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Five films you’ll need to see in 2019

Posted in Culture, Film, Movies with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 17, 2018 by dc

2018 is has been a pretty good year for films so far. From the blockbuster triumphs of Black Panther, Ready Player One and Incredibles 2, through to Wes Anderson‘s Isle Of Dogs and Lynne Ramsay‘s haunting, You Were Never Really Here, there’s been plenty of high and low budget “hits”. There have been nerve shredding new horror films like, A Quiet Place and Hereditary; funny films, both high and low brow, in the shape of The Death Of Stalin and Game Night, and fascinating sci-films like Annihilation and Mute.

As we shuffle past 2018’s half way mark a lot of studios are already teasing us with stuff to look forward to next year. A few movies have performed quite badly in the box office this year like the Solo film, Disney’s A Wrinkle In Time, Pacific Rim: Uprising, the Tomb Raider and Death Wish reboots, and Aardman Animation’s, Early Man, so there’ll be plenty of Hollywood execs hoping the first half of 2019 has a few less flops.

So, what’s in store? Well, it goes without saying that the folk behind the big, BIG blockbusters, Star Wars: Episode IX, Wonder Woman 1984, Spider-Man: Far from Home, Ang Lee‘s Gemini Man, and the new Marvel films, Gambit and Captain Marvel, will be hoping the recent blockbuster wobbles don’t continue. Those massive fantasy movies aside, here’s Slacker Shack‘s list of five big films due for release next year that are (hopefully!) worth getting really giddy about:

Following on from the huge success of, Get Out, Jordan Peele’s next film, Us, is being billed as a, “social horror-thriller“. It’s set to star, Lupita Nyong’o, Winston Duke and Elisabeth Moss. Very little is known about the film but, like Get Out, it’ll be written by Peele.

The Goldfinch
A film adaptation of Donna Tartt’s Pulitzer Prize winning, best-selling novel, The Goldfinch is due for release early next year. Directed by John Crowley (who directed 2015’s Brooklyn) the plot sees a New York boy named Theo (played by Baby Driver‘s Ansel Elgort) taken in by a wealthy Upper East Side family after his mother is killed in a bombing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. From adolescence into early manhood he careers through a series of criminal misadventures that find him living in Las Vegas with his loser father and, later, involved in art forgeries. The film’s impressive cast includes, Nicole Kidman, Jeffrey Wright, Luke Wilson, Sarah Paulson and Stranger Things’ Finn Wolfhard.

Once Upon A Time In Hollywood
Quentin Tarantino‘s “ninth” film has already raised a bit of controversy (well over a year ahead of it’s release) due to it’s subject matter. Early reports said the script focused on the infamous murder of actress Sharon Tate by Charles Manson‘s followers, but Tarantino has stated that the murders are only an element of the film and not it’s main focus. In a statement earlier in the year he described the film as, “a story that takes place in Los Angeles in 1969, at the height of hippy Hollywood. The two lead characters are Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio), former star of a Western TV series, and his longtime stunt double Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt). Both are struggling to make it in a Hollywood they don’t recognize anymore. But Rick has a very famous next-door neighbor … Sharon Tate.” Big name stars rumoured to be starring alongside Pitt and DiCaprio include, Margot Robbie (as Sharon Tate), Dakota Fanning, Al Pacino, Kurt Russell, Burt Reynolds, Damian Lewis and Tim Roth.


The New Mutants
In amongst at least half a dozen superhero blockbusters next year comes another Marvel comics adaptation, The New Mutants. The film’s cast includes, Game Of Thrones star, Maisie Williams, Antonio Banderas, Strangers ThingsCharlie Heaton, Anya Taylor-Joy (from The Witch) and Alice Braga. The is the first in a trilogy of mutant horror films, and is intended to be the thirteenth installment in the X-Men film series. And whilst it’s clear that cinemas and tv viewer’s alike are suffering from a bit of superhero fatigue, I’m hoping this one will be a hit due to rumours the script is in part based on the Demon Bear graphic novel, which is a favourite of mine as it features the eternally brilliant art of Bill Sienkiewicz. Check out the teaser trailer below:

M. Night Shyamalan may be responsible for a handful of cinematic turkeys (see, Lady In The Water, The Last Airbender and After Earth), but the idea of a film that comes as a sequel to two of his better films, Unbreakable and Split, seems like a winner. The plot sees Unbreakable‘s security guard, David Dunn (Bruce Willis) using his supernatural abilities to track down Split’s Kevin Wendell Crumb (James McAvoy), a disturbed man with 24 personalities. How Samuel L. Jackson‘s, Elijah Price character will feature is a mystery but the concept sounds interesting.

