DVD REVIEW: THE SIMPSONS – THE SEVENTEENTH SEASON

THE SIMPSONS: SEASON 21

 

The Simpsons is one great but frustrating TV show. The animated series about our favourite dysfunctional family and the other characters that inhabit Springfield is now in its 26th series. The DVD releases are a little delayed with season 17 (which aired in 2005) only just being released. In the style of the more recent series, this season contains some laughs, some dud episodes and the occasional feeling that perhaps all of the best ideas have already been done.

The 22-episode series isn’t without highlights. It actually won an Emmy for the episode, The Seemingly Neverending Story. This was a clever episode boasting a tale in a story in a narrative. There was also The Last of the Red Hat Mammas, which seemed like a nostalgic take on a plotline from The Simpsons of yesteryear.

But then there was also some inevitable and predictable plots where Homer and Marge have marital troubles (The Bonfire of the Manatees, Regarding Margie and Marge and Homer Turn A Couple Play), a tedious Treehouse of Horror (XVI), and an average Sideshow Bob episode (The Italian Bob). There were three story trilogies like The Wettest Stories Ever Told and Simpsons Christmas Stories and some ridiculous premises like Grandpa Simpson becoming a bullfighter and Homer becoming a safety salamander who also wanted to try to run for mayor, among things.

This series did feature two good parodies with My Fair Laddy seeing Groundskeeper Willie adopting the role of Eliza Doolittle and The Simpsons starring in their own version of The Poseidon Adventure. This season also saw a solid episode written and voiced by Ricky Gervais (The Office) which poked fun at Wife Swap. In all, it seems like this series was rather inconsistent because it was sometimes good while at other points (like The Bonfire of The Manatees) it was dull or at its worst (see the bullfighter and salamander) where it was just plain silly.

This series is one of the last ones to have been shot prior to the arrival of HD. It also features an impressive list of guest stars including: Alec Baldwin, Dennis Rodman, Michael York, William H. Macy, Smokin’ Joe Frazier, Susan Sarandon, Frances McDormand, Melanie Griffith, Mandy Moore and others.

The special features are also a great bonus. Almost every episode features deleted scenes and audio commentaries. There is a bonus episode about genetically modified food, a collection of the best blackboard and couch gags, bonus featurettes, a live script read and an introduction from creator, Matt Groening.

Season 17 is a four disc DVD set that is another reasonable addition to the collections of hard-core and completist Simpsons fans. But for those people whose interest began to wane after season 12, these later episodes just aren’t for you. Because while the series has some good moments, there are other points where the episodes can be lacklustre or stupid.

 

Originally published on 29 December 2014 at the following website: http://iris.theaureview.com/2014/12/29/tv-dvd-review-the-simpsons-the-complete-seventeenth-season-usa-2014/

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BOOK REVIEW: JODI PICOULT – LEAVING TIME

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Leaving Time is the 22nd novel from best-selling author, Jodi Picoult. It also doesn’t waste a moment in hooking you into the story. The book is a suspenseful mystery told from the perspectives of four different characters and is a well-crafted and clever look at grief, loss, love and friendship that occasionally requires a suspension of disbelief.

The story is predominantly about a determined 13-year-old named Jenna. When she was three her mother Alice went missing in mysterious circumstances after a tragic accident at the elephant sanctuary Jenna’s father owned. Alice was a devoted parent and wife and acclaimed scientist and Jenna finds it hard to reconcile all of this information. She cannot understand why her mother would abandon her, so she enlists the help of a failed TV psychic named Serenity and a grizzled private investigator and former detective named Virgil to find out what really happened.

The narrative bounces around though space and time as these relatable characters describe various events from their own perspectives. The other major plotline comes courtesy of Alice and her journals as she describes her history (working in Africa) and her work with elephants at the sanctuary. The discussion about the elephants makes for an interesting metaphor and these informative stories are often based on real elephants that are housed at an Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee.

The biggest problem with Alice’s chapters however is that they are often too clinical, academic and difficult to read. These ones really only get exciting at the end as the circumstances surrounding that fateful night are finally revealed. The rest of the chapters are much more gripping as Picoult writes quite lyrical prose and rich descriptions of events and scenes that hook the reader in.

