12 items from 2013
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After five seasons (a decent run in an age when Us dramas are axed after a handful of episodes), the teen drama reboot draws to a close this Monday (9pm, E4) with an episode boasting tears, revelations and Prince Michael Jackson. For those not willing to wait, there's an exclusive preview on 4oD.
Radio 4 On Music
For the past month, Radio 4 has been re-releasing its archive of music documentaries. Downloadable as podcasts and available online indefinitely are half-hour docs including Guardian man John Harris on Syd Barrett; Siouxsie Sioux and Poly Styrene on women in punk; and Germaine Greer on Frank Zappa.
A decent stopgap while the inevitable fourth instalment of Pixar's hugely popular franchise remains at IMDb rumour stage, this Halloween mini-feature finds the CGI playthings being »
- Gwilym Mumford
You may recall the scene in Jeepers Creepers when the two siblings are in the police car; the Creeper seen through the rearview window on the hood of the car following. The song playing on the radio was “Peek-a-Boo”, but not the original Siouxsie & the Banshees version.
The band Echo 3 provided the cover version heard during that great scene. A pretty decent cover; a shame it was never released in any format. No album to buy, no MP3 to download, nada. The only reason you’re able to hear the full version below is thanks to Echo 3’s lead vocalist making the song available online.
The rarity of Echo 3’s “Peek-a-Boo” cover makes this more of a B-Sides than just about any that has ever come before it. If you remember that scene and always wanted to hear what the whole version sounds like, here’s your chance.
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Abandoning the perverse beauty of scientific mutation as last exhibited in his 2010 film, Splice, Canadian director Vincenzo Natali switches genre gears with a vantage point experiment on the haunted house thriller in Haunter. Reteaming with screenwriter Brian King, who wrote Natali’s sophomore film, Cypher, their latest collaboration feels akin to those curious live action young adult Disney films from the 1970s and 80s, with strong comparison that could be drawn between performances here as one could easily see Carroll Baker in the Michelle Nolden role and Bette Davis as Stephen McHattie, except without anything resembling thrills or intrigue.
In 1986, Lisa (Abigail Breslin) and her family are mysteriously killed, doomed to repeat the events of their last day of their lives within the house where something sinister seems to have happened. While Lisa’s parents (Michelle Nolden and Peter »
- Nicholas Bell
Courtney Love has spent the month on the road, but that doesn't mean her concert wish list has been satisfied. The Hole frontwoman wrote a "gushy girl fan letter" to Savages, the punk girl group from London, saying she'd like to tour with the band.
"I was listening to this incredible new band -- it's mostly girls, out of England -- called the Savages. They are amazing," Love said in a new interview with Vanity Fair. "There is a song called 'Shut Up.' It's kind of very Siouxsie Sioux. The beginning is all spoken word and it's brilliant, about disciplining yourself and not being distracted. And they're gorgeous! Shaved heads."
Perhaps if Love plays her cards right, she can make that happen when her next tour rolls around. The 49-year-old singer was supposed to release new music in conjunction with her current gigs, but she told Entertainment Weekly earlier »
- Matthew Jacobs
Directed by Vincenzo Natali.
The ghost of a teenager who died years ago reaches out to the land of the living in order to save someone from suffering her same fate.
Lisa (Zombieland's Abigail Breslin) wakes up one morning and goes about her daily routine, but seemingly knows what is about to happen as if she has lived the day before. Well, it turns out she is. Every morning for Lisa is the day before her 16th birthday, but none of her family seems to notice that they are stuck in the same loop. But throughout the house she hears noises as if from another world as she attempts to find »
School-set sitcom created by David Walliams, featuring a supergroup of supporting players. The action in this opener centres on timid chemistry teacher Mr Church (Walliams), hoping to engineer some chemistry between himself and new French tutor Miss Postern (Catherine Tate). Soon finding himself competing with prickly Pe master Mr Gunn (Philip Glenister) for her affections, Church turns to his class for seduction tips. If this debut is anything to go by, this looks a spiritual sibling to long-forgotten 90s class-com Chalk. It's that poor. Mark Jones
Building the International Space Station
7pm, Channel 5
Once the stuff of Moonraker or, more frighteningly, 2001: A Space Odyssey, the International Space Station is a dream made startlingly real for generations of stargazers. This documentary from »
- Mark Jones, Ben Arnold, Andrew Mueller, Rachel Aroesti, David Stubbs, Hannah Verdier
Luther is known as an exceedingly creepy crime drama series, and the first episode of this season certainly lived up to that descriptor – seeing Paul Ellis (played by Kevin Fuller) writhe from underneath his unsuspecting victim’s bed, like a giant fleshy worm, and the smash cut to black the second she laid her eyes on him, was opening scene perfection. Your heart was probably pounding before we’d even seen the man himself.
