As 2011 comes to an end, we are taking a look back at some of our favorite posts of the year by our guest editors.
British trio White Lies—guitarist/vocalist Harry McVeigh, bassist Charles Cave and drummer Jack Lawrence-Brown—just released Ritual (Geffen/Fiction), which follows up To Lose My Life…, the band’s commercially successful 2009 debut. The 10-track sophomore LP was co-produced by Alan Moulder (Depeche Mode, Killers) and was written over a five-week period when White Lies wasn’t crisscrossing the globe in support of its first album. Though McVeigh, Cave and Lawrence-Brown are all barely old enough to drink legally in the U.S., the threesome has been playing together as a band since their mid-teens, first as Fear Of Flying, which released two singles produced by Stephen Street (Smiths, Blur), and then under the White Lies moniker. The trio will be guest editing magnetmagazine.com all week. Read our brand new Q&A with them.
Lawrence-Brown: Note that I have only called it a trilogy, as I refuse to acknowledge the existence of a fourth movie. This is my favorite film series of all time. Although I watched these films first when I was about 12 or 13, there is no nostalgia attached, because I still watch them at the age of 22. They haven’t aged badly at all (much like a certain Mr. Harrison Ford), perhaps mainly due to the quality of the stunts (no green screens in those days!), and I can still totally relate to all the plots involving searches for mythical objects stolen by the Nazis in deserts and jungles across the globe. There are so many excellent scenes across Raiders Of The Lost Ark, Temple Of Doom and The Last Crusade that it’s hard to pick favorites, although the inclusion of Sean Connery as Indiana Jones’ father in The Last Crusade is especially brilliant. Particularly the scene where the two of them are tied to a chair and that evil Nazi bitch is whispering sweet nothings in their ears, and they pretty soon realize they’ve both been romantically involved with the same woman! Who hasn’t been there?! Daaaaad!!! These (and Die Hard) are the definitive action/adventure movies.
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