Jodi Picoult excels at threading together the different story lines and fashioning these into a well-crafted and accessible novel. She skilfully reveals things layer by layer and even throws in some twists to retain your interest. Ultimately, these important elements combine to make one detailed puzzle. It means that the final resolution is unexpected (and for some readers this may even be a little dissatisfying).

In Leaving Time, Picoult expertly shines a light on the terrible plight suffered by some elephants in the world. She also makes us feel a great deal of empathy for some tortured individuals. Many readers may be pleased to know that there are two novellas that serve as prequels to this story which focus on Serenity and Alice’s earlier lives. As such, Leaving Time is a book you can really get into and finish quickly as you sit on the edge of your seat waiting to know what actually happened. In sum, this is one engrossing and emotional ride that will fire your neurons and warm your heart almost simultaneously.

 

Originally published on 29 December 2014 at the following website: http://www.theaureview.com/arts/books/book-review-jodi-picoults-leaving-time-2014

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DVD REVIEW: THE SIXTIES

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If you remember the sixties, you weren’t there. But this is no longer a problem thanks to the 10-part documentary series, The Sixties. The program is an informative and in-depth account of a formative and tumultuous decade, especially for America (and it is from this slant and perspective that this TV series is told).

The series is from Emmy Award-winning producers, Tom Hanks, Gary Goetzman and Mark Herzog. It draws together vintage newsreels, sound bites and clips along with recent interviews with historians, journalists, celebrities and other key players who experienced the events first-hand. The Sixties can be quite nostalgic and in the case of the Television Comes of Age episode – which features Hanks, Sally Field, Petula Clark, Carol Burnett and Vince Gilligan (Breaking Bad) – the participants often overstate the event (because it’s arguable that the medium had actually come of age in the previous decade).

The episodes are all 45 minutes in length with the exception of The Assassination of President Kennedy and A Long March to Freedom instalments. The former is a bit too long as it describes the murder of John F. Kennedy in depth and attributes it all to Lee Harvey Oswald, which may cause controversy with some viewers. The latter episode, however, is engrossing viewing about the civil rights movement. It details the work of Dr. Martin Luther King and other activists from the sit-ins to the freedom rides and marches and also includes interviews with important figures like John Lewis and Diane Nash.

Two episodes focus heavily on the music from the period. There’s The British Invasion which discusses The Beatles’ appearance on Ed Sullivan and this is put into context by American artists like Micky Dolenz, Michelle Phillips and Smokey Robinson. Three musicians from some bands that followed in The Fab Four’s footsteps also feature, including: Eric Burdon, Graham Nash and Dave Clarke. The other episode, Sex, Drugs & Rock ‘n’ Roll starts with the beat generation and goes on to describe the free-love, hippies and love-ins in Haight-Ashbury through to the Monterey and Woodstock festivals.

The other episodes of The Sixties feature academic examination of the war in Vietnam, the protests of the period (including the anti-war sentiment), the assassinations of 1968, man landing on the moon and the threat of nuclear war between the U.S. and the Soviets. The Sixties is ultimately an interesting and insightful documentary that is ambitious in its approach, as it covers many different facets from this influential period from the polarising presidents to riots, war, assassinations, free love, the space race and new developments in music and culture.

This series jumps around a bit through space of time and its view of the decade may be at times verging on mythologising or an overly rosy view. But it is still an engaging and informative story that is worthy of being told and viewed. And if nothing else, this production paves the way for the filmmakers to set their sights and cameras on other pivotal points or decades in history.

 

Originally published on 22 December 2014 at the following website: http://iris.theaureview.com/2014/12/22/dvd-review-the-sixties-usa-2013/

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BOOK REVIEW: BEN LERNER – 10:04

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10:04 is Ben Lerner’s second novel, which is named after that important scene in Back to The Future. The book looks at the idea of time travel but it is only insofar as a lot of semi-autobiographical stories are told in a non-linear and circular way. In sum, 10:04 is the equivalent of peering through the looking glass at its author, Ben Lerner’s life.

This novel is a strange and arty one. It is a first-person narrative that is delivered by a writer who is also named Ben. The lead character is a self-deprecating, wistful and melancholy guy who tends to be quite thoughtful and spends lots of time ruminating on things. This interior dialogue is well-written as Lerner is adept at wordplay and he writes artistic sentences. But at times things are too intellectual and complex for regular readers to really get into.

