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Introducing

the latest bands in and around your city

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TOP EATS

your city’s hidden hotspots revealed

FREE April 2012 • elevencardiff.co.uk


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THIS MONTH

Artist Review DENUO page 3

Eleven Introduces page 5

Venue Reviews page 9

Gig Listings page 10

Interview w/SHAMONIKS page 13

APRIL 2012

Album Reviews page 15

Film Reviews page 16

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Denuo is a Cardiff-based band formed by welsh guitarist/singer Tom Mason that combines room-silencing moments of acoustic tranquility with cinematic ambient rock. It began as a solo project when Mason started writing and recording in a friend’s studio in the coastal town of Penmaenmawr, North Wales.

Following a move to Cardiff and playing solo gigs around the city, Denuo selfreleased the “Wolf River” EP in 2010 - a collection of subtle acoustic-based songs inspired by transatlantic escapism.

“It [Wolf River] is quite beautiful, the sound of some of the pieces missing from a pining human heart” Adam Walton, BBC Radio Wales.

The EP was recorded over a few days in North Wales and released as a limited number of handmade CDs, which were quietly passed around Cardiff and beyond. The songs eventually reached Bethan Elfyn who played the title track on her BBC Wales radio show, helping the band to get a foot in the door of the local Cardiff music scene.


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Denuo welcomed 2011 with their most impressive gig to date - being chosen to support Manic Street Preachers for their homecoming gig in Blackwood. This incredible start to the year marked their debut national radio performance; with the gig being broadcast live on

Radio 2. Since the release of the EP and this monumental gig, Denuo has been performing around the Cardiff area as a full-band with the addition of drummer Harry Jones, bassist Dan Williams and guitarist/vocalist Sam Barnes.

Last month, the band released double A-side single “Blood Red Sun/ Heavy Eyes” which is somewhat of a departure from the delicate acoustic tracks on the 2010 EP. It’s louder, busier and an exciting preview of what’s yet to come from this Cardiff band. “Blood Red Sun/Heavy Eyes” is available to purchase and download from w w w. d e n u o . b a n d c a m p . c o m w w w. d e n u o m u s i c . c o m FREE download of the track “Infidelity” available on our website.

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INTRODUCING Hard working ethics, a Welsh town upbringing and most importantly a passion for what they do has led a four piece band titled ‘King & Country’ thriving to get on the South Wales musical map. Ready to get out on to the road, they have just recorded their debut E.P that will be entitled ‘Changes’ (recorded with producer Dan Lancaster,

whose credits include Lower Than Atlantis and Don Broco) being released shortly, they are ready to share their passion, integrity and love for what they do with baying crowds all across the country. The four piece, never afraid to back down from a challenge, you can expect a highly energetic live

performance with scorching passion and intensity, a brutal truth brought forth with their finely honed sound of incendiary hooks and lyrics sung with nothing but honest hearts and open palms over powerful tracks composed of pure good-time-pop-rock-mayhem.

Currently set on releasing all 4 songs from their debut E.P, King & Country are back in the studio. Recordng at longwave records in Cardiff the second EP will be availible in the summer. King & Country are now availible to listen or download on iTunes, Spotify, and lastFM. Get listening! Twitter.

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To say that We Are The Afterglow take their music seriously, is an understatement. The brain-child of singer/songwriter Andy K Gregory is setting the bar for unsigned bands in Cardiff today. Formed in 2007, they had embarked on a journey that would “make you wanna live your life again�. Since their early beginnings, many band members had hopped on board the rock train but ended up getting off at the next stop. With their current line-up, they have been able to expand on the desires of the frontman, which results in lyrics reminiscent of the John Frusciante, Nick Cave, Billy Bragg, M*A*S*H which are all blended with styles coming from the likes of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Queens of the Stoneage and the Kings of Leon.

It is only now that they feel they have a complete repetoire of songs and budding young rock stars that they believe they can take Cardiff and the rest of the Great Britain by storm.

The Globe and Undertone. They are set to play at the Buffalo Bar alongside two equally awesome bands. This is where their first live recording will be from.

