Monthly Archives: July 2012

Super (2010) Dir.: James Gunn – REVIEW

My expectations weren’t exactly high as I have seen another film directed by James Gunn. “Slither” was just one of those forgettable, less than mediocre horror films which you pick out from Blockbuster when you get desperate after perusing the aisles for over 40 mins.

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This is a film that pretty much destroys any preconception you may have of superhero movies.

First of all, this really isn’t a superhero film, despite what the cover reveals, or the fact that Ellen Page is in this one, who, taking Hard Candy and Inception aside, typically plays the quirky, tomboy-ish type girl. Examples are Whip it or Juno.

The other main cast and central figure is Rainn Wilson, who after his wife runs away with a drug dealing scumbag Kevin Bacon, decides to “rescue” her from her very certain drug-filled doom. To deal with the pain of losing her and feeling incredibly inferior in his day to day life, he goes a bit off the rails and dreams that God himself tells him to fight evil. He is inspired by a pretty lame superhero called The Holy Avenger who preaches post marital sex and a good diet.

Still sounds ok, yeah? Yeah.

To do his research on superheroes, and to sculpture his alter ego “The Crimson Bolt” he visits a comic book store where he meets the shop assistant and comic enthusiast Ellen Page.

His first attempts are as expected, funny, clumsy and seem to indicate that he just isn’t cut out to be a superhero.

Until he gets the advice to carry a weapon.

The chosen weapon is a wrench and believe me, he gets very wrench-happy. And this is when things take a darker turn. Suddenly the slightly pitiful but likeable character shows his dark side and demonstrates what can happen when mere mortals believe they are chosen to fight crime.

To be fair, any sane person probably wouldn’t put on a mask and go crime hunting, so we have to question how sane any superhero really is. Not surprising that many of the most famous superheroes all suffered from traumas in one way or another and then became masked fighters (recently found out that Spiderman was molested as a child, Jesus!). So it might not actually be that far fetched that this loser turns a bit psychotic when taking on a second identity.

The surprising thing is, though the film gets darker by the minute, it also gets oddly sad and while you may not endorse Rainn’s brutality, you still kind of want him to “win”.

Ellen Page does a great job looking like a bit of a twat who likes comics too much to really understand the consequences of Rainn’s actions, however, yet again, we see another side of her when it turns out that she is just as disturbed maybe even more so than Rainn himself.

Not to spoil the ending, this is a brilliantly refreshing watch which will have you raise your eyebrow several times and put you through some internal confusion about what you are actually watching.

I really enjoyed it due to that ever changing nature. Genre? Well who needs to stick to boundaries anyway these days, eh?

7/10

-Lia

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Grebo – Live Music Review – The Croft 30/06/2012

This was the first time I heard of the band Grebo.

My friend Andy from Cassette Culture asked if I wanted to go and see them, it was some kind of a reunion gig. Sure why not.

Only on the night when I asked a few more questions about the band did I realise what this night meant for a lot of people.

This was a gig to celebrate and surprise Mr H. who, as the singer Ben Hayes’ Dad was the person who drove the band around throughout the years, not only that but he was a crucial part by being a great support. He was really into the music I hear too.

Grebo and Mr H.

Image by: Jessica Holly Hardie

So for his 60th, the band got together and invited all of the people who were part of the scene back then.

As soon as I entered The Croft where the band was playing, I knew that this was quite the exciting and emotional night for them, people who hadn’t seen each other for years greeted one another as if hardly any time had passed.

When Grebo finally started playing I was pleasantly surprised. Their upbeat pop punk was exactly what I hoped for and the type of music I listened to 10 years ago. It evoked the kind of nostalgia in me that shouldn’t exist, as I didn’t know Grebo then but their style of music, the spirit they wanted to get across is something I recognised.


The music was incredible and the whole band could not have looked happier to be back on stage.

Their happiness was very catchy and I realised that I was grinning like a fool for a lengthy period of time. Seeing people sing along and remember the lyrics after all this time was also something that made me particularly happy.

This show reminded me of why I loved going to gigs. The feeling of being part of something great, this is what any band should aim for when playing live. I was bopping to the fast rhythm and wished I had known the band 10 years ago, just so I could feel the same nostalgia everyone else was feeling evidently.

The atmosphere was amazing and I did not find myself thinking about checking my phone, wondering what time it was or whether I’m hungry or not. That is quite the achievement.

Check them out, here are some videos of Grebo on youtube. If you were ever into pop punk in the early 2000s, then this is definitely something you should give a go. They can also be found on spotify.

I am a fan.

-Lia

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