July, 2013

Car Review: Volvo XC70 D5 SE Lux Geartronic

The Swedish company’s focus in the continuous development of the XC70 model has been to create a well-heeled on-road car with competent, off-road ability. The rugged and refined present-day look reflects the vehicle’s underlying strength and competence.

AlunaGeorge – Body Music

Over the past 12 months AlunaGeorge have become a sort of victory flag to be waved smugly at the cynics who throw all pop music into the same barrel and poo-poo it relentlessly.

Film review- Frances Ha

The black-and white visuals lend the film a classic feel, with the grounded nature of the script and the low-key delivery throughout garnering an excellent balance of empathy and sympathy for Frances, as the audience recognises their own lives, friendships and hardships in her experiences.

Alpha Papa: Alan Partridge

Cometh the hour, cometh the man and his barefoot / toblerone / Dundee days now seem a very long time ago. Alpha Papa Alan is a more confident, assertive and dynamic chap, you could say he is almost fully ‘Bounced Back’.

Live Review: Clutch @ The Forum, London

It is always exciting going to see a band live but when it is a band you have never seen before it makes it that little bit more of a thrill. This was even more so the case with Clutch as other than liking the music I knew relatively little about them.

Film Review: The Worlds End

I’ve my life to live again before reaching Gran’s then age, but I’m in the same demographic as director Edgar Wright and the merry (pissed) cast of the final chapter of the lovingly/loosely titled ‘Cornetto Trilogy’, ‘Shaun of the Dead’ and ‘Hot Fuzz’ being the previous outings.

Music Review – 2000 Trees Festival

BRITISH SUMMERTIME, EH? This time last year the country was awash in mud-stained mess. T In The Park was underwater. Creamfields was cancelled. 2000 Trees – by all reports – was a muck-flinging riot. 12 Months later we’re in the middle of a scorching heatwave. There’s not a cloud in the sky. Facefuls of dust have replaced bootfuls of water. The mercury’s tipping 30 degrees.

Film Review: Trap for Cinderella

Written and directed by Hackers and Backbeat’s Iain Softley, Trap for Cinderella is a convoluted, low-budget affair that aspires to the darkly devilish plot twists and narrative surprises of classic French-set thrillers like Henri-Georges Clouzot’s Les Diaboliques and Claude Chabrol’s Innocents with Dirty Hands.

Car Review: Skoda Octavia Elegance 1.4 TSI

First impressions are important, and the new Skoda Octavia left me tallying up a whole lot of positives for the new model at the car’s international launch in Portugal. That was a few months ago, and I was looking forward to being reacquainted with the motor for a week-long road test on behalf of Flush Magazine, after that first taste behind the wheel in the Algarve.

We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks

In such a media saturated RGB (the red, green, blue dots that make up the colours of display screens) modern world, with perpetual pixels of information being light splayed directly into our retina, making foie gras of our brains, it’s understandable that alot of folk effectively chose others to think or garner opinions for them.

Game Review: Rogue Legacy

Every platformer and action adventure game out there has some interesting character, each with unique personalities and traits. However, more often than not, I never feel bad when they plummet into a death pit, or see them eaten by a bat or any other enemy with a taste for hero carcass.