Of course, first stop is their home town of Cardiff, where they have begun recording some new material in the ATRiuM studios as Glamorgan University. Already establishing themselves on the local music scene, they have played in venues such as

With all that said, if these guys tickle your fancy, it would be a tragedy to miss these live in their upcoming events.

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TOP EATS

Cardiff’s dining hotspots revealed

PICK OF THE MONTH

New York Deli – High Street Arcade Bagels, Sandwiches, Hoagies – big portions, good value, all made to your liking, DELICIOUS. Why would you get a meal deal from a supermarket when you can have a ‘Harriet Special’ bagel, or a ‘Cardiff Devil’s’ Hoagie?

Mina Restaurant – Lebanese cuisine was pretty new to me, but Mina’s was a lovely surprise. Good vibes, good food, and totally worth every penny. Definitely try the Mezze, perfect for sharing. Café Minuet – Café Minuet, or Marcello’s, is a tiny little Italian restaurant in the Castle Arcade. Owner Marcello, although retired, can often be found cooking in the kitchen, whipping up rich, tasty food at good prices. I had a spinach, creamy, bake thing – delicious. Maybe try the hot slipper, like a mini calzone, if you’re on your lunch. Madame Fromage – Primarily a cheese shop, Madame Fromage also offers a dining experience in its spread out restaurant, flanking the Castle Arcade’s footpath. French menu made with quality ingredients. It’s a little taste of France in the heart of Cardiff. Bon Appétit! Pipi’s Café – found on Caroline Street this Greek café is modern, and chippy lane chic. But the food is good, and so is the coffee. Try their sweets – the baklava is wonderful. Milgi – Veggie paradise. Milgi boasts an entirely vegetarian menu – my favourite is the red bean and pepper burger. They’ve also some great cocktails to boot. Be sure to go through to the yurt (big tent, tipi thing) in the garden, it’s ace!

Giovanni’s - For whole hearted healthy Italian goodness. Giovannis is the one place in Cardiff you should go to for fine Italian cuisine. From excellent hand stretched pizzas to succulent mediterranean seafood, with bread sticks and red wine, this is the place to impress your better half... or for a first date. The Falafel Café – another veggie joint, home made veggie food to eat in or take-away. It is a simple place to eat – Falafel, Pita, Hummus, all the sauces. Yum! Try their pizza night on a Thursday (You can get a pretty good pizza for around a fiver). Charlestons Brasserie – chippy lane’s steak house. From the outside, looks a bit dingy, but inside the steaks are good. One staff member here at Eleven reports a 22oz steak, and says that it goes down well. Aladdin’s Restaurant and Takeaway – Ok, it’s a guilty pleasure to get a kebab, night out or not. But Aladdin’s, on City Road, sure do make a tasty one. They do your usual Doner kebabs but they also do wraps with ‘proper’ meat, chicken shish wrap is good. It’s pretty smart inside too. A great way to end a night out! Troy – yes I know, TWO takeaways on the top eats list. But troy is not so much a kebab house, despite its appearance. It offers delicious charcoal grilled meats, and great wraps. That’s two great takeaways on city road.

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ELEVEN YN GYMRAEG Gigs Caerdydd

Yr sgor ydi trio ffeindio rwyle dda yn Gaerdydd sydd yn werth fynd I weld. Dros y pythefnos dwythe dwi di bod ar nifer o nosweithia yn trio ffeindio’r noson goro sydd yna! Gan fod Gaerdydd yn ddinas sydd yn cael yr enwa mawr prif ymdrech fi odd ddod ar ddraws nosweithia odd nid yn unig yn hwylys ond ar yrt llaw arall yn rhad ac os rwbath am ddim. Ar ol ymchwilio ddoes I ar ddraws cylch jazz Gaerdydd roedd. Mae coleg cherdd a ddrama Gaerdydd yn rhoi nosweithia ymlaen sydd yn arddanosi ei myfyrwyr, felly esi I I’r noson atgofio Charlie Parker yn “A shot in the Dark”. Rodd un o fandia or coleg yn

chwarae 3 awr o set am ddim ! Roedd y noson yn pleser ag roedd yr music yn gret, ar pobol yna yn criw dda I ymlacia gyda a grwrando ar Jazz efo. Mar noson yn “A Shot In A Dark” ar pob yn ail wsnos ag ar y nos sul ac os dachim yn siwr iawn be I neud efoch hyn ar y noson mi faswn yn awgrymu mentro I weld y fandie.