The story begins with the author Ben having just received a large advance to write a book. This was purely off the back of a successful short story (this is published here in a single chapter and it is one of Lerner’s that first appeared in The New Yorker). Ben decides to use part of his advance to help his childless friend conceive through in-vitro fertilisation. Ben is also going to act as the sperm donor and he grapples with the idea of impending fatherhood. This is generally dealt with through lots of angst, but this may in part be due to the fact that he has also recently been diagnosed with a life-threatening condition.

There are moments where Lerner is quietly funny. But 10:04’s biggest downfall is that the plot is rather weak and the supporting characters are often not explored in much detail. This means that individuals are often introduced, swiftly utilised and then not heard of again, which can make it difficult to relate to or to fully immerse yourself in the proceedings.10:04 also includes a story that Lerner wrote with a young boy about dinosaurs. This is an example of how too many musings and unrelated items are thrown together to make an incoherent, uneven novel. It feels like Lerner wanted to string together as many personal events as possible, regardless of whether they appeared to have anything in common (besides himself).

Ben Lerner is a talented, young writer and poet who is clever and thoughtful but 10:04 is ultimately one very difficult read. While it is interesting to hear him draw upon his personal experiences and have a romp through New York City, the stream-of-conscious style prose often feels too underdeveloped. But despite some issues with this novel, Lerner is an author to keep an eye out for because his writing will probably be like the kind of wine that improves with age.

 

Originally published on 19 December 2014 at the following website: http://www.theaureview.com/arts/books/book-review-1004-ben-lerner

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FILM REVIEW: THE MAKING OF BOYHOOD

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The Making of Boyhood is a ten-minute feature about the film of the same name that was written, produced and directed by Richard Linklater (Dazed & Confused, School of Rock). Boyhood is a film that was 12 years in the making and is partly fictional and partly autobiographical. It’s also one that could be renamed “Motherhood”, “Fatherhood” or “Girlhood”, as it also chronicles the changes that occur to members of the boy’s family.

The feature sees the film’s lead actress, Patricia Arquette (who plays the boy’s mother while Ethan Hawke plays the father) interview Linklater who explains his motivations for making this film. He explains why he chose Ellar Coltrane to play Mason, the lead character from ages 6 to 18. There are also old interviews and new ones with Coltrane which show him evolve from an engaging and clever child to a thoughtful, young adult. These interviews are also accompanied by clips from the film.

The Making of Boyhood is another interesting facet of this intriguing tale. It offers insights into the film’s production, including the decisions that were made. The latter includes which of life’s big moments (and in-between points) were used for scenes and how Coltrane went on to become collaborator in the film. The fans of this movie will enjoy this feature as it’s an additional puzzle piece in telling the overall, boyhood story.

Originally published on 19 December 2014 at the following website: http://iris.theaureview.com/2014/12/19/film-review-the-making-of-boyhood-usa-2014/

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INTERVIEW: JAMES RANDI

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Despite having apparently retired from the magical game for a number of years, James Randi was keen to showcase an audience a few tricks at his recent Sydney appearance. He also espoused some thoughts on being a skeptic and theories behind clear, rational thinking for what he says is his last time in Australia. He gave a bit of time to us at The Au Review to answer some questions on his ideas.

How did you get involved in the field of investigation and debunking false claims?

As a magician I know how the so called psychics do their tricks, their routines, their various methods of deceiving the public, and that expertise led to questions from people very frequently following these performances. They’d come over and say ‘but the fellow who’s on television right now, certainly he wouldn’t be a fake would he?’

I would try and explain to them how it was done. In many cases I didn’t have time enough to make the explanation because many of them were complicated answers but it got me interested in the fact that it was becoming evident that people were honestly fooled by these people and their tricks and I thought something should be done about it.

What should people expect from your upcoming show?

Well, charm, a certain amount of arrogance, lots of deception and things like that. My job is to get the idea of critical thinking across and I have to use many different means to do it. It will be in the actual words that are spoken, it will be in the film, certainly, it will be in the questions and answers that will follow the showing of the film and whatever else we choose to do to convey the message. But I do think it will be mostly painless.

What is the strangest claim you debunked?

