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Cheri Movie Review

Indeed all the familiar parameters are in place: unrequited love, the scheming matronly type (Kathy Bates standing in for Glenn Close), the virginal victim, well-camouflaged comments aimed at the jugular, bustles and opulent architecture. But Cheri begs the question… Where’s the flesh and blood? Set in 1906, Cheri (Rupert Friend) is a handsome, petulant playboy already tainted by too much of the good life. After accepting a seductive invitation from family friend and former courtesan ...

Marbin – Last Chapter Of Dreaming Album Review

From the spaghetti western feel of Breaking The Cycle to the cinematic shuffle of On The Square or even the daytime television cheese of Café de Nuit these crazy cats know how to conjure up a vivid experience.  With impeccable influences and moments like the eighties era King Crimson riff that opens the track Inner Monologue or the Dixie Dregs hoe-down meets Zappa wah-wah of Redline these Chicagonians also demonstrates a tip of the director’s hat to some of the forbearers to all ...

Miles Kane – Don’t Forget Who You Are Album Review

Let the bold glam wash over you, the chugging rockers kick you in the backside and the lock step sixties lo-fi seep into your consciousness. It’s all good fun and a serious moment is not to be found. It’s the kind of album you want to crank up when the workday is over and your mind needs no further games of challenge. Not letting intellectualism interfere with simple word play has the effect of making the songs insanely easy to sing along to. The production also leaves everything on ...

Soft Machine Legacy – Burden Of Proof Album Review

Many are the bands that burn bright in their heyday only to break up and then reform for not much more than a paycheck. Then there are the ones that get back together because they still have something musical to say. Soft Machine Legacy are definitely in that latter camp. Also in respect to the former band members, the group has added legacy to their moniker to help distinguish between the past and the present. Originally formed in Canterbury, England, the band was a forerunner to the ...

Iron Man 3 Movie Review

The first film worked so well at creating Iron Man’s back-story and showed how well certain rock music can lift a film’s energy just by their mere presence. The second film squandered most of that good will with a poor choice of casting and weak story. Welcome round three and in the now almost obligatory for films of this type, 3D format. Try as the film does for some real surprise story moments and to flush out the main characters lives, it really lets the side down but as an ...

Iron Man 2 Movie Review

Iron Man 2 is certainly bigger, with an obviously enlarged budget, the film is packed with more expensive looking special effects and even more gratuitous over the top action. The film’s final duke-out is magnified as well with the addition of a very large number of baddies and an overabundance of explosive effects. The story also gets ramped up as we meet Tony Stark’s father (in flashback home movies) and get some welcome insight into his childhood. Some of the relationships from ...

Thor: The Dark World Movie Review

Thor: The Dark World is not as interesting as its predecessor and that film was by no means the best of The Avengers tie-in prequels. From frost giants in the first film to dark elves here, the villains are getting smaller and so is the scope of the films. This is a stock action CGI fantasy where nothing new is learnt about any of the characters; it's merely goodies versus baddies, albeit presented in a slick and entertaining package. The 3D presentation makes little use of depth and is ...

Thor Movie Review

Thor (the movie version) is played by Australian actor Chris Hemsworth and he has come a long way from his days on Home And Away. He now has the pre-requisite comic book superhero physique and has muscles on top of muscles. The rest of the cast features some surprisingly well-established A-list thespians. The list includes Natalie Portman, Stellan Skarsgård and Anthony Hopkins. Wait a minute on that last selection; with some of Hopkins’ recent paycheck films he might be in danger of ...

Captain America: The Winter Soldier Movie Review

Captain America is an old world hero transplanted into a modern age and this made for some fun exchanges in the context of The Avengers but can this be sustained in a film all his own? The result, The Winter Soldier is mixed bag of successes and well, not quite failures, but certainly non-successes. The film features a well-written, intricate story with broad elements of Minority Report and Robocop and it's nice to see how these components weave together through the course of the film. ...

The Avengers Movie Review

Compared to that other great superhero ensemble flick (no, not Fantastic Four!), Bryan Singer's X-Men, The Avengers is the kitschy one of the two but it is no less a film. Whedon shows that he knows how to do kitsch without descending into a tired, boring, groan-inducing cliché (like Fantastic Four). Of course Whedonphiles have known this for many years and now the rest of the world will know it. The primary difficulty in an ensemble film such as this is making sure that each character ...