Venue Reviews a guide to Cardiff’s popular venues.

Gwdihw

Guildford Crescent, Cardiff It is often said that the smaller venues are offer a more intimate setting. That is the case with Gwdihw, Cardiff. Gwdihw, which means “Owl” in the good old Welsh language is a venue that offers good beer, a relaxed atmosphere and most importantly, a great insight into new bands in Cardiff. Although the pub hosts DJ nights and bands that are already on the Cardiff music scene, with bands like The Method and Houdini Dax, new acts often pop up on more obscure nights of the week. It is on Gwdihws’ stage that virgin stage performers turn into real the semiprofessional performers that can be seen throughout the wonderful city of Cardiff. Gwdihw is a great opportunity

for anyone stage fright to face their fear, as the punters there the relaxed and welcoming kind. Many may consider it a hipster hideout, but there are elements of Indie and Bohemians styles all mingled into one. Just around the corner from the ATRiuM building of the University of Glamorgan, it is a great spot to go to catch a gig just afteru you’ve finished handing in your latest assignment, or only a short walk from the heart of the City Centre where you can go for a cheeky pint after work and take in the warm and welcoming atmosphere. Gwdihw will remain a spot for gig goers for the unforseeable future as it has all the elements of a social club mixed with a venue that ap-

Vulcan Lounge

Wyvern Road, Cardiff

Situated in the heart of Cathays is a pub that used to be known as The End and attended by a more mature crowd. Since the past two years, new owners took upon the adventure of renaming it and giving it a new lease of life that has brought in a much younger crowd since it’s doors had re-opened. This is a great spot to have a few pints of ale and listen to a local band playing in the corner of the

room. They have their own sound engineer and P.A. System, so it’s not always your typical singer/songwriter that is woo’ing the crowd. Anything from rock bands to jazz outfits have taken stage to fill your ears with musical delights. You will still see some of the older crowd here but it is now seen as the place to be to see great bands playing live and for some pre-drinks before you head into the city centre.


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LIVE LOUNGE

The Friary, Cardiff

At the heart of every students night out is a trip to Live Lounge to spend the night as a slave to the dance floor. Often you’ll hear sounds coming from the house band “Goose” who are fronted by Irishman Colm Regan, who has had some success in the United States. If you happen to miss this great band, the D.J. will a whole variety of dancefloor chart toppers up until 4 a.m.

The Full Moon Womanby St, Cardiff

Cardiff’s newest bar and live music venue is also shaping up to be one of the best. Situated in the heart of the city on Womanby Street, The Full Moon has a fine selection of live music and hard liquor. Since opening in October last year, it has quickly become a favourite among bands and music lovers, especially with the addition of the upstairs Moon Club venue. January saw the venue play host to the “Free for All” festival – a month of gigs and events completely free of charge. A simple yet effective idea but the free entry gigs brought in the crowds and the venue was packed almost every night. The Full Moon is loved for its quirks and unique features like the starlight ceiling,

jukebox and arcade games, but it also maintains high quality service and friendly atmosphere. The handy location, late opening times, and great music make The Full Moon the perfect go-to bar in Cardiff any day of the week. Upcoming Shows Under The Driftwood Tree Mon April 30th - £3.50 Palomino Party Fri May 4th –

£3.00

Niki & The Dove Wed May 23rd -

£5.00

The Death of Her Money Fri May 25th - £3.00

Being in this environment, you wouldn’t be confined to just one band as this venue has played host to a lot more bands and even holds an Open Mic Night every Sunday from 4 p.m. until about 6:30 p.m. Whether a Cardiff resident or a traveller from overseas, your night isn’t complete with a trip to the infamous Live Lounge


APRIL IN CARDIFF this months guide to whats on in and around Cardiff.

