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A WOMAN’S LIFE | FILM REVIEW

A WOMAN’S LIFE | FILM REVIEW

A WOMAN’S LIFE | FILM REVIEW *** Dir: Stéphane Brizé Starring: Judith Chemla, Yolande Moreau 12A, 1hr 56 mins A Woman’s Life shows symptoms of the main debilitating issues plaguing much modern French cinema (and British too, whilst we’re at it). It’s a certain obsession with politeness, of a cinema of small gestures and small […]

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CLASSIC ELVIS: PETER PHILLIPS | INTERVIEW

CLASSIC ELVIS: PETER PHILLIPS | INTERVIEW

Porthcawl’s Elvis Festival has for many years now been a fixture for diehard Elvis fans everywhere, helping bring a much-needed boost to a Welsh seaside town that otherwise often gets overlooked. But festival organiser Peter Phillips certainly can’t be accused of a lack of ambition; in recent years he’s set up a vampire festival in […]

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HOSTILES | FILM REVIEW

HOSTILES | FILM REVIEW

HOSTILES | FILM REVIEW ** Dir: Scott Cooper Starring: Christian Bale, Rosamund Pike 15, 2hrs 13mins It’s been said that if you wanted to make a film about America, you would make a Western. Certainly that’s partly why the genre has remained so steadfast in Hollywood’s history, forever a reliable go-to for the auteur looking […]

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ONES TO WATCH: FILM | FEATURE

ONES TO WATCH: FILM | FEATURE

Ones To Watch: Film Compiled by Fedor Tot Snowcat Cinema Having recently programmed a number of films at Penarth Pier Pavilion, Snowcat Cinema are a pop-up cinema aiming to proselytise for cult classics and the undiscovered gems out there. Their Dec 5th screening of Oxide Ghosts: The Brass Eye Tapes, a documentary on Chris Morris’ […]

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RED DESERT: ITALIAN FILM FESTIVAL | FILM REVIEW

RED DESERT: ITALIAN FILM FESTIVAL | FILM REVIEW

RED DESERT: ITALIAN FILM FESTIVAL | FILM REVIEW ***** Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff, Thurs 23 Nov A friend of mine once pointed out that an ugly city makes a far better cinematic location than a postcard-perfect one. We’ve all seen a thousand lame representations of a tourist’s Paris, London, or New York, but the best […]

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GOGOL BORDELLO | INTERVIEW

GOGOL BORDELLO | INTERVIEW

Tramshed, Cardiff Mon 3 July For many, Gogol Bordello are one of the best live prospects around currently. Drawing on punk’s energy and folk musical styles from all over the world, their gigs are never anything less than an all-out party, led by the gloriously-moustachioed frontman and instigator Eugene Hütz. Cutting through the phone with […]

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THE HANDMAIDEN | FILM REVIEW

THE HANDMAIDEN | FILM REVIEW

**** Violence in cinema is taken as second nature, an inherent and inseparable aspect of the screen, impervious to the criticism of moralistic detractors or the censor’s cut. Sex on the other hand is as limp and lame onscreen as it ever was, a flash of boob or *gasp* pubic hair nearly always earning a […]

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RAW | FILM REVIEW

RAW | FILM REVIEW

**** If you’re even in the slightest bit familiar with Raw going into the film, it should come as no surprise that it’s generally not recommended to eat for a little while before or after. In this day and age, with gore-spattered horrors all over the multiplexes it can be exceptionally hard to produce a […]

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DREAM THEATER: JAMES LABRIE | INTERVIEW

DREAM THEATER: JAMES LABRIE | INTERVIEW

Fedor Tot speaks with Dream Theater’s lead singer James LaBrie about their latest tour and album. Do you guys like touring Wales and the UK? Absolutely! As far as Wales, we haven’t been there in quite some time, so we’re actually looking forward to that. We’ve always had loyal fans in the UK for years […]

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TINARIWEN: DESERT ROCK | INTERVIEW

TINARIWEN: DESERT ROCK | INTERVIEW

Fedor Tot speaks with the internationally renowned Tuareg group Tinariwen about their record and the spirit of resistance. How would you describe the new album Elwan? Elwan, which means ‘elephants’, is a metaphor directed to those people of influence in our country’s geo-political stage. Artistically speaking, we’re very pleased with this new album, and it […]