone. The series premieres on Friday June 2 and each screening costs just $5 for Museum members and $7 for non-members. The series opens with a screening of Fried Green Tomatoes, featuring special guest Virginia-based character actor Raynor Scheine who starred in the film. Other films on the July schedule include Oh, Brother Where Art Thou, Sullivan’s Travels and an evening with Tim and Daphne Reid screening episodes from their ahead-of-its-time television series Frank’s Place. Visit the VMFA website for more information or to purchase advance tickets. Directions.
VIRGINIA FILM OFFICE PARTNERS WITH ROCK AND WRAP IT UP
The Virginia Film Office has joined with ROCK AND WRAP IT UP, a national organization that works to reduce poverty. One of its initiatives is to partner with the film and television industry to green film locations by working so that leftover edible food can be donated to those in need. HBO, Showtime and NBC/Universal currently arrange for food recovery from film and TV shoots. Now, Virginia will join “It’s a Wrap!” to green the state and feed its hungry. For more information on this important program visit the website or email Diane Mandelbaum.
With literally millions having listened to his tracks, Richmond's own VIKING has blazed a trail and brought a national spotlight to our cities club scene. Having just played RVA's RVALUTION a few weeks ago, we hope to have him back sooner than later.
VIKING (aka Philip J Ceconi II) is a key figure in the growing electronic music scene in his hometown of Richmond Virginia, where he has been polishing his DJ skills for a couple of years now. He made a name for himself on a national level with a bootleg remix of Kid Cudi's little-known track "Dat New New". The track took on a life of it's own, being featured in over fifty music blogs and countless youtube videos and has been played millions of times online.
Since then VIKING has completed remixes for (among others) The Sounds, Cazals and Terror Dactel, Cut Copy, Amanda Blank and Shwayze (see below) - winning a lot of friends on the blogs (he has hit #1 on the hype machine most popular chart at least three times now)
A rigid recording schedule has allowed for only a handful of high profile shows, supporting The Sounds on the East Coast leg of their live tour, Music Festivals in Brooklyn and Canada, and a string of shows at New York's 'Girls and Boys' party (at Webster Hall), playing alongside artists such as Data, Sinden, Dave 1 from Chromeo and Wolfgang Gartner.