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DVD REVIEW: SAD VACATION – The Last Days Of Sid And Nancy

DVD REVIEW: SAD VACATION – The Last Days Of Sid And Nancy

DVD REVIEW: SAD VACATION – The Last Days Of Sid And Nancy MVD Entertainment Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8/10 I don’t know about a ‘sad vacation’, but the rapid junk-fuelled spiral into the abyss by Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungen once they arrived in New York in 1978 was certainly a sad waste. It’s easy, […]

DVD REVIEW: MY WAY

DVD REVIEW: MY WAY

DVD REVIEW: MY WAY MVD Entertainment November 2016 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7/10 My Way is billed as a “Kick ass girl rockumentary,” and follows the journey to find rock n’ roll fame of Rebekah Starr. A university qualified professional, Starr chooses rock over a flagging marriage and a boring job, and embarks on a […]

DVD REVIEW: THE TUBES – The Musikladen Concert 1981

DVD REVIEW: THE TUBES – The Musikladen Concert 1981

DVD REVIEW: THE TUBES – The Musikladen Concert 1981 MVD July 2016 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7/10 The Tubes were always unique – half theatrical punk rock, half new wave hit makers, they hit their commercial peak in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s. This ninety minute live set from Germany shows them at their […]

DVD REVIEW: REAL DETECTIVE Season One

DVD REVIEW: REAL DETECTIVE Season One

DVD REVIEW: REAL DETECTIVE Season One Shock Entertainment December 2016 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7/10 With crime procedurals ubiquitous nowadays – think NCIS, Law & Order, Criminal Minds, et al – it’s refreshing to see a new twist on the format. In Real Detective, each episode focuses on a true life detective’s case – usually […]

DVD REVIEW: JEKYLL & HYDE Season 1

DVD REVIEW: JEKYLL & HYDE Season 1

DVD REVIEW: JEKYLL & HYDE Season 1 Shock Entertainment November 2016 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8/10 Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic 1880’s tale of good versus evil is given a sexy and stylish 1930’s revamp in this Charlie Higson-helmed series starring Tom Bateman as the titular Doctor who has inherited his Grandfather’s violent alter-ego. Here, Jekyll […]

CD & DVD REVIEW: BRAD PAISLEY – Live Amplified World Tour

CD & DVD REVIEW: BRAD PAISLEY – Live Amplified World Tour

CD & DVD REVIEW: BRAD PAISLEY – Live Amplified World Tour MVD Visual December 2016 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8/10 Multi-platinum country artist Brad Paisley recorded this impressive live album and film at the West Virginia University in front of a 30,000-strong home-town crowd, and it captures him on stunning form. Things get off to […]

MOVIEW REVIEW: HIDDEN FIGURES

MOVIEW REVIEW: HIDDEN FIGURES

MOVIEW REVIEW: HIDDEN FIGURES Directed by Theodore Melfi Starring Taraji Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe, Kevin Costner, Kirsten Dunst, Jim Parsons, Mahershala Ali Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 9/10 Here in 2017 a film about racial and sexual discrimination in 1961 SHOULD be an illuminating glimpse into a less enlightened time. Sadly, instead, it is ringing […]

MOVIE REVIEW: TRAINSPOTTING 2

MOVIE REVIEW: TRAINSPOTTING 2

MOVIE REVIEW: TRAINSPOTTING 2 Directed by Danny Boyle Starring Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner, Johnny Lee Miller, Robert Carlyle Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8 ½ /10 More than twenty years after Danny Boyle’s iconic blend of junkie squalor, drug allure and cutting edge tunes, based on Irvine Welsh’s novel, comes another look into the lives of […]

MOVIE REVIEW: A STREETCAT NAMED BOB

MOVIE REVIEW: A STREETCAT NAMED BOB

MOVIE REVIEW: A STREETCAT NAMED BOB Directed by Roger Spottiswoode Starring Luke Treadaway, Bob the Cat, Ruta Gedmintas, Joanne Froggatt, Anthony Head Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 9/10 Those familiar with James Bowen’s best-selling memoir already know that this tale of a homeless, recovering junkie, is a lot more ‘feel good’ than such a thing has […]

THEATRE REVIEW: VELVET, Perth Fringe Festival – 25 January, 2017

THEATRE REVIEW: VELVET, Perth Fringe Festival – 25 January, 2017

THEATRE REVIEW: VELVET, Perth Fringe Festival – 25 January, 2017 The Spiegeltent, Perth, Western Australia Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar Marcia Hines – the teenage expat American who became Australia’s Queen Of Pop and ‘70s icon – completely slays Fringe Festival’s discotastic Velvet in a performance that shows she is everything she ever was, even at […]

MOVIE REVIEW: WHY HIM?

MOVIE REVIEW: WHY HIM?

