R SHOWCASE I M E
Issue 1 August 2010
Dedicated to the Arts, Entertainment and Sports Industry
Check out our Album, Film, Fashion and Sports reviews! Plus Gig listings and a special message from The Editors…
Features This Month: You Vs Me puttin the Epic into Indie! Camy Tang & Christian Fiction… Chrisifiction? Jamie Paul’s Art: West meeting East Cosmic Gypsy about Songwriting & Art
Extra Features: A New Line of Fashion Jewellery + The World Cup
RIME looks back in time… James Dean, Stanley Kubrick, Band Reviews: Duran Duran + early films... reviews
CONTENTS PAGE Editors Note.................................................................pg 3 Camy Tang and Christian Fiction................................pg 4-7 Jamie Paul....................................................................pg 9-11 RIME Fashion Review – Jewellery ............................pg 13-16 You Vs Me Interview..................................................pg 17-18 RIME REVIEWS.........................................................pg 20-29 Cosmic Gypsies...........................................................pg 31-33 Gig Lisiting..................................................................pg 34 World Cup Review......................................................pg 35-38 RIME Spotlight: Trevor Dulson..................................pg 39 RETRO SECTION.......................................pg 41 RETRO Band Review: Duran Duran............pg 42-47 RETRO Film Review...................................pg 48-51 RETRO Filmmaker: Stanley Kubrick...........pg 52-55 RETRO Actor: James Dean..........................pg 56-57
All editing, directing, layout, production, marketing, promotions and interviews were conducted by RIME Entertainment – www.rime-entertainment.com
Editors Note Welcome to the first edition of RIME Showcase......
This is a very exciting venture for the RIME team as it allows us to share and promote new talent in the world of Entertainment to such a wide audience all over the globe.
RIME Showcase not only showcases new talent, but shares reviews and interviews some of those already established in their chosen field. This brings all from the Entertainment industry together and allows us to network with each other to keep on entertaining the masses. We also uncover the golden treasures from the past with RETRO section. In this section we review music and films from the past, share hidden gems that should never be forgotten and pay tribute to those great icons that are no Both at us RIME, longerf us with . believe that by allowing ourselves to explore our creative side we can discover hidden talents which should be rewarded through recognition and job satisfaction.
RIME Showcase aims to allow readers to discover new talent in the world of fashion, music, film, art, theatre, writing, comedy and sport; bring contacts together in terms of management and talent scouting, reviewing what is happening in the world of entertainment around the globe both past and present and digging up timeless classics. There is something for everyone in RIME Showcase.
We have managed to put together a great team of writers who have a love for the Arts and Entertainment field and I would just like to say a great big THANK YOU to all of them for their hard work and dedication in making this first edition a reality. So on behalf of RIME Entertainment I would like to say I hope you enjoy our first edition and if you want to know more about RIME please do not hesitate in checking out our website and maybe leave us a message and let us know what you thought of the magazine....check us out on www.rime-entertainment.com Until the next issue...enjoy!!!!
Rita & Melissa xxx
CAMY TANG & Christian Fiction...
Chrisifiction? Camy Tang is an international author, who writes books within a unique genre, Christian fiction. This genre is growing popular and Camy’s asian theme in her books make her stand out among the growing crowd. Her faith keeps her focussed and she shows that no matter where life takes you, if you are meant to follow a particular purpose in life, life will always bring you back to that purpose somehow, as was the case for Camy... RIME You worked as a Biologist researcher for 9 years and have a major in Psychology. What/who inspired you to change the direction of your career and take up writing full time?
CT I have always enjoyed writing, but God asked me to lay my writing down—completely. Literally, it was a huge fight, but eventually I shoved my manuscript under the bed (where it still resides, because it‟s complete dross) and stopped writing fiction. I went into biology work and majored in CT I did a lot of self study. I took lots of online writing classes, read tons of articles and writing craft books, and also attended several writers conferences to take workshops and
Psychology because I really enjoyed both of them in college. In the years I was a biologist, I enjoyed the work, but I did want to write more than experiment on cancer cells. Then a few years later, I got laid off from my biology job and God gave me the green light to pick up my writing again. It seemed a little strange for a biologist to suddenly decide to write fiction (again), but I hadn‟t expected a chance like this after I‟d given my writing up to Him, and I wasn‟t about to argue! A few years later I talked it over with my husband and decided to go full time into writing. We‟ve had to tighten our belts since my biology career was so lucrative (and writing is just NOT), but I really enjoy what I do now and I‟m a lot less stressed than I used to be. LOL RIME When you decided to change career path did you undertake further studies in writing? get my writing critiqued. I joined a critique group (several, in fact) to learn good writing and apply it and learn how to critique others. I learned the most by joining American Christian
Fiction Writers (www.acfw.com) because they have an excellent archive of online workshops (monthly workshops are free for members) that I read all in a month, which really helped me understand what I need to learn to write well and understand the publishing industry. ACFW also has an active email loop with published authors who answer questions, and I learned a lot from participating in that loop. RIME How long have you been writing?
CT Since I was eight. I took a hiatus for several years and started writing seriously again in 2003. bleak love lives. Who knew God would have His own plans of true love for each of them? I had so much fun with their stories! Only three books were contracted, so I wrote Jenn‟s story as a novella and things are in motion to have it selfpublished in the next year or so. My newest release is in September and it‟s not part of the Sushi series at all. It‟s a romantic suspense set in Sonoma, California, one of my favourite places to visit. :) Here‟s the back cover blurb: HER LIFE WAS ON THE LINE Someone wants dermatologist Rachel Grant‟s latest research, and they‟ll do anything to get it. Including trashing the plants needed for her breakthrough scar-reducing cream—and trying to run Rachel down. Desperate for help, she turns to Edward Villa, the only man she trusts. But the greenhouse owner knows too much about Rachel‟s research, and now he‟s a target, too. Break-ins, muggings, murder...the would-be thief is getting desperate— and getting closer. Edward vows to protect Rachel at all costs. Yet with time ticking away, Edward knows they have to uncover the madman shadowing Rachel before their chance for a future is destroyed.
RIME Tell us more about the Sushi Series and your latest book? Here‟s the series overview for my Sushi series: CT Four cousins—Lex the Jock, Trish the Flirt, Venus the Cactus, and Jennifer the Doormat—commiserate their single status. As the only Christians in their large extended family, they vow to fight the stigma of the infamous family title, Oldest Single Female Cousin. But they have very different ideas about not acting as desperate as they feel about their
RIME You write Christian romance and romantic suspense novels with Asian American characters. How have you found the market for this genre? Has it been easy or have you found it quite difficult to market this genre?
CT I didn‟t originally write Asian characters, but in studying the market, I realized that the Christian fiction market didn‟t have many Asian American (as opposed to Asians from Asia) characters. I started to think about taking a step like that, and then I got a very clear word from God for me to “write my heritage.” I didn‟t get any clearer than that! I‟ll keep doing it until He tells me not to. I haven‟t really targeted my marketing to my ethnic group because my stories are written to appeal to anyone from any ethnicity. My books are like the movie, My Big Fat Greek Wedding. Even if you‟re not Greek, you can totally see your family in the characters in the movie! I get lots of readers who tell me that the grandma in my series is just like their Norwegian/German/Russian/Irish/Italia n/you name it relative! I have also learned to leave my sales up to God. There is only so much I can do, and I don‟t intend to kill myself to
try to market my books. Frankly, I‟d rather spend the time writing more books!
RIME Your faith is very important to you. Do you find that it has been the strength you have needed in such a competitive career field?
CT I definitely think it has helped me. God has guided me in my career direction, such as telling me to “write my heritage” and showing me what He wanted me to write, namely Asian American characters and humor. My trust in God has, I think, also enabled me to be a bit less stressed about my sales numbers or my next contract, because I know it‟s all in God‟s hands. I am also blessed because I have readers who pray for me, and that is one of the greatest gifts they could give to me, even more than buying my books. My faith has definitely given me strength in this tough market but also peace. Stress reduction is KEY in times like these, with the economy the way it is now!
RIME On your website, I have noticed that you offer writers writing tips headlined: “Story Sensei Blog”. Would you explain exactly what tips you offer on this blog to assist up-coming new writers?
RIME What about your online classes for writers and advice on manuscripts etc. What made you decide to offer these services and how can a new writer access these services?
CT I started my Story Sensei critique service because several published authors I worked with mentioned that I have a really good sense of largescale story structure, which is hard to find among freelance editors. Many editors‟ strengths lie in technical writing whereas I can see structural flaws in the overall story. I am very upfront about pricing on my website here: http://storysensei.blogspot.com/2005/1 2/what-story-sensei-is-about.html My schedule for my manuscript critique tends to be pretty full, but I am always able to offer telephone mentoring and online classes or online one-on-one mentoring. I actually prefer those because I can ask questions as I work with someone, which I can‟t do if I‟m doing a manuscript critique. If anyone is interested in any of my services, I can be reached at email@example.com.
RIME When you are not writing what do you enjoy doing? I hear you play volleyball and enjoy running?
CT I write short posts on writing craft
CT I used to LOVE volleyball, but I
and writing business. Sometimes I highlight links or blogs that writers might find helpful in terms of craft or the writing market. I also use it as my website for my critique service.
tore my ACL twice. The same knee! UGH. So not wanting to go through a third surgery, I gave up volleyball and I‟ve been running now. I absolutely love it, although I wasn‟t able to say that until I started the Jeff
Galloway Run-Walk method (www. Jeffgalloway.com). Now I really enjoy the running and absolutely love being able to go out for a jog. I‟m training for the Honolulu Marathon in December 2010! Wish me luck!
RIME Our readers may be interested in finding out more about you, information on your latest books etc. Please could you share with us information on where they can purchase your books.
CT My website is: http://www.camytang.com/ and my blog is: http://camys-loft.blogspot.com/. I list all the different places you can buy my books online here on my website: My Sushi series: http://www.camytang.com/sushiseries. html
My romantic suspense novels: http://www.camytang.com/romanticsus pense.html I also have free short stories on my website: http://www.camytang.com/shortstories. html Thanks so much for the interview! Camy.
Jamie Paul is an Artist who has outstanding creativity. RIME was truly inspired and interested in his work and had to get in touch with him to find out more about his Art and inspiration behind it...
RIME What inspired you to become an artist and when did it become clear that this is your path? (give the readers some history into your journey) JP I don’t think anything inspired me to become an artist in the traditional sense; it was more of a realisation growing up that I was more attracted to things visually. Images, colours and shapes seemed to stick in my mind a lot quicker and easier than anything else. It was never a conscious choice to say ‘I’m an artist’, I just always had a pencil and sketched. The first real thought process I had when thinking about a career path was just before
I went to university – then it was a choice between the so called ‘normal’ safe route of studying something that would lead into earning a good living or choosing to study something that potentially would keep me poor for the rest of my life. I think anyone who chooses that route has to have a considerable amount of self belief.
