2011 January



Nothing wild about Wild Nothing

31st January 2011

Wild Nothing, Arches; 9/11/10 I love going to gigs, don’t get me wrong. But the one thing I hate when reviewing live music is that tense moment beforehand. You say your name at the door, and the girl (who, incidentally, always seems to be, in the immortal words of Kimya Dawson, the ‘skinny pretty girl ...


The Ward (dir. John Carpenter)

31st January 2011

Josh Slater-Williams Once upon a time, a filmmaker named John Carpenter directed a string of creative entries in the horror, sci-fi and action genres. Some of these proved to be highly influential (Halloween, The Thing, Assault on Precinct 13), while many have at least gained a notable cult status (Escape from New York, Big Trouble ...


Avey Tare – Down There

31st January 2011

Avey Tare – Down There (Paw Tracks) Down There is weird. There’s no other way of putting it. An assortment of voices take it in turns to hum and murmur, drifting in and out from behind dampened drum beats and an unlikely assortment of electronic rumbles and gurgles. But then again, would you expect anything ...


A Braid Of Voices

31st January 2011

Boy & Bear, Captain’s Rest, 2/12/10 Hailing from Sydney, Australia, Boy & Bear are a five piece outfit that are taking the burgeoning indie-folk pocket by storm. They have been lavished with critical acclaim since early 2009 but have also put up with being dubbed, rather glibly, as musical copycats, most notably of indie-folk royalty ...


Black Swan (dir. Darren Aronofsky)

31st January 2011

Rosa Downing looks at whether Darren Aronosky's latest foray into mainstream cinema is something to make a song and dance about....


The Cinema-Trip and Film as an Experience

31st January 2011

With a trip to the cinema costing upwards of a fiver these days, is the experience of sitting in a dark room with noisy, chatty, mobile-phone-using strangers still worth it? Sean Greenhorn investigates....


French Cinema: Parlez-Vous Anglais?

31st January 2011

Emma Ainley-Walker takes her pick of French cinema's rich, and often unsual, history....


Kanye Dig It?

31st January 2011

Kanye West is never far from controversy. If he isn’t speculating that “George Bush doesn’t care about black people”, it’s probably because he’s busy accusing MTV of institutional racism. It’s flavoured opinions such as these that have cast him as a divisive figure in the world of pop music, and there’s no shortage of evidence ...


Russian Cinema: From Eisenstein to Sokurov

31st January 2011

Mateusz Zatonski takes us through the history of Russian Cinema, from Eisentein's hugely influential Battleship Potemkin, through Tarkovsky, up to Bekmambetov, Sokurov and the Russian New Wave....


Spanish Cinema: A Brief History

31st January 2011

Max Horberry explores contemporary Spanish Cinema, and interviews leading Spanish film-buff Lluís Bonet on his opinion of the film industry in Spain....