Music (and App) Choice: Andy Hunter – Presence

From his excellent début CD Exodus onwards, Hunter’s technical prowess and musical sensitivity have set him apart from the pack. I know of no one in Britain – or even America – who can touch him  when it comes to creating excellent Christian dance music. His sound is so accessible and addictive that it appeals […]

Small Screen Selection: Things to Come

(Curzon Artificial Eye) Parisian philosophy teacher Nathalie (Isabelle Huppert) is at a fairly stable time in her life. She loves her job and her late teenage children, and has the satisfaction of knowing that her teaching work inspires her students. But not everything is plain sailing. Her eccentric, manipulative mother is ageing and demanding; and […]

Small Screen Selection: The Commitments, 25th Anniversary Edition (DVD)

Small Screen Selection: The Commitments, 25th Anniversary Edition (DVD)

(RLJ Entertainments) Some might say that Alan Parker’s The Commitments is just a movie about trying to put together “the world’s hardest working band,” but it is so much more than that. Roddy Doyle’s original story, full of Irish wit, is tremendous entertainment. Self-styled manager Jimmy Rabbitte (Robert Atkins) places an ad in a Dublin […]

U2 at 40

Most U2 fans will have plenty of stand-out memories of the band. Mine began in 1981, when they played the birthday party for my local rock club in Aylesbury. I knew none of their songs at that time, and instead of my normal place against the stage, I found a spot at the back of […]

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