RIME How did you cope with breaking into this field? What difficult situations did you face and how did you overcome this? JP It depends what you mean by ‘breaking into this field’ – anyone can be an artist in that they can create an art work and potentially sell it, therefore, in order to
know if one has ‘broken’ into the field it really depends on how you define success – selling a few works, making a living or being critically recognised within the arts. Difficult situations – being an artist is a difficult situation from the word go. All you can do is work hard and you learn very quickly that being an artist is not just creating the art; successful artists are generally very good at marketing, negotiation, business and selling.
RIME What inspires your art? JP I love to travel and have been lucky enough to go to, live and work in some incredible places – primarily my work is about human nature and identity but taken from many varying starting points.
RIME I notice that from quite a lot of your pieces, you tend to blur or black out the eyes – what’s the story behind it? JP For that particular body of work it was a conscious choice to do so, the eyes dictate the mood of a painting and how the viewer perceives the work. Taking them away creates a feeling of uneasiness and forces the viewer to read the work differently.
RIME What does it feel like every time you have a new vision to create an original piece? JP It is the entire process that is the best feeling. Visualising a painting in your mind then translating that to canvas, effectively fighting with it until it feels right to stop working on it, then finally, sitting back and analysing it. It is the most rewarding and infuriating process that I can imagine which feels different every single time.
RIME Do you have regular exhibits in galleries? Any planned in the future?
JP I do have and have had shows in numerous galleries in the UK, Australia and Singapore. I am involved in a group show which opens in September and will then be creating new work for a solo show early next year.
RIME So you’re now living in Singapore – how have they reacted to your art? Why the transition? JP Singapore is very unique in that it has both eastern and western influences, so peoples’ tastes are very broad and varied; the mix of a western artist being inspired by Asian culture producing work that combines the two seems to fit. I love Asian culture and try to live in as many places as I can – Singapore is a perfect point to hop from to discover all of South East Asia.
RIME Who have been the most inspirational people in your life and encouraged you the most in your career? JP I have been lucky enough to have a very supportive family and a very tolerant girlfriend! Things are always the hardest at the beginning, getting your work out there and being noticed, but having a supportive family keeps you focused and in time pays off. Inspiration wise – people who work hard, enjoy life and are open to new ideas/ thoughts/ experiences etc inspire me. RIME What does the future hold for Jamie Paul?? JP More travelling, more shows, more inspiration
RIME What’s your advice to aspiring Artists? JP I generally don’t like giving advice especially with regards to careers in the arts – only people like Lucian Freud and Robert
Hughes who have been in the business for over 50 years or so should give advice. One thing I would say I have learnt though is if you are going to be an artist don’t do it half arsed – it’s not an easy road to choose so if you do it, work hard doing it. RIME Thank you so much for doings this interview for RIME Showcase, we wish you success in your path of creativity.
For more information on Jamie Paul and to see more of his fascinating art visit: www.jamiepaul.net
RIME FASHION: CAROLINE PERA & MARISA JIWI SEOK – “JEWEL GENERATION” Written by Carlotta Brentan Picture 1
Budding jewellery designer CAROLINE PERA, 23, may have only emerged from a Central St. Martins classroom a few short months ago, yet she can already rank at least one notable figure amongst her admirers: “last Christmas, I was working at the Gem Palace in India”, she explains, “and one day, Anish Kapoor walked in and complimented me on my pieces.” On second thought, she adds: “I‟m quite a fan of his!” Indeed, it‟s no surprise that Mr Kapoor should be a fan of Caroline‟s work too: her latest collection, “The Spirit of Water,” showcases the young designer‟s creative and technical proficiency with a variety of delicate materials, including silver, wood, canvas and pearls. Across this diverse range, each piece is solidly held together by a single-minded inspiration: the movements, shapes and colours of water. So why was this element so evocative to Caroline? “Water is an essential element,” she explains, “more valuable than any other more tangible material, and fundamental to
uphold life.” Inspired by this, the designer wanted the collection to represent a play on materials. Stylistically, Caroline‟s aim was to capture the transience and fluidity of water in solid pieces; that she did so successfully is obvious from the very first glance at her collection, where the overwhelming motif is that of dynamism and movement. A pair of silver earrings delicately shaped to uphold a delicate green gem, instantly evoke the frozen splash of a wave [Picture 1]. Silver, too, is the material of choice for a striking ring that, on close inspection, is found to capture the instant when a body breaks through a rippling water surface [Picture 2]. The pivotal piece of the collection is a minutely elaborate pearl necklace, where dozens of delicate pearl strands – chosen, of course, in virtue of being „underwater‟ jewels - link into a silver collar constellated with a spray of yet more pearls [Picture 3].
The dynamic bubbling effect thus created effortlessly brings to mind the delicate foam of a breaking ocean wave. Within the collection, Caroline also explores different techniques for conveying a sense of the fluid movement of water: her painted canvas pieces use “trompe l’oeil” to create this illusion on flat surfaces [Picture 4]. Similarly ingenious, her painted pearl sets are actually made of wood that is treated, drilled and threaded like a real pearl [Picture 5]. These innovative pieces are, in Caroline‟s words, created as “contemporary representations of all-time classics, the pearl necklace and earrings.”
So what has shaped this emerging designer‟s creative vision? Caroline‟s international background certainly played a part: the Franco-American designer grew up between Paris and Milan, two cities which, she remarks, taught her the value of elegance. That this was a lesson well learned is apparent in the slick, clean lines of her designs, which epitomise a confident grace. Caroline moved to London in 2005 to attend the prestigious Central St. Martins College of Art and Design, where she completed a BA in Jewellery Design. How, then, did this move influence her? “London was exhilarating,” she says, “it encouraged my designs to be more playful.”
impulses into wearable and treasured pieces of jewellery was far more interesting to her. Illustration, however, still plays a key role in her creative process: the designer describes how she always starts off by playing around with shapes and colours on paper and then moves on to developing these ideas into silver or brass pieces. Her latest collection, for instance, was inspired by the illustrations she sketched after reading Pablo Neruda‟s 20 Love Poems & a Song of Despair. These drawings were then translated into illustrative brass jewellery pieces. For her creations, Marisa relied on an arresting combination of metal wire and yarn to evoke the contrast between the emotional fragility and strength that she discovered in Neruda‟s poetry. The results are a series of „cage necklaces,‟ which perfectly embody these extremes of pliable delicacy and strength [Picture 7].
MARISA JIWI SEOK, a fellow Central St. Martins student and young jewellery designer, agrees with this assessment of the Capital: what she loves most about London, she says, is “people‟s free sense of style, which just shows how open minded it is as a city.” As a comparison, Marisa, 21, quotes Milan, where she grew up, and Seoul, Korea, where she originally hails from, as much less diverse in terms of their fashion industries. Marisa‟s first love was illustration [Pictures 6&7], but early on she discovered that translating her creative
Each individual piece conveys a slightly eerie, surreal vibe, exacerbated by the contrast of the dark brass wire cage enclosed by, or enclosing, vividly coloured yarn. This much reminds one, in turn, of a beating heart enveloped in its spidery cage [Picture 8], and of delicate blood vessels enveloping a hardened, caged heart [Picture 9]. Either way, they are the kind of show-stopping pieces that one wishes could be worn with precisely nothing else – just on bare skin, exactly as Marisa‟s look book images depict.
original designs. Caroline also has a ready answer to this question: “McQueen was fabulous.”
So what‟s next for these young designers? After interning at the likes of Bulgari and Gem Palace, Caroline is now resolutely working towards establishing her own jewellery brand: “in 5 years,” she explains, “I‟d like to have my business set up both in London and New York.” And in 10? “I want to expand over to Paris and Milan, and have a great team of workers so I can concentrate purely on designing and painting.” Rather an ambitious prospect, yet not one that seems unrealistic considering her success so far and her evident single-minded determination. For Marisa, who is currently interning for up-and-coming Swedish accessory designer Fannie Schiavoni, a final year at Central St. Martins is first in line, to complete her Jewellery Design BA. After this, she foresees a few more years of interning for established designers and jewellers in order to refine the shaping of her own personality as a designer, followed by the launch of her own business. Aside from talent and a good deal of determination, both budding designers also demonstrate a very ready appreciation of the principles that govern their craft, namely the fact that quirky originality and the „conceptual,‟ artistic nature of the product need to necessarily co-exist with a certain level of accessibility. At the end of the day, as Caroline rightfully notes, women want to feel comfortable and beautiful in what they wear, and this includes their accessories. However, notwithstanding whether either her or Marisa view this compromise as a constraint, it certainly hasn‟t done either of their remarkable creative visions any harm so far.
When questioned on her inspiration within the fashion industry, Marisa lists Franco-Italian Delfina Delettrez as an influence, for her careful combination of humour and gothic darkness, as well as French „esoteric‟ designer Lydia Courteille and Londonbased icon Solange Azagury for their amazingly
For more information about Caroline visit: www.carolinepera.com For more information about Marisa visit: http://jiwiseok.blogspot.com
You Vs Me, based in Toronto, Canada have a trendy Alternative/Indie/Rock flavour. They have an original sound that must be heard! I got in touch with Mykle (Vocals and Guitarist of the band) who kindly agreed to me chatting/interviewing them all via MSN Messenger on a Saturday night for the UK and a Saturday afternoon in Canada... RIME: Hi Guys! Mykle: Hi! We're all here... just been working on a new song, so it's all good. RIME: Cool letâ€™s begin So how did you guys form? Mykle: Well... the gist is that Chris P and I were working together and one shift there was a bit of a toxic chemical spill, so we went back to my place to sort of recuperate Chris picked up one of my guitars and just started playing... so I joined in, and we just decided to see where it'd go. We ended up writing about 3 or 4 songs that day that was 5 or so years ago... Roddo and Curly joined up more recently. Weâ€™ve been through many bassists and drummers, and had to find the right guys. They really provide a more Massive Attack sound to the live show, which is what we wanted from the beginning, but had to really sift through the clutter to find. RIME: Oh that sounds great. Thank goodness for the chem spill! Mykle: Hehe. Yeah. RIME: Where did you get the name You Vs Me? What made you decide upon that as a band name? Mykle: It just seemed to come about organically... we noticed it was an ongoing theme in our lyrics and it kept coming up in some way, shape/form.
RIME: Cool, actually that was one of the attractions to yourselves, I think a lot of people can relate to the band name. Who are your influences? Mykle: Jimi & Jimmy, Muse, most 80's and 90's rock/pop/metal, Chris P: Beatles, Hawksley Workman, Van Morrison, a lot of 2000 Canadian indie rock. Curly: Protest The Hero, Blink 182, All That Remains, Lamb of God, Queen, Oasis, Stone Roses Roddo: Metallica, Iron Maiden, Protest The Hero. RIME: Great mix of bands there. Ok, so what was the last album you bought? Mykle: Afterparty "Soft City" Chris P: yeah yeah yeah's new disc Curly: Flatliners "Cavalcade" Roddo: Avenged Sevenfold "City of Evil" RIME: Nice choices. The track Someday, is it about anyone or anything significant? Chris P: The song came about from a fight with a good friend. The sentiment behind it is that we should all have appreciation and respect for one another or it'll all be lost. RIME: Good insight. What interests do you have outside "You Vs Me "? Are you into different things or is it mainly music 24/7?
