Ghost – Ceremony and Devotion

Having caught Ghost in the last few years during the touring cycle for their third album, Meliora (and follow-up EP Popestar), I was amazed this most visual of bands hadn’t officially released any live material. While they still haven’t got a full-length film to their name they do now have a live album, the appropriately... Continue Reading →

The Darkness – Pinewood Smile

15 or so years ago The Darkness appeared on the British music scene as if from nowhere (actually Lowestoft) with a refreshing bast of uncynical, upbeat, knowingly silly, hard rock that saw them headline festivals and even release a Christmas single that has stood the test of time. Since then they've had their ups and... Continue Reading →

Vertigo

A number of movies regularly appear at or near the top of lists of 'best films', from Citizen Kane to The Shawshank Redemption to The Godfather. One though that always stands out to me is Alfred Hitchcock's psychological thriller, Vertigo. The reason it stands out is quite how dark its story is, particularly for the... Continue Reading →

Children of Men

When Alfonso Cuaron’s Children of Men opened in cinemas in 2006, while it came with a strong reputation I have to admit by being put of by the presence of Clive Owen. While a good actor I have always found him hard to get on with on-screen and so with a couple of exceptions have... Continue Reading →

The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler

It's probably a fair assumption to make that most people know the name The Big Sleep from the Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall vehicle that is the 1946 movie. Before that though it was the debut novel of hardboiled detective writer Raymond Chandler and it introduced the world to his most famous creation, private eye,... Continue Reading →

Starship Troopers

Twenty years ago Starship Troopers became possibly the first film I made a point of going to see more than once in its first cinema run, so regardless of anything else it has an interesting place in my cinematic education. Coming back to it now after several years of not seeing it, via a screening... Continue Reading →

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