Cristian Mungiu attempts reaching Beyond the Hills and retelling writer, Tatiana Niculescu Bran’s documented events of 2005, in which a young woman was mistreated for being possessed by evil spirits instead of suffering a mental illness; resulting in her traumatic death by the hands of the Orthodox Church in Moldovia.
The intense Romanian drama, originally titled “Dupa dealuri”, draws the audience into a life-like horror story, where the evil presence is within the Monastery and not the perpetrated victim. Beyond the Hills explores the depths of belief in God and how it influences followers in their actions and duty to serve Him, even if that means performing the unthinkable.
From the very beginning of the film we see the first sign as a forewarning, embedded on the fence outside the Monastery: THIS IS THE HOUSE OF GOD. FORBIDDEN TO ANYBODY OF A DIFFERENT RELIGION. BELIEVE AND DON’T DOUBT. The audience enters the sacred Orthodox convent as a temporary visitor from Germany, following the path of Alina, stunningly performed by Cristina Flutur. On the other side of the fence is a devoted nun, Voichita, brilliantly performed by Cosmina Stratan.
The inseparable bond between Voichita and Alina is stronger than the love of a close friendship; growing up together in an orphanage, protecting each other from the abuse and torment of vulnerability and finding a way to intimately be together from this experience. I found the most heart-warming scene to be Voichita holding and singing to Alina in their shared bed, before crying in each other’s arms to sleep.
However, as the film progresses the path for Alina changes and she becomes a ‘permanent’ visitor on the righteous passage to God. In the event of several strange incidences, the priest and nuns decide that it is best to save her mind, body and soul by a means so disturbing and sickening, it will send shivers down your spine.
Mungiu’s film adaption powerfully represents the true story of how one wish to be together becomes a nightmare to rest in peace. Beyond the Hills brings to surface the importance of love above family and religion and that there is more to life than following only one path.
“You’re only allowed to blink to liquidate your eyes, no smiling is allowed, no facial expressions and no body contact. Any of the above and you’re OUT!!” These are the rules for the first ice-breaker of the night at Alphamama‘s first show for “13 Trips” based on her debut album Truth, Trips and Revelations.
Once the first winner was established, Alphamama decides that we’re going to have two more rounds and asked for contestants – I bravely put my hand up. The rules are repeated again and then I deeply stare into my opponents eyes, all the while thinking what a funky and creative way to start the night. I win my first round but lose the semis, but as a participant receive an EP with a collection of Alphamama’s songs – ‘If Ya Gon Lie’, ‘Bad Appel’ (feat. Ngaiire), ‘Moodjack’, ‘Dawning’, ‘Bad Appel Shadow Remix’ and ‘Bad Appel Studio Tann Dubstep Remix’.
Our show starts and is infused with an excerpt of a pre-recorded story of which the audience need to follow, at first it took me a couple of minutes to decipher the story and how Alphamama very boldly incorporated this with her first music set, the song being “Blurred Lines” by Robin Thicke feat T.I. & Pharrell.
The night continues with the video excerpts, all the while keeping the audience thinking, deciphering the message. Fully supported by the various song covers. Being a “90′s” child myself I loved hearing “Creep” by TLC to a backing of “Return of the Mack” by Mark Morrison and other such covers.
The vocal arrangements were definitely a highlight of the night, and having two very different styled singers accompany Alphamama really blended well, especially when hearing “Indie” reminded me of an Amy Winehouse meets Janis Joplin type voice. Being the first time hearing Alphamama, her charismatic stage presence did not disappoint – she had my full attention.
Aside from the soulful voices we had a freestyling rap / poetry segment that occurred. The topics / themes were based on lies that our audience had told at some stage of their life and we were requested to write these down prior to the start of the evening of which, Alphamama and her creative team would then apply a lyrical flow. The hook was amazing, but to see the creative standard of the freestyling ebbs and flows was something from another world. Whilst I would just see words, the Alphamama team see lyrics to a song, lyrics to a rap, a meaningful and deep source to create a number one selling single maybe?
