The Imitation Game – trailer

Posted in Film, Movies with tags , , , , , , , , , on July 22, 2014 by dc

Forthcoming film, The Imitation Game follows Alan Turing, the pioneer of modern-day computing and the man credited with cracking the German Enigma code, and his team at Britain’s top-secret code-breaking centre, Bletchley Park, during World War II. The film stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Turing and also features, Keira Knightly, Mark Strong, Rory Kinnear and Charles Dance. Check out the trailer below:

The Imitation Game is out in UK cinemas on the 14th November and a week later in the US.

RIP James Garner

Posted in Film, Movies, TV with tags , , , , , , , , on July 20, 2014 by dc

james garner

When my Dad and I used to go and watch Tranmere Rovers now and again in the early 90′s (usually on a Friday night) the team ran out to (and still do, I think) the theme tune from The Rockford Files.

It was a tradition that supposedly started sometime in the 80′s when their Friday kick-off coincided with The Rockford Files starting on TV – a jokey reminder that fans could have been tucked up at home in the warmth of their living rooms watching James Garner strutting his stuff as the iconic TV private eye, Jim Rockford.

It’s one of my favourite TV theme tunes, and whilst I’ve only ever seen about a dozen episodes (there were a whopping 122), it holds a special place in my heart:

Of course, by the time of The Rockford Files (which was made between 1974 and 1980), James Garner was already a star with dozens of Hollywood film appearances to his name. Washington Post TV critic Tom Shales once said Garner, “embodied the crusty, sardonic and self-effacing strain of American masculinity”, and legendary auteur, Robert Altman (who worked with him on the 1980 comedy, HealtH) once said, “I don’t know anyone in the business with his charm and charisma who can act so well.”

James Garner died yesterday aged 86. He leaves behind him huge body of work that includes incredibly popular TV shows like The Rockford Files and Maverick and countless hit films including, The Great Escape, Victor Victoria, Grand Prix, The Fan and Move Over, Darling.

Rest in peace.

Christopher Walken doodle

Posted in Art, Film, Movies with tags , , , , , , , on July 19, 2014 by dc

Christopher Walken

Erlend Øye – Garota – new video

Posted in Music with tags , , , , , , , , on July 19, 2014 by dc

Erlend Øye‘s new album, Legaeo is out on the 3rd October.

The Underachievers – Metropolis – new video

Posted in Music with tags , , , , , , , , , on July 18, 2014 by dc

The Underachievers‘ first album proper, The Cellar Door: Terminus Ut Exordium is out on the 12th August.

Jenny Lewis – Just One Of The Guys – new video

Posted in Music with tags , , , , , , on July 18, 2014 by dc

New Discovery – Ultimate Painting

Posted in Music with tags , , , , , , , , , on July 12, 2014 by dc

I really like Bella Union‘s Veronica Falls and I really, really like Manchester’s very own Mazes - so the idea of a member of each group getting together to create another new offering is a treat.

Ultimate Painting take inspiration from the Drop City American artist community that formed in southern Colorado in 1965. The duo comprises of James Hoare from Mazes and Jack Cooper from Veronica Falls and their eponymous first offering is described by the pair as, “a vague theme song for the band”.

The song has a gently psychedelic and hypnotic quality that reminds me of bands from the Elephant 6 collective like, Olivia Tremor Control, Beulah and Of Montreal – but with a little less pomp and a little more room to breathe and sigh.

It’s a lovely, summery slice of modern psych-pop – check it out below:

Ultimate Painting‘s debut album is out this autumn and they’re playing the ‘intimate’ Castle Hotel in Manchester on the 14th August (get tickets here).

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