10 Feet Tall Thomas J Speight – 1st April Sons of Noel and Adrian 2nd April Clock Opera 19th April Laish – 22nd April Normandie Wilson - 26th April Bogiez Mumakil, Natron 18th April Breed 77 – 22nd April Fishbone + New Town Kings 23rd April Buffalo Bar Swing Dance Cardiff - 10th April The Monochrome Set - 11th April The Frank and Walters 12th April Springstock Buffalooza 13th April Delta sleep 15th April Ellen and the escapades 17th April Juan Zelada 18th April (early) We are the Afterglow - 19th April (late) Signature 19th April Holy coves 20th April Gbob wales national finals 21st April Futuretown 22nd April Videogame Tournament 24th April Cardiff Tea Club 25th April High Contrast presents alt-whitman 26th April the brute chorus - CANCELLED 27th April ‘Mother’s ruin’ - gin party! - 30th April Cardiff Motorpoint Arena Example, Wretch 32 - 20th April Lostprophets, Modestep 28th April WrestleMania Revenge Tour - 19th April

Cardiff University Union Charlie Simpson 3rd April Architects , Rolo Tomassi, Stray From The Path 5th April Your Demise, Trapped Under Ice, Man Overboard, Basement 6th April Parkway Drive, Miss May I, The Ghost Inside, Confession 11th April Emeli Sandé - 13th April We Are The In Crowd, Every Avenue - 16th April Paradise Lost - 16th April Twin Atlantic - 19th April Gomez - 20th April Deaf Havana - 27th April The Subways, Royal Republic, Turbowolf - 29th April Clwb Ifor Bach Sharks, Crowns, Crossbreaker - 1st April Black Breath, Victims, Tormented - 4th April Ben Montague - 5th April Breichiau Hir 6th April Gavin Butler, Neil Starr – 12th April Christiaan Webb and the Sweet Lords, Joshua Caole, Zervas and Pepper - 13th April Jay Brannan – 15th April Dry The River - 18th April Kyla La Grange - 18th April Hatcham Social - 21st April Karima Francis 27th April Kyshera, Henry’s Funeral Shoe, Colours Of One 26th April Coal Exchange Feeder - 27th April Full Moon Club Them Lovely Boys – 19th April Captain Accident – 20th April Gomez After Show Party – 20th April The Ped and Joe Show – 21st April

The Voodoo Duo – 27th April The Globe Behind the Line/King & Country – 1st April The Oasis Experience – 26th April Stereosonics – 28th April Rhod Gilbert – 29th April Gwdhiw Jam With RoBina -

1st April

Undertone Surface Festival 5th April Usvthem / Ravachol - 6th April Playlounge / Joanna Gruesome - 9th April Poppy and Friends - 10th April Modern Life is Rubbish 13th April City Bass - 14th April Spar Warz - 15th April The Wendy Darlings - 16th April The Boy Royals (formerly town) - 17th April Heavy Petting Zoo - 18th April Obey/One Mission/Safe 20th April Analogue - 21st April I Remember Tapes 24th April Fjords - 25th April Normandie Wilson - 26th April Spencer (numbers) / F.A.O. - 27th April Punks in the Beerlight - 28th April Orient Machine - 29th April The Yard Splash Macadam, Scarletins 6th April


The Maccabees

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Great Hall, Cardiff 17th March 2012

