Monday, April 23, 2012

Sunday Driver @ Hoxton Hall

Friday 20th April saw the launch of Mutiny, the second album from fusion band Sunday Driver. The event took place at Hoxton Hall in East London and was a virtual sell out. Supporting Sunday Driver were She Makes War featuring the Olympians, as part of their UK tour for their recent Little Battles album launch.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Cabin the the Woods - review

It's taken a while and, for some of us, The Cabin In The Woods looked like it would never be finished or face the light of day. I was lucky enough to get to the VIP showing in London and on Friday 13th, the film finally went on public release.

So what's all the fuss about? Plenty. Let's start with a writing and directing team of Joss Whedon (Buffy, Angel, Firefly, Dollhouse) and Drew Goddard (Buffy, Angel, Alias, Lost). Both are credited with writing this but only Goddard gets a credit for directing.

The basic plot is: Five friends go for a break at a remote cabin in the woods, where they get more than they bargained for. Together, they must discover the truth behind the cabin in the woods.

Yup, it sounds like your standard bunch of clowns go off to the woods in order to die. Their sacrifice is not in vain as we, the watching public, are there to enjoy the suffering and way that they are going to die.

That said, the expectation of anything written by this partnership is for something a little quirky, off the wall and this film is no different. It has some interesting moment, some cool twists and turns, some fantastic make-up and a lot of moments where you can't help but laugh out loud. I think I laughed more than I jumped at this film but that didn't detract from the quality of the film.

This is as much black comedy as horror satire and is typical of the way the Whedon likes to poke fun at those who take him too seriously.

Would I go and see it again? Yes. Should you go and see it? Very much so as long as you don't expect this to be a pure horror film.

So how did it rate?

Plot : 6/10
Special Effects : 8/10
Script : 7/10
Twists and turns: 8/10
Overall rating : 7.5/10


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Saturday, April 14, 2012

She Makes War - Album Launch Gig

It's been a while since I went to a gig by a band I didn't know and even longer since I stepped outside of my normal musical comfort zone. Recently I've been too focused on my existing music, new progressive rock and classical music. Somehow a tweet from @warriorgrrl (Laura) ended up on my twitter feed over the Easter weekend so I went and purchased her new album, Little Battles.

Oh Dear, Virgin Media Business

One of the reasons for paying for a business level Internet service is the SLA. There are other benefits like lower contention but for me, it's knowing that when it goes wrong, I can expect it to be fixed.

When my Virgin Media Business link went out over the Easter weekend, I thought "no problems. 24/7 support and a 24 hour fix time." Unfortunately, it didn't turn out quite as expected.