Best of 2017, crime, directors, Movies, Musicals, Reviews, thriller

Edgar Wright’s Baby Driver is pedal-to-the-metal, high velocity entertainment

Fresh from viewing just this morning – so excuse the typos I know are going to be in there – here is my review of Edgar Wright’s glorious new thriller Baby Driver. Strap in. Continue reading

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Review – London Road

As a prospect for an evening at the movies director Rufus Norris and writer Alecky Blythe’s film London Road is (at least superficially) about as hard a sell as is imaginable.

Beginning around Christmas 2006, the film looks at the effect of a series of murders and the media furore they provoke upon a working class community in Ipswich. When the film begins, the city is now in a state of near lockdown as the killer is at large. The victims were prostitutes who had been plying their trade around a residential street called London Road to the widespread dismay of those dwelling there. The subsequent arrest of a suspect from the street brings a major police investigation and an unprecedented level of press attention.  Continue reading

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Hidden treasures – Forbidden Zone

Let’s not pussy foot around, this early eighties cult musical is likely to drive most of you up the wall faster than a cat punted by a star quarterback. Made over three years by Richard Elfman primarily as a record of the cabaret performances of his musical cabaret troupe The Mystical Knights of the Oingo Boingo, Forbidden Zone evolved into a demented comedy musical. The film’s influences are many and varied including Alice in Wonderland, The Wizard of Oz, German expressionism, Betty Boop cartoons and underground 60s comix. Continue reading