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HIGH RISE

High Rise - second (1)

For the High-Rise soundtrack, Portishead created a haunting cover of ABBA’s 1975 hit ‘SOS’, a song that represented the glamour and disintegration of the period for the director, Ben Wheatley.

It becomes a haunting refrain in this highly risible adaptation of J G Ballard’s dystopian novel, written by Amy Jump.

There’s not a lot of glamour but plenty of disintegration as we move through the stories of this brutal monolithic structure, architecture as allegory in the rise of Thatcherism.

The appropriately named Royal, played with regal indifference by Jeremy Irons, is the architect with the edifice complex, creator of this tower and occupier of its highest level. The levels are signifiers of status, the highest rung is where the Royals live, the closest to the ground are the lower classes. Continue reading HIGH RISE

MUPPETS MOST WANTED

Miss Piggy and Kermit in the latest Muppet film, MUPPETS MOST WANTED
Miss Piggy and Kermit in the latest Muppet film, MUPPETS MOST WANTED

“On a European tour, no one notices that Kermit The Frog has been replaced by an evil froggy doppelgänger (Constantine) who is a criminal mastermind . . . “

This family musical ”comedy” originally was to be titled “The Muppets … Again!” . . . “MUPPETS MOST WANTED (2014) is the Muppet’s eighth cinema release since “THE MUPPETS” (1979). Directed by James Bobin and starring Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, The Great Gonzo, Ricky Gervais, Tina Fey, Ty Burrell, Tom Hiddleston, Christoph Waltz, Ray Liotta, Til Schweiger, Debby Ryan, Danny Trejo, Usher Raymond, Celine Dion, and a huge cast of cameos from famous actors, that the adults will all easily recognise.

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CORIOLANUS

Tim Hiddleston as Coriolanus. Pic Johon Persson
Tom Hiddleston as Coriolanus. Pic Johon Persson

The latest of the NT live series this is a screening of the sellout ‘chamber’ production of CORIOLANUS directed by Josie Rourke and starring Tom Hiddleston that was recently at the Donmar Warehouse in London. One of Shakespeare’s last tragedies , ‘Coriolanus’  is a savage play about a great Roman warrior who disdains the common people and hurtles towards self destruction. He is a great soldier, but a failure as a politician.

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