Mykle: Well... Curly's into skateboarding, I am into amateur medicine, Chris P is into claymation and film making, and Roddo is into whatever is on the Hills 3 weeks ago. Music was my hobby before ... so yeah, I’m pretty limited in my resume there RIME: That’s well interesting!!! Real cool stuff guys. Next question: How has the support been with family, friends, fans etc? Mykle: Family and friends have always been there for us. They’ve been really really great and we certainly owe them a huge debt of gratitude, but the fan base lately has been picking up more and more. It’s kinda nice to see... almost overwhelming. Our CD wasn’t released until recently, so without any media support, the growth has been basically by word of mouth, which is really awesome.
Mykle: Touring Australia and beyond. For real, we've got a lot of time, effort and love into this, so we see ourselves still doing what we're doing (hopefully just on a larger scale, or on any scale we want, for that matter). RIME: Brilliant - keep the passion alive and you will go far... Last Question: What’s your advice to those wanting to start a band? Mykle: Focus on being great. Do whatever you wanna do, just be excellent at it! RIME: Great advice. Ok this wraps up the interview. It's been great chatting and I am ever so grateful for the internet to be able to speak/chat with bands across the globe... Thank you so much for your time. Mykle: Ain't it grand?! Any time, say hi to everyone for us!
RIME: I don’t see why not, you have great music to deliver. Do you have any gigs planned around and out of Canada? Mykle: We're playing at Maxwell’s in Waterloo (Canada) and The Mansion in St. Catherines – both in September. Canada's a hard place to get out of, which is a bit of a catch for us as our fan base seems to be largest out in the UK and Australia. Australia's been really great actually. We're kinda keen on going to UK somehow. RIME: Well it’s either you guys come here (UK) or we’ll have to go to Canada! Ok, a big question which gets a lot of people thinking including myself, where do you see yourselves in 5yrs time???
RIME: absolutely will. It's been great and I am sure we will speak soon You guys are great and keep up with the good work!!! Take care and have a great day Mykle: Thank you very very much. Bye For more information on You Vs Me please visit the following: www.youvsmeband.com www.myspace.com/youvsmeband www.reverbnation.com/youvsme
Album Reviews Band: You Vs Me Label: Crykle Records Album: The Borrowed Released: 2010 Rating:
The Borrowed is the debut album from You Vs Me, our main feature for the month! The album kicks off with one of my favourite songs from the album, Someday. This song has lyrics that I believe anyone can relate to no matter what the situation is: “so why don’t you tell me, what this is about? ‘coz I can’t understand all the words from your mouth. Someday, I won’t be here, anymore!” This is definitely a hit, whether you’re a fan or not, you will definitely sing, air guitar, or even air drum to this! What I See is a nice and more mellow track followed by I Want Out – This song is so true in every sense of the dating world from the euphoric stage to becoming more “comfortable” with your partner. Beginning with the lyrics: “How the hell are you today? And all those things that people say.” and then we get deeper into the relationship to my favourite line “Please don’t take this the wrong way, but you have gained a lot of weight. I’m not trying to be mean, I’m just trying honesty.” Genius! I would definitely “Want out” after that comment. Going Home is another amazing song that I had to listen to again and again. There was a sense of longing which I got from this track with lyrics such as “...I don’t, like it here (I can make anywhere but here, anywhere in the world but here). But I don’t know, where to go.” It’s again, a song that one would relate to at some point in their life... I know I have, many times. Since Then is very different to what you’d expect from the album so far. Very Biffy Clyro-ish (if that’s a word – or a genre in itself). I reckon that it may not touch all but then it may touch some. It took me a couple of listens to get into it and I did end up liking it... I will leave this up to our listeners to decide of course. Excellent music in this by the way lads! Mid Day Sun - well I have never given so many chances in my life. PLEASE NOTE: THIS IS NOT A BAD SONG! You will have to listen to know what I mean. Great tempos in this and a song that will stay in your head and you will most definitely sing along to this. If Ever, what a sweet song. I must admit I did the usual female thing and go “awwww” to this song. It’s almost like a comfort blanket. Real nice acoustics. In closing of the album we have Last Hope for Mankind. “It’s all a metaphor, this life we choose.” I think that says it all. A deep understanding of our lives is sung by both the band’s lead vocalists Mykle and Chris P, and yes a great understanding indeed. It has again, great music, vocals and lyrics “and we’re always gonna fade away, fade away and the sun will have to take a day to remember” make your own interpretation of this. This song has a David Bowie feel and I am liking this a lot. A great ending to a good album. In conclusion, this album is a great start to something big. I do think that there is room to develop that bit more but this isn’t a bad album and I believe that there are great things to come from these guys... Reviewed by: Melissa Hurry
TAIO CRUZ- ROKSTARR Label: Rokstarr Entertainment/ Island/ Mercury Genre: R&B / Electropop Released: June, 1/2010 Rating:
From the British R&B singer - songwriter, I expected nothing less than "brilliant". The artist’s second album, "Rokstarr" is the epitome of an unfolding love story with impressive, infectious melodies taken to an electronic influenced level. A masterpiece that emphasizes a balance of sex appeal, such as; "Dirty Picture" (ft. Kesha) a tastefully inspired flirty club anthem; as well as the powerful heartfelt emotion in "I'll never love again" include blatant lyrics "Now my heart is stone cold because you've gone gone away". Each song is mastered with a diverse backbeat and emotional simplicity. From Dance, Electropop to Indie/Rock; Rokstarr collaborates genius hooks with impressive vocal delivery and is one of his best albums yet! Download:”No other one” Reviewed by: Carla Julianna Sama EMINEM – RECOVERY Label: Aftermath/Interscope/Shady Genre: Hip Hop/Rap Released: June, 22/2010 Rating: Relapse Part II was a pre mature title for Eminem’s long awaited, self proclaimed, 17 track - “Recovery”. “Recovery” is an intimate portrayal of his past struggles with substance abuse and proclaiming his challenging defeats using his lyrical emphasis that praises his comeback. It’s like a self destructive psychological intervention that speaks for itself. “I don’t give a damn what you think, I’m doin’ this for me, so F*** the world” spits Eminem in his 1st single, “Not Afraid”. This album creates a reformed and redeemed Slim Shady fueled by love sick venting featuring vocalists who intensify songs, such as; “Talkin’ 2 Myself” ft. Kobe; “Going through Changes” ft. Ozzy; and the 2nd single, “Love the way you lie” ft Rhianna. Eminem has combined his Detroit roots with true hip hop essence using collaborative production with Alex Da Kid, Just Blaze, Boi 1 Da, Jim Jonsin, Dj Khalil, Dre and Dre Havoc; incorporating different beats without boundaries. “Critics Never Got Nothin Nice to say man; you know the one thing I notice about critic’s man? Is... Critics never ask me how my day went” – On Fire. After numerous listens, I conclude that this album is strictly what it means; - The regaining of something lost or a possibility taken away. You’re on the road to recovery Em, - Welcome Back! Download: Talkin’ 2 Myself Reviewed by: Carla Julianna Sama
Movie Reviews Twilight Saga: Eclipse Summit Entertainment & E1 Films June 2010 RIME Showcase rating: The much anticipated third instalment of the ‘Twilight’ saga finally reached our screens last month. We catch up with Edward and Bella in the midst of a vampire murder epidemic in nearby Seattle and, arguably scarier, their marriage negotiations. The couple endure a rollercoaster of emotions, as Bella explores her feelings for the ever bare-chested Jacob. We also get to dip our toes into the ocean of tantalising back stories of coven members (Jasper and Rose) and the tribal legends of the Quileute. Thankfully, enough detail from the book made it past editing and into the film. Author Stephenie Meyer is a master of giving birth to well-formed, believable characters, be they human or not! There’s also plenty of eye-candy for the girls be they Team Edward, Team Jacob, the recently founded Team Riley or even Teams Jasper, Emmett, Carlisle... well you get the picture. As a fan of the books, I’m sorry to say I was rather disappointed with the screenplay initially. After a couple more viewings I’m definitely warming to it and am sure I will watch it many times again, but there just seems to be something missing for me. Possibly, if I hadn’t read and re-read all the books and seen the film with no expectations, I might have loved it. For me though, all the tweaks and cuts to the storyline put me off a little. On the plus side the film, as with the book, definitely has more humour than its’ predecessors, which is very welcome as Eclipse’s main purpose seems to be to pave the way for the epic ‘Breaking Dawn’ and would have been in danger of taking itself too seriously. The translation to the big screen may not be perfect, but the characters are enthralling, the scenery breathtaking, the soundtrack is great, fight scenes and special effects brilliant and I would say definitely worth watching to fans and newbies alike. I do feel it necessary to mention however, the most unlikely, unbelievable aspect of the film, if not the entire series. Vamps...fine. Werewolves...ok. Jessica Stanley is the class valedictorian ...NO WAY! Reviewed by: Pauline Salmon A-Team 20th Century Fox 2010 RIME Showcase Rating: If, like me, you grew up watching action-based series such as The A-Team, Knightrider and V, then chances are you’ll be enjoying their revivals and will have been waiting in eager anticipation of the new A-Team movie. It does not disappoint! The casting was outstanding and ‘Howling Mad’ Murdoch actually does seem to be howling mad. Bradley Cooper as Face was an inspired choice (and my, hasn’t he come a long way since he was Sydney’s best friend/admirer in Alias!). Even Hannibal and BA was spot on. Brian Bloom, who also co-wrote the script, was almost unrecognisable as bad guy Pike. There were even a couple of blink and you’ll miss it cameos by original cast members. The film centres on the back-story of how the A-Team were formed and gives some fabulous insight into the how’s and why’s of some of their individual quirks (I always wondered just why BA was afraid to fly!). The plot is sound and easy to follow and the action is suitably explosive, yet imaginative and varied. There are some brilliantly ingenious and highly entertaining scenes that I simply don’t want to give away! If you were a fan of the original series, go and see this film, you will love it. If you weren’t around for the original series, go and see this film, you will love it. If you were around for the original series, but weren’t a fan...What’s wrong with you?!