MOVIE REVIEW: WHY HIM? Directed by John Hamburg Starring Bryan Cranston, James Franco, Megan Mullaly, Zoey Deutch, Keegan-Michael Key Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7/10 Brace yourself: movie critics the world over are about to tell you that Why Him? is a ‘BAD’ movie – and they’re probably right. Why Him? is NOT a ‘good’ movie […]

CD/DVD REVIEW: MOTORHEAD – Clean Your Clock

CD/DVD REVIEW: MOTORHEAD – Clean Your Clock

CD/DVD REVIEW: MOTORHEAD – Clean Your Clock UDR Music June 2016 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 10/10 Recorded live in Munich on 20 and 21 November, 2015 – merely five weeks before Lemmy Kilmister passed away – this was the last professionally recorded Motorhead show, and the first posthumous release for the band. No mere cash-in, […]

DVD REVIEW: THE LAST OF THE MISSISSIPPI JUKES

DVD REVIEW: THE LAST OF THE MISSISSIPPI JUKES

DVD REVIEW: THE LAST OF THE MISSISSIPPI JUKES MVD Entertainment Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8/10 The Blues never fails to move us, racism never fails to horrify and offend us, history never fails to amaze us, and heartfelt, selfless humanity never fails to rally us to believe that maybe the world isn’t as fucked as […]

DVD REVIEW: MORPHINE – JOURNEY OF DREAMS

DVD REVIEW: MORPHINE – JOURNEY OF DREAMS

DVD REVIEW: MORPHINE – JOURNEY OF DREAMS MVD Entertainment October 2016 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 9/10 Mark Shuman lets cult ‘90s ‘low rock’ band Morphine tell their own story in this riveting documentary. The band was the brainchild of Mark Sandman, a growling, bass playing frontman with a unique vision for a band: no guitar, […]

MOVIE REVIEW: Keeping Up With The Joneses

MOVIE REVIEW: Keeping Up With The Joneses

MOVIE REVIEW: Keeping Up With The Joneses Directed by Greg Mottola Starring Zach Galifianakis, Isla Fisher, Jon Hamm, Gal Gadot Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7/10 Take a humdrum suburban couple, add glamourous new neighbours who just may be Internationally jet-setting Bond-like spies, and add a pinch of professional intrigue and some bumbling goofball fish-out-of-water fun […]

DVD REVIEW: Scarred But Smarter: The Life n’ Times of Drivin’ n’ Cryin’

DVD REVIEW: Scarred But Smarter: The Life n’ Times of Drivin’ n’ Cryin’

DVD REVIEW: Scarred But Smarter: The Life n’ Times of Drivin’ n’ Cryin’ MVD Visual September 2016 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 9/10 “I’m 80 pounds overweight, I have crooked teeth – yeah they can do better” says singer Kevin Kinney after reckoning that his band would – and perhaps should – sack him after every […]

DVD REVIEW: ALL THINGS MUST PASS – The Tower Records Story

DVD REVIEW: ALL THINGS MUST PASS – The Tower Records Story

DVD REVIEW: ALL THINGS MUST PASS – The Tower Records Story MVD Entertainment 2016 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8/10 Made by Colin son-of-Tom Hanks, All Things Must Pass is a love letter to not just any old record store (though the lessons learned here about the passing of Tower certainly apply to many other record […]

THEATRE REVIEW: AVENUE Q - PERTH

THEATRE REVIEW: AVENUE Q – PERTH

THEATRE REVIEW: AVENUE Q – PERTH Crown Theatre, 26 November, 2016 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar Multiple generations of us grew up with a large part of our moral compass and basic A-B-C-1-2-3 knowledge cast in stone thanks to the wonderful Sesame Street – and most of us at some point in our more mature years […]

CD/DVD REVIEW: LIVE AT WACKEN 2015 – 26 Years Louder Than Hell

CD/DVD REVIEW: LIVE AT WACKEN 2015 – 26 Years Louder Than Hell

CD/DVD REVIEW: LIVE AT WACKEN 2015 – 26 Years Louder Than Hell UDR 26 August, 2016 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8 ½ /10 Not for the faint-hearted, Wacken is a true heavy metal festival – perhaps the truest in the world, and certainly the most famous. Gathered here is a precis of the acts from […]

DVD REVIEW: THE THREE STOOGES COLLECTION Vols 1-3

DVD REVIEW: THE THREE STOOGES COLLECTION Vols 1-3

DVD REVIEW: THE THREE STOOGES COLLECTION Vols 1-3 Shock Entertainment August 2016 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8/10 These three double DVD sets feature no less than 66 digitally remastered short films made by The Three Stooges between 1934 and 1942. Initially signed by Columbia Pictures for one short alone, 1934’s Woman Hater was not a […]

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