It’d be pretty damn hard for anything to top that episode for sheer content – Ellis’ murder, the murder of the internet troll, the introduction of potential love interest Mary Day, the beginning of George Stark’s investigation into Luther and the sight of Ken shoving his hand into the food blender was enough for four episodes of any other TV show, at least (the length of your average Luther season, in fact). So how could episode two possibly maintain? »
- Rob Batchelor
With both a particularly twisted murderer to catch and a colleague who will stop at nothing to destroy his career, the brooding detective had plenty to get his teeth into
"Help me daddy, it's so hot in hell" – Ken Barnaby
Nothing really happens for the first five minutes. A woman walks home. She gets in, climbs her stairs, removes her coat and puts her kettle on. And yet it's almost impossible to watch. This is Luther, after all. Stillness and mounting dread are its stock in trade. By the time the woman has gone to bed – after about 90 seconds of silently looking out of the window, dangling her feet from her sofa and getting undressed – you're sick with terror. You've covered your eyes. You're regretting your decision to watch the bloody thing in the first place. Something horrible is bound to happen.
And then something horrible does happen, and it's »
- Stuart Heritage
According to the Hollywood Reporter, the project centers on the life of Mrs. Keane and her wildly ambitious husband, Walter. The two art world hot shots rose to fame in the 1950s and '60s as a result of Margaret's kitschy paintings of doe-eyed children. But the power duo eventually divorced, resulting in a decades-long battle over the artwork created while they were married. Walter, who once likened himself to Rembrandt, claimed he was the mastermind behind the fictional characters, prompting Margaret to challenge her ex to a "paint-off" in court to prove who was the rightful artist. A paint-off did eventually happen and Margaret won, causing Walter to pay out millions in damages (though he never stopped claiming »
- Katherine Brooks
William Burroughs: The weapon of the Wild Boys is a bowie knife, an 18in bowie knife, did you know that?
David Bowie: An 18in bowie knife … you don't do things by halves do you? No, I didn't know that was their weapon. The name Bowie just appealed to me when I was younger. I was into a kind of heavy philosophy thing when I was 16 years old, and I wanted a truism about cutting through the lies and all that.
On 28 February 1974, Rolling Stone magazine published a remarkable encounter between David Bowie and William Burroughs. Entitled "Beat Godfather Meets Glitter Mainman", the event had been hosted in November 1973 by the American journalist A Craig Copetas. As published it took the form of a Q »
- Jon Savage
Tags: PortlandiaIFCCarrie BrownsteinChloe SevignyIMDbMartina Navratilova
Portland, Oregon is a very queer place, so a show about the city should, innately, reflect that, especially in seeking to be truthful to the people and aesthetics within it. Creator/writer/star Carrie Brownstein is out as bisexual, too, so I was hopeful that Pdx's being a sexually diverse place wouldn't be ignored. On Seasons 1 and 2, the only real queerness came from the Women & Women's First bookstore owners who were sexually ambiguous but feminist to the nth degree so that they rejected anything male. When Heather Graham joined in a journal session in Season 1, Toni (Brownstein) took a liking to her that hinted at her not-so-straight sexuality.
But in Season 3, which has its finale tonight on IFC, there have been a few different sketches that are queer without the queerness being the point of it all. Which is to say, very Portland.
In episode 2, Martina Navratilova guested as herself, »
When an artist cites Kate Bush, Siouxsie Sioux and '80s Madonna among their influences, it's difficult not to build up high expectations. Dorset-born BeBe Black has been "honing her craft" (translation: faffing about a bit) since 2011, where she apparently peddled a soulier version of what she does now, which in truth sits far more comfortably with her musical palette. Her new Ep 'Deathwish' serves as a taster to what we can expect from her this year, which is somewhere in the region of electronic soul-pop. Title track 'Deathwish' is moody midtempo that blends defiant piano chords with thumping electro and a chorus that channels La Roux's Elly Jackson. Fortunately, her rich voice is perfectly (more) »
- By Robert Copsey
12 items from 2013
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