This article was first published by The National Student on 7th July 2017
A few weeks after their show at Radio 1’s Big Weekend, The Big Moon are taking a break. Glastonbury is ahead (though now behind), and in the middle of the summer is a U.S. tour with Marika Hackman. So how do the four girls take a break?
“I like to do normal stuff, since being in a band isn’t really normal, it’s a bubble life. When I’m back I just like do DIY, lots of projects, being outside, gardening, building shit. So, to just do normal stuff, because I feel like I’m cheating life sometimes. If I build a shed I feel better about it.” Continue reading
This article was first published by The National Student on 15th June 2017
For an album that has, according to its artist, been developed across her whole life, Off The Radar also has a somewhat uncomfortable presience.
This article was first published by The National Student on 5th June 2017
There must be a German word which expresses the feeling of listening to Connect The Dots, the sophomore album from New York-based, indie quintet MisterWives.
Unfortunately the rough translation would need to be something like “the sick feeling of disappointment when you realise you’ve either grown out of sparkly, colourful instrumentation and imagery laden lyrics, or this band was always an Imagine Dragons-esque embarrassment waiting to happen”. Place your bets on the latter.
This article was originally published to The National Student on 10th October 2016
When Star (Sasha Lane) meets Jake (Shia LaBouef) he proposes that she join him and his friends in their work as a travelling magazine sales crew, in Andrea Arnold’s latest Cannes triumph.
Their instant spark convinces her to abandon the broken and impoverished home life she leads in Kansas, and set out with the team. Under the watchful eye of the white trash queen bitch Krystal (Riley Keough), she travels the south and Midwest of America, selling subscriptions and experiencing a greater amount of life than she previously had. But as she pursues a relationship with Jake, her newfound freedom and family is placed in increasingly precarious situations. Continue reading
This article was originally published to The National Student on 27th July 2016
You’d be hard pressed to think of a film from the last year that opens with a scene more on-the-nose as Nerve.
Emma Roberts’ Vee is procrastinating on her Macbook, Facebook stalking her high school’s football star, and listening to “sick choons” on Spotify. We see close ups of her cursor as it hovers over various icons; it waits temptingly over the “Like” button for her crush’s photo; we see her biting her lip, her facial movements tentative in extreme close-up; Vee gets a Facetime call from her best friend Sydney (Emily Meade). Continue reading
This article was originally published to The National Student on 24th July 2016
Every July, film studios flock to San Diego Comic-Con, the biggest event of its kind in the world, to show off their latest productions to the nerdiest people in the world.
In recent years, to side step the piracy problem, those same studios have been releasing the footage they show there to the general public, within a few hours.
We’ve collected the best (or otherwise) footage revealed in the famed Hall H from the last few days, of the films you should know about over the next year.
Spoiler – there’s a lot of superheroes… Continue reading
This article was originally published to The National Student on 31st May 2016
Lee Gates (George Clooney) is the host of Money Monster, where led by his beleaguered, soon-to be ex-director Patty Fenn (Julia Roberts), he gives tips on which stocks his viewers should invest in. Continue reading
This article was originally published to The National Student on 11th May 2016
How do you make a sequel to one of the most successful, critically savaged films of the century?
2010’s Alice In Wonderland was a green screen, Tim Burton-fever nightmare, with few characters who actually resembled real people, personality or appearance-wise.
This sequel, more than half a decade later, obviously seeks to capitalise on the more than Billion-dollar grossing success of the original, and without Tim Burton behind the camera (he’s serving as a producer; the guy behind-the behind-the-camera guy), you’d hope it could indeed be an improvement. Continue reading