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October Challenge – Audition

October 28, 2015 | 0 Comments

Audition is an evil film. An open mouthed bear trap of a movie, it spends its first half carefully setting up the bait, establishing a character whom we shouldn’t sympathise with and then tricking us...

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Album Review: Carrie Underwood – Storyteller

October 28, 2015 | 0 Comments

Though it might be a cliché to describe an artist as needing no introduction, Carrie Underwood is truly one of the few musicians whose work speaks for itself. She has risen above her reality television...

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October Challenge: Body Bags

October 27, 2015 | 0 Comments

By their very nature, portmanteau films are often messy, unfocussed pieces that prove to be more interesting in theory than they do in practice. But there are exceptions to this rule, the most notable being...

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October Challenge: Frankenstein Created Woman

October 26, 2015 | 0 Comments

In recent years, Hammer Horror films have become synonymous with cheap thrills and haunted house style scares. But such a reputation does not cover the entirety of the studio’s output, and reduces the impact of...

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October Challenge: Hostel

October 25, 2015 | 0 Comments

Of all the ways mainstream critics have attempted to demote and denigrate horror films, none has been more successful than the creation of the term ‘torture porn.’ It’s an ugly phrase, but one that is...

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Album Review: Naytronix – Mister Divine

October 25, 2015 | 0 Comments

Naytronix’s Mister Divine is the auditory equivalent of a post party clean up. Rather than embracing glitz and glamour, it begins just as the wild times have ended, and despite album’s glossy production, underneath it...

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Album Review: Dinosaur Pile Up – Eleven Eleven

October 24, 2015 | 0 Comments

For better and for worse, Eleven Eleven sounds exactly like the kind of album one would expect a band called Dinosaur Pile Up to release. Admirably enthusiastic, vaguely scuzzy, and yet ultimately fairly one note,...

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October Challenge – Bram Stoker’s Dracula

October 24, 2015 | 0 Comments

Though The Godfather and Apocalypse Now are the films most often used as evidence of Francis Ford Coppola’s genius, in this reviewer’s opinion his best movie is the one least frequently referenced. Francis Ford Coppola’s...

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Single Review: Adele – ‘Hello’

October 23, 2015 | 0 Comments

Three years is a long time in pop music; long enough for rising stars to displace established names, and for tricks that once felt new to stale and shrivel. And yet, somehow Adele has managed...

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Interview: Jahméne

October 23, 2015 | 0 Comments

Jahméne might not yet be a household name, but given the extraordinary power of his new single Down For Love, his global ascendancy seems to be simply a matter of time. Indeed, since the release...

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October Challenge – Jacob’s Ladder

October 23, 2015 | 0 Comments

Fantasy bleeds into reality. Angels appear as demons, and vice versa. A man makes his way through an urban maze that resembles purgatory in every conceivable way. And life and death become grim parodies of...

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October Challenge – Calvaire

October 22, 2015 | 0 Comments

As much an anxious fairytale as it is a horror film, Fabrice Du Weltz’s brilliant Calvaire is a woozy, underlooked gem. Though the film begins within the realms of the real, it makes a slow...

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It felt appropriate that for the opening few moments of The Fall’s gig at The Metro Theatre lead singer Mark E. Smith could be heard but not seen. After all, his unique tones have remained...

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