The Maccabees are about to come out to an excited Cardiff crowd at the Great Hall in Cardiff (Wales just won some sort of rugby cup gear, I dunno). Their latest album ‘Given to the Wild’ can certainly be considered a commercial triumph, having reached number 4 in the UK charts – pretty unheard of recently for what I suppose you’d call ‘indie bands’. As the Brighton-boys come on to the stage the applause and screams are deafening. I got the feeling that the new album went down pretty well with the fans, and good because it got a lot of airtime tonight. Last time I saw the Maccabees in Cardiff, Feb 13th 2010, they were touring with NME Shockwaves tour, with Bombay Bicycle Club, and they were pretty lacklustre, still good, but tired. Tonight there was no sign of tiredness, perhaps a slight reluctance – they barely spoke to the crowd, but for the odd thanks here and there – but on the whole a thoroughly professional, and tight performance. ‘Child’ was the opener, like it is on the album, and was met with appreciation from the packed in crowd – especially at the end of this track where the crowd erupts energetically, jumping and flailing, possessed. The band did look back to their previous albums too. From Colour It In (2007) ‘First Love’, and ‘X-ray’ got a play mid-set, and ‘Precious Time’ in the encore, again met very warmly from the crowd. From Wall of Arms (2009) ‘Can You Give It’, ‘Love You Better’ and ‘No Kind Words’, the crowd were at their loudest, echoing Weeks’ vocal lines wherever possible.

If there was a lull in energy from the crowd towards the end of the set, this would probably be because of continuing to play pretty much exclusively material from the latest album; however, this energy was restored when ‘Pelican’ dropped – the first single from GTTW. The song is one of the strongest from the album, and sounded fantastic.

“ the fans want more, and start chanting ‘MAC-A-BEES’ and stamp their feet” As the band leave the stage, it is clear the fans want more, and start chanting ‘MAC-A-BEES’ and stamp their feet, reminding me of old school plays and panto. The band gives in and returns to the stage, again with deafening applause. As well as ‘Precious Time’, ‘Grew Up At Midnight’ was the finisher, as it is on the album – it seems quite fitting. As midnight drew closer, it’s clear to see that the Maccabees have done some growing up as musicians and as performers, and that does not detract from their show at all, it only enhances it.


an interview with...

SHAMONIKS

Shamoniks is a Welsh musician who is originally from Nefyn North Wales. For he past three years he has been living in Cardiff whilst studying and producing music. We recently caught up with him to get some insight into his music and to see what has been happening in the world of Shamoniks in 2012. Eleven How has 2012 been for you so far this year? Shamoniks Yes, 2012 has been good I’ve just released my first EP on the Diamond cutter label, which is doing really well. There are also been plenty of gigs so I’ve been kind of busy on that front as well. Eleven When we met you back in 2011 you said that you were mainly producing Dubstep has there been any development in the music your making or are you still making Dubstep primarily? Shamoniks Well I still make dubstep but I’ve been getting more into neurofunk recently and also house music. I’ve been listening to a lot Noisia and I guess that’s been my main influence of recent, but I still enjoy listening and producing a wide range of genre’s Eleven Why have you diversified then in 2012? Shamoniks Well with dance music it’s moving on all the time, so in order to keep current and appeal to a wider audience I’ve got to diversify. I also like the fact that within dance music your not limited to one particular genre of such. Eleven We also hear that you’ve recently started playing in a number of different bands? Shamoniks Yes, I guess I’ve been fortunate in having some really good opportunities this year. I’ve started working with a Welsh folk band called “Calan” who are totally different to what I normally listen to and also a cover band called the “Displays”. Eleven Neurofunk to folk music how did this come about!? Shamoniks Ha I know seems a bit of a dramatic change doesn’t it, well I was offered the job of playing guitar and I must say I’ve really enjoyed it. We’ve got a fully booked summer supporting Jools Holland, and an album coming out later on in the year. Eleven So I think it’s fair to say, you are not short of work at the moment! Would you put this down to the fact you’ve been willing to diversify and look for gigs you wouldn’t of normally considered? Shamoniks Yes definitely I think that as someone who’s starting out you cant be too picky about what gigs you want to take on. And it’s also getting your name out there and different people. I mean dance music is my preferred choice but at the same time I can’t turn down any gig if I want to be a professional musician! Eleven Thank you for your time and we hope that you remain busy!

