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Archive for January 13th, 2018

In my last post relating to 2017 before The Seventh Annual Groovers Movie Awards, here are my favourite things from the year: 

Film

Blade Runner 2049Blade Runner 2049: I am getting predictable; two years ago Sicario missed out on my top movie of the year by the smallest margin to Mad Max.  Last year Arrival took the top spot. Back in 2013, Prisoners made my top ten.  It is therefore no surprise that a Denis Villeneuve tops the tree again.  What is a surprise, is that my favourite film of the year, is one I didn’t want to be made. As a lover of the original Blade Runner I just didn’t want them to mess it up.  Far from it, the film is both excellent in its own right, and takes the original movie and its concepts in an interesting direction.

Album

Life Love Flesh BloodLife Love Flesh Blood: Imelda May: Best known as for her rockabilly music, the Irish singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist released her debut album in back in 2003.  After splitting from her husband, who was also her creative partner and collaborator on previous recordings, she decided to take a different direction.  Produced by T Bone Burnett and guided by Bono, the album crosses several genres but the standout tracks are the more blues based ballads Call Me, Black Tears, Should’ve Been You.

Book

La Belle SauvageThe Book of Dust volume one La Belle Sauvage: Phillip Pullman: Back in 2003 the BBC’s Big Read began the search for the nation’s best-loved novel, Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy was voted number three in the poll.  This was the first I had heard of the books, as soon as I heard they had been ceremonially burned I decided they were worth reading, they are amazing.  After a long wait La Belle Sauvage, the first volume in the companion series The Book of Dust was released.  It was worth the wait!

TV Showtwin peaks

Twin Peaks: A quarter of a century after it originally aired Twin Peaks returned to our screens.  It could have gone so wrong, but this is David Lynch, Why did I ever have a moment of doubt.  With a combination of the original and a new cast , new and old stories it was some of the best TV of the year with one mind-bending episode in particular standing out.

 

Gig

franz ferdinandFranz Ferdinand: I didn’t go to many gigs last year, but one act stands out.  I have a couple of Franz Ferdinand albums but have never been a big fan, however, there live act is really great.  The last act before the headliners (Elbow) on the Sunday night of the Victorious Festival, Portsmouth, Franz Ferdinand but on a memorable show.

Live PerformanceMatthew Bourne_s The Red Shoes

Matthew Bourne’s The Red Shoes: Twenty years after I first saw the (and loved) the Pressburger and Powell classic The Red Shoes I saw Matthew Bourne’s adaptation.  A ballet based on a film about ballet is a daring choice, to score it with film music by Bernard Herrmann was is an inspired one.

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