All in all Alphamama is definitely not a show that you want to miss!!! A very confident young woman with style and grace who knows how to grab your attention through her art and even more-so knows how to captivate, maintain and command the attention of her audience.
The Band, the myth, the legend, Pearl Jam is back with their tenth album Lightning Bolt, to be released on the 15th of October. Their new single, ‘Mind Your Manners’ is now available on iTunes.
‘Mind Your Manners’ an aggressive track that seem like ‘Spin in the black circle’ meets ‘Lukin’. However this new single has got its own distinct essence. The build up bit on the verse before Mike McCready (lead guitarist) shreds his solo, is extremely uplifting.
It is gritty, powerful and definitely reminiscent of the good old days, when the grunge boys from Seattle pioneered their own brand of music. The intensity that is delivered from the initial taste of what has yet to come is very exciting. Grunge Rock is alive and well!
Remember that song from the movie Reservoir Dogs, where Michael Madsen was dancing to as they played it on the radio while he tortures the policeman? That was a very cool soundtrack.
Franz Ferdinand has introduced an amazing new single, ‘Right Action’, which mirrors the Stealers Wheel’s song from the same movie.
The Glasgow indie rock quartet has created a frame-by-frame illustration of random shots and images to portray their song word for word. A list of desaturated vibrant colours highlights each scene from the video.
Concepts of eccentric ideas were shown relating the theme. Puzzles, spheres, cow, cell division, eye ball. All This relates to the quirks of the alternative genre which is communicated in the kinks and bends of the songs bouncy beat that is irresistibly groovy. The new fun and friendly Franz Ferdinand pseudo-folksong is sure to be a hit.
The Sheffield sons, English rock indie band Arctic Monkeys have a new single and the music video for ‘Do I Wanna Know’ is quite spot on in portraying their new creation. You should know.
The idea behind the video is rather abstract as it shows a string bending and flexing to the shape of the song. It then evolves to various quirky concepts being depicted, “tired women”, a flying yellow bird, a blue eyeball, and a jumping a purple fish.
This visual has a dark monochromatic animation, probably to emphasise the part with colour, and the images portrayed can be compared to a Mike Judge cartoon. If you have seen Beavis and Butthead, you will understand.
The music itself is entertaining, it has an interestingly haunting beat and a gloomy grungy tone played with subtle dynamics, a classic Arctic Monkeys.
Wow! Mind equals Blown! The lead in to the track ‘What If’ by Milan Ring immediately captured my attention causing a momentary diversion from the mundane status updates that were occupying my screen. A soulful temptress, her voice and lyricism further seduced me into the track where my imagination ran wild picturing a feasible accompanying video clip filmed in a dimly lit, sophisticated and intimate jazz club where Milan lingers in the shadows partially revealing her face as she prowls in the darkness; her eyes playing “cat and mouse” with the camera. Or maybe my thoughts have been a little too influenced by the above image.
The guitar on the other hand produces a raw edginess suggesting that there is a slightly sinister; playful and menacing, side that she either struggles to keep under control, or is looking to unleash. The track is short and sweet at just over 2 minutes in length which left me somewhat disappointed as I felt it had more to offer and was in the process of rising to a greater peak. Nevertheless, it is a fantastic teaser track that left me hungry to hear more. A truly top-notch versatile artist, Milan is definitely one to watch. ‘What If’ is currently available for free download via Triple J, so get it while you can.
For more info on Milan visit www.milanring.com
A rollicking remix of the song ‘Alive’ by Empire Of The Sun has an edgy essence as it contains more bumps thumps and grooves, a product of the dub, trance-techno and house influences, scratching the spectrum of the music variety.
An amplified version of the song, the M4SONIC remix offers a wider range of sound that are manipulated and added to the track. This explosive variation would definitely be a hit at the common dwellings of heavy club goers where neon lights and smoked up dance floors (from smoke machines…) are the norm.
