‘Fans of Frightened Rabbit would be urged to check out this up and coming act’
4-piece Edinburgh-based indie folk band Shooting Stansfield are releasing their forthcoming EP, We Know Not What We Do, in June. With influences including the likes of Frightened Rabbit, Bright Eyes and The National, and recorded on the banks of Loch Fyne in Argyll, Scotland, over 5 days, their raw and stomping folk rhythms layered against the band’s talented song-writing will undeniably have you singing along in seconds. With a focus on the themes of transition, time, life and beyond, their melodic EP is consistent with the bandʼs drive for creating meaning.
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Published 16 May, 2013
Film , Film Features , Film Reviews , HeyUGuys , Published Work , Top Lists
Tags: Bottle Rocket, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Moonrise Kingdom, The Darjeeling Limited, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, The Royal Tenenbaums, Wes Anderson
(Written for HeyUGuys)
Currently filming his latest comedy drama The Grand Budapest Hotel, which is set to star an ensemble cast including Ralph Fiennes, Jude Law, and Saoirse Ronan, Wes Anderson has been producing quirky dramas for almost twenty years now. Director, screenwriter, actor, and producer of features, short films and commercials, Anderson’s work is mostly known for his family struggles, flawed characters, British rock soundtracks, and colourful cinematography. Not only do his films compare in visual style, though, they also often include regular collaborators Bill Murray, Anjelica Huston, Owen and Luke Wilson, and Jason Schwartzman. Here’s some of his best:
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(Written for Virgin Media Shorts)
Whether you like his unique style or not, you can’t deny Wes Anderson knows how to tell a story. He’s a filmmaker both equally loved and hated for his quirky, colourful, and comical family dramas. And with his eighth feature film The Grand Budapest Hotel coming next year, we can expect much of the same.
But there was a time when he was simply enjoyed, when he filmed in black and white, when he made the audience laugh, and his style of film-making was only just being recognised as something quite ingenious. Albeit his least successful films, his short Bottle Rocket and debut feature of the same name undeniably launched an impressive career.
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Published 4 May, 2013
Film , Film Reviews
Tags: Bernie, Evil Dead, In Retrospect, Iron Man 3, Oblivion, Promised Land, Scary Movie 5, Spring Breakers, The Place Beyond The Pines
A film guide for April 2013 including reviews for:
- Iron Man 3,
- The Place Beyond The Pines,
- Spring Breakers,
- Evil Dead,
- Scary Movie 5,
- Promised Land.
Thanks to contributors Daniel Prinn (@DanielPrinn) and Paul Weedon (@Twotafkap) for their reviews.
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In Retrospect is a monthly film publication that I make just for a bit of fun, visit the blog here.
Directed by LA filmmaker Rodney Ascher, Room 237 is a subjective documentary that explores the numerous theories about the hidden meanings within Stanley Kubrick‘s film, The Shining. Giving voice to the fans and scholars of a film that continues to inspire debate, speculation, and mystery, even 30 years after its release, the documentary looks at five very different points of view and far-reaching theories from those who have decoded the apparent hidden symbols and messages buried in Kubrick’s classic. Cut into nine segments, each segment focuses on different elements within the film which “may reveal hidden clues and hint at a bigger thematic oeuvre.”
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Published 1 May, 2013
Book Adaptation Reviews , Books , Film , Film Reviews
Tags: Bradley Cooper, David O. Russell, Jacki Weaver, Jennifer Lawrence, Matthew Quick, Robert De Niro, Silver Linings Playbook
Directed and adapted by David O. Russell, Silver Linings Playbook is based on the novel of the same name by Matthew Quick. Examining a number of relationships and mental illnesses, the film follows Pat Solitano (Bradley Cooper), an ex-teacher with bipolar disorder who moves back in with his parents (Robert De Niro and Jacki Weaver) after being released from a psychiatric hospital. Determined to win back his estranged wife and rebuild his previous life, things get more challenging when Pat meets Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence), a mysterious girl with her own problems, who tells Pat that she will help him get his wife back if he enters a dance competition with her. As an unexpected bond begins to form between them, silver linings appear in both of their lives.
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