Review: Tankus the Henge at Passing Clouds

Tankus the Henge are a rambunctious explosion of sound, a chaotic cyclone of influences ripping through the backstreets of New Orleans, Argentine tango halls and gypsy caravans of Eastern Europe. Led by the gravelly vocals and flashy showmanship of their manic frontman Jaz Delorean, frantically juggling an accordion and steaming keyboard, this five-piece carnival of […]

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Review: Immortal Technique – The Martyr (2011)

Immortal Technique, stage name of Peruvian born Felipe Andres Coronel, released his new album “The Martyr”, completely free to download yesterday. Needless to say, I have had it on loop since last night and my immediate impression of it is that it is a work of incredible commitment by a workaholic independent MC who was […]

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Why Toy Story 3 is evil

Toy Story 3 is many things: heartwarming, tragic, nuanced, beautiful, and, if you stop to think about it, really quite disturbing. Not just because of all the dark ‘adult’ themes that so many critics have picked up on, but also because of the message. And yes, to forestall the chorus of objection that I’m sure […]

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Review: The Fear Factory

When I received my review copy of Spirit Level Film’s latest documentary, The Fear Factory, through my letterbox a few days ago, I had little idea what to expect. A few seconds in, as the ominous music begins to play and the image of a foetus looms into view accompanied by the voiceover telling us […]

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Review: Hannah Patterson – Much

A review of Hannah Patterson’s Much at the Cock Tavern Theatre Here’s what happens after Helen, tells her ex-boyfriend Tom, who’s still in love with her, that’s she about to get married to someone else: in fact she’s going to get married to Tom’s dad, Roy. Helen: Are you mad? Tom: Mad? Helen: With me? […]

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Review: Alex Murdoch – Pub Rock

Laura, 25, from Wandsworth, 5‘4’’, slender, employed in media, off mysinglefriend.com pre-date-dumped me. ‘How about changing coffee to alcohol?’ she wrote four days before the show. ‘I think it will help. Both of us.’ Well it took me a couple of days to get back to her. ‘7pm at Hammersmith?’ I asked, and waited for […]

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Review: Rex Obano – Slaves

At the interval Mental Flatmate was a bit glum. ‘There’s not enough grime,’ he complained. ‘Prison’s all about knives and gangs, you know?’ He paused and stared silently at his beer for a full minute. ‘They haven’t got enough hate.’ Mental Flatmate reads the Daily Mail and gets intimidated by the school kids who hang […]

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Review: We Live in Public

Like Starsuckers, reviewed last week, Ondi Timoner’s We Live in Public is a confused film. It’s a documentary about ‘the most brilliant dot.com millionaire you’ve never heard of’ [actually that would probably be all of them] ― a chap called Josh Harris. Not that even if you had heard of him, you’d necessarily have recognised […]

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Review: Starsuckers

‘Starsuckers’ is the new documentary film by Chris Atkins, (Director of the Blair-baiting polemic ‘Taking Liberties’) which created a bit of a stir at the London Film Festival both by preleasing clips of tabloid journalists offering cash for trash stories about celeb boob-jobs, whilst being simultaneously sued by Max Clifford. The Guardian particularly loved the […]

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A Pointless Pointless Play

I must start with a sincere apology on behalf of what follows: indeed, when it comes to offering up reviews of the weekend’s events, I would appear that my style is more akin to that of Mark Lawrenson than Mark Lawson.   None the less, I thought I would try my hand at some theatre reviewing, […]

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