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MBV

11 Mar

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I had the absolute pleasure of watching My Bloody Valentine in concert last night, at Manchester Apollo (always a great live venue). MBV’s return, with a new studio album (their first for 22 years) cunningly entitled MBV, was one of the nicest music surprises of the year alongside Bowie’s re-emergence. Lead guitarist and song writer Kevin Shields had finally pulled some new material out of the bag, and I’m glad to say it’s great. Not a radical departure from what they were doing before, more a logical extension of it.
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Why the 1992 version of The Last of the Mohicans became one of my favourite films.

11 Mar

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We all have our favourite films, and some films that we’ve watched more times than we can remember. I’m almost surprised that Michael Mann’s 1992 film of The Last of the Mohicans is one of them. It’s not particularly influential or groundbreaking, and is essentially a re-make (albeit a good one), but that’s not the point. It does what it sets out to do with a remarkable beauty and grace. I watched the film again this weekend and what a wonderful film it still is. A rare and moving picture that one, not to mention a great adventure film with some outstanding cinematography.

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