Gig Reviews Jack Johnson ‘To the Sea’ Tour 2010Live at The Eden Project, Cornwall, Reviewed by Alaina Henderson The beautiful Eden Project was the serene setting for the Jack Johnson concert, the first of the Eden sessions. The weather was gorgeous sunshine. Just right for the laid-back Hawaiian born surfer to sooth us with his soulful tunes. Before the concert starts you can wander around the grounds of Eden, taking in the sights and sounds of the Med, the rainforest and the Cornish countryside. Already feeling relaxed and revived, when the gates open at 6pm you can wander through and grab your picnic spot ahead of the show. Whether stood strong at the front barrier, or sat on the grassy hill at the back, you will be in for a great concert experience. The views of the huge biomes behind the stage which later light up a spectacular green and purple, is a unique sight to see. The venue is small, housing only 6,000 people, but as you sit amid the trees with the late afternoon sun peeping through, you know it will be a magical evening. Jack takes to the stage at around 8.30pm dressed in a simple t-shirt, jeans and flip flops. Looking like he‟s fresh from the beach, which he probably was on a weekend like this, he opens with „Never Know‟. A feel-good, bbq friendly catchy tune from his album „In Between Dreams‟. From the front row to the back everyone in unison is singing along word for word. A sea of smiling sun-burnt faces, waving arms and an overall feeling of ease. Maybe it‟s something about being on the chilled out Cornish coast, or just the vibe that Jack and his band give, but everyone is in super summery spirits. Next, the boys start up a rendition of „Bubble Toes‟. This gets the crowd going even more, jumping and dancing, giving the festival feel to this small and cosy venue. You can tell the band is happy too, as Jack
remembers the last time he visited Cornwall in the torrential rain. „I nearly didn‟t come back after that‟ he joked. When he is on stage he makes every single member of the audience feel special. You feel like he is a personal friend by the end of the night. Pointing out individuals in the crowd, engaging with them and obliging in their song requests. An unexpected rendition of „Upside Down‟ was sang for a 6 year old boy in the front row. This was a song that Jack recorded for the children‟s tv show „Curious George‟. The stories and anecdotes he tells of his family and new born baby give you an insight into the soft, kindhearted family man he is. This even comes through in his songs such as „My little girl‟ which was written about his daughter. Things get slowed down with „Same girl‟ from the previous album „Sleep through the static‟. A very down tempo song, enough to send you drifting away on the breeze while appreciating Jack‟s talented vocal styles. Then becoming up-beat again with the funk fused „Staple it together‟. A song with a heavy bass backbeat, subtle rap tones and a „so what‟ attitude. Zach Gill also gets a chance to shine when someone shouts a request for „Girl I wanna lay you down‟. He grabs his accordion and slides to the front of the stage on his knees, belting out some chord after capable chord. A great performer in his own right, this is also a chance for him to showcase his gravely, soulful vocals. As the set comes to an end, the sun is sinking and the domes are showing their neon light. The trees surrounding the bowl shaped arena have started to twinkle with fairy lights. With the perfect audio accompaniment to this scene, Jack finishes with his most popular hit „Better Together‟. A great, if not predictable end to a fantastic evening. Beaches, bonfires and a guitar to strum are the simple pleasures in life that are all these guys need. This weekend we got a little taste of the Hawaiian way of life, which affirms that Jack will always be welcome back to our island, come rain or shine. For more info on Jack, please check out: http://jackjohnsonmusic.com/music
International Comedy Showcase – Comedy Carnival Venue: Sounds, Leicester Square Every Fridays 8-10pm Reviewed by: Rita Hurry
It was a hot summers evening, journeying into Leicester Square. Through the sweltering heat of the packed tubes and making our way through all the tourists who decide to stop without no prior notice to take pictures in front of you, causing a domino effect to take place of people behind them bumping into each other. Once through the streaming crowds, we finally arrive at Sounds, the venue for tonight’s performance. Once through the doors we are greeted by a steward and escorts us to our seats....yes it’s the two remaining seats eagerly awaiting us in the front row! At this moment all thoughts about hiding at the back so as not to be the topic of laughter have gone out the window, there is no escape! The atmosphere was great. Although I would say there were not more than 50 people attending the gig, everyone seemed up for a good night. First on stage was the host for the evening Steve Allen. Steve’s intro was great. He created the right setting to start the show off. His jokes were okay in parts, but found that once he had found his targets in the audience for the evening he pretty much based all his jokes on them. His jokes were very much centred on relationships and this one single lady who was happy to be single at this stage in her life, was made to feel sad because she wasn’t dating. But she handled it well and girl, RIME are with you, you enjoy being single! As a host, Steve did a great job, not sure about the jokes though Steve. The first act of the night was Lee Nelson. As soon as he came on stage he made us all laugh. He was a young, typical cockney lad who brought us all to tears with laughter within the first 5 minutes of his performance. Not only was he a hit with the audience but you could see he felt comfortable up on stage. He reminded me a lot like a young Lee Evans. Definitely a great start to the evening. The second act Markus Birdman came on stage. His opening jokes were aimed at Palestinians which did
not go down too well with the audience. Although his aim was to make us laugh, these jokes came across more like a personal attack; hence he didn’t get the response that he had hoped for. He had to ask the question if there were any Palestinians in the audience, which to his relief there wasn’t but the damage was done. Markus did struggle with the rest of his act and kept checking his watch as it was painfully obvious his act was not the hit of the night. I will give Markus his due; he did try to win us over with a few good jokes to save the evening which did make us laugh. The final and Headline act of the night was Philberto. His whole persona on stage was something new and he had us all in stitches from the beginning right up until the very last moment of his performance. At first I struggled to hear what he was saying as in some parts of his performance he spoke very quietly but this was all part of his act, so this became part of the joke. He gave us two renditions of his version of Vanilla Ice’s song Ice Ice Baby. The first version the lyrics were based on the stories he had heard backstage about some of the audience members and the 2nd was about tourists being told to stand on the right by us Brits when using the escalators. He had also shared a poem with us about telling a girl to leave after sex. All three of these were a hit with everyone. A well deserved headline act. I have to give a shout out to the German guy in the audience, Peter who was the target of most of the jokes from both Lee and Philberto. His double act with Philberto was hilarious and he was just as entertaining as the act themselves. Peter you handled your 15 minutes of fame well. All in all the evening was a great success. A great night with two great talents being discovered tonight, Lee Nelson and Philberto. Well done guys! You can currently catch Lee Nelson in his own show on BBC3 in the UK.
HOP FARM FESTIVAL Summer 2010 When I heard Bob Dylan was close to where I live – it didn’t seem to register with me at all. Okay, I’m not a regular festival goer but I am a Dylan fan – I have probably listened to him more than I have any other artist or band – and I have often dreamt of what it must have been like to watch him live in the sixties. Then a friend suggested I should accompany him and a small group to the festival. Still nothing! With the prospect of having to buy a £70 ticket after an expensive couple of months, it seemed a lot. It was then that those closest to me told me I must go – and I suddenly realised that I must go. What had I been thinking? Seventy pounds to see one of the only living legends perform down the road from me? The rest is history. The Hop Farm sits delightfully in 400 acres of rural Kent and as well as its many attractions, puts on numerous events throughout the year. With mixed reviews on last year’s festival and some quite appalling ones on its first festival, the year previous to that, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. Okay, a 40-minute queue to pick up my ticket and about the same to get my first drink wasn’t ideal but in the warm sunshine and charming atmosphere the queuing even seemed quite reasonable. Everything was going well and after listening to opening acts including highly rated folk singer Laura Marling, who lived up to her growing reputation although perhaps lacked a sense connectivity with this early crowd, everything was set up for a fantastic afternoon – the sun was getting warmer, the drinks were going down smoothly and the conversation was pleasant. Then something I wasn’t prepared for happened, as I hadn’t fully taken notice of the whole line-up when booking my ticket, – Pete Doherty stepped onto the stage. With the media and internet images of Doherty’s often shambolic and drug fuelled live performances stuck firmly in my head, I moved closer to the stage with intrigue. What I was greeted with was what seemed a relatively sober Doherty who captivated the crowd as soon as he started to sing. Laden only with a guitar and joined just by a couple of ballerinas waving Union Jack flags, Doherty rocked the festival into full swing as he sang songs from the Libertines and Babyshambles. In between the songs he cheekily gave a rendition of Chas and Dave’s ‘Hopping Down in Kent’ which certainly had the Kentish contingent on his side if they were not there already. His voice was clear, fully audible, as favourites such as ‘Albion’ and ‘What A Waster’ had much of the crowd joining in. If Doherty performed liked this more regularly then maybe he could change the minds of the so many who hold his name in contempt and possibly gain the recognition for his talent that is so obviously there. Doherty was followed by Seasick Steve, the Californian born Blues singer and guitar player, who entertained the crowd if not for his singing but for his eccentric stage presence as he swigged from a bottle and sung to a lady in the crowd. Mumford and Sons were on next and the eagerly anticipated folk group added evidence that they deserve their rapidly growing reputation which has spiralled over the last 18 months. The young quartet had the crowd in awe and almost seemed in awe themselves as Mumford admitted to having never played in front of some many people. With Reading Festival in August and a tour in October lined up it looks like the band will finish their year having surpassed all they have achieved already. Ray Davies appeared next and played some classic Kinks songs which really excited the crowd and insured the happy and ecstatic mood enjoyed throughout the day continued.
I was there for Dylan and as was the feeling throughout the day, so was everybody else. As the headline act and the man who would bring a close to the Hop Farm Festival 2010 he appeared to cheers and excitement circulated the crowd. He wore a black suite, pink shirt and white Fedora and certainly gave off the vibe that he still meant business and wasn’t going to let his fans down. With a mixture of old and new he played and sung with pride and all seriousness. Even if some may say his now aching voice didn’t live up to the occasion and wasn’t able to give the credit to his songs that they deserved, he certainly had most leaving with a feeling of satisfaction that they had now seen a man play who will go down as one of the greats of music. In the circumstances Dylan could not have finished on a better note. His second to last song was ‘Like A Rolling Stone’, one which we had been waiting with baited breath on whether we would hear. The first verse sounded familiar to all. However, as the later verses were less audible and quite obviously changed, this could not deter the feeling in the crowd and deter us from singing along to the chorus, ‘How does it feel…’ and for those of us who had not had the privilege of seeing Dylan before we were in bliss and it sunk in what we were experiencing. Thinking this was to be his finale a sense of magic swept the festival when he played one last song, ‘Forever Young‘, which was fitting and inspiring. There will be those who will now pass Dylan’s live performances as dated and his ‘never-ending tour’ as needing an ending. Well, his voice may be croakier then ever and his lyrics may often be inaudible but to any Dylan fan out who has the opportunity to see him live and has not done so before I would certainly say it was worth it. One of the last living legends lives on, and the Hop Farm Festival’s ability to entice him to his only UK appearance of the year must have festival goers eagerly anticipating what these organisers have planned for next year. Reviewed by Tom Booker
Theatre Review Venue: Gielgud Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, UK
In 1968 Hair arrived in London and captivated audiences with its radically candid depiction of the hippy era. Flouting theatrical conventions of the time that were tied up by censorship laws, the cast stormed into the audience, ruffling their hair and distributing free love leaflets as they went. The moment when the cast collectively bared all sealed Hair‟s reputation as a cultural phenomenon. Now Hair is back at the Gielgud Theatre, but has it withstood the test of time? Director Diane Paulus should be commended for reviving Hair in its original form and avoiding tinting the production with references to current affairs. The audience doesn‟t need to be spoon fed to realise the parallels between Vietnam and Iraq. In many ways Hair is a bug in amber, true to the original production the exuberant cast pour their energy into disguising a somewhat tangled plot with outstanding results. The impish Will Svenson is undeniably charming as the naieve revolutionary Berger. While Gavin Creel gives a sensitive and convincing performance as Claude, a man torn between morals when drafted for Vietnam. Vocally Sasha Allen shines, belting out solos in hits such as „Age of Aquarius‟ and „Let The Sunshine‟ with such emotion that I genuinely felt moved. Indeed each performance is as polished as Allens perfect execution. But this is where my reservations with Hair begin. It is so polished, so shiny, that there isn‟t a split end in sight. This is magnified in the famous mass nudity moment when the superbly preened cast reveal their toned and waxed bodies. I was pretty sure that hippies didn‟t care much for Brazilians. Not that Hair ever claimed to be a sixties documentary. At the curtain close Hair is a show and a show is always made better with a bit of eye candy. But I couldn‟t help but feel the all American cast presented Hair as a bit too glossy, deliberately combing over any undesirable knots. Perhaps my reservations are not caused by the generational gap but more by a cultural divide. Maybe the question shouldn‟t be whether or not Hair has withstood the test of time but whether it has translated from an American to an English audience. Yes and no. I saw a few uncomfortable glances from the seemingly more conservative audience members as a bouncy brunette gyrated her crotch in their faces. But I also saw (and unashamedly joined in) with the giddy crowd who bounded on stage for the final reprise. Admittedly once I noticed I was swaying centre stage with my arms draped round two strangers I felt a little awkward. In fact I tried to shuffle out of the limelight mid song, worried it looked like I was taking credit for the casts hard work. But that was probably overthinking things- a tendency that should be squashed if you want to enjoy Hair. Yes the plot is thin, many of the songs disposable and there is a tendency to gloss over a complex era, but forget it. Take cue from the cast who genuinely seem to be enjoying themselves and you certainly won‟t regret it. Reviewed by Ruth Newton
The Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch, Essex UK Reviewed by Francesca Jane
Make a Royal appointment this Autumn season, and visit The Queens Theatre in Hornchurch, Essex. The theatre is ideally situated, and good transport links whether you live in London or the surrounding areas. If you are feeling peckish, they have a café-bar which is opened all day, and also has a free wireless zone, so you can have free access to the internet from your laptop. It is easier to book online or by person, as no-one answered the phone on several occasions when calling the box office, but responded to answer phone message when requested a brochure, and received within a few days. Jam packed with a variety of shows suitable for all age groups to enjoy.
