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Did you know that Danny Boyle made a movie in between “28 Days Later” and “Slumdog Millionaire”? Few do. But he did, in fact, sneak out one of my favorite movies of the past few years, the gorgeous space flick “Sunshine”. When I saw it in the theater, the space FX were so good I could have sworn it was film and not CGI. (The trailer above does it ZERO justice.)

In the near future, for reasons unspecified, our sun is dying. An international crew sets out on a massive spacecraft, hoping desperately to try an untested technology to reignite the star. Let’s just say that things don’t go very smoothly for them. This is one dark, brutal film.

Despite the presence of Cillian Murphy, Michelle Yeoh, and other strong actors, it was an utter bomb, seen by maybe ten people. It does stretch plausibility a bit, here and there. And some have said it has a weak third act depending on your tastes (although the conclusion blows minds). But I found it to be a thought-provoking, eye-popping blend of “2001”, “Das Boot”, and “Alien”. If you’ve got a good screen so you can appreciate the dazzle, it’s one of those films for which Blu-Ray was made.

Has anyone else out there seen this beyond-messed-up movie? I just watched it for the 10th time; something about it speaks right into my brain. Particularly the stories of the tragic lovers and the man who thought he was a bird. (Shrewd observers will recognize Asano Tadanobu from “Ichi The Killer”.)

Highly recommended — but Region 2 DVD players only — and you have to be burly enough to handle subtitles: Amazon.com or YesAsia.com

When Moses came down with the tablets, there was one commandment so important and so obvious that God* didn’t even feel the need to inscribe it.

“THOU SHALT NOT AUTO-TUNE JAZ COLEMAN”

So the new Killing Joke album “Absolute Dissent” is out, and for me that’s a big deal — they’re a huge influence. My personal quintessential KJ album is Extremities, but Keith and I agree that the self-titled 2003 album featuring Dave Grohl on drums is one of the most devastating albums of the decade.

Jaz Coleman, singer and channeler of primal chaos, often sounds exactly like a lion roaring straight into your face from two inches away. Who in their right or even their wrong mind would sand the edge off that with f#*$&# auto-tune? It was bad enough when they auto-tuned the hell out of James Hetfield on Death Magnetic. But JAZ COLEMAN?

Hey, I can understand using auto-tune as a special effect now and then, and maybe in extreme cases subtly fixing a bum note in an otherwise great performance. But cranking it up and leaving it on, as more and more contemporary producers are doing by default, is satanic. On this issue, I will remain a Luddite.

I am proud to say that I don’t use it on Keith, and unless we’re going for a particular special effect, I never will.

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* FSM, naturally