on Thursday, October 23, 2014
'Serena' (UK Release: 24 Oct '14) // Words: Lauren Johnson-Ginn


Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper team up again in this atmospheric drama from director Susanne Bier, bringing their much-discussed on-screen chemistry to a sombre tale of cutthroat Depression-era industry and turbulent romance. Adapted from Ron Rash’s best-selling 2008 novel of the same name, 'Serena' follows the rise of George Pemberton’s (Bradley Cooper) North Carolina timber empire.
Words: Saam Das


Twin Graves got the year off to a strong start with the excellent post-punk-meets-synth-pop of 'Brothers' in January, a cut off their subsequent debut 'Walk In Circles' EP. They're back with a longing new track, 'Love You To Death', which is very kindly being given away as a free download.
on Wednesday, October 22, 2014
'Güeros' (UK Release: TBC) // Words: Lauren Johnson-Ginn


A pretentious black and white movie with no clear meaning? That’s the gist of an extremely meta comment directed at 'Güeros' by a protagonist in one of the film’s wry fourth-wall-poking moments – but it’s a comment that doesn’t accurately reflect the charm of this clever coming-of-age odyssey.
on Monday, October 20, 2014
Words: Saam Das


'Tender' (2013)


The Australian industrial town of Port Kembla isn't one that was likely to make a name outside its homeland, but with Lynette Wallworth's documentary 'Tender', it may well do that - thanks largely to its well-meaning community. Their primary focus becomes the desire to take hold of responsibility for local funeral services, which is sharpened when a member of their active group is diagnosed with a serious illness.
Words: Saam Das


Over the last couple of weeks, I've had the pleasure of attending the BFI London Film Festival 2014, which concluded last night with Brad Pitt-vehicle 'Fury'. Perhaps the best surprise of my festival came with an unannounced live acoustic performance following the UK premiere of Communion Records tour documentary, 'Austin To Boston' - featuring many of the artists involved. Watch Bear's Den combine with The Staves, Gil Landry, and India Bourne on the soaring 'Above The Clouds Of Pompeii' below.
on Sunday, October 19, 2014
Words: Saam Das


'Son Of A Gun' writer-director Julius Avery won a Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival for his 2008 'Jerrycan' short, as well as also picking up an AFI Award. Six years on and his feature directorial debut fulfils the promise of his previous efforts, delivering a deliciously entertaining and undoubtedly somewhat ludicrous heist thriller.

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