Do you like time machines? I like time machines, but I guess that is irrelevant to this review. It’s been 17 years since Propagandhi last played in Geelong. When I was first told I was surprised because it felt like it was only a couple of years ago. I then looked in the mirror and realised it really was 17 years since last time – and they have released four studio albums in that time, with only one that I have heard/owned. So the fact was I’d more than likely not know 3/4 of their setlist.
It’s been a long time since Jonathan Glazer’s last film (2004’s Birth) and he didn’t make it easy on himself with this one. Scarlett Johansson plays a woman – she’s clearly some kind of alien (the opening scenes are maybe a birth sequence), but exactly what kind of alien she is isn’t clear – who drives around Scotland in a van picking up and then hitting on male hitchhikers. To film this, Glazer had Johansson (wearing a dark-haired wig and speaking in an English accent) drive around Scotland in a van picking up and then hitting on male hitchhikers.
The debut EP release by Elliphant, aka Ellinor Olovsdotter, is without doubt the coolest sound coming out of Sweden right now. Working with Skrillex, Diplo, Dave Sitek and Dr. Luke, this EP is chock-full of unique dance pop tunes like never before. Unapologetic and full of sass, Ellinor delivers a vocal assault unlike any before. ‘Look Like You Love It’ is the perfect example of this and starts the EP off with a bang.
Director Michael Winterbottom’s 2010 film The Trip was a bit of an oddity. Released both as a six-part television series (in the UK) and an edited-down feature film (everywhere else), it followed comedians Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon (playing slightly altered versions of themselves) around the UK’s Lake District. They visited local restaurants, discussed the lives of poets Coleridge and Wordsworth and did a lot of celebrity impersonations.
For those of us who are impatient beyond means, a slow build can be the most frustrating thing in the world. But for the rest of us, it can be a moment of beautiful contemplation. I, a Man’s debut release, Gravity Wins Again, master these opportunities from start to finish.
While other genres – crime, science-fiction – struggle and die in Australia, horror just keeps on keeping on. For which we should all be grateful: the pop culture future is firmly genre-based and if we don’t have at least some reputation for doing some of it right we’ll be left as the English-language equivalent of, say, Italy: a place that makes decent films that hardly anyone outside their borders bothers with.
After hearing the much-celebrated release ‘Bros’ from Wolf Alice, I was beyond excited to get my hands on their new EP, Creature Songs. ‘Moaning Lisa Smile’ shocks listeners harder than a slap to the face. This bold, sassy number draws you in and makes you wonder why you’ve never given them any attention sooner. Keeping up with their intense visceral sound, Wolf Alice maintains momentum for the distorted guitar and thrashing drums of ‘Storms’.
Superheroes exist in a strange world where anything is possible but the rules that bind them only allow a very narrow range of things to actually be possible. Around the middle of X-Men: Days of Future Past a mutant named Quicksilver (Evan Peters) is introduced whose power is super-speed, the ability to move at rates that leave everyone else standing still.
Frenzal Rhomb has been around for a lazy 22 years. In those years they have had some colourful experiences to say the least – from being banned from being played on JJJ, to ‘The Doctor’ becoming one of the station’s long serving-hosts; band members having to get surgery to remove a pig tapeworm egg from their brain, to being one of the more successful at-home and abroad punk bands that Australia has ever had. Frenzal have also played Geelong a bunch of times in those 22 years, so I was expecting a healthy and excitable crowd for the show at the BC.
The year is 1999, the place is Japan, and the worried face on the screen belongs to Bryan Cranston as a nuclear scientist too worried about the unnatural seismic readings he’s picking up to remember it’s his birthday. Turns out he’s right to be concerned: whatever’s causing the readings also causes a breach at the reactor where he and his scientist wife (Juliette Binoche) work, resulting in disaster, destruction and evacuations all around.