Oh that’s like asking me what my favourite colour is or my favourite actress is, something like that! There are no favourites of course, but I must say that generally speaking the debunking of the faith healer’s claims, the preachers on the television that infest the airwaves all across the world now, that battle has occupied much of my attention and I think rightly so. These people are very cruel in their approach, they take money from people under false pretenses, and they have no consideration for people’s feelings. They just cheat people, lie to them, take their money and leave them emotionally bereft. They can harm people and can harm their futures – I think that’s important to know.

There have literally been hundreds [of claims] over the years. Most of them are pretty mundane. There have been some that, well, one gentleman said he could dowse only for lost pets [laughs]. I mean really, how does a pet know when it’s lost! I mean the owner probably knows, but is there a vibration that a lost cat puts out? I really don’t know.

But maybe he just once had a success with waving a stick around or a coat hanger wire pointed towards a cat that he found and thought, ‘I guess that’s my specialty, finding lost cats!’ It’s bizarre, its really bizarre but most of my life its been that way since, lets see, I’m 86 now so about 80 years.

Can you tell us a little bit about your biographical documentary, An Honest Liar?

I think it’s a very well done documentary. At certain stages of the formation of the film I had arguments and differences with the producers, but I had made an arrangement at the beginning saying ‘warts and all’. Oliver Cromwell was supposed to have said that to his official portraitist because he had a very warty face. I’m not casting aspersions on Oliver Cromwell of course; I think he’s dead isn’t he?

I think I’m safe I won’t get sued. But yes, that expression says it all because I wanted the story told truthfully, frankly, very openly and it was told that way.

Is there anything people can do to stop them from following prey to well-established charlatans? What should people look out for?

Well it’s an old saying, I know, and we’ve all heard it and it’s maybe a tired old quip but if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is too good to be true. That’s something I’ve gone with ever since I was a kid and I think we should all heed that old saying.

When you’re promised something for very little or apparently for very little, and it seems just too good to be true and so beneficial to you, that they’re going to bring you happiness, money, peace and serenity – I think there’s a term that applies to that and its starts with a B and an S.

You’re being brought to Sydney in order to promote rational thought and discussion. Are there things people can do to practice this?

Yeah, you can read my books for one thing, that’s a good idea [chuckles].

There are so many good books out there by people like Richard Dawkins and if I had a god it would be Richard Dawkins. I think he’s a little embarrassed by hearing me say that but we’ve had a good long term relationship, the two of us.

I think there are other writers out there as well like the late Hitchens of course. Wonderful, wonderful man and unfortunately he came away from us far too early. But there are writers out there and skeptical organisations all around the world on the Internet – the Internet is a wonderful tool in that respect. And yes, look up your local skeptical organisations, find out what they’re all about and attend a meeting. I think that that could be an eye opener and a mind opener for anyone.

Is there anything else you would like to tell us about your show, your film or your work?

Do come early and often!

 

Originally published on 18 December 2014 at the following website: http://www.theaureview.com/arts/interviews/james-randi-on-debunking-rational-thought-and-biopic-an-honest-liar

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THEATRE REVIEW: EMERALD CITY @ PARRAMATTA RIVERSIDE (10.12.2014)

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David Williamson’s 1987 play and subsequent film, Emerald City is as relevant today as it was back then. The story is a satire based on two creative industries: filmmaking and book publishing. It looks at the dichotomy between producing something because it has creative or cultural significance or because it is a money-making machine that will do well commercially. It is an intriguing idea, even if the play itself is quite prolix.

The Griffin Theatre Company’s version, directed by Lee Lewis had previously played at the SBW Stables Theatre in Kings Cross and on Wednesday night it made its debut at Parramatta’s Riverside Theatre. The story is told through a series of scenes/events as well as monologues where the characters reveal intimate details about their thoughts, motivations and mindsets. These parts are also broken up by eighties sound bites (including snatches of Yello’s “Oh Yeah” and Fine Young Cannibals’ “She Drives Me Crazy”). These are complimented by two different rainbow-coloured backdrops of Sydney Harbour that are designed by the artist, Ken Done.

Emerald City is about Colin (Mitchell Butel), a rising script-writer and his wife Kate (Lucy Bell), a publisher with a strong moral conscience (or so it seems). The two leave their Melbourne home with their children in order to live in Sydney. The play begins with comparisons between the two towns and never has the following phrase about Sydney been so true: “It never rains, it buckets here”. This was one of Williamson’s many brilliant lines, which boasted equal amounts of wit, intelligence and interesting observation.

