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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 […]

DVD REVIEW: NEW CAPTAIN SCARLET Season 1 and 2

DVD REVIEW: NEW CAPTAIN SCARLET Season 1 and 2

DVD REVIEW: NEW CAPTAIN SCARLET Season 1 and 2 Shock Entertainment August 2016 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7/10 Fans of Gerry Anderson’s ‘60s supermarionation programs Thunderbirds and Captain Scarlet will revel in this 2005 reboot of the latter – even if the computer animation techniques used (coined ‘hypermarionation’ as a nod to their original puppetry) […]

DVD REVIEW: THE MUNSTERS COMPLETE COLLECTION

DVD REVIEW: THE MUNSTERS COMPLETE COLLECTION

DVD REVIEW: THE MUNSTERS COMPLETE COLLECTION Shock Entertainment August 2016 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8 ½ /10 Debuting in the same week in September 1964, and running concurrently with The Addams Family (Bewitched also premiered that week) for twenty months, The Munsters featured a very similar plot line – a creepy horror family who think […]

DVD REVIEW: THE GHOST BUSTERS

DVD REVIEW: THE GHOST BUSTERS

DVD REVIEW: THE GHOST BUSTERS Shock Entertainment July 2016 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7 /10 Not to be confused with the ‘80s movie or its recent remake, The Ghost Busters was a live action children’s series from 1975 which put Larry Storch and Forrest Tucker together in an attempt to rekindle their comedic chemistry from […]

MOVIE REVIEW: CAPTAIN FANTASTIC

MOVIE REVIEW: CAPTAIN FANTASTIC

MOVIE REVIEW: CAPTAIN FANTASTIC Written & directed by Matt Ross Starring Viggo Mortenson, George MacKay, Samantha Isler Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8 ½ /10 In a dense forest a young man – little more than a teen – leaps from the undergrowth to slit a deer’s throat with a hunting knife, before a ragtag brigade […]

DVD REVIEW: THE DAUGHTER

DVD REVIEW: THE DAUGHTER

DVD REVIEW: THE DAUGHTER Roadshow Entertainment September 2016 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8/10 Odessa Young is sensational as the daughter, Hedwig, caught up in the power plays of a handful of selfish adults with their own agendas in a dying logging town in Simon Stone’s movie of Henrik Ibsen’s play. The Daughter opens with two […]

DVD REVIEW: SOUTHLANDER – Diary Of A Desperate Musician

DVD REVIEW: SOUTHLANDER – Diary Of A Desperate Musician

DVD REVIEW: SOUTHLANDER – Diary Of A Desperate Musician MVD Visual 2016 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7/10 Made in 2001 and featuring a raft of familiar indie music and movie faces, Southlander is the very definition of arthouse indie film making – an often surreal, sometimes (obviously) improv’d work that begs the viewer to watch […]

THEATRE REVIEW: THE SOUND OF MUSIC, Perth, 15 Sep 2016

THEATRE REVIEW: THE SOUND OF MUSIC, Perth, 15 Sep 2016

THEATRE REVIEW: THE SOUND OF MUSIC, Perth, 15 Sep 2016 Directed by Jeremy Sams Starring Amy Lehpamer, Cameron Daddo, Marina Prior Crown Theatre, Perth – Thursday, 15 September, 2016 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar There’s little can be said about The Sound Of Music which hasn’t already been said a hundred times in the fifty years […]

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