Monthly Archives: January 2011

The Fighter

Finally getting of the ground after waiting years for financing David O Russell brings the story of boxer ‘Irish’ Micky Ward to the big screen. Famously Micky’s brother Dicky, also a boxer and trainer, went 10 rounds with Sugar Ray … Continue reading

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Iron and Wine-Kiss Each Other Clean

I think its true to say that Sam Beam has come along way since 2007’s ‘The Shepherd’s Dog’ on this probably the first great record of 2011. Long gone is the solo William Oldham style troubadour and here now is … Continue reading

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How I discovered Beefheart.

At the tail end of last year we lost a good soul in the form of avant-garde crazy music maker/painter Don Van Vliet a.k.a Captain Beefheart. Having been a fan for sometime his sad demise made me think back to … Continue reading

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Rabbit Hole

After ‘Hedwig’ and ‘Shortbus’ you may be wondering if the director could ever make a film without a little bit of its tongue firmly in its cheek, so brace yourself for John Cameron Mitchell’s ‘Rabbit Hole’. Based on the play … Continue reading

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Animal Kingdom

From the bleak opening to the dramatic unfolding of the story ‘Animal Kingdom’ is a film that pulls no punches and like the vastly underrated television show ‘Underbelly’ more proof that Australia can do gangster just as good as Hollywood. … Continue reading

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Never Let Me Go

Based on the Kazuo Ishiguro novel and adapted for the screen by Alex Garland ‘Never Let Me Go’ is strangely meditive film. Told in three parts it follows the lives of Ruth, Kathy and Tommy as they grow from boarding … Continue reading

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True Grit

Based on the original source text more than the 1969 John Wayne film the Cohen brothers return with this Wild West tale of redemption and revenge. Simply when Mattie Ross’s father is gunned down by Tom Chaney (Brolin) she sets … Continue reading

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