Let the kids and grandparents, scream and shout after Danger Mouse, who is going to save the world with your help in his first ever theatre show! In this adventure, keep your eyes peeled for Agent 57, see if you‟ll be the first to spot him. Jump The Q is a great offer which runs until the 4th September. Enjoy watching 3 of the following shows for only £39, that‟s only £13 each.
Ladies Down Under is from the writer of the sell-out show Ladies‟ Day, and follows four Sheila‟s who embark on an adventure of a lifetime.
A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum, a Broadway hit musical about how love never runs smooth, and contains music and lyrics by the legendary Stephen Sondheim. The Mysterie Of Maria Marten And The Murder In The Red Barn, comedy thriller set in 1827 in Essex and based on real-life events. If you prefer writing plays than watching them, then the theatre has a 10 week playwriting course at a great price of £50. Five writers will have their plays performed as rehearsed readings at Writenight, which is a foyer showcase in February next year. Ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes, there‟s a free backstage tour for adult and children, to reveal what goes on. Advance booking is advisable. For more information visit: www.queens-theatre.co.uk
Liberty Festival 2010 in London 4th September 2010 Trafalgar Square, Westminster, London, WC2N 4JJ Telephone: +44 (0)207 983 4277 Liberty Festival London is an annual celebration in the UK's most beautiful Trafalgar Square, celebrating the participation of disabled and hearingimpaired people in London's culture. Awash with the sports, arts and children's areas, Liberty Festival 2010 in London will see various exciting activities like singing, dancing and acting from disabled people. London Liberty Festival provides deaf and disabled people a golden platform to expose their instinctive talent in front of British people. Various disabled artists and performers from every corner of the UK will be seen at London's Trafalgar Square taking part in several art events, circus, comedy and music shows. There will be a choice of stalls and food also available, so Liberty London Festival '10 is a perfect place for free entertainment for a whole family and friends! Trafalgar Square in London, which was built to commemorate Nelson's victory at the battle of Trafalgar in 1805, is a spacious and attractive part of the London city to meet friends, family and at the same time share the sunshine with those who instigated the Liberty Festival in London. For more information the Liberty Festival 2010 in London, please phone +44 (0)207 983 4277. Visiting Liberty Festival London: Cost: Free Time: 1pm to 5pm Age Restrictions:n/a Nearest Underground Stations: Charring Cross (2 minutes) Leicester Square Tube (4 minutes)
Cosmic Gypsies: Poetry, songs, music, art and love for the world. That sums up this talented fellow. Life is an abundance of opportunities that Mick (our very own Cosmic Gypsy) grabs with both hands. A musician/poet/song writer/artist, Mick is an inspiration to many of how to let nothing stand in your way. To give things a go and teach yourself if you have to, but a must to succeed is to believe in oneself to begin with and everything will fall into place and here is one great example.
RIME Why the name Cosmic Gypsies? Is this a band or a stage name for yourself?
more people loved themselves the world would be a much better place
CG Cosmic gypsies is a “concept” that fits
RIME You have had the pleasure of
different several bands from the past and present, playing very different types of music … I call any musical project I am involved in “Cosmic Gypsies”
working with the great Alison Moyet. What was that experience like and do you still keep in touch with her?
RIME You have written a number of songs
band called “The Gerry Colvin Inexperience, Alison had the same manager and she used to come and watch us perform, this was when she was in dispute with her record company and she was unable to perform herself. I struck up a very nice relationship with Alison whose warmth of personality is as good as her wonderful voice. I should stress that I only recorded 1 album track with Alison, she used the entire 10 musicians of the Gerry Colvin band on the track and she sang live to record a “live” track … I haven‟t spoken to Alison for a long time.
over the years. What inspires you when you write? Is there a common theme to your lyrics?
CG I have written over 200 songs and most of them are inspired by various aspects of life. I am inspired by injustice, social concepts such as poverty and war as well as my own and other‟s relationships. Perhaps the biggest influence for my songs/poetry is the lack of love/self belief that lots of people suffer from. Far too many people have a down on themselves; therefore they have a down on others too. If
CG I was fortunate enough to play sax in a
RIME You‟ve played at the Glastonbury Festival. When was that and how was the experience?
CG I played a “smallish” stage at Glastonbury about 15 years ago; it was probably one of the highlights of my career. One pleasing aspect of the gig was that a guy from the audience (who lived in
London) approached me after the gig and asked if I had ever played in Birmingham as he found himself joining in with one of my songs (World For Sale) and he thought he remembered it was from a gig he had seen in Birmingham a year ago. He was correct and I was chuffed he remembered a song he‟d heard once a year earlier.
RIME You mentioned that you started
RIME Who are your influences in the
playing musical instruments at the age of 29 including the saxophone. What other instruments can you play?
world of both music and art?
CG As a songwriter who has recorded most
CG My major influential musical figure as a youngster was the incomparable Jimi Hendrix. I think his music, which was totally unique left me with a belief that I could never hope to play “rock” so my music is an attempt to be different without recourse to using a great deal of rock as my influence. To sum up I don‟t really have an influence in my very eclectic music, the songs seem to flow from my heart. As for art I like the postimpressionists but again I try to create from my heart.
of his songs at home I have had to learn to play lots of instruments. I play 12 string guitar when performing gigs alone. I play mandolin whilst performing my medieval folk rock music (Elizabethan Jig and Paddy‟s whack on Myspace) I also play bass and have a grand piano in my kitchen (it‟s the only place I could get it into) I My sculpture of Mother Nature pregnant with the world play various whistle type and sad at its abuse instruments and I have recently bought a RIME You also write poetry. Is this Dramyen which is a Tibetan stringed something you have been doing along with instrument. (songs on the way) song writing or is this a new creative area you have just recently explored? RIME Around 5-6 years ago you started painting and sculpting. Tell us a bit more CG My first few poems were songs that about this transition. didn‟t quite work as songs so I kept them as
CG I just found myself doodling late at night when stoned and realised that as well as losing myself in the activity I was quite good at it however I don‟t think being good is the most important thing, what really matters is that creating a picture is “quality time” like writing a song or great sex … lol As with playing instruments I am totally self-taught in the many mediums I use … Stone carving must be one of the most therapeutic pastimes on the planet. Just trust yourself and have a go at art and remember art cannot be wrong.
poems. More recently I have enjoyed the challenge of using prose or rhyme to record my ideas.
RIME Being in touch with your creative side is very important to you and has helped further your career. Do you believe that when one gets in touch with their creative side that it opens up their soul to many opportunities out there in the Arts and Entertainment field?
CG I don‟t really see it as a career, more a way of life. I cannot relate to the consumerist world I live in so I try and “balance the Yin and Yang” by creating instead of consuming. The creative journey feeds the soul far more than any material pursuits could.
RIME Any advice for would be songwriters/musician/artists? Where can our readers find out more information on you and view your work (your chance to promote your work).
CG I would suggest that one aspiring to any of the “Arts” follows their heart and if one recognises that the biggest pay off in any creative process is the journey of creation, if fame and fortune follows that‟s a bonus but it doesn‟t come to many.
THE JOURNEY No need for map or marked roads nor airport lounge or railway station just fill your heart with love ... get loads for the journey is what matters most, with death our distant destination No excess charge for endless hope a soul filled thus is light, just pack it well, I`m sure you`ll cope with creativity‟s in your sight the passport to paradise is in your heart ... Enjoy the journey ... I have a Myspace website that contains 10 varied songs :- Poetry music and art @ http://www.myspace.com/cosmicgypsies2 I have a Facebook page where there are more of my songs :http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1 00000183309596 I am an unsigned artist and I have a few CDs that can be purchased directly from me at firstname.lastname@example.org Thank you for your time …
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WORLD CUP 2010 SOUTH AFRICA Although the World Cup seems like an all too distant memory now, we thought we would bring back the memories and celebrate the highs and lows of what was some great games, not-so great games and the early departed, but games that brought the whole world together. Enjoy the memories of the last half of the World Cup 2010.....
The first World Cup to be hosted by an African country, being scrutinised in every department by FIFA. The world is watching... Well as expected the country went football crazy and what a spectacle! The organisation was excellent and the policing was unnoticed, which was a credit to them. The only down side was ticketing, overpricing the tickets meant a vast number of Africans could not afford to attend matches, by the way not surprising due to the attitude of various bigwigs at FIFA.
LAST 16 URUGUAY 2 – 1 SOUTH KOREA In a match Uruguay spent most of the time defending, they took the lead early on due to some flaky defending and poor goalkeeping, Suarez pouncing at the far post on 8mins. South Korea started the second half with pace and looked sparkling in attack but weak defensively, they equalised on 68mins due to another goalkeeping error. The winner came on 80mins again Suarez collecting the ball 18 yards out skipping past a defender then bending a shot in off the post, fantastic effort.
