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16th Dec 2014

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Trailer Park: Knight of Cups

Trailer up for the next Terrence Mailick movie, "Knight of Cups". Bale looks bearabale for once and the movie itself looks like a change of direction after the rambling dullness of "To The Wonder". The movie will debut at the Berlin Film Festival in February.

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14th Dec 2014

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The Insider

Intense, paranoid drama about the tobacco industry. Super stylish, riveting and genuinely shocking.


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12th Dec 2014

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Labor Day

Powerful, stylish drama. Beautiful cinematography, anchored by strong performances and a solid script.


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12th Dec 2014

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The Hottest State

Heavy-handed coming-of-age movie that attempts to capture some of Linklater's charm.


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12th Dec 2014

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LAST FM: On heavy rotation

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New lunch spot

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8th Dec 2014

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Believe it or not, my iron count is low ...and I need to eat more red meat. #GiveBlood #FreeQualityStreet

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35 tracks of semi-fresh Pixies.

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New office = new rules

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Breaking out the big guns. Thanks @hell_in_hello

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I Origins

Compelling, stylish, indie-ish sci-fi. Laced with originality, if a little heavy handed in places.


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5th Dec 2014

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Predestination

Clunky time-travel-paradox yarn that telegraphs its beats well ahead of time.


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5th Dec 2014

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Escape From Tomorrow

Ambitious Disneyland-set indie flick, hampered by an un-engaging, creepy, surrealist script.


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4th Dec 2014

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Out Of The Furnace

Pretentious Deer Hunter clone, with Bale and Casey Affleck trying to out-mumble each other.


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1st Dec 2014

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Trailer Park: Star Wars 7

The Millenium Falcon is looking pretty tasty in the new Star Wars trailer - and the X-Wings skimming accross that lake are not too shabby either. Less so the comedy rolling robot, or the lame attempt to top Darth Maul's lightsaber.

"It's as good as the Phantom Menace trailer looked" - CJ

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Wilco - What's Your 20?

Wilco have clocked up an impressive 20 years since their first gig in 1994, as The Black Shampoo. For their 20th anniversary, they are relased a retrospective best-of, plus a 4 disc set of rarities. Out in the UK on Dec 1st.

Epic timeline below.

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• May 1, 1994 - Uncle Tupelo performs its last show as a band at Mississippi Nights in St. Louis, MO.

• May 1994 - After Uncle Tupelo's split, Jeff Tweedy, Max Johnston, Ken Coomer and John Stirratt carry on as Wilco. Factoid #1: Before arriving at Wilco as the band's name, they considered calling themselves "National Dust."

• August 1994 - The sessions for what would become Wilco's debut album, A.M. begin with Brian Paulson as producer for Reprise Records. (Paulson handled similar duties for Uncle Tupelo's final album, Anodyne.) The Bottle Rockets' Brian Henneman, formerly a guitar tech for Uncle Tupelo, plays lead guitar on the album (and clinking bottles on "Casino Queen"). Jay Bennett joins the band after recording finishes.

• September 13, 1994 - The first released Wilco recording, a collaboration with Syd Straw on the Ernest Tubb song "The T.B. is Whipping Me," debuts on the benefit album Red, Hot + Country.

• November 17, 1994 - Performing as "Black Shampoo," Wilco make its live debut at Cicero's in St. Louis, MO.

• March 28, 1995 - Wilco releases A.M., touring extensively behind it.

• October 29, 1996 - The double-disc Being There is released. Bob Egan joins the band
during recording, while Max Johnston leaves afterwards.

• November 1997 - The band spends a week at Willie Nelson's Texas studio Pedenales
working on demos for songs that would eventually appear on Summerteeth.

• December 1997 - The band take occupancy of The Loft, the Chicago space that they
record and practice in to this day.

• January 1998 - Mermaid Avenue recording sessions begin in Dublin with
singer/songwriter Billy Bragg after a trial run in Chicago the month before. The album
brings to life previously unrecorded lyrics by Woody Guthrie.

• June 23, 1998 - Mermaid Avenue is released and eventually nominated for a GRAMMY
in the category of Best Contemporary Folk album. Bob Egan leaves the band and Leroy
Bach joins.

• March 9, 1999 - Summerteeth is released, taking another jump ahead of expectations.
More songs are recorded for eventual inclusion on Mermaid Avenue, Vol. 2.

• January 9, 2000 – The band’s last show at Lounge Ax, the late, great Chicago music
venue co-owned by Tweedy's wife Sue Miller Tweedy and Julia Adams.

• May 30, 2000 - Mermaid Avenue, Vol. 2 debuts, featuring new Guthrie songs from Wilco
as well as others by the band and Bragg that didn't make the first record.

