Monday, September 27, 2010

Interview: Joel Edmondson for Rave Magazine

Interview with Joel Edmondson in Issue 959.

JOEL EDMONDSON chats to ANNA ANGEL about his departure from Brisbane, and the record that’s seeing him return.

Joel Edmondson might have been a pivotal player in the formation of one of Brisbane’s best-loved live venues and labels in Lofly Hangar, but he hung up his Brisbane boots last year in favour of Melbournian loafers. Originally performing with his band under the name of Calvara, Edmondson returns this month to launch his debut full-length record, Invisible Steps. This is not, however, a sign of a permanent homecoming.

“You stay somewhere for as long as it suits you and I do want to embed myself in the scene here,” Edmondson says. “It takes time for people to know who you are.”

He says that while Brisbane will always be home, “once you’ve played Ric’s and The Troubadour so many times, it feels like you can only reach so many people.

Read the article here.

Review: 'Easy A' for Tom Magazine

Whoops! Forgot about this one, was published on Tom Magazine last week.
Easy A

Director: Will Gluck.
Starring: Emma Stone, Amanda Bynes, Penn Badgley, Dan Byrd.

Reviewed By Anna Angel.
Fodder for pun-embracing reviewers like myself, Easy A calls for an old-school style of grading. Gluck makes a near-faultless pass at smart modern comedy - self-referential and tinged with an obvious nostalgia for yesteryear, with imperfect and therefore likeable characters - but falls short of flying colours. The film is the strongest release in its genre perhaps all year, however it relies too much on its predecessors, particularly John Hughes’ teen masterpieces, seeming content to pay homage rather than blaze a new trail. Let’s call it a big, red, embroidered A-minus sewn onto Ferris Bueller’s t-shirt, with extra credit for the talented and sassy cast.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Review: 'The Disappearance of Alice Creed' for Tom Magazine

The Disappearance of Alice Creed

Director: J Blakeson.

Gemma Arterton, Martin Compston, Eddie Marsan.

Reviewed By Anna Angel.
Paranormal Activity taught us you don’t need a blockbuster budget and CGI effects to keep audiences in suspense. The Disappearance of Alice Creed, by J Blakeson, pipes up that you don’t need a spacious or varied set, or more than a few players, either. This British film borrows a formulaic kidnap scenario  -  but how it unfolds from there is worth discussing. Or, it would be, if it wouldn’t ruin the movie for you. All I can say is that when Danny and Vic, your thugs for the evening, go to kidnap and hold Alice Creed, a millionaire’s daughter, for a large ransom, it doesn’t quite go to plan. Vague enough for you? 

Read more at TOM Magazine.