USA 1 – 2 GHANA (aet) Ghana became the 3rd African country to get to the last 8 after beating the USA, they took the lead on 6mins through a Boateng low shot beating Howard at the near post. USA came back strongly and deserved to equalise via a Donovan penalty. USA piled on the pressure and Kingston in goal for Ghana had a great game saving 4 times in the second half. But in extra time Ghana punished the USA‟s poor finishing when Gyan took a long ball down and finished well to put Ghana through. GERMANY 4 – 1 ENGLAND Joachim Loew‟s young and gifted German side taught England a lesson here in bright attacking football, but could it have been a whole lot different? Germany went 2-0 up within 32mins with England defending like statues in school uniforms, but even so Upson gave England a lifeline scoring from a set piece. Then, controversy Lampard chipped from distance hitting the bar and bouncing a good yard or two over the line, everybody in the stadium saw it, all except the two
that mattered the referee and linesman. Players approached the referee but were waved away, at the half time whistle England players trudged off to the dressing room bemoaning their luck. The second half started and then there was only one team in it as Germany took full advantage and scored a further two times through the impressive muller. Revenge over 1966, who knows?
ARGENTINA 3 – 1 MEXICO Controversy raised its ugly head again, Mexico shaded the opening exchanges but when Tevez scored when being yards offside, this enraged the Mexicans and they confronted the linesman. This World Cup started with the officials working very well and not missing anything...then what happened? How many mistakes have they made? Too many by far, and after this game the referee would not ref another game in this World Cup. Back to the game, Mexico heads dropped and Argentina made them pay through goals from Higuain and Tevez, Mexico could not recover and managed a solitary consolation goal.
NETHERLANDS 2 -1 SLOVAKIA The Netherlands gained an underwhelming victory here, but they rarely had to get out of first gear. The superb Robben gave the Netherlands the lead but they wasted so many more chances that would have been justification for their dominance, Schneider made the game safe, late on. Slovakia gained a last minute penalty which resulted in their consolation goal. Holland have a 100% record at the World Cup and have now gone 23 games unbeaten. BRAZIL 3 – 0 CHILE Brazil overcame a lacklustre Chile with ease, Chile missed the suspended trio of Marco Estrada, Waldo Ponce and Gary Medel and they rarely threatened Brazil. Brazil basically treated this as a training match, they barely broke a sweat and ran out comfortable winners with Juan, Luis Fabiano and Robinho the scorers.
PARAGUAY 0 – 0 JAPAN PARAGUAY WIN 5 -3 ON PENALTIES In a match where neither team actually tried to win the match the outcome was predictable, defences were the better performers but they really didn‟t have much to do. So, the inevitable happened and we had the first match of this World Cup to go to penalties. The decisive penalty was missed by Komano, Cardozo had the penalty to win and he put it away sending the Japanese keeper the wrong way.
SPAIN 1 – 0 PORTUGAL Spain had to survive a succession of missed chances by Portugal in the first half, but once Villa had put the Spanish ahead they were rarely troubled. To compound Portugal‟s misery they had Costa sent off for violent conduct, Spain has a few chances after that but one goal was enough. QUARTER-FINALS
NETHERLANDS 2 – 1 BRAZIL Brazil had a comfortable first half in which they took the lead on 17mins, Robinho coolly slotting home. But a stunning second half performance from Holland soon pegged the Brazilians back, two goals from the impressive Schneider in the 53rd and 68th minutes put Holland in the driving seat. Then, a moment of madness from Melo, stamping on Robben, got
himself sent off and from then Brazil were chasing the game, Holland had a few chances to make this a more resounding victory.
URUGUAY 1 – 1 GHANA URUGUAY WIN 4-2 ON PENALTIES In an exciting game where both teams enjoyed good periods, Ghana took the lead through Muntari with a long range opener on the stroke of half time. Ten minutes into the second half Diego Forlan equalised from a free kick, his impressive World Cup continues. The game proceeded to extra time and in the dying moments Suarez stopped a goal bound shot with his hands, he was sent off and a penalty resulted. The Ghanaian striker Gyan who has had a good World Cup then choked and missed the penalty which would have sent them through to the semi-finals. The game went to penalties and Uruguay saw the game out scoring four times and Ghana missing a further two penalties.
ARGENTINA 0 – 4 GERMANY Argentina were destroyed by a rampant Germany ending Maradona‟s dream of winning the World Cup as a coach. An inspired Schweinsteiger and Klose scoring twice snuffed the Argentine threat, after Muller‟s early goal 3mins, Germany held Argentina at bay easily. The threat of Messi, Tevez and Higuain was blunted time and time again; Germany then went up a gear in the second half and added another three goals to humiliate the South Americans, Klose on67 and 89mins, Friedrich on 74mins.
PARAGUAY 0 – 1 SPAIN In a largely disappointing tie which was briefly lit up on occasions started with a Paraguayan penalty which was at a good height for Casillas who saved well. Then a Spanish penalty, Alonso scored but due to Spanish encroachment had to be retaken, the retake was also saved. Nearing the end of the game Villa scored his 5th goal of the World Cup to send Spain into the semis.
URUGUAY 2 – 3 NETHERLANDS In the first semi-final Holland had the best of the early exchanges and were rewarded when, captain Gio Van Bronckhorst scored a screamer on 18mins. Uruguay were given a lifeline when the Dutch keeper made a mess of Forlan‟s long range effort on 41mins. In the second half a three minute spell put Holland on the brink of the final, Sneijder on 70 and Robben on 73mins. Uruguay scored a late consolation through Pereira but Holland held on after a frantic finale.
GERMANY 0 – 1 SPAIN Spain controlled large parts of this game, Germany could not repeat earlier performances and could not find the space or invention to unlock the Spanish defence. In contrast, Spain created and should have scored well before they did. The goal came from Puyol in the 73rd min from a Xavi corner, they closed the game off to book their first World Cup final appearance.
THIRD PLACE PLAY-OFF
URUGUAY 2 – 3 GERMANY On 18mins Muller put away a spilled shot to give Germany the lead, but by half time Uruguay had the lead with goals from Cavani and Forlan. Janssen restored parity on 56mins and on 82mins Khedira won the game for Germany. This was a great game and an apt way for an over achieving Uruguay and a young Germany to end the tournament.
2010 WORLD CUP FINAL
NETHERLANDS 0 – 1 SPAIN (AET) In a final that promised much but delivered little, many were left wondering why the Dutch resorted to such an aggressive approach. They were lucky to not have a man sent off earlier after De Jong‟s assault on Alonso. Referee Howard Webb found it hard to control and missed many glaring and obvious fouls and dives. Spain for the purists and lovers of football were the favourites, Holland on the other hand were impressive en route to the final but their performance in the final amazed many. But, it could have been so different, during normal time Robben had a golden opportunity to put Holland ahead but failed to beat Casillas, the game went into extra time and on came Fabregas. He found space and his skills promised to unlock the Dutch defence, the sending off of Heitinga on 109mins gave the Spanish more space. What looked like a foul on a Dutch player on the edge of the Spanish box, the foul was not given, the ball ended up with Fabregas on the edge of the area, he fed the ball to Iniesta who then hammered the ball home putting Spain 1-0 up. Controversial! Complaints and accusations then followed which would then mar the final, but no-one could deny that football won today and Spain were the World Champions for the first time.
RIME SPOTLIGHT: Trevor Dulson RIME Spotlight is dedicated to aspiring writers showcasing their talent. This issue’s spotlight is Trevor Dulson... “I started being interested in writing poetry when I was very young around 7 years old but always wrote funny stuff, and always found it very hard to write serious poetry That was until I lost my mum 12 years ago to cancer, and my dad asked me knowing I had a talent if I would write a poem in memory of my mum and I was honoured to do that in my mum’s memory. And from that day onwards it has inspired me to write serious and comical poetry but not having much confidence did not think my work was that good until family and friends told me that it was.” Trevor Dulson
Let's be friends, Fighting is mad So many cruel deaths, its all so sad Partners mourning, families torn apart So confusing why wars start A power struggle goes to the head A rush of blood, so many dead So many lives lost and what's it all for A waste of life for a wasted war People survive and people must fight A bloody battle, a frightening sight Races can't settle, we always offend After the bitterness, life goes on in the end So what's the point, what’s it all for Life is being destroyed, because of WAR
Paws upon the ledge, it's the cunning expert And full of curious knowledge Glazy eyes from the hot sun, a sleep through the day Then a sly prowl in the dark in search of its prey Inquisitive thoughts and eager to know A roll in the grass with a feline show A mischievous trail and an anxious growl Dinner and milk then it's back on the prowl A smooth loving affection a peer and a peep A tiresome hour, then it's back to sleep An ignorant fierce stare, a leap off the chair The expert of skill and always aware A stirring purring noise, A play with its toys A crafty quick clean with a licking experience A cheeky stroll on the roof, then a leap over the fence The tired animal layed out on the mat The feline character known as the cat
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and their excellent form of music and lyrics. Music has changed considerably over the years and when you listen to Duran Duran‟s early songs, you begin to realise what is missing in music today...the collaboration of the lyrics, music and video that come together to form the beautiful piece...the song. So let‟s take a ride back in time with the boys: 1981 – DURAN DURAN
DURAN DURAN GREATEST HITS
Duran Duran was formed in 1980 and the line up was Simon Le Bon (vocals), Nick Rhodes (keyboards), John Taylor (Bass Guitarist), Andy Taylor (Lead Guitarist) and Roger Taylor (drums). Nick Rhodes and John Taylor both formed Duran Duran back in 1978 with a different line up to the one mentioned above; but this was the line up that went on to gain huge success. I chose to review this album as I felt that Duran Duran have gone through many changes over the years, not only through their music but also in their style and line up. Also Duran Duran were a bunch of 5 talented lads from Birmingham, UK who enchanted us all in the early 80s with their “New Romantic” image
PLANET EARTH & GIRLS ON FILM – Planet Earth was the first single to be taken off the band‟s debut album. When listening to it 29 years later, it still sounds as great as ever, creating that unique sound that made Duran Duran gain stardom of a high scale. With the bass and drums being the prominent sound throughout the song, this is an all time classic. As soon as the song begins with the famous camera clicks as the intro Girls on Film comes alive as it draws you in to the melody and the catchy chorus “Girls on Film, girls on film”. Again the bass line is prominent along with more guitar riffs added. The whole song envelops the theme of catwalk models and if you heard this in a fashion show today, not only would you be moving along to the beat, but you‟ll be thinking world class as this oozes fashion show appeal.
