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***2015 RECAP*** MOVIE REVIEW | Slow West (2015)

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“That kid was a wonder. He saw things differently. To him, we were in a land of hope and good will.”

When it comes to Westerns, there are two major categories.  You have you’re action packed, gun slinging actioners.  They can be classic and cheesy like Red River, or violent and dark like The Wild Bunch.  Then there’s the other category of Western, the contemplative mood piece.  A style of Western pretty much perfected in movies like High Noon and The UnforgivenIf you were to tell me that in 2015, there’d be a really great contemplative mood piece western written and directed by Scottish musician, starring an Irishman, filmed in New Zealand, I’d call you a crazy son of a bitch.  But now that I’ve seen Slow West, I feel like I have to apologise to you for that hypothetical slur


The late nineteenth century, Jay Cavendish (Kodi Mist-McPhee) leaves Scotland and travels to America in search of his lost love, Rose (Caren Pistorius).  Fleeing Scotland after her father (Rory McCann) killed Jay’s uncle, the Lord Cavendish (Alex Macqueen), Rose and her father have now become fugitives in their new home, with a $2,000 bounty on their heads.  A bounty that has become the latest pursuit of bounty hunter, Silas Selleck (Michael Fassbender). (more…)

MOVIE REVIEW | Slow West (2015)

Slow west
“That kid was a wonder. He saw things differently. To him, we were in a land of hope and good will.”

When it comes to Westerns, there are two major categories.  You have you’re action packed, gun slinging actioners.  They can be classic and cheesy like Red River, or violent and dark like The Wild Bunch.  Then there’s the other category of Western, the contemplative mood piece.  A style of Western pretty much perfected in movies like High Noon and The UnforgivenIf you were to tell me that in 2015, there’d be a really great contemplative mood piece western written and directed by Scottish musician, starring an Irishman, filmed in New Zealand, I’d call you a crazy son of a bitch.  But now that I’ve seen Slow West, I feel like I have to apologise to you for that hypothetical slur


The late nineteenth century, Jay Cavendish (Kodi Mist-McPhee) leaves Scotland and travels to America in search of his lost love, Rose (Caren Pistorius).  Fleeing Scotland after her father (Rory McCann) killed Jay’s uncle, the Lord Cavendish (Alex Macqueen), Rose and her father have now become fugitives in their new home, with a $2,000 bounty on their heads.  A bounty that has become the latest pursuit of bounty hunter, Silas Selleck (Michael Fassbender). (more…)

MUSIC REVIEW | The Beta Band – Heroes to Zeroes (2004)

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What’s in a name?  The Beta Band is a really cool band name, but I have no idea what it means in terms of the kind of music they make.  My first thoughts are that The Beta Band is probably some kind of punk band, or noise, or loud indie rock.  Maybe even electronica.  But whatever they make, I found their album Heroes to Zeroes sited on some random best of the millennium list.  And there are worse reasons to listen to a band.  I assume.


I’m sure the original use of the phrase ‘wall of sound’ in no way meant music like this, but that’s the first description that came to mind as Assessment came at me. It’s in no way aggressive or overbearing, it’s just really full.  The constant guitars, the driving drums, the layers of vocals, even a horn section in the big climax….  There’s so much going on, so many instruments, so much sound.  But it’s all mixed together in a way that it sounds like one enormous beast, not a collection of smaller ones. (more…)