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The Survivalist (18) | Review

Never has a line graph been so dramatic as in the title sequence of The Survivalist. The two crawling worm-lines plot the rates of oil production and world population. The red and blue lines soar through the industrial revolution into modern times. However, as time references fall away and as the growth seems to endlessly boom, the ominous tension takes its first grip upon the audience. Suddenly both lines plummet and plummet, and plummet.

Direction of Travel Album Review, She Makes War

She Makes War finds peace during Direction of Travel The album artwork for She Makes War’s third album is like a blend of Howl’s Moving Castle, a floating iceberg and mini-city set against a stormy sky. There is a lighthouse, a wooden flight deck and the prow of a Viking ship. These are all super cool things that hint at the richly dramatic layers to discover beneath this cover. Direction of Travel is dark musically and lyrically, but is undoubtedly triumphant. In the same way a phoenix must g
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Exposed (15)| Review

Lots of things are exposed in this film. Unfortunately, none of them are in the investigative sense, where hard truths and realistic drama create a riveting whole. Instead, we learn (or are reminded) that Keanu Reeves is not a good actor, just a famous man in front of a camera. There are plot holes, whole hours of boredom laced with confusion and as it turns out, a decent indie film hiding behind the bastardised version in cinemas. Read on to hear the positives, they are important but must be le
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Janis: Little Girl Blue (15) | Review

The ‘27 Club’ has received a slew of biopic attention over the last few years. Amy, Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck and even the dramatisation of Hendrix in Jimi: All Is by My Side starring the musician Andre 3000 have illustrated meteoric, yet short careers and the tragedy and legacy of these artists’ early deaths. For fans they are a chance to get closely reacquainted with those who have departed; for interested outsiders, a chance to learn anew. Janis: Little Girl Blue creates the same opportuni

Emmy The Great Interview, Second Love

Second Love was like a carrot according to Emmy The Great Via the wonders of Skype and the multitasking abilities of Emma-Lee Moss, DrunkenWerewolf is delighted to bring news and thoughts on the latest Emmy The Great album, Second Love. While this interviewer is busy dealing with the prospect of interviewing an artist who does a fair share of interviewing herself, said artist is in a cafe in Brooklyn, preparing for an upcoming gig in Portland. She's being a proper person, getting some life admi

Curve of the Earth review, Mystery Jets - Drunkenwerewolf

The celestially terrestrial Mystery Jets ponder the Curve of the Earth True to their name, Mystery Jets’ 5th standalone album is full of the grand and the grounded, the universal and the personal. Influenced by Dark Side of the Moon, Curve of the Earth is actually their most honest, stripped release to date. Relax everyone, the Jets are back and they’re giving you a comfortable pair of old shoes to help slip you back into love with them. It all goes back to the songwriting. In a technique they

The Neighbourhood live review, Roundhouse - 'A big, but underwhelming, show' | Gigwise

As The Neighbourhood emerge to the electric grind of ‘Ferrari’, frontman Jesse Rutherford is sporting a persil-fresh white suit, complete with flared trousers that would make Travolta blush. Despite the yellow Ferrari to which the song refers, the stage was absent of colour. In a tiring trend, Rutherford and Co’s insistent on a monotone existence extends past TV crews and photographers onto their live shows. Minimal lighting effects are limited to varying white lights and strobe effects. The d
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The 405 meets 3RDEYEGIRL

As I read over my notes on a table which overlooked Greek Street on a rather lovely mid-September Monday, I noticed the snail swirls on the immaculate carpets that cover London's oldest French restaurant. Wow, I think, the lengths they have gone to in order to tailor the decor is remarkable. It turned out I hadn't seen anything yet. Far from Monday blues, things were about to get purple. Someone must have planned ahead for this interview with Prince's ensemble known as the artists currently kno
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Know-It-All Alessia Cara is aware of possible detractors

The opening volley from BBC Sound of 2016 runner-up Alessia Cara ’s debut album appropriately reminds us of her young age, as the 19-year old writes about being two years younger at “Seventeen” and wondering why you are at a party with people you don’t like, listening to music you’d never play… For an artist quickly rising to fame as a viral sensation (she cites Ed Sheeran as an influence, Ed Sheeran, who released his first album in 2011) she can still be seen on YouTube as a 15-year-old coveri
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Take Me To Church: Frances live in London

Living in the liminal space between highly successful EPs and a debut album due in the Summer/Autumn of 2016, Frances maintains her momentum with a performance at London's Union Chapel tonight (18 February) that explains why she has received so much attention, whets the appetite with new material and gives a taste of what to expect on the album she is currently writing and recording. Her engaging interaction with her 800-strong disciples in Islington belies the fact she is the only person on st
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Grandma (15) | Review

Lily Tomlin quests like a 21Century Odysseus as she attempts to scrape together $630 with her granddaughter to fund an abortion. They are both broke and the trip around town to visit figures from Tomlin’s past create the backbone of this complex but neatly packaged road trip movie. It’s a journey of feminist discovery (both for the academically-versed grandmother and her uninitiated granddaughter), inter-generational bonding, humour and liberation. The unlikely heroine just happens to be...
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Miss Hokusai (12A) | Review

This artful portrayal of the life of one of Japan’s unsung creative heroines has problems with form matching content. As this is not a biopic, more of a family drama, the hope would be that a compelling narrative would have the capacity to convey within it the important cultural and artistic weight of these historical figures. While there are touching moments, the areas of the film focusing on the Edo period artistic scene do not melt seamlessly into the storyline.
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