The couple were originally drawn to the “Emerald City of Oz” but they do face some difficulties in adjusting. Colin isn’t particularly keen on writing about a certain subject even though his long-time collaborator and producer, Elaine (Jennifer Hagan) is sure it will be a hit. Colin also attends his first industry party where he encounters the big-talking shyster and hack writer named Mike (Ben Winspear). The two work together on a project but it is Mike that ultimately reaps the biggest benefits. Ben Winspear is absolutely electric as the Bogan Mike. He steals scenes with his quick-talking, animated delivery. The other actors also put in good performances and they are supported by Kelly Paterniti and Gareth Yuen, playing Mike’s girlfriend and an investment banker, respectively.

Emerald City contains some very clever dialogue but it could have benefited from a little bit more action. The story is very much driven by the words delivered by the six different characters, which show these people at their nastiest and most difficult and vulnerable moments. The play is a comedy centred on human folly and shows how greed and money can exacerbate this. It is set in a period that promoted this idea – the eighties were the height of excess – and it is still an enjoyable and relatable slice of various home truths to this very day.

 

Originally published on 12 December 2014 at the following website: http://www.theaureview.com/arts/reviews/emerald-city-riverside-theatre-parramatta-performances-until-december-13

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LIVE REVIEW: AN EVENING WITH JAMES RANDI @ METRO THEATRE (07.12.2014)

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Randall James Hamilton Zwinge (James Randi) didn’t earn the name, The Amazing Randi for nothing. The 86-year-old Canadian-American has built a career on great things, first as a magician modelling his stunts on Harry Houdini’s work before graduating to become an author, skeptic and all-round investigator who lifts the lid on people making falsehoods. This typically involves faith healers, water diviners, psychics and anyone else claiming to be involved in the paranormal or dark arts. An Evening With James Randi was an interesting and insightful session where we walked away having learnt an awful lot.

The night was opened by Richard Saunders, the President of the Australian Skeptics organisation. He introduced a documentary that was three years in the making about Randi titled, An Honest Liar. The film drew together archive footage of Randi’s stunts (including one where he was suspended upside down over Niagara Falls in a straightjacket) as well as interviews with MythBusters’ Adam Savage; collaborator and musician, Alice Cooper; author Jamy Ian Swiss;science guru, Bill Nye; magician and psychologist, Michael Edwards; and mentalist, Steve Shaw (Banachek).

An Honest Liar doesn’t just devote air-time to Randi’s supporters. An interview was conducted with Uri Geller (Randi has previously exposed him as a fraud after Geller had bent spoons and made other paranormal claims). The film also covered Randi’s exposé of “faith healer”, Peter Popoff who – at the time – was learning information about the audience he was “helping” through an earpiece where his wife fed information from some questionnaires the crowd had completed earlier that day.

There was also the “Carlos Hoax” where Randi and his partner, José Alvarez (Deyvi Orangel Peña Arteaga) duped the Australian public and media into believing that the latter was a famous healer (even though the press pack was riddled with lies and fabrications). The film is a must-see for any skeptic, intelligent person or fan of James Randi (and these things are not mutually exclusive).

After the screening there was a question and answer session hosted by Lawrence Leung (Unbelievable). In this section, Randi also did two stunts. One involved having his hands escape from a rope that had been double-knotted behind his back and another involving a levitating matchbox. The subjects touched on Randi’s childhood where he was a child prodigy who was allowed to skip school and the life-altering event when he saw Harry Blackstone, Sr. perform.

Randi was also joined by Australian Skeptics founder and businessman, Dick Smith and the two responded to questions from the audience. They both described how they tested would-be water diviners. Randi was very funny and interesting to listen to. He ultimately pushed the message that we should all apply critical thinking and a common sense approach to every claim. He also said that skeptics should be kind and understanding to their loved ones who may not share their own personal views.

An Evening With James Randi was a fascinating one. His no-nonsense answers and logical and analytical responses provided real food for thought for the assembled crowd. It also ended on a rather emotional note as he said that this could be goodbye, as it might be his final visit. Randi may be looking a little like a frail Sigmund Freud and he may have retired from his more outrageous stunts, but his mind is as nimble as a youngsters and he proves to be a witty and clever man that everyone should take a moment to learn from and listen to.

