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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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Play Review: Can We Talk About This?

11 Apr

DV8’s new piece definitely talks. It moves as Lloyd Newson’s company does so well, but the talking is key to this spectacularly powerful and discursive piece of theatre. The play opens with a man asking the audience how many of them feel morally superior to the Taliban. Only 10% of people on the night I went put their hands up. The actor then begins to list some of the things the Taliban have done. People shift uneasily. That is what this show does, it pushes boundaries and it talks about something that I personally feel people are too scared to talk about.

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The show examines cases of extremism in Islam ranging from Theo Van Gogh’s Muhammed Cartoons to the burning of the Satanic Verses. Each of these are verbatim from interviews carried out in the past or ones the DV8 have conducted themselves.

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Movie Review: The Hunger Games

29 Mar

The Hunger Games seems to have taken the world by storm. Suzanne Collins’s ‘young adult’ fiction series has sold hundreds of thousands of copies and has been translated in more than 26 languages. I ad previously done a post previewing the film after it garnered so much hype at the most recent VMAs. I must add here, as I’m a bit of a Harry Potter nerd that this is most certainly not stepping on Harry Potter turf yet and is not expected to.

The story follows Katniss Everdeen, a teenager who lives in Panem, a nation in a dystopian future where North America has been destroyed. Panem has been divided into twelve districts and an affluent Capitol. Our heroine, Katniss, hails from one of the poorer districts, District 12. Due to people in the past rebelling against the Captiol, The Hunger Games have been set up. These are games in which a boy and a girl between the ages of 12-18 must be chosen from each district to fight to the death. Katniss’s twelv year old sister gets chosen so Katniss decides to volunteer in order to save her sister.
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Movie Review: The Descendants

29 Jan

After a seven year break, Alexander Payne is back with his latest offering which is a real Oscar frontrunner. It tackles some of the themes that we’ve previously seen in Payne’s work but certainly includes new material. It definitely goes along with his perfect track record.

Matt King (George Clooney) is a land baron in Hawaii. He’s supposedly in ‘paradise’ but life doesn’t seem to be very paradisiacal at the moment. His wife has just suffered from a boating accident and is in a serious coma. He’s now left to take care of his two daughters, and he’s the self confessed ‘back-up’ parent. While Ms. King is in the coma he finds out that she’s been having an affair.
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Play Review: Grief

26 Jan

Mike Leigh is one of my favourite writer/directors of all time, both on stage and screen. Secrets & Lies, Vera Drake, Naked, Ecstasy, Abigail’s Party, there are too many pieces by him that I love. As soon as this play was announce, I had to grab a ticket. Perhaps I was anticipating it a bit too much. A lot of people were though. This play was commissioned by the National even before Leigh had finished it. Of course, people were instantly fascinated and intrigued as to what this new project would be.

Grief, which was only titled a few days before opening night, takes place during the 1950s in the living room of war widow Dorothy (Lesley Manville). Dorothy lives in a London suburb with her fifteen year old daughter Victoria(Ruby Bentall) and her older, bachelor brother Edwin (Sam Kelly). Dorothy is trying her best to be a good mother for Dorothy but Dorothy is proving to be a hard child to deal with.

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TV Review: Sherlock – Series 2

16 Jan

No, no. I’m not exaggerating. This is the best show of all time. I’m dead serious. All time. I cannot think of one thing better than this masterpiece.

High off the success at the BAFTAs, Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss got straight down to work for Series 2. Remember all those shows which had really strong first series’ and then horrible follow ups? Not the case for this. In fact, the second series is even better, something that I didn’t think was possible. It was that damn good.
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Movie Review: The Ides of March

19 Dec

Finally I’ve seen this. I’ve been dying to and now I finally have. A political thriller with an all-star cast, an A-lister for the director and a cracking story all in time for Oscar season. It’s a recipe for success.

George Clooney directs, stars and adapts this adaptation of Beau Williamon’s 2008 play Farragut North, which was very well received. The story follows Stephen Meyers (Ryan Gosling) who is the Junior Campaign Manager for Mike Morris (George Clooney) who is a democratic presidential candidate. He is campaigning against fellow democratic candidate Ted Pullman. They’re both campaigning in Ohio and this is the crucial state to getting elected. That’s the backdrop for the story, as you can imagine there’s money, corruption, greed, sex, scandal and a whole lot of other stuff that goes on behind closed doors.
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TV Show: Fresh Meat

28 Nov

Don’t lie, you’ve done it too. That lazy morning or afternoon in which you sit in front of the TV and watch a whole series of something. This weekend I had my morning of lying in bed with coffee. Muffins and Fresh Meat.

I had seen the first two episodes of Fresh Meat and I did really like it but this weekend after watching the rest of it I can wholeheartedly say that it is brilliant. The humour is pitch perfect and the drama is just right.

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Play Review: Jerusalem

18 Nov

Back in August, when my blog had just started, I wrote a post about how I had just bought tickets to this play. How I excited I was, and how much I was looking forward to it. There’s been a lot of hype around this play. With all the awards, rave reviews, including comments hailing Mark Rylance as the ‘Laurence Olivier of our time’ and this play being ‘an instant modern classic’, it’s safe to say that this is supposed to be a good play. Let me say, that the hype is most certainly justified.

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The play is set in Wiltshire England and takes place on St. George’s Day. Johnny ‘Rooster’ Byron (Mark Rylance) is a local drug dealer and alcohol supplier to teenagers in the area. He’s wanted by the council for his illegal encampment of his home van. Many more events will transpire on this festive day for the village. It’s a big day for Johnny ‘Rooster’ Byron.

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Check Out This: Fragments of Winter

5 Nov

Twitter, though at times is incredibly silly and pointless, can prove to have its benefits. For instance, this week, I heard about Skyrockets by Fragments of Winter. Without twitter, I might not have, but now I’m spreading the word too.

It’s certainly not something that I would normally listen to but I have to say, I’ve listened to it on more than a couple of occasion. It’s an album that is written, produced and performed by Tristan Irvine and is available as a digital download for only 5 euros. Pretty cheap, right?

Skyrockets is an incredibly atmospheric, unique and artistic record that will be left to interpretation. It’s bombastic and definitely packs a punch. This is something you’ll want to check out. Head on over to the links below for more information.

http://releases.fragmentsofwinter.com/

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