• January 2001 - Coomer leaves the band not long before cameras begin rolling on Sam Jones' documentary about Yankee Hotel Foxtrot's recording. Glenn Kotche, who had begun working with Tweedy on side projects and live shows, joins.

• June/July 2001 - Yankee Hotel Foxtrot is turned in to Reprise Records and initially met with dismay and silence. Management begins a delicate back and forth with the label to extricate the band from its recording contract. The band eventually leaves Reprise with the album, no strings attached, to shop around elsewhere.

• July 4, 2001 – Wilco headlines WXPN’s Fourth of July concert in Chicago's Grant Park; unbeknownst to anyone at the time, this will be Jay Bennett’s last show with the band.

• August 16, 2001 - Jay Bennett leaves Wilco.

• September 10, 2001 - Scott McCaughey visits Chicago and enlists Wilco to back him up
on the latest album by his project The Minus 5. The album, titled Down With Wilco, is
released on Yep Roc Records on February 25, 2003.

• September 18, 2001 - Yankee Hotel Foxtrot begins streaming for free on Wilcoworld.net,
a practice the band also employs on future recordings. Tour plans are made featuring Tweedy, Stirratt, Kotche and Bach, re-configuring the band’s live performance in the wake of Bennett's departure.

• April 23, 2002 - Yankee Hotel Foxtrot arrives in stores via Nonesuch Records. The album goes on to be certified Gold (sales in excess of 500,000) by the RIAA and remains to this day the band’s best-selling album.

• July 26, 2002 – Sam Jones' documentary on the recording of Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, entitled I Am Trying to Break Your Heart, opens in select theaters. Also that year, Mikael Jorgensen begins working with the band, first in the capacity of sound mixer, later adding keyboardist to his duties.

• November 2003 - Work begins in New York City on A Ghost Is Born with producer Jim O'Rourke.

• January 28, 2004 - Leroy Bach's departure is announced.

• March 4, 2004 - Pat Sansone and Nels Cline join the band.

• April 2004 – Tweedy enters rehab to treat an addition to painkillers; A Ghost is Born
release is delayed.

• May 19, 2004 - The first live performance with the new lineup (which is now Tweedy,
Stirratt, Kotche, Jorgensen, Cline & Sansone) debuts at Otto's in Dekalb, IL. The lineup
remains current.

• June 15, 2004 - Greg Kot's bio on the band, Learning How To Die, hits bookstores.

• June 21, 2004 - A Ghost is Born is released. Factoid #2: Alternate title considered: Wilco
Happens.

• November 2, 2004 - The band releases The Wilco Book, capturing Wilco in pictorial, literary and musical form.

• December 31, 2004 – Wilco headlines Madison Square Garden, sharing a bill with Sleater-Kinney and The Flaming Lips. They close the show, in their pajamas, with a post- midnight covers-set including “Don’t Fear The Reaper.”

• February 13, 2005 – A Ghost is Born wins Best Alternative Music Album at the 47th Annual GRAMMY Awards.

• November 15, 2005 - Kicking Television: Live in Chicago, the band's first live album, is released, featuring tracks recorded over the course of four shows at Chicago’s Vic Theater.

• May 15, 2007 - The first studio album to feature Cline and Sansone, Sky Blue Sky, is released. It debuts at #4 on the Billboard charts and is nominated for a Best Rock Album GRAMMY.

• September 12, 2007 - Wilco performs first ticketed show at the Pritzker Pavilion in Chicago’s Millennium Park. The show is a benefit and raises more than $100,000 for the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless.

• February 15 – 20, 2008 - The band plays every song from every one of their albums over a five-night residency at the Riviera in Chicago.

• March 1, 2008 – Wilco performs “Walken’” and “Hate It Here” on Saturday Night Live. Ellen Page hosts.

• April 28, 2009 - Wilco: Live - Ashes of American Flags, a concert film from directors Christoph Green and Brendan Canty following the band from Tulsa, OK to Washington D.C. on their 2008 tour, is released on DVD.

• May 2009 - Former Wilco member Jay Bennett passes away at his home in Illinois. A statement from the band remembers Bennett as a "truly unique and gifted human being."

• June 30, 2009 - The band gets meta with the release of Wilco (The Album) and its lead single "Wilco (The Song)." Like Sky Blue Sky, Wilco (The Album) debuts at #4 on the Billboard charts. Wilco receives a GRAMMY nomination for Best Americana Album.

• July 2009 – Jeff Tweedy appears on the cover of SPIN magazine.

• January 29, 2010 – Wilco performs Buffalo Springfield’s “Broken Arrow” at MusiCares
2010 Person of the Year concert honoring Neil Young. SPIN calls the performance
“brilliant,” and one that “revealed a band in complete control of its capabilities.”

• August 13 – 15, 2010 - Wilco kicks off the inaugural Solid Sound Festival at the
Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art. The festival features band members' side
projects, as well as other artist-friends like Mavis Staples.