 

Originally published on 9 December 2014 at the following website: http://www.theaureview.com/arts/reviews/an-evening-with-james-randi-metro-theatre-sydney-07-12-14

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FILM REVIEW: PADDINGTON

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“Please look after this bear”. This is what the tag that is initially around Paddington’s neck says but it is also applicable to this movie adaptation. The film is a re-telling of Michael Bond’s stories that has been carefully updated to a modern setting. This means it’s a charming tale that doesn’t compromise on quality while still remaining faithful to the source material.

The film is a sharp comedy that is directed by Paul King (The Mighty Boosh) and is a family-friendly and action-filled story. It begins like an old black and white documentary talking about an English explorer named Montgomery Clyde (Tim Downie) who once visited the deepest and darkest part of Peru. Here, he encountered a special tribe of bears who had a knack for learning the English language. These two bears just happened to be the aunt and uncle of Paddington. The youngster would live with them after his parents died and until an earthquake destroys their village.

Clyde had always promised that if the bears ever visited London that they’d be welcomed with open arms. So Paddington’s elderly aunt gets him to stow away on a boat. She reassures him that all will be well in London and a nice family will adopt him. The marmalade-loving Paddington (who is expertly voiced by Ben Whishaw) is a tad naïve and believes this, until he realises that this large, English city isn’t quite as he imagined.

Eventually luck intervenes and Paddington is adopted by the Brown Family, a quintessential, middle-class English one lead by Hugh Bonneville and Sally Hawkins. They are joined by their children (played by Samuel Joslin and Madeleine Harris) and their strange housekeeper, Mrs. Bird (Julie Walters). But Paddington’s presence is also discovered and threatened by an evil taxidermist (Nicole Kidman) and a horrible-and-socially-inept neighbour (Dr. Who’s Peter Capaldi). There are also two great cameos from Jim Broadbent and Matt Lucas.

Paddington is full of mischief and hijinks plus lots of funny quips and one-liners as well as quirky visual gags. There are also lots of nice shots of London (including Tower Bridge, the London Eye and the Natural History Museum). All of these things mean that the film is as likely to appeal to adults that are either new to or who grew up with the duffel-coat-and-red-hat-wearing bear as well as children experiencing the character for the very first time. Some of the best scenes are when the starry-eyed, outsider Paddington tries to adjust to “human” life by using the facilities (the bathroom) or taking a ride on the Underground. There are also great interludes involving a Mission Impossible parody and a calypso band.

This film is an engaging, accessible and heart-warming story about a polite, well-meaning bear that you will want to cheer on from the start. Paddington is a “different” character who is vulnerable, emotional and sometimes rather awkward, but he gets under your skin and tugs at your heartstrings and you want him to succeed. His loveable and expressive persona and warm personality shines through and when this is coupled with great visuals, solid performances, funny gags and a little drama, this makes for a perfect Christmas film, an absolute treat for young and old to enjoy together.

 

Originally published on 8 December 2014 at the following website: http://iris.theaureview.com/2014/12/08/film-review-paddington-uk-france-2014/

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ALBUM REVIEW: ELLA HOOPER – IN TONGUES

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When Ella Hooper from Killing Heidi joined her brother to form the acoustic folk duo The Verses, it was considered a ‘maturing’ of her earlier rock sound.

Some 15 years after it all began, Hooper is armed with her solo debut, on which a metamorphosis has occurred again so she sounds like she’s keeping company – at least stylistically – with the likes of St. Vincent and Ladyhawke.

In Tongues sees ten varied songs tackling personal and esoteric themes. They fit under the banner of dark, intelligent pop while also retaining a hard, spiky edge. Among the tracks are Hooper’s previous singles, ‘Low High’, ‘Haxan’ and ‘The Red Shoes’, which give an indication of the enormous jumps between genres and add an edge to this smoky experiment.

The eponymous opening track manages to be dreamy, ethereal and commanding before the virtual opera of ‘Low High’. A strange, Brian Eno-like synthesiser noise is dominant here, while ‘Love Is Hard To Kill’ comes across like an old, dusty 45.

Hooper’s debut had a long gestation period and it strives to be many different things, meaning that often this baby works.

 

Originally published on 2 December 2014 at the following website: http://thebrag.com/music/ella-hooper-tongues

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