1982 – RIO
released as a stand alone song in the UK, was not on any of the released albums, but in 1983 was added to the re-issue of their first album Duran Duran in the US. Simon‟s vocals added to the song and made it the success it was. A memorable video with the band all wearing blue shirts, white tie and black trousers. 1983 – SEVEN AND THE RAGGED TIGER
RIO, SAVE A PRAYER & HUNGRY LIKE THE WOLF The video for these three songs were set on an exotic location and this flavour was carried throughout the songs in complete Duran Duran style. John Taylor‟s wicked bass solo‟s captures you, with Roger Taylor‟s excellent drumming and Nick and Andy‟s guitar and keyboard talents filling the vibe of yet some awesome classics. Save a Prayer being the slowest of the three with its sultry sound and Simon‟s great use of vocals, makes this my favourite. 1983 – IS THERE SOMETHING I SHOULD KNOW
This song debuted at Number One in the British charts and became the bands first Number One single on 26th March 1983. It was
UNION OF THE SNAKE, NEW MOON ON MONDAY & THE REFLEX – This album was my favourite as Duran Duran‟s sound took on a new turn. You could see the change in their image and their music defined this change, from a more relaxed look (during the Rio days) to a more suave looking band, with the hair sharper and the clothes more immaculate. I would say this was them in their element. The music and bass were still at their best along with the added percussion, brought atmosphere to the songs...that made them not just songs you could sing to but feel the emotions. And Simon, again masters using his vocals to create the feel of the song as well as the instruments themselves works wonders with a track... this is something not many singers do and is missing from many tracks today. The Reflex is the hit from this album. The whole song is filled with energy and who can forget that great video of them in concert and the water coming down from high on the audience...complete genius!
1984 – ARENA
from this, the bands first greatest hits album. This song had a very different feel to all the previous Duran Duran songs, but they managed to do the job that was required of them...write a hit song for a James Bond movie (which by the way Bassist, John Taylor was a lifelong fan of the Bond movies and managed to approach the producer to do the song). Once again another great video accompanied the song with great acting from all the boys, including guest appearances from Roger Moore and Grace Jones (who starred in the movie as well). This was also the last single the band did in their original line up with Roger and Andy Taylor.
NOTORIOUS – 1986 WILD BOYS – This was the only single taken from this album that was recorded in a studio. The other songs on the album were recorded live during the boys‟ tour in 1984 around the world. This song goes hand in hand with the video which is definitely a must see for all. If you haven‟t seen the video up to now...where have you been? Here‟s the link... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gCWyYO OS8FQ DECADE – 1989
A VIEW TO A KILL(1985) – This was recorded as the soundtrack to the James Bond movie release of the same name in 1985. It features on no other album previously apart
NOTORIOUS & SKIN TRADE – Both these songs have a completely new sound for the boys who were now a 3 piece band (Simon Le Bon, Nick Rhodes and John Taylor). Prior to this album the boys had worked on other projects. John Taylor and original guitarist, Andy Taylor went on to join the late Robert Palmer to form the group Power Station and Simon, Nick and the original drummer Roger Taylor formed Arcadia. Both bands were successful. But in 1986 the John, Nick and Simon decided to re-form Duran Duran. Although the sound was very different to their original material, the songs were still great and fresh and Skin Trade had a very similar feel to a Blow Monkeys track. Once again, great vocals from Simon.
BIG THING – 1988
I DON’T WANT YOUR LOVE & ALL SHE WANTS IS - The music scene really changed in 1988 and Duran Duran were no exception to the change. House music was dominating the charts and this album reflected that. Both these tracks was a vast change to the Duran Duran sound we know and love. Although the change was required to keep on selling records, that certain „Je ne sais quois‟ was missing.
THE WEDDING ALBUM – 1993
COME UNDONE – This haunting ballad brought back that Duran Duran sound I know and love. Simon‟s voice and backing vocals make this song excellent.
MEDAZZALAND – 1997
SERIOUS – Duran Duran‟s line up now consisted of Simon Le Bon (vocals), John Taylor (Bass), Nick Rhodes (Keyboards), Warren Cuccrulla (Lead Guitar) & Sterling Campbell (drums). Unfortunately this song only got to number 48 in the UK charts. Although a nice song, it was easily missed and I have to say that as a Duran Duran fan for many years I only first heard this song when I bought the Greatest album.
ELECTRIC BARBERELLA – What happened to Duran Duran? The line up was now Simon Le Bon (vocals), Nick Rhodes (Keyboards) and Warren Cuccurullo. Bassist John Taylor left the band in January 1997. Could this be why the original sound was missing...that prominent bassline was missing...bring back the New Romantic days!
Upon reflection, Duran Duran have gone through many many changes over the years but one thing remains...they are a bunch of talented musicians. They have again, reformed with the original members (minus guitarist Andy Taylor)and have recently toured. Although they moved with the times over the course of the album, this is still a great album for all Duran Duran fans to have in their collection as you get to reminisce the good old days.. As for those who have never listened to Duran Duran and are looking for something original to add to your collection...the early collection from the boys is a definite must...
CURRENT LINE UP: (L-R) ROGER TAYLOR, SIMON LE BON, NICK RHODES & JOHN TAYLOR
Reviewed by Rita Hurry
Review of REQUIEM FOR A DREAM (2000) Director: Darren Aronofsky Starring: Jared Leto, Ellen Burstyn, Jennifer Connelly and Marlon Wyans. Requiem for a Dream, based on a book and screenplay by Hubert Selby Jr revolves around the hopes and dreams of four central characters, whose lives are slowly being destroyed by their addiction to drugs. The first scene introduces us to Sara Goldfarb (Ellen) and her son Harry Goldfarb (Jared) who is seen shouting at his mother through a locked door between them, which she ran into to escape her son, who is trying to take her TV. From this scene you can see that the mental state of both Harry and Sara is not quite right as you discover that Sara padlocks her TV to the vent in the wall, which angers Harry all the more as he eventually manages to take the TV away and wheels it down the street with his best friend, Tyrone C. Love (Marlon), to the local pawnbrokers. Not too long after Sara eventually comes along and reclaims her TV set from the Pawnbrokers and takes it back home. We discover this is an on-going thing that occurs between mother and son so Harry can get money to feed his daily fix. We are led to believe that the relationship between Harry and his mother, Sara is a bad one due to his habit but as the story unfolds you begin to see how much love Harry has for his mother. This is shown when he starts to make money along with Tyrone through drug dealing and the first thing he buys is a new TV for his mother, Sara.
Tyrone is not only Harry‟s best friend but drug dealing partner who manages to get his hands on some hard drugs that both manage to sell and make lots of money. Tyrone, although a junkie like Harry, is a gentle character, who stands by his friend and there are flashbacks to his own relationship with his mother, whom it seems to be he was also very close with, although this is seen only though flashbacks and not in the present. Marion Silver (Jennifer), who is Harry‟s girlfriend in the movie is also a junkie. Harry is besotted with Marion and gets jealous when she meets her shrink for dinner on occasions. Their love is captured through scenes of tender touching, which the camera films not as your average love scene but by capturing two separate scenes of both Harry and Marion and joining them together only by showing the hands gently caressing each other‟s body. This was skillful cinematography. Things get to a head when Sara receives a letter from her favourite show asking her to complete the application form to be one of the contestants on the show. Sara‟s life takes an unexpected and damaging turn which eventually sees Sara becoming addicted to diet pills and the destruction it brings to her life. Things change for Marion when the need for drugs takes over both her and Harry‟s life and you see Harry eventually encouraging Marion to do the one thing that scared him the most, so they could get their supply. This leads Marion into a path of sex for drugs. Harry and Tyrone get deeper into problems which involve jail. The film ends with shots of these four
characters curled up with devastating lives. Any hopes and dreams they may have had, shattered by the use of drugs. What brings this film alive and why I feel that this is a „must watch‟ movie of all time; is not only the great acting from all four leads especially from Jared Leto and Ellen Burstyn; but the brilliant use of flim. All the scenes were captured through clever camera tricks. There were scenes of immense graphic, to the tenderness of quiet shots. The capturing of the characters „shooting up‟ was exceptional, breaking the scene into several small shots and ending on the eyes dilating after injecting. There are many hidden gems that are hiding in the world of film that still have meaning many years later and this film is one of them. If you like films that deal with real issues then this is a must see movie for all time. Overall rating
Picture 1: Harry and Marion
Picture 2: Harry and Tyrone
Review of EAST OF EDEN (1955) Directed by: Elia Kazan Starring: James Dean, Julie Harris and Raymond Massey. East of Eden was the first film that James Dean held the starring role and was the only film that was released whilst he was still alive. The film centres around the Trask family. Adam Trask (Raymond) is the very religious father of both Cal (James) and Aron, his sons who are very different to each other. This film is very similar to the Cain and Abel story. Cal believes that his father loves his brother Aron more than he loves him and this leaves him feeling moody and hurt. He seeks in pursuit of a woman he believes to be his mother, whom his father led both sons to believe was dead. Cal‟s innocence and vulnerability pulls at the heart strings of many of us viewers watching the movie including his sister-in-law to be, Abra (Julie). The pair build a close relationship which sees Abra battling with her affection for Cal and his brother Aron. When their father loses money in the business, Cal vows to build the business back up and seeks a loan from a source; his father would not approve of in order to produce a steady income during the war and a successful business. This has disastrous consequences on poor Cal when the film reaches its climax, resulting in a huge break up within the family. Cal shows incredible strength by standing by his father no matter what and falling in love with his brother‟s fiancé, which destroys any relationship Cal had with Aron. This film has still a lot of energy and emotion and the relationship between Cal and his father is
portrayed with both. You stayed gripped to know what the outcome of Cal‟s relationship with Abra will result in and if Cal ever wins the heart of his father. James Dean‟s portrayal of the moody Cal was spot on and was the perfect choice for this role. James got nominated for an Academy Award in 1956 for Best Actor for this role. Although East of Eden is not as well publicised as James‟s other movie Rebel without a Cause (which again was another exceptional movie), this is a „must-see‟ movie. Even years later I believe that you the viewer will enjoy this film just as much as cinema goers did back in 1955. If there is a classic to be seen...it is this one! Overall rating
Review of Irreversible (2002- French film ) Directed by: Gaspar Noé Starring: Monica Bellucci and Vincent Cassel
Picture 1: Cal and Abra
Picture 2: Aron, Abra and Cal
Le temps détruit tout is the moral behind Gaspar Noé‟s controversial film Irreversible, originally screened in 2002. Gaspar Noé also wrote and produced Enter the Void in 2009, a film which in my opinion, would be worth seeing too. Le temps détruit tout translates to time destroys everything; this is a very apt statement with regards to Irreversible. The film itself follows the story of Alex played by Monica Bellucci and her lover and former love, Marcus and Pierre. The film shows scenes in reverse chronological order through a complete chain of events that leads to the opening scenes in a Parisian gay club called The Rectum. This film is however not for the faint hearted as it is incredibly graphic and faced a number of controversies when it was first shown at the film festivals around Europe. Particularly coming into contention when it was listed to be shown at the Edinburgh Film Festival, and coming up for video release in the UK where the BBFC didn‟t want the film to be released uncut as it was deemed too disturbing.
