When I was at school, one of the books that really stuck in my imagination was Turn Of The Screw by Henry James, a quietly horrific tale that I would find myself thinking about in my free time and always loving, even after my teacher almost ruined the horror with his soprano shout of “Peter Quint! You Devil!”.
We were treated in English class to the movie version entitled The Innocents, which was an incredible piece of black and white gothic magnificence. Now it seems the next generation is getting their own version entitled The Turning, starring Finn Wolfhard and Mackenzie Davis It is set to be directed by Floria Sigismondi who directed the excellent The Runaways and Spielberg is an executive producer on the project so this should be box office gold and give a new generation the same nightmares we endured – and came back for more of, time and again. 🙂
Today sees the release of the fifth album by awesome Brit metallers Asking Alexandria – I say ‘Brit’ but only in a literal sense, the tracks that have been revealed so far sound massive, more like USA stadium fillers than your local Barfly Sabbath wannabes.
AA are heading out with Black Veil Brides, which should be one of 2018’s biggest tours and don’t be surprised to see Danny, Bruce and the boys at Wembley before next year concludes.
Treat yourself, get over to Spotify and let’s get Asking Alexandria in the Xmas top ten – if you let the ginger troll and Sam Smith triumph here, you only have yourself to blame! 😉
Ahoy there, Pixar! What delights do you have for us? With the heavyweight thrills that they have gifted us in the past, I always expect the latest to be not quite as good, but then again and again they reach delightful heights. Welcome to Coco…
Coco is a beautiful paean to remembrance, love and the power of music. It has many many serious elements at work, but if you just want to see it as the hilarious adventures of a boy and a bunch of skeletons, it allows that too. Miguel finds himself in the land of the dead, where he discovers old family members that he recognises (even though they have no skin now, don’t take your super young kids to this) from photos in his home and he tries to make it back into the land of the living.
Telling more would give away some of the greatest gags and twists and turns on display, but the important thing is he is born into a family that forbids music, but his only dream is to play the guitar like his hero. Alongside a stupidly funny dog called Dante (get it? Clever), he tries to follow his dream rather than get caught up in his family’s show business.
The dead scenes here are hilarious and touching in equal measure, there is a lot of Tim Burton at work here and you will often be reminded of Burton’s The Corpse Bride, another tale with music in its soul. Actually that is one of the oddest things here, for a movie that bases its whole story around music and rhythm, there are only a few standout song moments, far less than your average Disney movie at least, but when the Mexican fiesta is in full flow, you will no doubt have a smile on your face and a song in your heart.
Coco is a great, visually impressive tale bursting with feeling and surprise. Go see.
1. International Blue – Manic Street Preachers
2. Untouchable – Eminem
3. Out Of My Head – Charli XCX
4. Snow – JJ72
5. I Know – Aly And AJ
6. 9 to 5 – Robbie Williams
7. XXX – Kendrick Lamar
8. Say It Ain’t So – Weezer
9. Anything Goes – Steel Panther
10. Let Em Talk – Kesha
I found James Mangold’s Logan to be an excellent dark take on the iconic character and wondered where he would go next. Now we know and I cannot wait. He is set to make a movie based upon the life history of Patty Hearst. Now this is one of those great tales, like Charles Manson, (who is himself going to be the subject of A TARANTINO MOVIE, which I am so hyped for) that gets more interesting the more you delve into it.
Her story is the ultimate Stockholm Syndrome case, as she was kidnapped by the Symbionese Liberation Army in 1974 and then fought alongside them, before being arrested following a bank robbery and ultimately being pardoned by president Jimmy Carter. That is the very short version of the story and I cannot wait to see how Mangold shades it in. If you want more, there is already a Hearst movie starring the beautifully fierce Natasha Richardson that I recommend checking out as you wait for this one.
“So goes the feeling of power when coupled with hatred.”