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Review: Art d’Ecco – In Standard Definition Rating 81%

Review: Art d’Ecco – In Standard Definition

In Standard Definition is the new album from Art d’Ecco, their first since Trespasser in 2018. A concept album about entertainment and the way in which it affects our day-to-day lives, In Standard Definition considers each of the entertainment worlds, or obsessions with celebrity and how it affects our day-to-day.

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Review: Bright Burning Things by Lisa Harding Rating 86%

Review: Bright Burning Things by Lisa Harding

Lisa Harding is a celebrated actress, playwright and critically acclaimed author. Harvesting, her debut novel, was short listed for the Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year and Newcomer of the Year at The Irish Book Awards. It received the Kate O’Brien Award in 2018 and has been taken on by director Michael Lennox and producer Brian J Falconer to transform into film.

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Review: Zebra Girl Rating 65%

Review: Zebra Girl

After being performed at the Edinburgh Fringe, Catherine and Anita has taken on a new form. As of 28th May this is in film format as Zebra Girl, released across the UK. Throbbing with trauma, violence, mental illness and abuse, there is much to unpack with this feature length, and certainly not for those that prefer the light-hearted. Starring Sarah Roy and Tom Cullen, Zebra Girl is a psychological thriller with more depth than humour.

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Review: Asylum Road by Olivia Sudjic Rating 77%

Review: Asylum Road by Olivia Sudjic

Allegorical, metaphorical whilst also literal, Olivia Sudjic’s Asylum Road has much to unpack and take away from every read. Disturbing and unsettling, there is much about this novel that will compel you to read on. A taut, compulsive second novel rife with wit from the critically-acclaimed Olivia Sudjic, there is a definite Elena Ferrante influence on this work, but that makes it nothing less than riveting.

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Review: Matthew E. White & Lonnie Holley – Broken Mirror A Selfie Reflection Rating 69%

Review: Matthew E. White & Lonnie Holley – Broken Mirror A Selfie Reflection

Having followed Matthew E. White since the release of Fresh Blood in 2015, I am learning more and more about his tendency to collaborate with artists. Notably him and Lonnie Holley are releasing Broken Mirror: A Selfie Reflection, due April 9th through Spacebomb/Jagjaguwar. Combining White’s compositions with Holley’s lyrics and vocals, Broken Mirror: A Selfie Reflection is a trippy, experimental record that establishes and places us well and truly in the digital era.

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Review: Whereabouts by Jhumpa Lahiri Rating 82%

Review: Whereabouts by Jhumpa Lahiri

The new novel from the Pulitzer Prize-winning, Man Booker Prize-shortlisted author, Jhumpa Lahiri, Whereabouts is ghostly, unsettling but beautifully written. A haunting portrait of a woman, her decisions, her conversations, her solitariness, in a beautiful and lonely Italian city, this novel becomes more relative to the year gone by as we know it, which is perhaps what makes it all the more perturbed.

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Review: A Space In Time Rating 78%

Review: A Space In Time

A Space In Time is an intimate portrait of one family’s struggle to transcend a fatal muscle wasting disease and their home changes to accommodate this disease. Directed by Nick Taussig and Riccardo Servini, the subject is carefully handled, an artful approach that allows us to gain an insight into a disease rarely spoken about.

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Review: The Last Good Man by Thomas McMullan

With much acclaim Thomas McMullan has released his debut dystopian novel, The Last Good Man, which is dark and demoralising and will cause anyone to despair, most of all lead protagonist, Duncan Peck. With praise from Margaret Atwood and a head nod to Yevgeny Zamyatin’s We, this title certainly stirs intrigue and raises question.

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Frightfest 2021 Rating 80%

Frightfest 2021

Glasgow Film Festival’s Frightfest 2021 is a strange one. Instead of all being crammed together in a cinema, I’m logging into a website and watching them by myself at home. For sure that dampens the experience of a lot of them. An audience whooping and shrieking would have absolutely made some of these films be an absolute riot. In the cold light of day though some were poor and some I enjoyed a lot. I may have judged some too harshly but not this first one:

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