Sunday, October 24, 2010

Red - film review

RED is based on a Warren Ellis comic book that I haven't read. I have read many of Ellis' other books so I was interested in this film. My interest was heigthtened by the presence of Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren. Morgan Freeman, John Malkovich and Brian Cox. All of them are on top form.

This is an entertaining film with some great action sequences and some comedy moments. The concept of retired special ops killers dealing with a world that wants to forget them is good.

Worth seeing.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

CRYSTAL CASTLES and health, live at ABC Glasgow

My boss gave me a ticket for this gig because he couldn't make it himself. I'm not a massive fan of Crystal Castles. I have the first CD and I enjoy a couple of tracks but I don't listen to them a lot. I'm not the sort of person who turn down a free gig though.

I caught the last few songs by support band Health. I liked what I heard and I'll try to hear more.

The crowd was really young. I guess the average age was probably about 16 or 17, probably because Crystal Castles appeared on Skins (UK teen drama TV show) a couple of years back. I can't otherwise explain the popularity of a band with such a punishing sound.

Crystal Castles were fucking loud. They reminded me of dance clubs in the early90s with a hardcore punk front person. Singer Alice Glass spent a lot of time jumping into the crowd. The volume was immense and the strobe lighting was sickening. The whole experience reminded me of 'short video EEG', a technique used to help diagnosis epilepsy. Fairly mental.

I don't think I'll put the album on my ipod but the show was good. worth seeing

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Mudhoney - live at the Arches, Glasgow

I've probably been listening to Mudhoney for about 20 years. They helped define the sound of grunge. They are clearly music fans and they like the sort of music that I like. The have had a second wind since Matt Lukin left in 1999 and they continue to release decent albums.

I last saw Mudhoney in the Arches in 1996. I was blind drunk at that show and I don't remember much of it.

There were two support acts tonight. I don't remember the name of the first guy but he was good - a singer/songwriter type from Seattle. When I remember his name I'll check out some of his stuff. Unnatural Helpers (another sub pop band) were the second support - they were entertaining.

Mudhoney are a stronger live machine now than they were 15 years ago. Mark Arm looks as young as ever, a Dorian Gray of grunge, frozen in smack. He has apparently kicked the habit in recent years and he is now usefully employed at Sub Pop records when Mudhoney are not on tour.

The set drew from most of Mudhoney's 20 year career. We heard most of Superfuzz Bigmuff as well as key tracks from the rest of their catalogue. Touch me I'm sick made an appearance in the middle of the set. Towards the end of the show Mark put down his guitar and delivered his best Iggy impression, jumping into the crowd and singing his lungs out. They finally finished with covers of the Dick's 'hate the police' (which Mudhoney must have played many more times than the Dicks) and an accidently prolonged version of 'Fix me' by Black Flag. Excellent.

It was difficult to decide on seeing Mudhoney last night. Another of my favourite bands, No Age, were playing a street away. I'm happy that I made the right choice. Mudhoney were great. I hope I get to see them again.

22 years old and still going strong.

Sunday, October 03, 2010

The Hole (in 3D) - film review

I went to see this because there was nothing else interesting on at the cinema. In my opinion Gremlins is one of the best films ever so I'm always going to give anything by Joe Dante a look. Even if it's only as good as Eerie, Indiana it's still good.

The Hole tells the story of a single mother and her two son as they move into a new town. The boys and the girl next door find a padlocked door concealing a deep hole in the basement. Surprisingly enough, something bad is in the hole.

The 3D effects felt a bit tacked on but the film was generally entertaining. It was funny in places with a few good frights and it would probably be OK to let your kids see it. Joe Dante does not let you down!

The only annoying thing was the Glasweigan tweenagers in the cinema who kept lighting matches and making jokes about getting their 'hole' until the cinema usher threatened to kifk them out