Nick Littlemore ‘s comment about ‘Alive’ having “an emotional intensity that everyone can relate to” is right on the money, the remix on the other hand is faster and louder, has more potency in passion and overwhelmingly vibrant sound.
The simplistic creativity of the synth-pop original is already a pleasing tune. However this remixed and rehashed techno-fied track certainly emphasizes the dynamic technology of the M4SONIC and the flavour that it presents.
The previously unreleased “Alive” (M4SONIC Extended Remix) is now available for free download!
We are proud to announce that one of our valued contributors at Mosca Media Australia Nastasha Tupas is currently a NSW Finalist for Miss World Australia 2013. Nastasha has been with us since Mosca Media was established in 2011 providing us with her skills and expertise in journalism as well as interviewing some of the most renowned artists and public figures today including Obie Trice and humanitarian Somaly Mam, also supported by Not-for-Profit organisation fighting human trafficking and sexual exploitation, Project Futures.
Nastasha is a freelance reporter and video producer for numerous media outlets including a non-for-profit organisation Project Futures. In addition to her multimedia work, Nastasha is also a published writer and her work has been published in the:
Sydney Morning Herald
Hills News: North Rocks Author
Hills News: Romantic Menu
Human Capital Magazine
ABS-CBN Filipino News
PROJECT FUTURES Global Blogger
Mosca Media Australia
This Friday 21 June, Nastasha will be hosting a fundraiser movie night at the screening of World War Z 3D during its premiere week
This will be a special screening as all proceeds raised from ticket sales and funds donated on the night will go towards disadvantaged children and children with disabilities. Her chosen charities are Variety Australia – Children’s Charity, Children’s First Foundation and Lilla Foundation.
Not only will you be one of the first to see the highly anticipated movie starring the hunky Brad Pitt, but you will also be supporting the charities and their work with young disadvantaged children and their families.
The World War Z 3 D fundraiser event will be held this Friday 21 June 7pm at Event Cinemas Parramatta. WWZ #D Movie Combo Tickets (including popcorn, drink and icecream) are $50 each + bf, which is available for purchase via EventBrite: http://worldwarz-screening.eventbrite.com.au/#
Facebook Event Invitation for World War Z (3D) fundraiser night: https://www.facebook.com/events/581726878539427/
For those who can’t make it on the night but would still love to make a contribution, you are welcome to make a one-off donation which can be made via the EventBrite link above or below:
Electronic Funds Transfer
Account Name: Miss World Australia
BSB: 083 004
Account Number: 115 915 091
Cheque made payable to:
Miss World Australia
We hope to see you there this Friday! Thank you for your support.
From the team at Mosca Media Australia
(Sponsors for Nastasha Tupas – NSW Finalist, Miss World Australia 2013).
VIDEOS – Nastasha Tupas
Obie Trice interview (Mosca Media Australia)
St Vincent De Paul’s CEO Sleepout 2011 – http://youtu.be/gg1Nadw61A0
ABS-CBN (TFC) Coverage of the Sydney Typhoon Ondoy Relief Drive 2009 – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sjByCR5Xs74
The flamboyant electro-pop duo Luke Steele and Nick Littlemore aka Empire Of The Sun, return with another set of compositions that are sure to excite the musical appetite of audiences from the synth-pop genre. Released on the 14th of June, the album Ice On The Dune certainly offers a lot of flavour to satiate one’s tuneful palate.
Whether it’s grooving on the dance floor or perhaps laying back in the living room enjoying a nice glass of red sauvignon, this album is sure to tickle all audiophiles to a stimulating state. It would not be a surprise if this album wins another ARIA, Following their first album, ‘Walking on A Dream’ in 2009.
The build-up introduction sets up on a subtle note, as it progresses to a crescendo, leaving listeners booming on the high with ‘DNA’. All throughout the album the formula for mashing up great music has been established. Each tune is a quality creation made for the listeners’ fancies.
