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Album Review: Alabama Shakes – Boys & Girls

19 Apr

Personally, I’m not a fan of blues, Eric Clapton or any of that kind of stuff. However; what’s so great about Alabama Shakes is how they breathe a whole ton of fresh air into this somewhat tired genre, that makes it seem far less overbearing and niche. Yet it’s not sugary pop (don’t expect Gotye). If anything it feels more soul inspired and the whole thing conjures up a world of sepia. That can’t be a bad thing.

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RIP Steve Jobs – How He Affected Arts and Culture

8 Oct

This week came a huge headline in the news that the once CEO of Apple and co-founder, Steve Jobs, sadly passed away. Anyone who knows me will say that I love Apple a bit too much and it’s been a great loss. Whilst this may be off topic to the topics of this blog I think he has some relevance due to the way in which this man has changed the world a number of times.

To start, this blog is written on my beautiful 13 inch MacBook Pro and sometimes on my ‘magical’ iPad. I listen to a lot of music on all of these devices as well as on the best gadget of all time, the iPod. Where would be without the iPod? I have no clue. This man has affected the way that we watch films, view TV shows, listen to music, buy tickets to the theatre and many other ways. Half of the stuff I do on this blog (meaning the stuff I talk about or review etc.) would not be possible without the true visionary genius that was Steve Jobs. These days we can download an app of a TV Channel and then we watch an episode of our favourite show. We can rent movies through various services on our Macs and then stream them to Apple TV. We can download songs with a push of a button and devour them on our iPods. There’s no question that this man changed the world.

It’s been a sad loss and I’d like to send my condolences to his wife and family in what must be a tough time. The man suffered from pancreatic cancer for a long time and was the cause of his death. He was only 55 years old and clearly had more to give to the world. RIP Steve. Remember, you’re probably reading this post because of him…

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: US Version – Discussion

17 Aug

So this is probably a really, really off topic post and one that wouldn’t be expected but part of the point of this blog is that I can talk about what I want to or write about what I think is interesting. This post is a discussion about the US remake of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. I check IMDb every day and on the homepage I found some new stills for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

Before I begin pointing out the stuff that sparked this post I want to say that I love the Millennium series. I’ve read all three books and seen all three movies and I love reading Scandinavian crime fiction (Jo Nesbo, Henning Mankell, Camilla Lackberg). It’s not the only thing that I read but I’m not going to lie, I really enjoy it. The books were superb, gritty and damn well written novels. There was a lot of depth to his story that you don’t see in a lot of crime fiction. The films weren’t as good apart from the first which was a fine thriller. The next two weren’t nearly as good but still enjoyable.
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Jerusalem the Play

14 Aug

Once again, following from my recent post about the period art installation, this post isn’t really a review, preview or discussion. I don’t know why but these past few days I can’t seem to find anything to write about. There’s nothing to review, preview or discuss. However, this morning I spent 50 pounds. Why? Jerusalem.

Jerusalem won the best actor award at the Tony’s but lost best play to War Horse. It had an extremely successful run in London and New York with critics raving and I have yet to find a review less than five stars with papers such as the New York Times, The Guardian, The Times, The Telegraph, The Independent and many more giving it a rave review. Not only is Ian Rickson’s direction praised but Mark Rylance is even being named as the Laurence Olivier of our time.

Ian Rickson seems to be the director of this year at the theatre with successes such as The Children’s Hour, starring Keira Knightley and Elizabeth Moss, as well as Betrayal starring Kristin Scott Thomas. Now Jerusalem returns for a fourteen week run at the Apollo Theatre in London.

If you can get your hands on these tickets, GET THEM NOW. This play is supposed to be incredible and they will sell out without a doubt. Some nights tickets have already sold out, so get your tickets right now.

I’m really looking forward to it!


My First Post!

4 Aug

Hello World!

Welcome to my blog! Here I will be talking about latest movie news, reviews, previews etc. My thoughts on new books, music, theatre and what’s been on TV recently.

As the title suggests this blog is all about culture and the arts. No, it’s not about Lad Culture, I will not be discussing that new car model and the big game that was on last night.

Whilst this blog may start off a bit slow, I think it will get better over time, so don’t be turned off (if you are one of the very few people currently reading this) by the unprofessional¬†appearance.

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