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Karen Kunawicz

Karen Kunawicz

The Great Fall Into Madness. There is atmosphere that builds up in my mind each time I listen to Mr. Bones and the Boneyard Circus, whether live or via recording. The music evokes images and emotions of entering a seeming abandoned carnival at night and then suddenly finding out the freaks are making compelling music. Or sometimes I keep thinking Jack Skellington and the characters from Nightmare Before Christmas visited Metaltown.

It is with much delight that I announce the arrival of their second album, The Great Fall Into Madness, which I am playing while writing this column. Because I never outgrew being a little goth girl.

I’m enjoying everything, but at first few spins my favorites are “Watch the World Burn” (which could have been a more wicked song choice for the ending of David Finchers, Fight Club), “Ghost Train” (which already has a lovely black and white video out), “Kiss From a Rose” (surprise, surprise the classic Seal song gets done their way) and “Boxing Perfidia” (another surprise as they dip into rap with Marv Luna).

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300: The Rise of an Empire. This movie only got a 42 percent from Rotten Tomatoes. I, on the other hand, enjoyed the touch of camp. I also felt the work done by art director Sue Chan and the art department, as well as the visual effects team and production design team was a labor of love.

I did feel like I was seeing pages of a comic book on war get properly translated to something larger than life on the IMAX screen in 3D.

The soundtrack by Junkie XL using percussions, rock and roll and adding a Middle Eastern flavor to it was perfect.

Eva Green was a great, unhinged villain to behold—with a fashion sense I fancied as well. Zack Snyder who directed 300 co-wrote the screenplay based on Frank Miller’s graphic novel Xerxes. Director for this effort is Noam Murro.

The end credits are worth sitting through—great animation along with an appropriate remix of Black Sabbath’s classic, “War Pigs.”

The sex scene was edited out of our print. But strangely enough the censors found it quite alright to have all that blood spurting out of severed body parts in war.

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August Osage County. The film version of the 2007 play by Tracy Letts was released in the US on Christmas Day 2013. Lots of heavy hitters in the cast of this family “tragicomedy:” Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Ewan McGregor, Chris Cooper, Sam Shepard, Benedict Cumberbatch, Juliette Lewis and more.

Repertory Philippines’ production for the play had quite the local powerhouse as well: Baby Barredo, Pinky Amador, Tami Monsod, Sheila Francisco, Richard Cunanan, Leo Rialp, Liesl Batucan and more, under the direction of Chris Millado.

It’s been so rewarding to witness such talent on stage. Just two weeks ago, I wrote about how impressed I was with Red Turnip’s Cock. More please!

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Mr. Bones and the Boneyard Circus’ next gigs are on March 26 at Black Kings Bar and April 24 at Saguijo. The Great Fall Into Madness will be available soon at record stores for P300.

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