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How to Let Go by Sigrid

Published May 14, 2022

How to Let Go by Sigrid

A great second album from Sigrid, this is full of great messages including the motto ‘it’s just a bad day, not a bad life’ which I love. The album flows well from start to finish and it all has that great pop style with Sigrid’s soaring vocals over the top. The only downside to this album is, for me, there are no real stand out tracks, no huge pop singles like there were on the first album. But that doesn’t stop me wanting to listen to it over and again.

Elizabethtown

Published May 13, 2022

Elizabethtown

Mm, what a brilliant film. This has such bad reviews but it’s so wonderful! It’s quirky but in the best way - Orlando saying I’m fine constantly even though no one asks is a brilliant way to kick things off. It’s emotional and heartwarming and has some real showstopping moments: the map, Susan’s five minutes of stand-up, stealing beer from a bridegroom… lots of highlights. Alongside that, it has a brilliant Dawson’s Creek style soundtrack, particularly to accompany the mini road trip at the end. Loved it.

The Lost Boys

Published May 11, 2022

The Lost Boys

What a weird film this is, the tone is all over the place. It’s not funny enough to be a comedy, it’s too gory to be a kid’s film but it’s also not scary enough to be a proper horror. It somehow balances in between them all and doesn’t quite manage to come together. Having said that, it was kinda fun to watch, and I did wonder how it was all going to work out along the way, plus the twist is fun when it comes at the end. Alex Winter being in this is so odd, he’s not menacing at all, whereas I absolutely believe Kiefer Sutherland would kill me in my sleep just from a look. Could have been better but I can understand how it becomes a bit of a cult classic.

Rounders

Published May 11, 2022

Rounders

This is a really good movie, I think it’s trying to be a bit clever and I’m not sure it lives up to its own hype, but very entertaining along the way. Matt Damon is really good, naturally, and Ed Norton does a great job being a guy you love to hate. The only two downsides to this movie are that a) it assumes knowledge of poker, although even the bits they did explain I will never understand anyway and b) John Malkovich’s insane accent. What went into the choices behind that voice?? But otherwise, very good and the kind of film that makes you want to go to Las Vegas just to try your luck.

Fall From Grace by Clyde Phillips

Published May 11, 2022

Fall From Grace by Clyde Phillips

Loved the style of this. Short, sharp scenes piecing together a crime novel with a new duo of cops at the helm that you can’t help but love. It was very visual, you can tell the author has experience of television, the way it was pieced together. Just small things like focusing on two bit-part characters before the main ones walk in… Anyway, I liked it and the story was good - I did guess the twist, but it unfolded very well with a thrilling ending and hopefully a good lead in to the second book.

A Street Through Time by Steve Noon

Published May 9, 2022

A Street Through Time by Steve Noon

This is a kids book but I really loved the idea and had to have a look for myself. Illustrations take us through the life of one street - starting with primitive huts and hunter-gatherers, right through Roman times, Viking invasions, the Industrial Revolution, modern times and even looking to the future. I wasn’t sure the pictures were clear enough to fully engage (maybe a digital problem?) so I would have struggled with the fun Where’s Wally style questions on each page, but as a concept this is brilliant and well executed.

Life Thru a Lens by Robbie Williams

Published May 8, 2022

Life Thru a Lens by Robbie Williams

I don’t know why I’ve listened to one Robbie Williams before and it was the second one rather than his first solo effort - but hey, I’m righting that wrong now. This is such an interesting album to listen to knowing its place in time - leaving a globally successful band to go it alone is such a risk, but it’s clear Robbie wanted to spread his wings and get a bit more Britpop, a bit less traditional pop. That’s clear right from the start and carries all the way through the album (Angels, oddly, doesn’t really seem to fit on here despite being such a classic).

Palomino by Miranda Lambert

Published May 8, 2022

Palomino by Miranda Lambert

Loved this! It’s the first album in a while that’s really got me revved up and loving it. I’ve found Miranda Lambert a bit hit and miss in the past - she’s brilliant and I love her but sometimes it’s just that bit too country. This one isn’t that. It’s fun and doesn’t take itself too seriously, and has nods to other genres. Geraldene riffs on Jolene, Music City Queen is a baffling mix of styles and features the unique vocals of The B-52’s, plus a Mick Jagger cover. If I Was a Cowboy still stands out but I loved it all from start to finish.

The Bad Guys

Published May 7, 2022

The Bad Guys

I’ve heard good things about this movie and after an exhausting day it was exactly the right vibe to watch - although it didn’t quite live up to the high expectations. It really took a while to get going, even with the understanding that you have to spend some time introducing characters and whatnot. It did gradually get better though, and I love a good heist movie so those elements of it were fun. But I guess it just wasn’t quite as good as some other animations we’ve seen so I could take it or leave it.