Choose life…

Choose life…

"What is the worst film you have ever seen?" If someone were to ask me for the best film I have ever seen it would take me a long time to find a definitive answer. It could be Talebi's masterpiece "Willow and Wind" with its high drama wrung from the most mundane of incidents...it could [...]

Well Well – Nigel Thomas

A piano plays in an empty room. Shimmering shadows. Then a mass, a mess, of drums and harmonica. Delta blues from the Home Counties. Southern comforts. This is the opening to "Well Well", the new album from Nigel Thomas who sings and writes songs; like Gerry Cinnamon or Ed Sheeran but, you know, good. The [...]

Amazing Grace

Amazing Grace

"I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You)", "Respect", "Baby I Love You", ""Chain of Fools", ""Since You've Been Gone", "Think", "Share Your Love With Me", "Call Me", "Don't Play That Song", "Bridge Over Troubled Water", "Spanish Harlem" and "Day Dreaming" had all been number one singles for Aretha Franklin between 1967 and [...]

In Fabric

In Fabric

"You who wear me, will know me." Peter Strickland isn't really a film director. At least not if the extent of your cinema going is "Fast and the Furious 36" or "Star Wars - The Phantom Jedi Menace". That sounds a bit snooty? Good. What Strickland does is use cinema to create art. High art. [...]

Maybe, Definitely

Maybe, Definitely

I had just turned twenty-one. I was a student. I was convinced that what had started as a couple of great albums by blur and Suede was now a full blown cultural phenomenom on a par with the Mods in the sixties. I was entering the second year of my degree course at the “University” [...]

From the wreck and the rubble…

There are none so blind as those who will not see. The creative worth of Morrissey since 2004's "You Are The Quarry" has been, increasingly, worth less...and less...and less.  Only the most ardent of his disciples could argue that point and argue it they will, hailing every whimper or belch that he releases as further [...]