Guardians Of The Galaxy - Film Review

Guardians Of The Galaxy - Film Review

It's immediately clear that Guardians Of The Galaxy isn't a typical Marvel superhero story. The film opens with an alien abduction set to the brilliantly unlikely strains of 10cc’s 'I’m Not In Love'. It doesn't stop there – the soundtrack...

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Mood Indigo - Film Review

Mood Indigo - Film Review

“Let’s see who can be the most normal!” squeaks Audrey Tautou in Mood Indigo , every bit as mawkish and elfin as she was in Amélie back in 2001. She’s playing a game with her new hubby (Romain Duris), but it’s surely doomed to fail:...

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20 Tracks You Need To Hear This Week (30/7/2014)

20 Tracks You Need To Hear This Week (30/7/2014)

Foxygen - How Can You Really Foxygen have been busy since January 2013’s ‘…21st Century Ambassadors Of Peace & Magic’ album. In March they cancelled a tour to “preserve their creative health”. Later, back on tour, frontman Sam...

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Northwest - Film Review

Northwest - Film Review

The Scandinavian crime wave continues to invade our screens... Taking its title from an impoverished neighbourhood in Copenhagen Michael Noer's film is a dark rites of passage tale following two teenaged brothers on the Danish capital's mean...

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Hercules - Film Review

Hercules - Film Review

Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson is the demigod warrior Hercules in a swords and sandals action fest from director Brett Ratner ( X Men: The Last Stand ) that revels in ridiculousness. Bending its epic source material - to create a Rambo of the ancient...

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Land Observations - 'The Grand Tour'

Land Observations - 'The Grand Tour'

In the 18th and 19th centuries, well-to-do young men would often embark on the Grand Tour, an educational, leisurely journey through Europe’s centres of art and culture. On ‘The Grand Tour’, Land Observations’ James Brooks – formerly of...

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The Muffs - 'Whoop Dee Doo'

The Muffs - 'Whoop Dee Doo'

Excepting the members of LA garage-punk trio The Muffs, whose last album was released in 2004, there are two types of people in the world: those who assumed them dead and buried, and those who never knew they existed to start with. Despite...

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Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens - 'Cold World'

Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens - 'Cold World'

Brooklyn label Daptone specialises in recapturing the spirit of retro soul and funk records. It's latest release, Naomi Shelton & the Gospel Queens' second album ‘Cold World’, could be mistaken for a set excavated from late-’60s Memphis....

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Cats On Trees - 'Cats On Trees'

Cats On Trees - 'Cats On Trees'

Like a sleepier alternative to Niki & The Dove, Euro-pop duo Cats On Trees deliver dreamy chansons to match their whimsical name. Pianist/vocalist Nina Goern and beats man Yohan Hennequin provoked an outpouring of affection (and single-buying) in...

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Soft Walls - 'No Time'

Soft Walls - 'No Time'

The fear that reaching adulthood might bring about the end of all your youthful dreams is part of the human condition. Dan Reeves is racing through his twenties, putting as many records out – with his solo project Soft Walls, as a member of...

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