Archive for October, 2010

Spotify Sunday

From Nina to Corinne

From Nina to Corinne

I can’t make my mind up about Spotify. On the one hand, for someone who grew up making mix tapes by recording music from the radio – lying in wait for certain tracks to be broadcastlike a detective on a stakeout, and producing compilations that consisted of little more than [...]

by × October 31, 2010 × 0 comments

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Halloween Recommendations 

Halloween Recommendations 

There’s a difference between being frightened and being horrified. For my Halloween viewing I always prefer the drip, drip, drip of terror inspired by ghostly yarns to the recoil of shock andrevulsion triggered by the best horror movies. Films about ghosts can often seem risible when viewed in daylight or [...]

by × October 29, 2010 × 0 comments

Spotify Sunday

Jazz Drums

Jazz Drums

The saxophone, the bass, the piano … but what about the drums? In this playlist, I try to trace the role of drums in the history of jazz. From the ‘oompah oomph’ of the bass drum, to ‘peasoup pea-soup’ of the hi-hat, hopefully this selection covers the lot: ‘Heebie Jeebies’ [...]

by × October 24, 2010 × 0 comments

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The Journey to ‘Senna’

The Journey to ‘Senna’

Locanda Locatelli, June 2005.  James Gay-Rees – an urbane, hip and impossibly lanky independent film producer; Celso Lemos, Commercial Director for the Instituto Ayrton Senna – a charitable foundation set up to educate underprivileged Brazilian children – and I are at a corner table talking about the possibility of making [...]

by × October 18, 2010 × 0 comments

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Great Scenes – Jackie Chan Vs. Jet Li

Great Scenes – Jackie Chan Vs. Jet Li

Those fans of martial arts movies who looked forward to the release of The Forbidden Kingdom, the one film to unite Jet Li and Jackie Chan, were really only anticipating one scene: the first explosion of on-film fisticuffs between the two greatest stars in Asian action cinema. The scene is the [...]

by × October 16, 2010 × 0 comments