Check out Shamoniks at: soundcloud.com/shamoniks


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Album/E.P REVIEWS You’re Early

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2:54

British moody-rockers 2:54 are quietly stirring a dark thunderstorm in the music industry at the moment. After touring with Warpaint and Melissa der Maur, sisters Colette and Hannah Thurlow have released great singles “On a Wire” and “Scarlet”, gaining a lot of attention along the way. T he latest single “You’re Early” is a cold, yet strangely beautiful track with elements of shoe-

gaze in the guitar work. While it isn’t necessarily as musically interesting as previous single “Scarlet”, it definitely shows promise for what the band has to offer for their eagerly awaited LP. 2:54 have an exciting year ahead of them.

Released 9th April 2012

Beware and Be Grateful

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Maps and Atlases

Chicago band Maps & Atlases return this year with their sophomore LP “Beware & Be Grateful”. Moving away from their math-rock roots, the band continues to delve even further into the experimental pop genre that was explored in 2010’s “Perch Patchwork”. The album begins with “Old and Gray” – a majestic introduction to the album, covered in beautiful vocoder harmonies and interesting loops. This slowly transforms into the surprisingly radiofriendly second track “Fever”. On first listen, the more simple pop structures of tracks like “Winter”

and “Remore and Dark Years” might worry the old Maps & Atlases fans, but there is no denying that the song writing is still as strong as ever. “Beware & Be Grateful” is a well-crafted record with interesting production and an impressive variety of instruments and sounds throughout. There is a noticeable progression and transformation in the song writing style, yet it still maintains the band’s original charm. “Beware & Be Grateful” is a great listen for first-time listeners and die-hard Maps & Atlases fans alike.

Released: 16th April 2012

Le Voyage dans la Lune

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Air

The synth pop songs of Versailles music duo Air have always featured heavily in movies and TV ads, but some of their best work can be heard on soundtrack albums like 2000’s “The Virgin Suicides”, which was composed for the Sofia Coppola film of the same title. 12 years later, Air returns with “Le Voyage dans la Lune”, a rescored soundtrack for Georges Méliès’s 1902 science fiction film “A Trip To The Moon”. The album opens with the majestic “Astronomic Club” and when paired with the ignition sequence countdown in “Seven Stars”, it instantly sparks all

the visuals you need for this lunar trip. The halfway point of this album is where the music seems to abandon the concept of the film slightly and focus more on the synth soundscapes and grooves you would expect from an Air record (which of course, isn’t a bad thing). As the original film ran for only 14 minutes, this isn’t too surprising. “Le Voyage dans la Lune” is a modern approach to a classic French film and who better to take on the task than Nicolas Godin and Jean-Benoit Dunckel. Air’s latest effort is a collection of impressive and interesting soundscapes that certainly don’t disappoint.

Released: 6th February 2012

Sheena is a T-Shirt Salesman

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Future of the Left Following a line-up change in 2010, Cardiff band Future of the Left assured fans that they were still as strong as ever when they released the “Polymers Are Forever” EP last November. This month, the band released their first single from their eagerly awaited 3rd album “The Plot Against Common Sense”. “Sheena is a T-Shirt Salesman” is an intense 2-minute experience of gritty, schizophrenic and surprisingly catchy punk rock. The signature multi-octave guitar riffs are driven even further the growling bass

of new member Julia Ruzicka (ex-Million Dead). Hearing the backing vocals of new guitarist Jimmy Watkins (Strange News From Another Star) is a welcome surprise and brings a new element to the band’s evolving sound. Stripping back all the noise would still leave you with a strong, well-crafted and witty song – which has been key to the success of Future of the Left and similar bands before them. This freight train of a song perfectly showcases the strengths of this new line-up and what we can expect from the LP.

