There are two kinds of action movies in the world. In one, our hero finds himself in a violent situation well out of his league, and the tension comes from his struggles to deal with the increasing carnage despite his clear inability to handle things. In the other, the bad guys make the mistake of stumbling across the ultimate killing machine, and the fun comes from seeing a variety of scumbags meet a ghastly fate at the hands of death incarnate.
It was no surprise that director David Fincher was the one tapped on the shoulder to adapt Gillian Flynn’s best-seller Gone Girl: with his big-screen version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo he proved he was the go-to guy for hit novels with strong female leads (even if his film did pretty much seem to sink the Dragon Tattoo franchise for good). And hard-edged thrillers have always been a Fincher trademark going all the way back to Seven – though here it takes a while for the edge to make itself known.
Remember the creepy doll from The Conjuring? Clearly Hollywood did: this spin-off starring her has hit cinemas before the official Conjuring sequel has. Presumably a movie based around a doll is a lot easier to knock out – especially when most of your story comes direct from the giant tome of horror movie stunts that Hollywood has locked in a crypt somewhere.
You certainly have big shoes to fill when supporting a band like Angus & Julia Stone, luckily for Vancouver Sleep Clinic they’ll have to start looking around for a bigger pair. While his dancing was a little cringe worthy at times, main man Tim Bettinson has an incredible voice. The combination of his soaring falsetto over the progressive synth of the band was the perfect introduction to the brother-sister duo.
With so many albums released nowadays that feature groaning guitar riffs begging for attention, it’s nice to come across an album that’s just an easy listen. Humdrum Star doesn’t show off or claw for your attention; it simply gains it through merit.
Josh (Jesse Eisenberg) is just a regular guy working on an eco-friendly farm outside Portland on the USA’s west coast. Well, that’s his day job: it turns out his commitment to environmentalism extends far beyond film nights and sustainable crops. Together with the more overtly right-on Dena (Dakota Fanning) they buy a powerboat and deliver it to Harmon (Peter Sarsgaard), who provides both fake IDs and the fertilizer bombs they need for their mission: blowing up a local dam.
One look at Banoffee’s (aka Martha Brown) face and you’d think all she’d be capable of is sickly sweet pop melodies. But you couldn’t be more wrong. Banoffee is the answer to all your new wave RnB dreams. Synth glides over syncopated beats and deeply contemplative lyrics. Her vocals are dark, yet at times surprisingly sweet, and they strike such a perfect balance you simply can’t decide what side to turn to.
Good Luck Charm, the second album from the Texas-based acoustic duo The Mastersons, is full of high moments, with some beautifully written songs that come courtesy from their touring life on the road in both this project and Steve Earle’s band The Dukes. This second release from the band sees a lot more collaborative effort than 2012’s Birds Fly South, where the songs were written by Chris and Eleanor individually and then brought to the table.
After a failed suicide attempt, struggling L.A. actor Milo (Bill Hader) reluctantly takes up an offer from his estranged sister Maggie (Kristen Wiig) to head back east and stay with her and her straightforward nice-guy husband (Luke Wilson) in upstate New York.
Having shared a stage with some seriously big acts – we’re talking Aerosmith and Van Halen here, people – it’s no surprise that the lads from The Dead Love can crank out an awesome rock album. The three-piece from Sydney definitely fall in the alt-rock category, but there’s some punky undertones here and there that make vocalist/guitarist Stevie Knight’s riffs really stand out.