If you were looking for a template to base a movie about Princess Grace on, The King’s Speech probably wouldn’t leap to mind. And yet that’s what we get here. New to the throne of Monaco, former Hollywood glamour girl turned princess Grace Kelly (Nicole Kidman) is yet to make any real connection with her subjects or her duties – in fact, she’s actively considering going back to Hollywood and acting in Alfred Hitchcock’s latest movie.
Australian country music has never looked in better hands than with Wagons and their latest album, Acid Rain and Sugar Cane. Gritty electric guitar and horn arrangements ring out as Henry Wagons channels Nick Cave in ‘Hold On Caroline’, the most impressive opener to one of their albums yet. Co-produced by Mick Harvey of the Bad Seeds fame, this album in parts is a lot darker than previous releases, but I think that is one of the main positives behind it.
Hazel (Shailene Woodley) is your typical teen: wise beyond her years, doesn’t have to go to school, and walks around with an oxygen tank. She’s a feisty truth-teller, even if pretty much the only thing she does do with her life is go to a cancer support group that she secretly mocks. Hey, lay off: she’s got cancer, don’t you know? Then one day hot guy Gus (Ansel Elgort) turns up at one of her meetings and starts making serious eyes at her.
Opening with the title track, rollicking punky guitar lines and kick drum compliment my headphones. It’s a little bit of a departure away from the bluesy guitar tunes that Dyson is well known for but I think it is a positive direction for her fifth album in eleven years. Funky basslines and organ accompaniment are present in ‘Growing Up’, which make the sensitivity and passion in Dyson’s vocals shine through a lot more in the songs than previously.
It’s not that Seth MacFarlane’s latest film isn’t funny. In this western comedy he continues the rapid-fire approach to joke-telling that’s been a hallmark of his career since he started Family Guy, so that for every joke that misses there’s at least one that hits. And he mixes up the kinds of jokes he’s telling too, so while there’s a fair amount of crude stuff here there’s a bunch of smart jokes about the nature of the West and the social attitudes of the time (people sure were poor, ignorant and racist) in there, too.
Currently the most played single on triple j, it’s evident right from the get-go that Kim Churchill has done well with Silence/Win, his latest release. Opening with ‘Single Spark’, it sounds like he has for a moment been hanging out with an indie rock band because the instrumentation in the track is a lot more sparse than Churchill’s previous works. Jangly guitar lines and thundering drums are sure to get your head bopping along like it did mine.
As a huge George Orwell fan, it is safe to say I was very interested how the dystopian novel would translate to the stage, and I was by no means disappointed. Shake and Stir’s Nelle Lee and Nick Skubij have successfully adapted Orwell’s tale of Big Brother’s hold on fictitious state of Oceania and are also part of the incredible cast of five which also includes Ross Balbuziente, Hugh Parker and star Bryan Probets, who is mesmerising as the heartbroken dreamer Winston Smith.
It’s the future – well, kind of the future, as it’s basically the same as today only with robot fighting suits and aliens. First we got the aliens, who are slowly but surely taking over Europe; then we created the battle suits so the people fighting the aliens would last more than five seconds. For sleazy PR expert Major William Cage (Tom Cruise) this is someone else’s problem – his job is to sell war, not fight it – until General Brigham (Brendan Gleeson) orders him to join the first wave of the attack and film it for the folks back home. Cage refuses point-blank.
Once upon a time there were two kingdoms. One was full of regular selfish, greedy humans and was ruled by a king who’d come to power on a platform of conquering the other kingdom, which was full of magical creatures. There lived Maleficent (Isobelle Molloy), a fairy who was so kind and good she spent her days complimenting astoundingly ugly monsters and using her magic powers to heal broken tree branches.
Two years ago, we challenged ourselves to reinvent the electric guitar string. The result is the all new NYXL range by D’Addario. These are the strongest set of electric guitar strings ever made. Stronger than any of their predecessors, they settle to pitch faster, and hold pitch better– with wound strings boasting more output and plain steel strings that aren’t so plain.