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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:

Gruff Rhys – Atom Bomb – new video

Posted in Film, Movie, Movies, Music with tags , , , , , , , , on October 10, 2016 by dc

Atom Bomb is taken from Gruff Rhys‘s new soundtrack for Set Fire To The Stars, a film directed by Andy Goddard, charting the poet Dylan Thomas’ first week in the USA in 1950 and his uneven friendship with fellow poet (and agent of sorts), John Malcolm Brinnin.

Check out the video below: