Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Film: Baby Driver


Edgar Wright has become one of my favourite directors. I loved the Cornetto Trilogy and despite a lot of negative reviews I thought Scott Pilgrim was superb. This is a film that Edgar has wanted to make for 20 years, you need to look at his video for Mint Royale's "Blue Song" which features a get away driver singing along to a song, and this was back in 2011.

Anyway the film is best described as a musical action film with one of the guys from Divergent playing Baby, the get away driver doing a number of jobs to repay a debt to Kevin Spacey. The action is superb with hardly any CGI and it's a credit to the vision and editing prowess that the film is synchronised to an incredible soundtrack that plays through most of the film. Baby is sort of autistic and is always listening to his iphone.  

A film that deserves more than a single viewing.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Film: 80s Summer Camp Slash-a-thon @ Prince Charles Cinema

The wonderful guys at Arrow Video got to host an all-nighter of 80's slasher movies. We got 5 films, none of which I'd seen before. 

The Burning is a rival to Friday 13th and has a very similar story with a murder loving creature killing teenagers in a summer camp. Instead of Jason who Cropsy, the camp janitor who we seen burned in an accident at the start of the film. It launched the career of the Weinsteins; this was their first film and it apparently did really well in Japan.

I liked this one, it was a suitable cheesy start to the evening.

Madman was originally going to be a version of the Cropsy tale until The Burning came out at which point it was rewritten to have an old woodsman attacking the camp counsellors. This one was cheesier with some really hammy accent that had us in stitches but there was plenty of graphic violence too.

This was the most entertaining film of the night by a long way.

Blood Rage was a convoluted tale of twin brothers; one living a normal existence and the other committed to an asylum after a killing spree as a child. He escapes and visits his brother to kill more. The acting from their mother was atrocious and spoiled the film.

This one was the most complex.

The Mutilator tells the tale of a college kid who is asked to house-sit his father's apartment and takes some of his friends along for a party, but there's a killer on the loose. This one was OK, much better than the previous. 

The Slayer was a really tough film to get through. It was too slow for a film showing at this time in the morning.

So, an enjoyable night and a chance to see new films, which is always good.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Show: Cirque du Soleil Tracker

Just a way to track the shows I've seen and have yet to reach.
These are the current active shows. I've seen some others that have been discontinued (Alegria, Dralion, Immortal, Quidam, Saltimbanco, Zed and Zarkana)

This one I've seen twice. It was "Believe" in 2013 and "Mindfreak" in 2016.

This one is a commission for a theme park in France and is the end of day water-themed show. 
Theme Parks and Cirque? How have I missed this one?
(I'm hoping to get it this summer)
2017 update: Cirque no longer have this on their site but the park still advertise it on theirs.

This one is new for 2017 and looks to bring Cirque to Ice Rinks. It's currently touring the US.

This one has just started its run.

Yay, this is coming to London in 2018 and I have my tickets!

I saw this one in 2016

This is a bit of an obscure one. It's part of the World's Fair in Astana, Kazakhstan.
and I did see it when I was there.

This was announced in Brooklyn whilst I was on holiday in Manhattan 2016 so I added it.

New for 2017 is this one that is only touring Canada so far.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Gig: Avalanches @ The Forum

Avalanches were a band that I thought would be destined for great things on the back of their first album "Since I Left You" back in 2000, which was an incredible hip hop, mashup scratch piece of art. However they went quiet and probably split up. They reappeared in 2016 with a revised line up and released a second album "Wildflower" which is nowhere near as good but still interesting. Around the same time they did an Essential Mix which is one of the craziest displays of crate digging for samples I've ever come across. 

The band is now touring with musicians and a couple of rappers; Spank Rock and Eliza Wolfgramm who appeared to be voicing the samples, which was a little odd but it worked. 

The show had a great energy and the visuals were excellent despite having taken the record for most trademark infringements per minute. I went in sceptical but I was taken in and had a great time...and hearing the standout tracks from the first album "Frontier Psychiatrist" and "Since I Left You" was enough of a reason to have gone along.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Film: The Mummy

The first film in Universal's "Dark Universal", their attempt to create an MCU style collection of films using their old horror characters. This one introduces The Mummy with a cameo from Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.

Tom Cruise kills his best mate and is stalked by a tattooed goth chick who takes a fancy to him. He doesn't fancy her, deciding instead to prefer a blonde woman with no tattoos that he threw out a plane earlier in the film. Russel Crowe is shoe-horned into the film terribly. The only positive is that there are some good zombie fights and the cgi doesn't give us anything as terrible as The Rock Scorpion King.
The Brendan Fraser / Rachel Weisz were tongue in cheek and enjoyable. This tried too hard and failed. I doubt we'll see a sequel.

Fair: The Hoppings

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