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A roll call of Australian talent fills out this slight and sunny love story but while the jokes arrive at a steady pace, more than a few fall short of their mark
If a Western Australian folk music festival seems like a left-field setting for a film by Ben Elton – once a premier humorist of Britain’s grimy absurdities in shows including The Young Ones and Blackadder – bear in mind that the comedian has held dual citizenship in Australia since 2004, taking up residence in Fremantle with his Australian wife.
A slight and sunny love story, Three Summers is set over three consecutive iterations of the fictional Westifal music festival (slogan: “Let’s get folked up”). Misfits’ Robert Sheehan and Home and Away’s Rebecca Breeds star as the prospective partners. She’s a boot-stamping, fiddle-playing folk chick; he’s a know-it-all muso with a passion for the theremin. He’s »
- James Robert Douglas
1. The Return of the Dead: Everybody is understandably enjoying the new Twin Peaks’ end credit sequences. In an utterly unexpected twist, David Lynch has decided to take us once a week to either The Road House or the Bang Bang Club to play us out with a musical guest. This is a strange enough maneuver all on its own. How many non-variety shows feature a different musical act each week, enfolding them however lightly into the story-world? (Honestly, The Young Ones is the last comparison I can think of. Any others?) And Lynch and partner Mark Frost have proven […] »
- Michael Sicinski
It’s cheap, anarchic and about a bunch of hateful alcoholics – but everyone from the Game of Thrones creators to P Diddy is desperate to get involved. As it returns for the 12th season, we salute a transgressive little juggernaut
The 12th season of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia arrived on Netflix UK over the weekend and rarely has the phrase “the dirty dozen” felt so appropriate. A deliberately cheap, acidic sitcom set in an Irish dive bar, it stars a gang of venal borderline alcoholics who would be actively hateful if they weren’t so hilarious.
Sometimes it feels like an American continuation of the anarchic spirit of The Young Ones, with its squalid setting offset by startlingly meta moments. And sometimes it feels like a blue-collar Curb Your Enthusiasm, pouring scorn on social norms over a deceptively jaunty theme tune. Throughout, it remains both transgressive and ingenious. »
- Graeme Virtue
The Love Witch has set her sights on the UK. The Final Girls have teamed up with Icon Distribution and FrightFest Presents to bring Anna Biller's latest film to select UK theaters. Also in today's Horror Highlights: Kumail Nanjiani's curates a Shudder collection, the music video for Deathless Legacy's "Witches' Brew," details on The Quacky Slasher, and The Sunken Convent festival screening.
The Love Witch UK Theatrical Release Details: Press Release: "Feminist film collective The Final Girls partner with Icon Distribution and FrightFest Presents to present a UK-wide preview tour of Anna Biller’s highly anticipated new feature, The Love Witch.
Launching at The Prince Charles Cinema, London on Thursday 23rd February 2017, The Final Girls will host a series of events, Q&A’s and discussions across the UK at venues including Glasgow Film Theatre and Bristol Watershed.
The tour will conclude on Tuesday 14th March with a »
- Tamika Jones
4 items from 2017
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