ALIEN ANT FARM (Live Review)

AAF Live Review

Saturday 10th February 2018 – 7pm – Norwich Waterfront – £20.00

Official Site and Tour Dates


 

YOU’VE BEEN HIT BY, YOU’VE BEEN STRUCK BY…

… A wave of nostalgia. I was lucky enough to see a spirited live show from early noughties nu-metal fun rockers Alien Ant Farm on their recent three-week tour of the UK, with support from Local H and SOiL. It’d be Criminal of you not to check out my full review of this Smooth evening over on the 60 Minutes With website.

Click HERE for a direct link to my thoughts on AAF’s sold out Norwich show from earlier this month. According to their official site, the band’s tour moves to Germany as of tonight.

With huge thanks to Dave and Tina at 60MW for the opportunity, and Judith at BJFPR for the press passes.

INSIDE NO. 9, 4.3 – “Once Removed” (TV Review)

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BBC Two – Tuesday 16th January 2018 – 10pm

Created and written by: Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith

Directed by: Jim O’Hanlon


 

MOVING CAN BE MURDER

Christopher Nolan’s intricately-assembled head-scratcher Memento meets black British comedy in Inside No. 9‘s inventive latest instalment, a murder mystery which starts at the end and works backwards in chunks of ten minutes at a time. By the end start (?) of “Once Removed” the scenario is clearer, the loose ends tied up and nobody is quite who they first purported to be.

… Keep Scuttling!

INSIDE NO. 9, 4.2 – “Bernie Clifton’s Dressing Room” (TV Review)

BBC Two – 10pm – Tuesday 9th January 2018

Created and written by: Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith

Directed by: Graeme Harper


 

ONE LAST SERVING

“You can’t have crackers without cheese!”

Thirty years after once-hot comedy double act Cheese & Crackers bowed out of the limelight at the “arse end of variety,” Len (Steve Pemberton) and Tommy Thomas (Reece Shearsmith) reunite for one final gig in front of an invited crowd, at the invitation of Len’s daughter (Sian Car Share Gibson). But whereas Len is desperate to recreate their glory days (and antiquated “racialist” sketches), Thomas has moved on. Now a hot-shot business owner in digital marketing, he is deeply embarrassed by his frivolous novelty past.

… Keep Scuttling!

INSIDE NO. 9, 4.1 – “Zanzibar” (TV Review)

BBC Two – 10pm – Tuesday 2nd January 2018

Created and written by: Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith

Directed by: David Kerr


 

TRAFFIC LIGHT FIASCO

After arguably kicking off 2017’s festive television in the run-up to Christmas with a trio of celebratory “Anniversary Specials” marking 20 years of their surreal BBC breakthrough hit The League of Gentleman, two of the League return to bookend the yuletide schedules with the first episode in the fourth series of their wickedly macabre anthology series. All it would have taken was for Mark Gatiss’ Sherlock to have a New Year’s adventure as in years gone by, and it would have been nothing short of an outright TV takeover!!

… Keep Scuttling!

XX (Film Review)

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15 – 80mins – 2017


 

GORE POWER

A horror anthology comprising four grisly vignettes directed by female filmmakers, XX is commendable for none of the quadruple strands overtly capitalising on the USP with dominant feminist themes. These are simply isolated genre tales which just so happen to have women at the helm. Even Sofia Carrillo’s kooky stop-motion animated wrap around featuring a walking dollhouse resuscitating a clockwork girl has no correlations to the embedded stories, simply establishing an eerie, off-kilter aura.

… Keep Scuttling!

INSIDE NO. 9, 3.6 – “Private View” (TV Review)

BBC Two – Tuesday 21st March 2017 – 10pm

Created and written by: Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton

Directed by: Guillem Morales


 

LIVING EXHIBITION

Mastermind all-rounders Pemberton and Shearsmith bring this third batch of their comedy-horror anthology series to a fittingly glamourous close with this witty murder-mystery set in a modern art installation, featuring a remarkable all-star cast. While “Private View” doesn’t quite hit the exceptional highs of deceptively simple post-Christmas special kick-starter “The Bill”, it is the funniest, most audacious and grizzliest story yet.

… Keep Scuttling!

INSIDE NO. 9, 3.5 – “Diddle Diddle Dumpling” (TV Review)

BBC Two – Tuesday 14th March 2017 – 10pm

Created and written by: Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton

Directed by: Guillem Morales


 

#THELOSTSHOE

“A pair of shoes deserve to be together… have to be… they belong.”

Jogging around the cul-de-sac one Spring morning, husband and father David (Shearsmith) comes across a single black leather shoe, a seemingly random find which turns his and his family’s world upside down. Over the course of the next year, David becomes first distracted then consumed by the mystery of his “odd” procurement: who did it belong to, why was it lost in such a precise location and how can he return it to its other half?

… Keep Scuttling!