Remember the chillwave explosion? How about all the dance-pop groups of the mid-to-late 2000s? And then the Hives, the Vines, etc…? Yeah, it’s been difficult to watch, to put it lightly. But every so often, an act comes along that appears to have struck the right balance between the buzz and realistic side of being part of the game these days.
As someone born in Liverpool, who spent 17 years of their life living in Manchester and Sheffield, I am able to confirm that the menfolk of the north can get a bit, well, silly when it comes to their mates.
It’s Die Hard in a call centre. No, wait. It’s Speed in a car boot, and Halle Berry is Keanu, Abigail Breslin is Sandra Bullock, and the mobile phone is Jeff Daniels. Or something.
What’s for sure is that The Call is a marvel of a high camp thriller, destined to be lovingly parodied and ironically adored for its myriad preposterous moments and, especially, Berry’s central turn as 911 operator Jordan Turner.
The Four Megabytes of the Apocalypse It’s been a stellar year for documentaries coming from all corners of the globe. With the constantly evolving,…
Kiss Land could have easily relied on the vocals to sell itself (Tesfaye possesses one of the finest voices around) but it’s the unorthodox production that really sets it apart. In one of his rare interviews The Weeknd speaks of the album being about not being comfortable where you are and it being a “terrifying place”.
He might have the dirty mac and some of the same letters in his name, but Star Trek and Alpha Papa actor Colm Meaney delivers a pretty feeble Columbo routine in A Belfast Story, the feature debut from writer-director Nathan Todd.
Today’s re-imagining of ‘The Wall’ by it’s protagonist and creator, Roger Waters is a completely different beast. The original 1979 concept was based mainly around the whimsical dilemmas faced by your average millionaire rockstar, in 2013 ‘The Wall’ has matured into a fully blown anti-war statement that embraces the entire world.
Having seen the trailer for Ron Howard’s torque strewn homage to 1970s Formula One racing, I wasn’t that revved. To my non petrol-head it looked like the Wachowski siblings ’Speed Racer’, but passed through the retro filter of soft focus Playboy Vaseline lensed footage, as opposed to the retina burning digital clarity of ’Racer’. So the idea of going down this memory track and it’s many laps weren’t helping at all. How wrong I was.
In Fear, the debut feature from British director Jeremy Lovering, is cut from similar cloth to James Watkins’ gruelling Eden Lake.
Originally cast in the Ryan Gosling role in Only God Forgives before dropping out to star as Bard the Bowman in the next two Hobbit movies, Evans here at last gets to play a violent, taciturn fatalist; a kind of trailer-towing Hannibal Lector, with a spot of everyone’s favourite Robin Hood-serial killer, Dexter, tossed in.