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.

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Planes, Trains and Automobiles (Cinema Review)

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15 – 92mins – 1987


 

HOME FOR THE HOLIDAY

As part of a season celebrating the beloved films of John Hughes, last month Cinema City in Norwich screened this classic seasonal comedy – now 30 years old – from the iconic, late American filmmaker. While many make this Thanksgiving-set heart-warmer an annual tradition, this was only my second-ever viewing, and to see it on the big screen with a room of fans who laughed along uproariously to every gag like they were seeing it anew really enchanted me. My second viewing will NOT be my last.

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Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa (Blu-ray Review)

15 – 97mins – 2013


 

HECTIC DANGER DAY

From accidentally shooting a guest on his BBC chat show to pulping thousands of unsold copies of his ironically titled self-published autobiography, Bouncing Back, it is fair to say that Norwich’s very own Alan Gordon Partridge (Steve Coogan) has had a tumultuous career. But where many lesser regional TV personalities would long ago have thrown in the towel (probably around the time he became “clinically fed up” on a Toblerone-fuelled trip to Dundee), this chap of steel carries on regardless, determined to have the last laugh.

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Free Fire (Cinema Review) with Ben Wheatley Q&A (Event Review)

15 – 91mins – 2017

Cinema City, Norwich – 28th March 2017 – 8:15pm

Official Website with Tour Dates


 

RAIN OF FIREPOWER

“Fuck the small talk, let’s buy some guns, eh?”

Essex-born director Ben Wheatley follows up his surrealist and satirical decent into destruction, High-Rise, with a similarly violent but far more narratively-simple crime thriller set entirely in deserted warehouse.

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Thriller Live (Live Review)

Norwich Theatre Royal – 13th-18th January 2017 – £8-£32.50

Directed and choreographed by: Gary Lloyd

Executive director: Adrian Grant

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BOOGIE WONDERLAND

Recently recognised as the 17th longest running production in West End history, in the eight years it has been thrilling audiences I have seen Gary Lloyd’s spectacular tribute to the King of Pop on three separate occasions. Each time it has been on tour from its established base at London’s Lyric Theatre, and each time it has improved significantly, growing more confident, more ebullient, more honed.

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NOR-CON 6 (Event Review)

NOR-CON 6 Norfolk TV Film and Comic Con

Saturday 8th October 2016, 9:30am-6:00pm – Norfolk Showground – £10.00 standard entry

www.nor-con.co.uk


NOR-BLIMEY!

After taking 2015 off, Norfolk’s premier TV, film and comic convention (or Nor-Con for short) returned to East Anglia earlier today for its sixth (almost-)annual celebration of all things geek and cult.

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45 Years (DVD Review)

15 – 95mins – 2015


BROADS-LY SPEAKING

Based upon David Constantine’s short story “In Another Country” and filmed in and around Norwich and the Norfolk Broads (which is what brought it to my attention), 45 Years is a slow-moving melodramatic talkie about a hiccup in the near half-century marriage of two OAPs (Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay), who are in the midst of organising an anniversary party.

Fraught and fragile, editor-turned-director Andrew Haigh’s accolade-showered picture is brimming with bottled up emotion as retiree Geoff (Courtenay) seems disproportionately consumed by the news that the body of Katya, his former lover who went missing while hiking in the 1960s, has been recovered from a glacier in Switzerland.

“I can hardly be cross about something that happened before we even existed…”

Geoff’s wife, Kate (Oscar-nominated Rampling), is initially understanding of her husband’s stupefied reaction, until a noticeable change in his disposition raises disquieting questions about whether his affection for her was ever as strong as it was for his tragic first love.

Coloured by a wash of internalised sentiments which never quite bubble over (at least not vocally) even come the closing credits, 45 Years makes for relatable, raw and sincere – if hardly sensational – viewing for a mature, intuitive, action-weary audience.

CR@B Verdict: 3 stars