Irreversible is simultaneously beautiful and tragic examining the destructive nature of cause and effect, and how time can destroy everything. It is in my opinion, one of the best films to come out of France and set the stage for many more films testing the boundaries of modern day societies. Gaspar Noé wrote, directed and produced this film and has really set the bar for his future productions. Review written by Becks A Overall rating
Picture 1: Alex
Picture 2: Publicity photo for Irreversible
A Treasured Filmmaker… Stanley Kubrick July 1928 – March 1999
The Shining, Eyes Wide Shut, Full Metal Jacket, Spartacus are just some of the amazing films by Stanley Kubrick – get to know him further and be inspired by this biography of a legend… Stanley Kubrick was born in the Bronx district of New York, into a family with Jewish ancestry. As a child, Stanley was considered intelligent, but he did not achieve particularly high grades at school. His father, Jack, who worked as a doctor in New York, was concerned to find a remedy for his son’s poor academic performance, so in 1940 he sent him
to stay with his uncle in California, hoping that a change of scene would help to improve Stanley’s grades. Stanley returned to New York in 1941 but his grades remained as mediocre as ever. He was very interested in music, however and developed a passion for jazz drumming. In desperation, his father taught him to play chess, hoping that this would stimulate him mentally and spur him on to greater intellectual achievement. His dad was right Stanley took to chess with gusto and soon became an accomplished player. He even
played chess for money at the Marshal and Manhattan clubs and in Washington Square Park in Greenwich Village. Kubrick graduated from William Taft High School in 1946 but was unable to get into college because his grades were so low. His father then hit upon the idea of giving Stanley a camera for his birthday, which led indirectly to his son’s discovering his future destiny as a film director. Stanley soon developed a passion for photography and began taking trips all over New York in order to take photographs, which he then developed in a friend’s darkroom. Whilst he was still a teenager, Stanley succeeded in selling an unsolicited photograph to “Look” magazine. At the age of 17, he landed a job as a staff photographer at “Look” magazine and spent the next few years travelling throughout the United States working on photographic assignments. Meanwhile, Stanley had also developed a keen interest in cinema and attended as many movie screenings as his busy schedule would permit. By 1951, when he was just 23 years old, he had begun to dream of becoming a film director. He used his own savings to finance his first film, a 13-minute documentary short about the boxer Walter Cartier, called Day Of The Fight. Stanley acted as producer, director and cinematographer on this first film; he’d first met Cartier whilst shooting a magazine photo assignment. The young Kubrick knew nothing about filmmaking and was taught how to use the equipment by the man who rented it to him. Stanley’s first short film was a success and was bought by RKO for its This Is America series, earning Stanley a small profit. Several other short films followed, including Flying Padre (1951) and The Seafarers (1952). Finally, thanks to the money he’d earned hustling chess games, Stanley raised enough cash to be able to make his first full-length film, Fear and Desire, which he filmed in California in 1953. Meanwhile, Stanley had married his high school sweetheart, Toba Metz - but filming Fear and Desire was a difficult and traumatic experience and the marriage did not survive. Kubrick received mixed reviews for Fear and Desire but his talent for directing began to be noticed further a field. His next two movies, Killer’s Kiss (1955) and The Killing (1956) succeeded in attracting the attention of the big Hollywood production houses and in 1957, he
was asked to direct Paths of Glory, starring Kirk Douglas as leading actor. Stanley subsequently went on to direct Kirk Douglas again in the epic movie Spartacus in 1960 and clearly relished being given the opportunity to flex his directorial muscles in a large-scale arena. Kubrick took command of the project, but provoked a certain amount of antagonism among the crew, allegedly for seeking to impose his own ideas and standards of production on the film as a whole. To give one example, the cinematographer Russell Metty reportedly complained to the movie’s producers that Kubrick was taking over his job, claiming that Stanley apparently told him to “sit there and do nothing”! Metty apparently did as he was told - and went on to win the Academy Award for Best Cinematography. Next, Stanley was scheduled to direct Marlon Brando in the movie One Eyed Jacks, but discussions broke down and Brando eventually wound up directing the film himself. With his second marriage, to Ruth Sobotka now on the rocks, Stanley became thoroughly disillusioned with Hollywood and decided to move to England. He moved to the UK in 1962 and remained here for the rest of his life. The first film that Kubrick shot in England was Lolita, based on Vladimir Nabokov’s novel of the same name. The film told the controversial story of a teenage girl and her love affairs and had to be filmed with great care, so as not to be banned by the Board of Censors. Next came one of Kubrick’s biggest successes, Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Love The Bomb, made in 1964. Stanley originally wrote the script as a drama, but then came to the conclusion that the film contained too many funny ideas for it to be taken seriously. Starring Peter Sellers, Dr. Strangelove was a huge success, both artistically and financially. With his newfound status and financial security, Stanley could afford to take greater risks as a film-maker. From now on, he would always have several projects in various stages of development and production. The next film he actually completed was another massive success, namely 2001: A Space Odyssey, which was a collaboration with sci-fi author Arthur C. Clarke. This was a ground-breaking sci-fi movie which soon became a cult classic, regarded by many as Stanley Kubrick’s greatest achievement.
had married again for the third time; his new wife was called Christiane and she and Stanley had three children together. The next major film Kubrick released was Full Metal Jacket, in 1987, which explored the themes of war and violence. Rumour has it that during the long pre-production period of this movie, Kubrick became disillusioned by the success that other war films released during this time had enjoyed, such as Platooon, and Hamburger Hill. But when Full Metal Jacket was eventually released, it soon earned the fame and respect that was routinely afforded to all Kubrick’s movies.
Always keen to innovate and break new ground, Kubrick followed up his sci-fi success with one of his most controversial movies yet, namely A Clockwork Orange (1971), which starred Malcolm McDowell. This film caused a furore when it was released, on account of its graphic portrayal of violence. Kubrick changed pace yet again with his next big hit, a film called Barry Lyndon (1975). By now, Stanley had become renowned as a difficult taskmaster of a director, who required actors and technical crew alike to match his exacting, unrelentingly high standards. This frequently involved actors being made to do take after take - often dozens of takes - without a break. By the early 1970s, he had also acquired a reputation for being something of a recluse and had a strongly developed sense of both security and privacy. Next, Kubrick turned his attention to directing a horror film, one of the few genres he had not yet explored on film. He turned down an invitation to direct a sequel to The Exorcist, instead deciding to adapt Stephen King’s classic chiller, The Shining, for the big screen. The Shining, which starred Jack Nicholson, quickly became a cult classic since it was first shown in 1980. Following The Shining, there were increasing intervals between Kubrick’s movie projects. He
An even longer interval of time ensued before the release of Kubrick’s next movie, Eyes Wide Shut. In the early 1990s, he began an intermittent collaboration with Brian Aldiss on a new sci-fi project called Artificial Intelligence - AI - but this project progressed very slowly, because the special effects technology that Kubrick wanted took so long to be developed. Whilst the technology labs struggled to keep up, Stanley turned his attention to other projects. He developed a project called The Aryan Papers, a wartime movie that then became known as Wartime Lies - but shelved this project when he discovered that Steven Spielberg was about to start production on his own holocaust movie, Schindler’s List. Preproduction work on “AI” was still moving along, albeit very slowly, when Kubrick began work with Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman on what would actually be his last film, Eyes Wide Shut. The film explored the intricacies and dynamics of marriage and Kubrick claimed he thought it was his best film yet. In the late 1990s, Kubrick returned to working on “AI” but tragically, his dream of finally releasing this movie was cut short when he suffered a heart attack and died in his sleep on 7 March, 1999. Since Stanley had frequently discussed this project with his friend Steven Spielberg, it was then decided that Spielberg would take over as the film’s director and finish the project on Stanley’s behalf. “AI” was finally released in 2001 but the question of whether Stanley Kubrick would have approved of the final version - and what kind of movie he himself would have directed - will forever remain one of the great unanswered questions in movie history. Courtesy of The Biography Channel http://www.thebiographychannel.co.uk/biographies/stanleykubrick.html
Stanley Kubrick was and is still an amazing Filmmaker, he undoubtedly possessed many talents and had ways in projecting his art in ways no-one could imagine. We drink to you Stanley, for making the most memorable movies up to this date and beyond. Here’s to you…
A Completed Film List By Stanley Kubrick 1953 Fear and Desire 1955 Killer's Kiss 1956 The Killing 1957 Paths of Glory 1960 Spartacus 1962 Lolita 1964
Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
1968 2001: A Space Odyssey 1971 A Clockwork Orange 1975 Barry Lyndon 1980 The Shining 1987 Full Metal Jacket 1999 Eyes Wide Shut
“A film is - or should be - more like music than like fiction. It should be a progression of moods and feelings. The theme, what's behind the emotion, the meaning, all that comes later.” Stanley Kubrick
Gone But not Forgotten JAMES DEAN (ACTOR) Feb 1931 – Sept 1955
James Dean is a legend and the rebel that generations will never forget. He is a timeless heartthrob that although left this world so young, left us with a talent that was unique and profound in so many ways. Although his career was short lived, films such as Rebel without a Cause and Giant which were released a year after his tragic death, still captivate audience many years later. Young or old James Dean is an actor who through determination and hard work showed many that dreams really do come true and that life is too short to not go for it and make it a reality. As a tribute to a great icon, the following is an extract of his biography *: James Dean was born February 8, 1931, in Marion, Indiana, to Winton and Mildred Dean. His father, a dental technician, moved the family to Los Angeles when Jimmy was five. He returned to the Midwest after his mother passed away and was raised by his aunt and uncle on their Indiana farm. After graduating from high school, he returned to California where he attended Santa Monica Junior College and UCLA. James Dean began acting with James Whitmore's acting workshop, appeared in occasional television commercials, and played several roles in films and on stage. In the winter of 1951, he took Whitmore's advice and moved to New York to pursue a serious acting career. He appeared in seven television shows, in addition to earning his living as a busboy in the theater district, before he won a small part in a Broadway play entitled See the Jaguar. In a letter to his family in Fairmount in 1952, he wrote: "I have made great strides in my craft. After months of auditioning, I am very proud to announce that I am a member of the Actors Studio. The greatest school of the theater. It houses great people like Marlon Brando, Julie Harris, Arthur Kennedy, Mildred Dunnock...Very few get into it, and it is absolutely free. It is the best thing that can happen to an actor. I am one of the youngest to belong. If I can keep this up and nothing interferes with my progress, one of these days I might be able to contribute something to the
world." [He worked with Arthur Kennedy in "See the Jaguar"; he would later star with Julie Harris in "East of Eden" and Mildred Dunnock in "Padlocks," a 1954 episode of the CBS television program "Danger."] Dean continued his study at the Actors Studio, played short stints in television dramas, and returned to Broadway in "The Immoralist" (1954). This last appearance resulted in a screen test at Warner Brothers for the part of Cal Trask in the screen adaptation John Steinbeck's novel "East of Eden." He then returned to New York where he appeared in four more television dramas. After winning the role of Jim Stark in 1955's "Rebel Without A Cause," he moved to Hollywood. Sadly the legend’s life was tragically cut short on September 1955 in a highway accident.
* The above biography was taken from www.jamesdean.com . Please check out website for more information on this legendary actor including the timeline of his life and recent news on th Tommy Hillfiger’s 25 Anniversary Collection including James Dean inspired clothes.
FILMOGRAPHY: 1951 – Fixed Bayonets 1951 – Sailor Beware 1952 – Has anybody seen my Gal 1953 – Trouble along the way 1955 – East of Eden 1955 – Rebel without a Cause 1956 - Giant
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