By James Baxter On Tuesday, September 4th, 2012

Searching For Sugarman, Film Review.

How often is it that you get a documentary, the content of which seems so far out, so miraculously implausible that it leaves you thinking either a) perhaps the director has exhibited a little too much artistic More...

By James Baxter On Monday, September 3rd, 2012

Classic Film– Audition (Takashi Miike)

Consider for a moment a typical romantic comedy—let’s take You’ve Got Mail for the sake of argument. Now, imagine if it were to be forced at gunpoint into relations with the always delightful matriarch of More...

By James Baxter On Tuesday, July 17th, 2012

The Room, Film Screening At FACT.

For a film lauded as the Citizen Kane of bad movies it’s perhaps no surprise that FACT’s much anticipated screening of The Room drummed up an audience of devotees as keenly obsessive as any you’re ever likely More...

By James Baxter On Saturday, July 14th, 2012

Killer Joe. Film Review.

Uncompromising— my word of choice in what will no doubt be a fruitless effort to describe the unhinged ferocity of William Friedkin’s latest cinematic opus, Killer Joe.    Adapted from the Tracy Letts stage More...

By James Baxter On Sunday, April 29th, 2012

Naked by Mike Leigh, Classic Film Review.

Despite the lengths many of us are willing to go to prevent the onset of revision and other exam related traumas, perhaps the idea of enjoying some stark, social-realist cinema doesn’t quite top your lengthy list More...

By James Baxter On Sunday, February 26th, 2012

Pulled Apart By Horses. Gig Review. Club Academy, Manchester.

L.S. Media Rating **** For those of you concerned that the post-hardcore scene nowadays suffers a distinct lack of fraternity—not to mention support for the elevated-hand-slap—look no further than Leeds quartet More...

By James Baxter On Monday, February 13th, 2012

King Creosote & Jon Hopkins. Gig Review. Capstone Theatre, Liverpool.

The pressure was most certainly on for King Creosote and Jon Hopkins, appearing before the sold out Capstone theatre and understandably so. Released to widespread critical acclaim, last year’s Diamond Mine fought More...

By James Baxter On Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

Shame- Film Review

Steve McQueen makes a solid return to the big screen with this year’s Shame, the haunting story of a life afflicted by addiction. Brandon (Michael Fassbender) is a handsome, wealthy New Yorker—his ordered public More...

By James Baxter On Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

X Factor loses four million viewers-the decline of reality television?

After drawing the eighth season of ITV1’s X Factor to a close, the peak audience for the 2 hour finale plummeted by over 4 million. Standing at 15.5 million viewers against the 19.4 million who tuned in to 2010’s More...

By James Baxter On Monday, December 5th, 2011
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“Lost” Kerouac First Novel Published; The Writer – Promethean or Scholar?

Beat icon Jack Kerouac’s first literary opus is finally to be published in its entirety, no more than 70 years after its initial conception. Previously believed “lost” the whimsically titled The Sea Is My More...