“People tend to see history as something that is frozen, as if it was remote from our world. But actually, it’s not too far away. We might end up in historical context really soon. I think it’s important also to communicate in a visceral way, not necessarily in an intellectual way, but in a visceral way with the plight of people throughout history and time. Something might remain with the people while watching this film, because it has to become very personal because it leaves room for the audience. I think the sense of empathy is something I’m really interested in promoting. It’s something that cinema can do but seldom does. I wanted this to be something that the audience feels under its skin.”
If you are going to call your album The Astonishing, then you had better make sure you have something pretty special. Luckily when it is Dream Theater you know that you are going to get something epic.
The Astonishing is the best DT record since 6 Degrees Of Inner Turbulence and as you might expect it is not simply verse-chorus-verse but no one comes to Dream Theater looking for that. Essentially this sounds like someone has heard Queen’s A Night At The Opera and just found it a little too simple. Now if you have been a long time fan of DT, you might be used to albums with maybe 6 or 8 tracks, all lasting a long time. This is different, sure there are five songs over five minutes but most are shorter. But boy there are a lot of them this time, thirty four tracks in all, so you need over two hours to lavish in its brilliance. It does not outstay its welcome though, this is a band on top form, seems they have listened to Metropolis II Scenes From A Memory and thought, ‘yeah we can do that again’ and they have – and that is the biggest compliment I can pay this prog classic.
Well, I am not really sure how to feel about this trailer. I mean, I have been a lover of Eli Roth’s twisted movie worlds since his debut, Cabin Fever (“PANCAKES!”) but I am a little confused that his latest is…Cabin Fever.
Yeah, what we are dealing with here is a remake of Roth’s classic debut which uses his name to sell it “FROM EXECUTIVE PRODUCER ELI ROTH” and even stranger uses the original script, the sharp as a razor words of Eli.
The new trailer seems to suggest that whilst we are essentially in the same universe (with the same words!), things are likely to get a little bloodier, oh and the ‘pancakes’ dude has a rabbit mask which is kinda creepy.
Anyhoo, check this out and if you have not seen Roth’s original classic then please go search it out, it’s a doozy! 🙂
“Getting to WWE is always on my mind because it’s what I’ve wanted to be since I was 10. That’s my ultimate goal as much as I love NXT – I want to be on the big stage.”
The only problem with Legend is what precedes it. It does not match up to the gritty nastiness of The Krays starring the Kemp brothers. Instead of the dark Brit-ness of that masterpiece, Legend is shiny and new, thanks to the style of LA Confidential director Brian Helgeland. This style seems strange here as you revisit familiar surroundings, when the brothers head for The Blind Beggar, the venue looks like somewhere Elizabeth Taylor would step out of instead of the traditional East End public house that the real thing is.
Another surprise is that Legend does not have the occasional moments of horror that The Krays had, it seems like a much safer world here where you appreciate the performances rather than grimacing at the nastiness.
So let’s look the positives, don’t think that Legend is not an impressive piece of cinema, it really is, featuring great performances from Chazz Palminteri and the one two punch of classic character actors David Thewlis and Christopher Eccleston. Yet the film belongs to Tom Hardy. The biggest compliment I can pay is that I often forgot I was watching a single actor and began to admire two very different performances. It seems strange that there is no Oscar nod here, he really is that good.
The Blu-Ray is a little short on extras when you consider the history of the characters and how many different ways they have been documented in factual programmes and literature, but there are some interesting interviews with the cast and a director’s commentaryso it is far from a bare bones package.
Whilst Legend may not prove to be the timeless classic that The Krays is, it is certainly worth a look for anyone with any interest in the brothers grim.
“I think the big buzz of the night and one of the big, huge surprises was the debut of AJ Styles in the WWE, which was a huge, huge get for us. We’ve been waiting to have him for a long time. One of the hottest free agents in the world today finally in the WWE and it was really cool because on the first night, in the Rumble, I came in the ring. He and Reigns were the only ones in there. All three of us just kind of stood there and it was a really good buzz.”
Explain what it is that turns me on
Keep a wall to string my little piggies on.
Dancing with the devil under bright neon tubes
Carving up the victims into tiny little cubes.
Small in number but great in mind
We strip the future with what you left behind.
Blood on my hands like a tattooed scream
Licking it off like it’s pure sweetened cream.
When the night comes some choose to hide and take a pill.
We use that time to fly out there and kill.
I left something witchy on your delapidated grave,
It’s too late, there is no one left to save.
As I laugh hyena like with a gun to my head
I rule the world asI leave it, FLASH, dead.