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Review: Copilot Rating 73%

Review: Copilot

Copilot is a new film and another take on the 9/11 tragedy, one that adds drama and romance to it. Two students marry in a mosque in Hamburg in secret, despite objections from the woman’s mother, but he throws her whole world into disarray as he commits to an act that will shake the whole world.

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Review: The Djinn Rating 63%

Review: The Djinn

The Djinn is a 2021 American supernatural horror film directed and written by David Charbonier and Justin Powell, which certainly suspends disbelief in terms of what can be done on a small budget, if you are looking for an aesthetically intriguing horror film. However, there is much missing throughout this 80 minute assault to the senses, including expansion on character and plot.

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Review: Matthew E. White – K Bay Rating 85%

Review: Matthew E. White – K Bay

On the heels of releasing his obtuse collaboration with the legendary Lonnie Holley, Matthew E. White is releasing his long-anticipated solo album, K Bay, on September 10th 2021 via Domino. With the opener single, Genuine Hesitation, out already there are some flavours of the album already available for fans to taste and I doubt they will be disappointed.

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Review: What You Can See From Here by Mariana Leky Rating 74%

Review: What You Can See From Here by Mariana Leky

Mariana Leky’s What You Can See From Here, a bestseller in Germany, has only just been translated to English by Tess Lewis, also letting us in on this hidden gem. A novel about superstition, absurdities, loss and love, Leky’s novel is an epic tale that spans the lives of Selma and Luise, and their place within their community.

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Review: Jupiter Rising 2021 Rating 95%

Review: Jupiter Rising 2021

I’m not sure how you folks would have handled it but I for one was an anxious chap, heading to a music festival. Jupiter Rising loomed at the end of my week, an expanse of uncharted territory. If you hadn’t already gathered this was my first time and I was full of questions, like who will be there? Will it be noisy in the campsite? Should I take shower gel in case there are showers? Do you think there will be a microwave? Will I be having a lovely time? Will I cry uncontrollably at all the gigs and alienate myself from my peers? I had even planned to set up my tent and shuffle out of the grounds for the last bus home at 00.30 on Friday evening, to return fresh and unscathed for the first act at midday on Saturday, my fellow attendee’s none the wiser to my covert migration of comfort. I think it’s fair to say that we are spiritually bedraggled; feeling our way around the textures of our comfort boundaries while the world unfurls itself and things we used to enjoy without a second’s thought become available to us again, irrespective of how we fared through our lockdowns.

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Review: Public Service Broadcasting – Bright Magic Rating 81%

Review: Public Service Broadcasting – Bright Magic

PSB oft feel like an education in history through their releases alone. 2013’s debut album Inform-Educate-Entertain used archival samples from the British Film Institute as audio-portals to the Battle Of Britain, the summit of Everest and beyond. In 2017 they were joined by voices including Manic Street Preachers’ James Dean Bradfield, Every Valley was a moving exploration of community and memory via the rise and fall of the British coal industry. This approach has not changed with their new release; Bright Magic brings us back to the Federal Republic of Germany – Berlin. Similarly collaborate, this LP conveys the culture and the people of the city, impressionistically.

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Review: Piranesi by Susanna Clarke Rating 96%

Review: Piranesi by Susanna Clarke

Shortlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction, Susanna Clarke is finally back on the literary scene with Piranesi. It has been 17 years since Clarke’s Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, a debut novel that was unlike anything this reviewer has read. Now, in 2020/2021, Clarke is back with a novel just as strange and enchanting – Piranesi.

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Review: Martin Creed’s Everything Is Going To Be Alright, Summerhall Edinburgh Fringe 2021 Rating 75%

Review: Martin Creed’s Everything Is Going To Be Alright, Summerhall Edinburgh Fringe 2021

Without a doubt, anyone that suggests a transformation of the word hate to hats has my attention from the get go. Martin Creed, the Turner Prize-winning artist-performer-composer and ‘punk poet’ is an artist that likes to do a bit of word-play and consider the make-up and meaning of words. We see this not only in his art installations but also within his music and poetry, and presently even more so with the show that is Everything Is Going To Be Alright at Edinburgh’s Summerhall as part of the Festival 2021.

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Review: Seamus Fogarty, The Hug and Pint Rating 90%

Review: Seamus Fogarty, The Hug and Pint

I’ve been to Lost Map Records’ Howlin’ Fling festival on the Hebridean island of Eigg many times and there seems to be a distinct moment in the late afternoon of the second day, when the epic hangover from the first day is just beginning to lift but you’ve already started putting in some solid groundwork for what will now be a fully weapons-grade hangover when it inevitably arrives tomorrow. The moment tends to happen around five-o-clock on that second afternoon, and perhaps it’s down to the confluence of those two states of inebriation opening up some internal biochemical sweet spot and rendering you particularly emotionally vulnerable, but invariably the performer up on the stage is free to exploit that vulnerability at will and have you welling up with tears; forced to make lame excuses to your friends, “I – ahem – seem to have got a little something in my eye”.

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Review: Anna Meredith, EIF 2021 Rating 76%

Review: Anna Meredith, EIF 2021

Three years ago at Edinburgh International Festival, Anna Meredith performed a specially expanded version of her debut album Varmints, which included a 30-piece Southbank Sinfonia orchestra. An album of great acclaim, Varmints won Scottish Album of the Year in 2016, so this performance as far as EIF standards go, was going to be difficult to come back after. Meredith also composed the music for the International Festival’s 2018 opening spectacle Five Telegrams, where thousands gathered to watch rainbow visuals projected onto the façade of the Usher Hall.?I mean, how do you come back from that?! But she did, she has come back after a formidable eighteen months of being stagnant on the live scene. An entirely different and fun set of tracks for Friday night at Edinburgh Park, this gig proved to be supercharged with a concoction of energy and a desire to let loose.

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