Niche ‘Best Of…’ Lists

Posted in Film, Lists, Movies, Music, Pop Culture with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 30, 2018 by dc

Like many folk, I bloody love a good list. Sometimes there’s nothing more satisfying than a little internal argument, followed by a firmly taken decision that results in a beautifully (and occasionally painfully) formed list. Something you can neatly file in your tastes drawer and use to preach at people when you’ve had too much to drink.


I remember reading Nick Hornby‘s novel, ‘High Fidelity‘ in my early 20’s and it was the lists that the lead character, Rob endlessly compiles that really pulled me in and got me hooked. I usually spend ages reading a book, but I flew through High Fidelity in a couple of sittings. Right now I can happily list my top five favourite albums of all time:

Love Forever Changes
Beck Mellow Gold
Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks Pig Lib
The Beta Band The Three EPs
Pixies Doolittle

My top five favourite films:

The Big Lebowski
Taxi Driver
The Shining
Blue Velvet
Punch Drunk Love

And even something random like, my top five favourite things to put on toast:

Bacon and eggs
Peanut butter and jam
Smoked ham and gherkin
Prawn cocktail
Moroccan hummus

But what I’ve been thinking about a lot recently are niche music and film lists. I’ve been watching loads of old Mark Kermode videos on YouTube and making lots of playlists on Spotify recently and little lists are always buzzing around in my brain.

As Facebook has proven, lists are also brilliant at creating conversations and debates, and I’d love it if readers of this blog added comments with some of their random film and music lists. For instance, I think there’s been a real dearth of decent comedy films over the past few years, so I’d love to know people’s top ten comedy films of the “twenty-tens” (aka the ‘teenties‘) so far. Or people’s top five new psychedelic bands (I’m a huge fan of King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard).

Over the next few weeks I’m going to kick start this blog with a few random music and film lists that I hope will get a few conversations and debates started and if nothing else will give me a chance to shout about some things I love and maybe even I few albums and films I loathe too!

‘Manchester Icons’ collected – a new print

Posted in Art, celebrity, Culture, Design, Film, manchester, Movies, Music, Pop Culture, TV with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 22, 2018 by dc

Between 2013 and 2017 I sporadically worked on fifteen portraits of cultural icons from the city of Manchester. Late 20th century men and women who’d made a real cultural impact on not only the city itself but the world at large.

With lots of help from friends and acquaintances (and lots of arguments later) I came up with the chosen fifteen icons. Stars from the worlds of music, film, TV and comedy. There were notable absentees like Morrissey, Ian McKellen and Liam Gallagher, but hey, you’ve got to stop somewhere, and fifteen sounded about right!

The final fifteen were as follows – Tony Wilson, John Cooper Clarke, Victoria Wood, Lemn Sissay, Mark E Smith, Shaun Ryder, Caroline Aherne, Danny Boyle, Ian Curtis, Johnny Marr, Maxine Peake, Les Dawson, Steve Coogan, Ian Brown and Noel Gallagher. You can view them all individually (and order prints) here.

Anyway, late last year, as some of the prints were getting snapped up as Christmas presents, I thought a nice way to conclude the project would be to collate all the icons in one print. Something for people who like my style and want to celebrate all the icons from across the series – so, here it is…

Manc Icons collected - low res

Low price A4 and A5 giclee mini-prints are currently available (mounted or unmounted) with a limited edition A3 print coming soon. You can order yours here.

Film & TV icons ART SALE

Posted in Art, Film, Movies, TV with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 27, 2017 by dc

Over on the Dunstan Doodles website right now there’s a 25% discount on all Film and TV icons art prints.

There are around fifteen limited edition prints to choose from, including, The Big Lebowski, David Lynch, Stranger Things, Michael Caine and much more.

Check out the sale here.


Kuso – film trailer

Posted in Film, Movies, Music, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on January 28, 2017 by dc

Check out the bizarre trailer for, Kuso, the debut film from Flying Lotus (aka Captain Murphy aka Steven Ellison):

Music icon prints

Posted in Art, Film, Movies, Music with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on November 17, 2016 by dc


Fancy getting your hands on some original giclee prints of music icons from Frank Zappa to Leonard Cohen and more? Head over to the Dunstan Doodles site and check out some of his recent work.

Illustrations of film stars, Manchester icons, musicians, children’s book characters and much more, all done in his unique, cut and paste style. Prints start from as little as £20 – have a peak.

Valerian – new film trailer

Posted in Film, Movies with tags , , , , , , , , , , on November 11, 2016 by dc

Here’s the first trailer for Luc Besson‘s forthcoming sci-fi epic and graphic novel adapatation, Valerian: