Honne - Warm On A Cold Night
With a number of EP’s under their belts, East London-duo Honne introduce us to their first album Warm On A Cold Night.
Honne tick all the boxes required for modern pop artists to succeed - clear cut beats and soulful swooning vocal melodies, yet it feels more intelligent than most of the “copy-and-paste” albums that dominate the charts.
Where Honne succeed is in their subtleties; songs such as ‘Someone That Loves You’, featuring Izzy Bizu, have a slightly melancholic edge whilst retaining a level of cheesiness to be expected. Theres some familiar songs from older EP’s, including ‘The Night’ with solemn keys descending into bruised vocal lines.
It’s not exactly groundbreaking, but it’s enjoyable enough and a refreshing change from the stalemate of current pop music.
Warm On A Cold Night is out now on CD and digital download.
10 Cloverfield Lane
After a horrendous car accident, a young woman wakes up in the house of a stranger who claims that the world is ending. But is it the apocalypse, or a sinister ploy?
Hollywood loves nothing more than an excuse to make more cash out of a popular movie. Upon first inspection, one might think of 10 Cloverfield Lane as nothing more than a money-grabbing sequel to J.J. Abrams 2008 found-footage monster movie Cloverfield. But this movie is anything but that and is more like a ‘blood relative’, as Abrams calls it.
Almost the entire movie is confined to the house where Michelle, played wonderfully by Mary Elizabeth Winstead, becomes a prisoner; a sure demonstration of the claustrophobia that runs deep in this film. John Goodman is also fantastic as Michelle’s captor Howard, whose strange and paranoid demeanour leaves you questioning his motives.
Whilst Cloverfield focused on action and chaos, it’s ‘cousin’ is more subtle, though it contains some incredibly intense moments, many leaving you on the edge of your seat.
It’s one of the fantastic surprises of 2016; as intense as it is gripping, 10 Cloverfield Lane gives a fresh perspective on doomsday.
10 Cloverfield Lane is out now on Blu Ray, DVD and digital download.
The mammalian metropolis of Zootopia has seen some of its inhabitants go missing and it’s up to the duo of a rookie rabbit cop and a con-artist fox to solve the mystery.
Disney have had a recent string of fantastic movies recently since they took a leaf out of Pixar’s book - and Zootopia is no exception to their ever-growing roster of new generation animated movies.
This is definitely a family affair - there’s plenty of wonderful material and wisecracks to entertain the adults, whilst kids will love the mesmerising array of animals doing people things.
The cast are uniformly excellent; Ginnifer Goodwin is our independent and determined heroine Judy Hopps, whilst Jason Bateman excels as the crafty Nick Wilde. Theres also some welcome surprises from the likes of Idris Elba playing the police chief and Shakira playing a gazelle.
A treat for young and old, Zootopia is Disney doing what they do best.
Zootopia is out now on Blu Ray, DVD and digital download.
Gomorrah: Season 2
When one thinks of the mafia, it usually involves clichés of nice suits, tommy guns and sentences with perfectly stylised euphemisms and pizzazz. But then along came the gripping TV series Gomorrah, which blasted all the mythology and glamour of the mafia, replacing it with the brutal and disturbing reality of organised crime.
Loosely based upon Robert Saviano’s factual book about the Naples crime-syndicate the Camorra, this series explores the lives of the Savastano family, who have a new boss and no shortage of enemies.
But there’s nothing to like about these Mafioso - our characters are vicious and power-hungry criminals, set in a city that is as crumbling and tortured as the protagonists.
It is a bleak and horrifying look at the mafia, filled with violence and paranoia, a far cry from daughters’ weddings and lovely orange plantations.
Gomorrah Season 2 is out now on Blu Ray, DVD and digital download.
Pokemon GO! - iPhone, Android
Pokemon has always been - and undoubtedly will be for quite some time more - one of the most beloved franchises in gaming. Its success is almost unparalleled, and after years of instalments, it leaves us thinking ‘what could possibly be next?’
Well, I guess the only thing that could top it would be Pokemon in real life? And lo and behold we are pretty much there.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past month, you’ll see that Pokemon has returned (or should I say ‘evolved’), and now we have Pokemon GO, Nintendo’s augmented reality venture.
Yes, you can now venture round, collecting Pokemon from real places, using your phone and the location technology on it. Players can view the world in satellite view and see Pokemon in all manner of places, and then attempt to catch them. The game has already seen millions of people across the globe take to the streets and parks attempting to catch them all.
It’s an ingenious game - the technology behind it and the public reaction to it is incomparable to anything else out there at the moment.
Pokemon Go is out now for ios and Android devices.
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