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Lone Star

Thoughtful, multi layered modern cowboy pic, examining division through the generations of a Texan town.


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18th Aug 2014

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The Impossible

Intense tsunami drama. Well meaning and powerful in places, but essentially not serving a purpose.


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18th Aug 2014

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Rust and Bone

Complex French indie favourite that fails to completely engage.


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17th Aug 2014

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The Washington Snipers

Accomplished feature debut from Sundance '13. Stylish, beautifully shot, but underdeveloped.


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17th Aug 2014

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Saving Mr Banks

Forgettable, plodding Mary Poppins-related biography. Full of stars, but a bit low on magic.


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16th Aug 2014

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Thor

The Dark World

Star Wars meets LOTR for a forgettable entry into the Marvel universe.


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16th Aug 2014

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LAST FM: On heavy rotation

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The Fisher King

Erratic, wacky morality tale from Terry Gilliam. Uneven, but elevated hugely by Bridges & Williams.

Halliwell says: Enjoyable more for its director's extravagances than for its attempt at modern myth-making, and finally too diffuse to be taken seriously.**


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12th Aug 2014

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Promo Promo: Tweedy

Here's a promo for Jeff Tweedy's new band Tweedy - featuring his son Spencer on drums. The album is out September 26th, and they're releasing a new track every week if you pre-order.

Playing the Palladium in November.

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11th Aug 2014 - Add Comment - Tweet

The Sessions

Gentle, old-fashioned indie drama. Coming of age with a twist.


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11th Aug 2014

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Locke

Pretentious, boring gimmick movie that unfolds like a tedious, drunken anecdote in a joke Welsh accent.


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9th Aug 2014

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The Lady In The Lake

Glacially paced Raymond Chandler mystery, hampered immensely by the peep show camera style.

Halliwell says: Complex private eye yarn which makes the original Chandler dialogue sound childish by over-reliance on the subjective camera method: we see the hero's face only when he looks in a mirror. An experiment that failed because it was not really understood.*


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8th Aug 2014

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Are you Mike D or Spike Jonze

Some good stuff in the latest Mike D-edited edition of Monster Children magazine, including the film below and a double edged driving playlist, curated by Mike D and Spike Jonze. I've only got two of the tracks in the Mike D playlist, but pretty much everything except Rock Lopster for Spike Jonze'.

THE SUBURBAN
Mike D, Kassia Meador, Rob Machado, Photographer Morgan Maassen
THEIR PLAYLIST
Frank Ocean, Mick Jones, Paul Simonon and Diplo - Hero
Portugal. The Man - Work All Day
Jai Paul - BTSTU (demo)
Can - Sing Swan Song
Silver Apples - Lovefingers
T Rex - Life’s a Gas
Neil Young - Journey Through the Past
Led Zeppelin - Good Times Bad Times
Soko feat. Ariel Pink - Monster Love
MIA feat. The Weeknd - Sexodus
Major Lazer - Get Free
Jai Paul - Jasmine (demo)
Cassius - I <3 U So
Brian Eno - Some of Them Are Old
Christian Tiger School - Various cuts
Darkside - Golden Arrow
Chromatics - Tick of the Clock
Kanye West feat. Bon Iver - Lost in the World
Chief Keef - Citgo
Kanye West - Blood on the Leaves
EPMD - You Gots to Chill


THE JEEP
Spike Jonze, Ford Archbold, Alex Knost, Tanner Rozunko and cinematographer Alex Kopps
THEIR PLAYLIST
Billy Joel - The Longest Time (start a 6am drive with this and everyone is feeling pretty good)
Jane’s Addiction - Summertime Rolls
Girls - Summertime
Guided by Voices - A Salty Salute
David Bowie - Five Years
Pavement - In the Mouth a Desert
Future Islands - Seasons (Waiting on You)
The Strokes - Someday (As we got closer to the spot, we would start picking it up…)
Minor Threat - Salad Days
X - Los Angeles
Television Personalities - Part Time Punks
Velvet Underground - Lady Godiva’s Operation
Pavement - Gold Soundz
The B-52’s - Rock Lobster

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5th Aug 2014 - Add Comment - Tweet

Last Ride

Stylish, forgettable small aussie drama about a bad fella bonding with his young son while on the run.


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4th Aug 2014

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Mistaken For Strangers

Intriguing self-referential rock doc about The National ...that quickly runs out of steam.


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3rd Aug 2014

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Ad Nauseum: Every Day Is Day One

Despite the underlying Samsung sponsorship, this is essentially a beautiful promo for how great surfing is. Shot by one of my favourite DOPs - Grieg Fraser.

More info here.

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Not Waving But Drowning

Decent debut from Devyn Waitt, capturing a solid old school 90s indie vibe.


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2nd Aug 2014

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Captain America

The Winter Soldier

Solid sequel that manages to stay away from too much CGI hokum for a 70s vibe.


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2nd Aug 2014

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Spoon

They Want My Soul

Richie Cunningham is back and even better than before. Instant classic with so many hits.


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31st Jul 2014

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Night Moves

Classy slice of 70s film noir, with a fantastic, effortless script and a star turn from Gene Hackman.

Halliwell says: Apparently a Chandlerish mystery, this is really a Pinterish audience-teaser with obsessions about communication and the meaning of life. A smart-ass entertainment for eager trendies.*


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31st Jul 2014

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RIPD

Disarmingly competent - despite being an utter derivative of Men In Black, Ghostbusters and more.


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31st Jul 2014

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Sorcerer

Dull 'existential' 70s remake of tight 50s classic. Friedkin remains one of the most over-rated directors.

Halliwell says: Why anyone should have wanted to spend $20 million on a remake of The Wages Of Fear, do it badly, and give it a misleading title is anybody's guess. The result is dire.


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30th Jul 2014

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Love

Interesting low-budget sci fi, that has much to offer despite the ambition outstripping the execution in places.


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29th Jul 2014

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Medium Cool

Confident genre-bending 60s cult classic, that's running a little low on plot.

Halliwell says: Stimulating if overlong comment on the quality of life in the sixties, immaculately made and with a rather effective though obvious twist ending.**


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28th Jul 2014

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Blue Jasmine

Literally the best Woody Allen film in 20 years. Solid script and several great performances.


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27th Jul 2014

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Trailer Park: Nightcrawler

Full trailer for Jake Gyllenhaal's new TV news thriller, looking forward to this one.

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27th Jul 2014 - Add Comment - Tweet

Promo Promo: Spoon

Nicely shot promo for the new Spoon single "Do You?" from the new album "They Want My Soul" - due out on August 4th. Looking forward to that one.

Read our interview with Spoon here.

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