• January 2011 - The band announces the creation of its own label, dBpm Records after
their contract with Nonesuch ends. The label's first release is the Wilco single "I Might"

with a B-side cover of Nick Lowe's "I Love My Label," first released at Solid Sound
Festival. Factoid #3: dBpm had been kicked around as a possible album title for years.
• September 27, 2011 - The Whole Love, the band's debut album for its label dBpm
Records, hits the Billboard charts at #5 and receives a Grammy nomination for Best Rock
Album.

• November 23, 2011 – Rolling Stone names Nels Cline one of the 100 Greatest Guitarists
of all time.

• April 21, 2012 - Timed for Record Store Day and to commemorate Woody Guthrie's
100th birthday, Mermaid Avenue: The Complete Sessions, a vinyl box set (which includes the first two volumes, a third collecting unreleased songs, as well as a DVD of the documentary, Man In the Sand) is released. Mermaid Avenue, Vol. 3 is also released digitally.

• July 8, 2012 - Wilco plays largest headlining show (to date), performing to 15k+ fans at Chicagoland's Kane County Cougars 5/3 Bank Ballpark. The show coincides with the breaking of a Midwest heat wave that saw Chicagoans sweltering through multiple days of record-breaking temperatures exceeding 100-degrees.

• June 21, 2013 – Wilco plays an all-request covers set during the opening night of the 2013 Solid Sound Festival. Songs performed include Television’s “Marquee Moon,” Abba’s “Waterloo” and Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky.” Tommy Stintson joins for a cover of The Replacements “Color Me Impressed.”

• June 26, 2013 – Wilco joins Bob Dylan’s AmericanaramA tour. The band welcomes several guests to the stage throughout the tour including Government Mule’s Warren Haynes, Mott the Hoople’s Ian Hunter and The Band’s Garth Hudson.

• November 17, 2014 – Exactly twenty years to the day since Wilco’s first performance (as Black Shampoo) Nonesuch Records releases two Wilco collections: The first, Alpha Mike Foxtrot, a 4-CD, 4-LP/Digital box set amassing rare studio and live recordings from the band's archives, and the second, What's Your 20?, is a 2-CD/Digital compilation of essential tracks culled from the band's previously released studio recordings.

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Hummingbird

A low bodycount for Statham in this muddled macho-with-message effort from the Peaky Blinders guy.


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25th Nov 2014

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The Kings of Summer

Promising debut feature. Schizophrenic, with lots of nice touches, but not entirely successful.


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24th Nov 2014

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Shrimpomatic got a hot plate for her birthday. Medium rare for me please.

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24th Nov 2014

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Promo Promo: Pond - Elvis' Flaming Star

New album from Tame Impala cohorts Pond on the way in Jan - Man It Feels Like Space Again

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For Lovers Only

Inspiring arthouse pic from the Polish Brothers. Remarkably offhand et casual. A bit pretentious.


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20th Nov 2014

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Guardians of the Galaxy

Light-hearted sci-fi. Deftly handled, with a tone you rarely see these days.


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19th Nov 2014

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Unplanned 8am Wetherspoons stop. Surprisingly good, with bottomless coffee.

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18th Nov 2014

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Biff Tannen FAQ

@TomWIlsonUSA got so sick of questions about Biff Tannen that he wrote and FAQ and even a song to address these burning issues.


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Filmage: The Story of Descendents / All

Nostalgic doc that doesn't avoid the realities of being pop punk pioneers. @Descendents.


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15th Nov 2014

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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Diminishing returns for those damn dirty apes, with none of the humanity of ROTPOTA.


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13th Nov 2014

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RoboCop

Stylish, irony-free remake - lifeless and hampered mainly by the badass cult reputation of the source.


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13th Nov 2014

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Trailer Park: Filmage - The Story of Descendents/All

The @Descendents documentary is finally out - an all-time CSF favourite band since they roared onto my music radar in the Santa Cruz skate film Street of Fire in 1987 ...though even that was after Milo got back from college.

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Interstellar

Convoluted, drawn out sci-fi, short on drama. A couple of decent moments, but thoroughly uneven.


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7th Nov 2014

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Upmarket rock concert

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4th Nov 2014

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Nightcrawler

Electrifying modern thriller. Great script and a breakout turn from Donnie Darko. He's going to be big.


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4th Nov 2014

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Shoreditch from above.

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4th Nov 2014

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My dream bike ...in many ways.

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4th Nov 2014

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Totally overdone.

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28th Oct 2014

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Barcelona 1994.

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28th Oct 2014

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Inside Llewyn Davis

Artful, considered entry from the Coen Brothers. Stylish, but essentially pretty un-engaging.


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27th Oct 2014

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