January, 2014

Film Review: The Armstrong Lie

Gibney has a exemplary list of very credible documentaries on his CV at this stage. In 2008 he nearly tarnished that talent when he took up the subject of covering Lance Armstrong who had decided to come back to the world of professional cycling tournaments, having seemingly retired after ‘winning’ the Tour de France a record seven consecutive times.

Out of The Furnace - Film Review

Film Review: Out Of The Furnace

Once again advertisements for movies are doing a disservice, if not indeed, the movie goer. The one I saw for director Scott Cooper’s new work ‘Out Of The Furnace’ bore little resemblance for the overtly brooding aggressive movie that I had seen.

Monty's Wine Bar

Monty’s Wine Bar & Restaurant, London

Mamma Mia! When it comes to food, few things rank higher on my list than a good plate of delicious home-made pasta coupled with a glass of great wine. So a chance to visit the newly opened Italian hotspot, Monty’s Wine Bar & Restaurant based close to London’s Oxford Street, was just to good to turn down…

Mallorca

Mallorca – 300 Days of Sunshine

The British package holiday was pretty much invented in Mallorca and my parents went here on their honeymoon in the late sixties. That was when you couldn’t leave the country with more than £50 in your pocket and big aeroplane’s still had propellers instead of jet engines. Over time perceptions have changed and to be honest I wasn’t quite sure what to expect when I arrived for my first visit to the island.

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Recipe: No Coffee Chocolate Frappé for my Valentine!

I like to think that something prepared by you has a higher emotional value than a bought gift in the store. Valentine’s is one of those perfect opportunities to prepare self-made gifts and I couldn’t skip this special occasion to recommend a sweet recipe.

Live at Leeds 2014

Live AT Leeds – Preview

Recently Yorkshire’s very own SXSW (Sort of) has become a staple for the opening of the summer’s festival season and 2014 is no different as Live At Leeds returns once more from the 2nd-5th May.

Masseria San Domenico – The Heart of Puglia

Positioned forty minutes from both Brindisi and Bari airports at the top of Italy’s heal in Puglia, this former 15th century watchtower for the Knights of Malta has been a five-star luxury hotel and world class Spa since 1996. Set in 60 hectares of olive trees, Masseria San Domenico is the perfect place for the ultimate long weekend getaway. But be warned, you’ll want to stay longer.

Pixies: Magdelena

This is the video from The Pixies, “Magdelena”, from ‘EP-2’ released on 3rd January.. It was directed by Judy Jacob, the same person responsible for the films that went along with the 2009-2011 “Doolittle” world tour. The video stars innovative British dance/theatre/performance artist Nando Messias.

Damien Jurado: Review of Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Son

Damien Jurado: Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Son

Flush was fortunate enough to see Damien Jurado perform a very intimate acoustic pre-Christmas solo show in London’s St Pancras Old Church. It couldn’t have been more stripped back other than the guitar on his knee, the contemplative richness of his voice, and the resonance of the church acoustics.

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Film Review: Inside Llewyn Davis

I wonder who the target audience for ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’ (2013) is. It certainly should have been me, as I LOVE the Coen brother’s work. I’ve no blind faith, every creative has peaks and troughs, even pre-peaks, pre-troughs which can be moments of near missed greatness. But we’ll caveat my viewing experience/mood with bad received news moments before the screening.

The Last Passenger on DVD

Win one of three Last Passenger DVD’s

After catching the last train home leaving London, things are going well to start with for Lewis (Scott) and he gets chatting to the beautiful Sarah (Kara Tointon – The Sweeney). However, when a vengeful sociopath hijacks the train the journey turns into a nightmare ride as the remaining passengers attempt to work together to survive the death ride destined for destruction.

jack Ryan Shadow Recruit Review Jan 2014

Film Review: Jack Ryan Shadow Recruit

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit represents Paramount’s attempt to reboot the Tom Clancy-created character for the big screen, in the obvious hope that he can be their very own gay marriage of James Bond and Jason Bourne; a gestalt globule of clean-cut action-espionage goodness.

WIN – Force of Execution on DVD or Blu-Ray

Crime lord Mr. Alexander (Steven Seagal – Maximum Conviction), after years of sitting at the throne of a powerful underworld empire, decides it’s finally time to go straight. However, things won’t be that simple when another drug boss, known only as Ice Man (Ving Rhames – Pulp Fiction), is set on making a name for himself at Alexander’s expense.