Sound & Fury

It’s something, that’s for sure.

This mix of Sturgill Simpson music and blood-soaked anime isn’t for everyone, but those who like it, will REALLY like it.

A country music twanger who strolled into straight-up rock, one of the few true rebels in modern-day Nashville lets his freak flag fly high.

Each track on the album comes accompanied by eye-popping (and often head-popping) animation, all different in style, with each one very loosely connected to what came before.

Purple death clouds swirl, Buddhist monks die in hyperviolent ways, and somewhere David Allen Coe nods his head and mumbles, “My dude!”

 

Metropolis (2001)

She goes out with a bang.

Few films end with such a beautiful view of the apocalypse as this one, which allows its main robot to detonate a spectacular explosion scored to Ray Charles singing I Can’t Stop Loving You.

It’s horrifying, yet sublime, and the perfect cap to a film which always made them stop and gape when it played on Videoville’s in-store TV’s.

Based on a 1949 manga by Osamu Tezuka, the film version depicts a futuristic world where robots and humans coexist, but uneasily.

Total destruction is just a heartbeat away, and the match has been struck.

 

Interstella 5555: The 5tory of the 5ecret 5tar 5ystem

One more time.

A single viewing is never enough for the giddily-colorful outer space extravaganza director Kazuhisa Takenouchi crafted to showcase the musical stylings of electronic music maestros Daft Punk.

There’s no dialogue, just colorful, eye-caressing animation, and thumpin’ tunes concocted by the duo famous for hiding behind helmets.

The plot, as it is, concerns the kidnapping of the galaxy’s hottest band.

It all has something to do with a nefarious villain amassing a collection of gold records, necessary to rule the universe.

Which doesn’t really matter.

Let your mind go free, and frolic where the music takes it.