Category Archives: Film

Just… Wow…

So, as well as this song by theJellybottys made famous by Alan Davies on QI, I have just found out about this wonderful venue.

Think I need to plan a day trip to Whitstable soon!


The Two Towers Remixed

You may recall I posted this a few weeks back. Well, Chetreo has done it again:

Again, I should hate this as the funeral song performed by Eowyn is rather moving and any ‘tampering’ would be wrong…

But again, I have been convinced otherwise. I mean it entirely when I say that this had me on the verge of tears.

Can’t wait for the Return of the King one…


Sacrilegious, Precious, But We Likes It

I should detest this, but I’m actually loving it in a weird way. Watch for yourselves:

I was seconds from running away into a corner when the refrain came on (you shall not pass, etc). Something about the way it is mixed together just struck me. When I first found it here, I did not expect to come away humming it.

You can find the creator Chetreo’s channel here.


Red Riding Hood

This may make me sound strange, but I kind of like the film. There’s moments of beauty in it that make any of the less perfect elements disappear in a rose-tinted haze.

What really grabbed me was the soundtrack, however. Yes, I may be a guitarist in a metal band, but I’ll listen to anything once. Okay, most things.

Much of it has a laid-back electronic feel, which I count amongst my guilty pleasures in life. ‘The Wolf’ is one of many people’s favourite tracks from the album, but it doesn’t really do it for me.

‘Just A Fragment Of You’ is a beautiful piece and in my top list from the soundtrack. It works as a stand alone, but the use in the film is a perfect fit, as with pretty much every track. I physically cannot listen to it without a tear in my eye and this is a good thing. I have an entire essay (that may appear some day) in my head about the whole emotional resonance of music and the associated healing or harming power, but this is not the time or place.

‘End Suite’ is again a beautiful, moving and downright haunting piece. It pulls with warm pad sounds and then throws over some laid back clean guitar in to the mix. It works and that is all that matters.

‘Crystal Visions’ by The Big Pink shares some of the feeling and the fact that they follow each other is no coincidence, I’m sure. It then evolves to the electro rock feeling associated with the band and occasionally really crunches , making me feel more valid for enjoying it 😉

Now, I mentioned ‘The Wolf’ earlier and there was a reason for this. This appears courtesy of Fever Ray and to some of you, that provokes the response of ‘Fever who?’. Before that, I want to mention ‘Keep the Streets Empty for Me’ as this is also a Fever Ray contribution. The vocals were very familiar to me and I was racking my brain for it, whilst enjoying the smoky, trip hop feel. Then I remembered José González. His version of ‘Heartbeats’ was in an advertisement for Sony and this was originally by Swedish electronic duo The Knife… vocal duty generally falling to Karin Dreijer Andersson, who uses the name Fever Ray for many solo projects.

Needless to say, one of my random decisions to watch something unusual has led to me indulging another guilty pleasure. I strongly recommend anyone to take a listen to the soundtrack, whether you have watched the film itself or not. If you enjoy it, don’t thank me. Just pass it on again.

Amazon has the film here.


Last Shoot Completed

What a day.

Tonight, a wrap was called on shooting for The Hollow and what a way to end.

I really want to tell you all what an amazing time it has been and more about the shoot, but that would ruin the surprise.

Suffice to say that it was electric thanks to James, Gemma, John Symes, Danny, Hugh, Becki and the wonderful Jessica Messenger.

Editing and finishing is the next stage and all I can say is you’re in for a treat!

A huge thank you to all of the talent displayed throughout the filming and those behind the scenes helping this along.


Ghostly Goings On at The Vic

I’ve heard the stories, seen pictures and even videos like the one below. Nothing prepares someone for a real life experience of a haunting, however.

Those who know me may be aware of my own ‘house guest’, but he seems more Casper than creepy.

Let me start with this video, shot during some background scene filming for The Hollow:

This is after tales of vigils with strange sounds not unlike a grunting, clothing being moved, cold, and a general feeling of spookiness.

Scroll forward to last week, where No Redemption were rehearsing and some friends who were visiting for Hallowe’en were listening. They managed to capture some footage of a boy dancing, possibly the same one as above, and stills of other possible spectres.

So, this evening upped the game. Around 8:40 p.m., the temperature really dropped and the grunt was heard following James Earnshaw around. As well as the general temperature, ‘cold spots’ appeared and even moved with the band.

James had an idea to record the sound, given that the equipment was there. This was a massive success and we located a subsonic noise that had us all baffled as to the cause. Whilst analysing the recordings, we decided to fill the room with the smoke machine and could see disturbances caused that seemed as though an entity of some sort had moved through it. I want to make it clear that there were no natural draughts and the smoke moved as though forced in a particular way.

A general sense of unease remained and I’ve protected my home tonight before writing this.

The Victoria Hotel in Stoke has a history of strange events and this is another one to add to the list. Hoping to do another vigil there for further evidence, but why not pop down yourself and see what you think firsthand?


Talent, Talent, Everywhere…

If you’ve ever thought that life would be simpler with one easy to use website with some of the UK’s top talent, then your wish has been granted.

From the musical stylings of No Redemption and Wes Dolan to the acting skills of Melanie Denholme and Rudy Barrow, you’ll find a great wealth of the country’s hottest rising stars at ‘A Great Act‘.

With profiles, pictures, videos and news all in one convenient place, there’s something for everyone.

Oh, and yours truly 😉

All courtesy of award-winning filmmaker Philip Gardiner, who has worked with each and every one of these fine people.

What are you wating for..?