Month: April 2016

Review: Melody Pool, ‘Deep Dark Savage Heart’

In this crazy modern world we are swamped by music – most of it is meaningless. But some of it is genuine and timeless. Melody Pool is special. You sense she could have taken the pop path to fame, but she’s chosen a different road; as she declares on her second album, “I’m not trivial.” Pool is signed to a label, but she’s defiantly doing things her own way. “I am pressured to show only light,” she sings in City Lights, “to be filled with all that’s good and bright. But I’m a slave to a darkened mind. And who are...

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Major Dundee (1965) Directed by Sam Peckinpah (Part 3 of 5)

Check out the previous part here. By early January 1964, two thirds of the Major Dundee script had been completed and the film’s secondary characters all cast. Warren Oates, L.Q. Jones, John Davis Chandler and R.G. Armstrong, who had featured in Peckinpah’s Ride the High Country, had all been assigned roles. These fine character actors, together with Slim Pickens, Dub Taylor and Ben Johnson, who were also cast, would later become known throughout the industry as “The Peckinpah Stock Company”. But as the cast and crew prepared to leave for Mexico in late January, Peckinpah received devastating news from producer Jerry Bresler. The head...

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REVIEW: Uncharted 4 – A Thief’s End

Read STACK’s spoiler-free review of the campaign in Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End. In 1695, the Privy Council and the East India Company offered up a reward of £1000 for the capture of English pirate, Henry Avery (also Every). The daring seafarer had just plundered two ships laden with treasure belonging to the Grand Mughal, netting the equivalent of $120 million (in today’s money) in booty. England couldn’t risk damaging the already delicate relationship between the Mughal Empire in India and the fledgling East India Company, and thus the unprecedented bounty was raised. Several members of Avery’s crew were...

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Review: Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Release Date: 13th April 2016 Starring:  Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher. No movie could possibly live up to the hype and fervent expectation that surrounded The Force Awakens, but J.J. Abrams has admirably delivered the first worthy successor to the original Star Wars trilogy. He gives diehard fans exactly what they want and introduces the galaxy far, far away to a whole new generation through a trio of thoroughly endearing new characters. Winsome scavenger Rey (Daisy Ridley), defecting stormtrooper Finn (John Boyega), and loveable ball droid BB-8 join forces with seasoned vets Han Solo, Chewie...

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