BEN: A Tribute to Michael Jackson (Live Review)

The Apex, Bury St Edmunds –21st September 2017 – Tickets £21.00

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DANCING MACHINES

As my nearest and dearest will attest, I am very much a staunchly-protective Michael Jackson fan – as evidenced by the fact that I was nearly reduced to tears of outrage while watching Cirque Du Soleil’s Immortal World Tour when it hit the o2 back in 2011 (but that’s another story). Since losing my idol in 2009, it’s hard for even official Estate-licenced tributes to cut the mustard, the man really was a one off. “Stay away then!” you may yell, but that misses the point of supporting and celebrating the man, the music and the performances I have loved and cherished since I was 7 years old.

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mother! (Cinema Review)

18 – 121mins – 2017


 

MATRIACHAL METAPHORICAL MADNESS

From the controversial Requiem for a Dream to the crucified Noah, via underappreciated The Fountain to Oscar-winner Black Swan, acclaimed filmmaker Darren Aronofsky certainly cannot be accused of ever holding back on his confrontational and surrealist visions. In his latest audience-dividing vision, striking psychological thriller mother!, he may well have crafted his boldest, bloodiest and most bonkers audio/visual art-piece to date – for better or worse!

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A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge (Blu-ray Review)

18 – 87mins – 1985


THE DEADLY DINOSAUR

“Something is trying to get inside my body…”

Set five years after the original Nightmare (reviewed HERE), quickly-produced sequel Freddy’s Revenge sees high schooler Jesse Walsh (Mark Patton) and his family move onto Elm Street – and into the former home of dream-stalked survivor Nancy Thompson. Upon reading Nancy’s left-behind diary, Jesse is bedevilled with horrific night terrors and uncharacteristically violent outbursts. From beyond the grave, Freddy Krueger (Robert Englund) needs a host body to carry out his revenge against the community’s youth.

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Rupture (Blu-ray Review)

15 – 102mins – 2016


 

PETRIFIED PAST DEATH

“We’ve been waiting for you for a long, long time and finally we have you…”

Arachnophobic single mother Renee (Noomi Unlocked Rapace) is kidnapped by a mysterious organisation and subjected to a string of chemical and psychological tests in an effort to rupture her genetic code and transform her into something more than human in this slow-drip sci-fi-hued thriller from Secretary director Steven Shainberg.

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It (Cinema Review)

15 – 135mins – 2017


 

IT FOLLOWS

Tweaking the timeline of Stephen King’s thousand-word tome slightly, the filmmakers behind this box office-record breaking horror hit have, very shrewdly, hit upon a meta jackpot. While Derry is still the US town plagued by the eponymous clown-faced being, the decade has been shifted to the late 1980s and the frequency of its child-napping attacks reduced from 30 to every 27 years. Not only does this mean that the newly-greenlit sequel will take place in the modern day, its also a nice little nod to the fact that It first haunted audiences 27 years ago in ABC’s 1990 mini-series (reviewed HERE).

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Patti Cake$ (Cinema Review)

15 – 109mins – 2017


 

OVERW-8 MILE

Adopting a string of sick ‘n’ tight pseudonyms, plus-size twenty-something Patricia Dombrowski (Danielle Macdonald) dreams of leaving behind her debt-ridden, sad-sack New Jersey existence and making it big as a rap superstar. Can “Killa-P,” her best friend Jheri (Siddharth Dhananjay) and mysterious musical anarchist “Basterd” (Mamoudou Athie) stick it to the haterz, impress idol O-Z (Sahr Ngaujah) and make it big?

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Little Evil (Netflix Review)

15 – 95mins – 2017


 

PRETTY HEAVY BAGGAGE

“He’s top of the dick chain, bro.”

Newly-married Gary Bloom (Adam Black Mass Scott) has a rough start to life with the girl of his dreams, Samantha (Evangeline The Hobbit Lilly), when he discovers his new stepson, five-year-old Lucas (Owen Atlas) has a worrying habit of “pushing people over the edge,” in this just-released horror-comedy written and directed by Tucker & Dale vs Evil helmer Eli Craig.

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