The Favourite: A Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

Yes, that is the name of a Kanye West album and yes it is the most fitting summary of this tragicomedy film set 300 years ago, bristling with outstanding performances and razor sharp writing. Olivia Coleman, playing Queen Anne, has already picked up a Golden Globe for her portrayal of the disease-ridden, depressed, overweight and childlike monarch, while Emma Stone and Rachael Weisz have also … Continue reading The Favourite: A Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

Arcade Fire Live Review

The lights went down and Wembley was plunged into darkness as a mixture of Vangelis and Beethoven filled the compact arena until all went silent and the voice of a boxing commentator boomed through the PA system;‘ Annnnnnnnnnddddd in the red cornerrrrrr’ ‘All the way from Montreal, Canada, Arrrrcaaadddeeeee Fireeeeeeeeeee’ The stadium-sized screens were suddenly filled with images of the group moving through thousands of … Continue reading Arcade Fire Live Review

Nova Twins Live Review

  Nova Twins are a three piece afro punk band made up of lead guitarist/vocalist Amy Love, bassist Georgia South and drummer Tim Nugent, who I was invited to watch during their first ever London headline show. Stepping out onto stage at Camden Assembly on Thursday night, it was immediately clear that I was in for one hell of a ride. Love appeared completely possessed … Continue reading Nova Twins Live Review

Sofar Sounds Live Review

Sofar Sounds is an international organisation set up by two east London lads a few years ago. The premise is simple, use peoples houses and flats as the venue and invite artists to perform for a small group of 40ish people who don’t know who the performers are until they start playing. The mystery is undoubtedly part of the appeal as you really can get … Continue reading Sofar Sounds Live Review

Blade Runner 2049: Review and Analysis

Visually stunning and with reliably powerful performances from Ryan Gosling, Jared Leto and Harrison Ford, Blade Runner 2049 is easily one of the best films of 2017 so far. But first, a little exposition… 10 years ago, on my 15th birthday, I was given the newly released Final Cut version of Blade Runner and from that day on, it became my favourite film. I didn’t … Continue reading Blade Runner 2049: Review and Analysis