The title-track ‘Ice on the Dune’ is chillingly upbeat. It is flawlessly synthesised, with vintage guitar licks, shoulder-shrugging loops and snappy bass accompaniment. A much more cultured taste that with experience, the Empire of the Sun showcases how each and every song was well crafted, as you listen to their new material.
This album was made in collaboration with an ensemble of distinct influences, including various musicians and studio producers from Sydney to L.A and New York. The ambiances that resonate from this riveting new record are indeed colourful. But of course, the identity of Empire of the Sun is well within the essence of each song.
After listening to this record, I was absolutely amazed, to the point where the neighbours complained to how loud I was pumping up the music, specifically the song ‘Celebrate’, at eleven o’clock at night. The melodies, the rhythm, the harmonies; were not only pleasing but also reached the depths of your core that ripples exhilaration. As I skimmed through the song list, it made me want to jump around… then I listened to them all for several times, and I did.
For more information on Empire Of The Sun visit their:
Thirty years ago a San Francisco punk band by the name of The Dead Kennedys toured Australia for the first and only time. They had a huge underground following given the nature of their music being perfect to slam dance and stage dive to and the political slant to their music. They caused a lot of feathers to ruffle and on that tour the band encountered police, riot squads and members being randomly arrested at different stages of the five week tour. The tour went into folklore and The Dead Kennedys became one of the most revered and respected punk bands of their generation.
Thirty years on, former front man, spoken word artist and political agitator Jello Biafra returns to front a musical project and perform for many of us who were not around for that DK tour of ’83. Jello Biafra & The Guantanamo School Of Medicine carry the same vein of The Dead Kennedys. Jello snarls with sarcastic and oft caustic wit to a back beat of soaring garage guitar riffs and rollicking bass lines. The man might be well into his fifties, but he still bounces around the stage like he did thirty years ago.
On the back of the bands second album White People And the Damage Done, a full house at the Metro were treated to the classic Biafra theatrics and stage presence that very few have been able to mimic the way he does. Coming out in a blood splattered lab coat and his hands dripping in blood, waving empathically with his cheesy, politician smile, they launched into tracks off the album like ‘Road Rage’ and ‘John Dillenger’. In between songs, Biafra gave us his opinion on the likes of Gina Rinehart and Clive Palmer’s influence through wealth on our political landscape, reasons why we shouldn’t just let Tony Abbott win the next election (or be led into the ABBOTToir, as he called it) and why how we can do our part to stop corporate greed – which is central theme to new album.
It wasn’t until he delved into some of The Dead Kennedys back catalogue with tracks like ‘California Uber Alles’, ‘Nazi Punks Fuck Off’ and ‘Kill The Poor’ when the crowd completely lost control and the pit went wild and a constant stream of stage divers climbed up and leapt from the stage. (Kudos to security letting them and to Biafra for insisting no barriers at the front of the stage) The frenzy, reminiscent of footage I’ve seen from Dead Kennedys shows also inspired Biafra to join in not once, but twice. How many 50 year olds do you know who would be prepared to do that? Hell I’m 33 and I wouldn’t!
Supported by Australia’s pub punk icons The Hard Ons who mixed it up with their sound that floats between punk rock and thrash metal. It’s good to see Blackie back on stage after his bashing incident. (Blackie was beaten up on his taxi route last year) Opening the night was Zeahorse who have this great mix of sound that sits somewhere between The Rollins Band aggressiveness and Kyuss over distorted cruisiness, but it was Biafra and his band of merry men who put on a show that many bands could learn from. Not content with one encore, they came back out for a second encore that included the legendary Dead Kennedys song‘Holiday in Cambodia’.
Tonight was the closest we came to seeing the “real” Dead Kennedys perform onstage. (Let’s not talk about the atrocity of an act the former band members are touring with) Jello Biafra still has the stage presence and frenzy that really should defy him at his age but it probably just goes to show that age is a number and you feel as young as you want to feel.