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92% #OutOf100 ‘The Shape of Water’ BFI 2017 London Film Festival Review

Opening proceedings with a dreamy underwater scene full of floating furniture, ‘The Shape of Water’ which premiered at this years London Film Festival is a noir sci fi fantasy executed masterfully in typical abstract fashion by director Guillermo del Toro. He directs this unusual tale about a mute named Elisa (played by the superb Sally Hawkins – The Hollow Crown (2016); Paddington (2014)) who forms an unlikely relationship with a highly classified top secret creature. Elisa has become weary of her cleaner job within a US lab and craves for something to feel affectionate about. So when an unknown humanoid creature suddenly arrives at the lab she...

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75% #OutOf100 BFI 2017 London Film Festival Review ‘Bad lucky goat’

Filmed against the stunningly picturesque backdrop of Old Providence – the Caribbean island, Bad Lucky Goat is a dark comedy by Director-Screenwriter Samir Oliveros that explores the strained relationship between two siblings.  Corn played by Honlenny Huffington is the more spiritual of the two and passionate about playing his beloved harmonica, while his sister Rita played by Kiara Howard is swayed more by materialism and the typical things early teenage girls get up to. The movie starts with both protagonists sent out by their father to run errands for him. But things quickly turn for the worst when an unforeseen mishap occurs whilst driving...

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82% #OUTOF100 – Yardbird (An Homage to Charlie Parker)

Daniel Schnyder’s Jazz fused abstract opera Yardbird, pays homage to Jazz bebop pioneer Charlie Parker played by American tenor Lawrence Brownlee who puts in stellar vocal performance as the flawed genius. His friends, lovers and family experience a rollercoaster of emotions as they struggle to deal with his passing, with Parker himself stuck in limbo compromised by his own creative brilliance. Set after the death of Parker whose spirit still haunts Birdland, he struggles to compose one last masterpiece before inevitably letting go to leave his friends and family for good. The production begins with Parker’s dead remains lying covered...

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85% #OUTOF100 – Review of Tequila Works’ Game ‘RiME’

Ever since its very first reveal in 2013 RiME was always a title that sat firmly in the ‘long awaited’ category due to its appeal. So after being one of the highlights at this years EGX Rezzed it is exciting to see that Tequila Works RiME has finally arrived. First things first, those expecting combat in game may want to know straight off the bat that this is strictly an exploratory adventure that leans heavily on the game experience (think more Journey than Zelda for instance). RiME takes the player on a mystical exploration of discovery, where puzzle solving...

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86% #OUTOF100 J The Exodus ‘Hearts Desire’ EP Review

With commercial music in the UK mainly gravitating towards the grime scene, it’s refreshing to finally hear a UK Hip Hop EP which offers an alternative to the current trends. Heart’s Desire J the Exodus’s new 7 track EP is a solid assembly of tunes and is a welcomed throwback to high quality beats and rhymes especially for Hip Hop aficionados. Those familiar with his previous work will know that the MOBO unsung finalist has always had food for thought in his lyrics. On his new EP Heart’s Desire he continues in this vein exhibiting Socio-Political verses that flow effortlessly overhead nodding...

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90% #OutOf100 – Six Rounds by Marcus Flemmings

Six Rounds pulls no punches in setting the tension right from the start by stating the riots that occurred in the London boroughs in 2011 was sparked by the murder of an unarmed Mark Duggan by a Metropolitan police officer, a tragedy which still strikes an uneasy chord in many people. This initial tension cleverly intensifies in the next scene which reminiscent of the opening sequence in Raging Bull (1980); Martin Scorsese’s cinematic masterpiece; shifts focus onto two Boxers in a ring slugging it out trying to be first in landing the penultimate deciding blow. A duelling theme definitely seems to be intrinsically woven throughout the piece...

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