Metallica – Hardwired

It's been the best part of a decade since ‘the world’s biggest metal band’, Metallica, released their last full-length album, Death Magnetic. Since then there have been live records and concert films like Through The Never, reissues galore on as many formats as you can shake a stick at, a 30th anniversary celebration like no... Continue Reading →

High-Rise by JG Ballard

By reputation, and having seen David Cronenberg's interpretation of Crash many years ago, the work of JG Ballard had always hovered around the edges of my cultural consciousness. It wasn't until seeing Ben Wheatley's cinematic adaptation of High-Rise though that my interest was really piqued so I picked up a copy of the source novel and... Continue Reading →

Suicide Squad

Around 18 years or so ago the perception of comic book/superhero movies changed, seemingly forever, from slightly naff, campy b-movies to genuine blockbuster contenders thanks to the likes of Bryan Singer’s X-Men and Sam Raimi’s first Spider-Man leading into Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins and the ongoing (now somewhat inconsistent) Marvel Cinematic Universe behemoth. Now, with... Continue Reading →

Ham On Rye by Charles Bukowski

Having explored some of the writings of the Beat Generation, particularly works by Kerouac and Ginsberg and some from Cassady and Burroughs, one name stood out amongst the related writers as something potentially a bit different but sharing some of the same head space, Charles Bukowski. So, last time I was at City Lights Bookstore... Continue Reading →

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