Released 12th March 2012


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Movie REVIEWS 6/11

J.Edgar A pretty gripping, and entertaining biopic, but not to be taken as an historical document by any means. Leonardo Di Caprio gives a good performance, even if under thick layers of make-up (I mean really thick) he shows he is right at the top of his game with this portrayal. It’s also well directed by Clint Eastwood, who captures some nice shots. So why 6? Well, (without giving too much away) it made me cringe to see the same characters throughout the film gradually building up thicker skins (literally) as their faces are covered with some sort of latex to simulate the aging

process. The film never directly tackles Hoover’s sexuality, the film seems to celebrate the fact that he introduced elaborate filing systems, finger printing, and phone tapping - all too relevant today, which made me feel uneasy. Ultimately it’s pretty pro USA movie, which is fine, but the movie makers here could have told this story a lot more effectively, and, although done for effect, truthfully. The one thing it did do was make me look in to Hoover a lot more, who was a fascinating character, no doubt. Which is all the more reason why this is a disappointing film.

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Shame First thing to say is that Michael Fassbender is a serious dude! He plays Brandon, a cool, sleek, business man, who is addicted to sex - women, prostitutes, pornography. Brandon has a sister, Sissy, played expertly by Carey Mulligan. She can be described as young, naive, troubled, perhaps a screwup, but she is talented and aspiring singer, who decides she’s going to crash at Brandon’s clean immaculate apartment, which annoys him no end and the strains on their relationship are clear to see. I don’t want to say too much more, I want you to watch it! It’s such a visceral film. It stays with you long after watching it. It disturbs you and get’s in to your head. There are also some fantastic long shots, something

director (and artist) Steve McQueen seems to enjoy (that 10 minute-odd long scene from Hunger), some I remember from Shame are the continuous shots of Fassbender running down a street lamp lit pavement, Mulligan’s singing, and Fassbender on a date in a restaurant - all fantastic long continuous shots. A film about addiction that really centres around a character who’s constantly looking for his fix, sexual ecstasy, something he can’t do, we find out, when he is actually unable to perform physically because he has an emotional connection. A very powerful, naked, ambiguous, and raw film.

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Martha Marcy May Marlene One of the more eery and chilling films I’ve seen this year, Martha, played by Elizabeth Olsen (yes, that’s right - sister to Mary-Kate and Ashley), escapes from cultish sort of farm - I said cultish - and seeks refuge at her sister and brotherin-law’s lavish home, but all the time fearing that the cult she had abandoned will come after her. This movie, written and directed by Sean Durkin, is gripping, thrilling, and left me feeling very uneasy. The shots of greenery, and woodland somehow add to this sense of terror. Even though

A Dangerous Method I was excited to see this movie! Michael Fassbender, Viggo Mortensen, Keira Knightley, all about Freud and Jung, directed by David Cronenberg!? Sounds good to me. But I was somewhat underwhelmed because the film was very ordinary. It’s full of strained friendships and marriages, sexual encounters, mental illness, and different approaches of pyschoanalysis, and ultimately about ‘the talking cure’ - and yes, there is a lot of talking. We follow 3 main characters: Carl Jung, Sabine, and Sigmund Freud. Jung is trying to fix Sabine, Freud is gone to for advice on the case, Sabine becomes Jung’s mistress, and becomes interested in becoming a psychoanalyst herself. Sounds pretty simple, pretty dull, and it’s very wordy. I’ve got no problem with wordy, but this film

the film itself is not a horror, Durkin has made it uneasy instead of going out to plain scare - but actually, it makes it much creepier this way. The movie is full particularly fear John Hawkes, the Martha’s mental

of paranoia, madness and from Patrick, played by creepy, cult leader whom state is attributable to.

A low-key, indie film, but very effective, with some great performances. And, remarkably, Durkin’s first major work. Good going mate.

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just had no wow factor, no pizzaz. Just ordinary. Fassbender (Jung) and Mortensen (Freud) give good performances, and Knightley is strong too. The most annoying part for me was that everyone had this pretty standard English accent - or at least a sort of posh sounding accent. You’re very aware you’re watching a film, and the whole thing is very staged, it was originally a stage play, but I found this distracting.

It’s basically a film full of a bunch of guys with beards and moustaches talking in their study’s, smoking cigars, talking about sex. If you’ve got an interest in psychology/psychoanalysis you may not find it quite as dull as I did.


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