Truman (2015)

2 Jun

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Cesc Gay produces a likable film that never quite works well enough to be as great as it should have been in Truman. Starring the delicious and ever wonderful Argentine, Ricardo Darin, and supported by the equally capable Javier Cámara and Dolores Fonzi; Truman had all the makings of a touching end-of-life film that seem to be so effortless for European cinema makers. Continue reading

T2 Trainspotting Soundtrack (2017)

27 Apr

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It’s been a little over two decades since Danny Boyle achieved the impossible and created the closest thing to a perfect adaptation of Irvine Welsh’s debut novel Trainspotting. The film’s success hinged not only on Boyle’s uncanny knack for capturing Welsh’s artistic voice, but also on the music that became iconic and synonymous with the tale. Continue reading

La belle saison (2015)

18 Apr

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La belle saison may look like a balmy summer day dream, but it’s a harmful cliché wrapped in soft focus and sepia tones. Continue reading

Tokyo Story (1953)

24 Feb

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Yasujirô Ozu’s much praised masterpiece Tokyo Story has been re-released courtesy of Madman Entertainment, six decades on it is still a landmark in auteur cinema. Continue reading

The Rolling Stones: Blues & Lonesome

22 Feb

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Over a decade after their last album A Bigger Bang, the Rolling Stones return with Blues & Lonesome, a rip-roaring trip into the past.  Continue reading

The Weeknd: Starboy

13 Feb

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A return to the themes of his previous work, Starboy is more of a refinement of The Weeknd’s aesthetic than a progression. It’s like being stuck in the head of a party animal after a bad night — albeit if his inner monologue was in the form of song. Guest stars include Daft Punk, Lana Del Rey, Kendrick Lamar and Future. Continue reading

National Bird: Drone Wars (2016)

12 Feb
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With the increasing prevalence of drones in our daily lives it was inevitable that film-makers would seek to examine the dark side of what has become the symbol of 21st century warfare. Told through the stories of three U.S military veterans National Bird exposes the emotional and physical toll of the drone program on both operators and their targets alike.

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Janelle Monae: The Electric Lady

3 Feb

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With Janelle Monae gaining attention following her prominent role in Oscar favourite Hidden Figures, it is worth taking a look back at the work that brought her to prominence. Continue reading

Neon Demon (2016)

25 Jan

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As a writer, it’s never a good thing when there is very little to say about any work of art; to say this film left me speechless would be as understated as Elle Fanning’s performance therein. Continue reading

Two Door Cinema Club: Gameshow

9 Dec

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Two Door Cinema Club’s third album is a disco-flavoured dish. From the opening track, with its chanting, child-like chorus, and the Nile Rogers-style guitar, the influence is evident,but never overpowering. Continue reading