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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

In which the reliably kiddie- friendly Star Wars universe reaches the logical conclusion of all that “heroism in battle” narratives, resulting in arguably the most downbeat chapter in its’ film history. That doesn’t mean that Rogue One is better than Empire… (let’s not kid ourselves here), but- even at its’ darkest- the original trilogy was always a

Stranger Things / soundtrack on Vinyl

The soundtrack of Netflix’s, Stranger Things, of the best original series for 2016, is being released in a vinyl format. Invada Records are releasing Vol. #01 on 2LP in an extra thick 425g heavyweight gatefold, indluding inserts with additional artwork and credits. A second volume will follow but not earlier than the seconds series completion. For

Gene Wilder dies aged 83

Sadly, Gene Wilder has passed away at the age of 83. The great actor who starred in every movie of our childhood like Frankenstein Junior, Will Wonka & The Chocolate Factory, Blazing Saddles, See No Evil, Hear No Evil, The Woman in Red and many others passed away previous Sunday from complications arising from his

The Neon Demon

Nicolas Winding Refn’s fashion horror spectacular is the definition of style over substance, but hey, such style! It’s the story of Jesse (Elle Fanning), an underage aspiring model, who arrives in LA like every other victim- in- waiting in the hope of making it in show business. Jesse’s angelic beauty makes her very popular with

Midnight Special

Roy (Michael Shannon) and his friend Lucas (Joel Edgerton) are fleeing across Texas, pursued by a religious cult. In the backseat is Alton (Jaeden Lieberher), Roy’s son. The whole setup looks like a kidnapping to the authorities, but it soon becomes apparent that the kid has special powers, powers that have made him the target of

The VVitch

It’s the 1600s in a New England Puritan colony and the community is tense. William (Ralph Ineson) is a pious patriarch whose insufferable pride causes his peers to excommunicate him. Angry and contemptuous, he takes his wife Katherine (Kate Dickie) and children to the nearby woods to live in a farm.  Almost immediately, things go

Bone Tomahawk

In the first five minutes of Bone Tomahawk, a pair of quarrelling, murderous bandits stumbles onto a creepy burial site, with bloody results. The two desperadoes are played by Sid Haig and David Arquette. I knew I was going to like this. When one of the two drifters ends up in the small town of

The Revenant

Admittedly, the incessant hype for The Revenant is pretty annoying. It was a very difficult shoot! It was cold! Leonardo DiCaprio had to get up early! WHO GIVES A SHIT. No one will give me an Oscar after a hard day’s work, so my sympathy levels are low. Going on and on about how difficult

Film Review: Sicario

Denis Villeneuve’s Sicario opens on a note of such mounting dread, that when things erupt into pure chaos it’s almost a relief. The viewer would be forgiven in thinking that there is no way the film could sustain this level of tension for its’ entirety. It does though and that goes a long way in positioning

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