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  • Review: The Enfield Haunting (Sky Living) | SquabbleBox.co.uk - Entertainment Under Attack
    hugely impressed with the attention to detail The set designers did a wonderful job of recreating the house to make it look almost identical to the original and the performances are all very good which is to be expected from such an excellent set of actors The standout performers for me were Macfadyen who captures the real life Playfair s manner and personality perfectly and the two young girls Worthington Cox has a bright future as does Deacon who looks almost exactly like elder sister Margaret I must admit however that I was left wanting more Director Kristoffer Nyholm fails to create any real sense of suspense or danger and I think this is mainly due to the script Everything seems rushed and Nyholm resorts to cheap jump scares of an old man appearing in mirrors and a vintage view master toy for thrills reminiscent of those in the Amityville Horror remake Of course I understand that The Enfield Haunting is a television dramatisation of true events that happened at 237 Green Street in August 1977 and the filmmakers naturally have their artistic license That said I fee as though writer Joshua St Vincent invested too much of the story on Grosse s personal life his struggle to cope with the loss of his daughter the strained relationship with his wife Betty Juliet Stevenson and the growing father daughter esque bond developing between he and Janet Hodgson This is somewhat surprising as Playfair himself is credited as a consultant and it was his own book This House is Haunted that the teleplay is based upon The book only features Maurice s loss of his daughter briefly as the inspiration to join the SPR Society of Psychical Research and his wife is only mentioned in passing Playfair s tome is a blow by blow account of what happened in the house and this is what I expected from Sky Living s show There were events brought forward to accommodate for Grosse s personal journey that almost dominated the final episode and there were many key personnel and events missing altogether that would have made for great cinematic telly Notable absentees include next door neighbour Vic Nottingham who was the first person outside the Hodgson family to experience this phenomena police officer Carolyn Heeps who was called out to the scene and witnessed a chair levitate and move across the living room floor a lollipop lady who saw Janet floating horizontally in front of her bedroom window from the street below and photographer Graham Morris who took the famous photographs and was somewhat spliced into Macfadyen s Playfair I also find it hard to believe that the filmmakers decided not to feature a re enactment of the event that lead to that famous Morris image especially since there was a split second reveal of Worthington Cox simulating the image in the opening credits But above all else that annoyed me was the sheer lack of The Voice Whether it was director Nyholm

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  • Review: Gallipoli (2015) | SquabbleBox.co.uk - Entertainment Under Attack
    out on a day to day basis fetching ammunition unloading supplies and digging oh so much digging Written by Christopher Lee no not that Christopher Lee the series depiction of Australian soldiers is truly spot on with their pitch black humour cheekiness and rebellious attitudes towards authority one none the wiser soldier addresses a general as cobber Added to this the production is not quick to demonise the Turks a move which gives the series some added dimension In the second episode an armistice is established to bury corpses and several of the Australians actually converse with their Turk enemies highlighting that the soldiers could even be mates if it weren t for their respective governments Another great scene shows the Aussies and Turks in their trenches playing games with each other out of sheer boredom Admittedly however the script could ve incorporated other facets of Carlyon s book to enhance the production some written passages could have been used for Tolly s voiceovers and some of the book s most notable moments of dark humour would ve been superb to see here Directed by Glendyn Ivin Beaconsfield combat scenes throughout the series are staged with real finesse and style making this one of the most impressive depictions of WWI to date The ANZAC landing in the first episode definitely merits a mention with its scattered battles and general sense of utter disorder permeating the first day that s absolutely accurate A great number of officers were killed by Turk snipers in the first few hours on the peninsula leaving many soldiers without leaders or orders And since the Australians landed in the wrong spot negotiating the rough landscape populated with armed Turks was treacherous indeed Other well known battles are handled skilfully as well including the well known conflicts at Lone Pine and The Nek which are given their own episode However The Nek probably could have carried a bit more weight if more time was allotted to it you certainly will not feel the impact of Weir s picture Gallipoli deserves plaudits for its superb production values and staggering attention to detail It is clear that military advisors were used as military tactics are very true to life and the series contains even the tiniest details of army drudgery to contribute to an authenticity that will go unnoticed by many The uniforms are particularly accurate with Rising Sun badges and even regiment patches on sleeves Filmed in Victoria the sense of place in Gallipoli is truly astounding The peninsula indeed resembles photographs of the real life campaign and none the wiser viewers may be tricked into thinking that the series was actually lensed in Turkey To heighten the verisimilitude the final episode actually closes with recently filmed imagery of the Gallipoli peninsula Gallipoli was shot digitally and although shooting on film stock might have yielded an overall superior image the visuals are nevertheless gorgeous Many sequences were of course enhanced with digital effects to show the various ships

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  • Review: The Wrestlers: Fighting with My Family (2013) | SquabbleBox.co.uk - Entertainment Under Attack
    documentaries don t reveal all of the hidden truths of the subject matter but The Wrestlers Fighting with My Family is honest and open from the get go What you see is what you get The love and support the family members have for one another is blatantly clear and the documentary is as much about family as it is wrestling Like any loving parents Ricky and Saraya only want the best for their kids and are determined to see their hopes and dreams of making it big in America come true This shifts the focus towards Zak and Britani as they both gain the attention of the biggest wrestling federation in the world WWE and eventually attend secret tryouts in London Britani is successful and lands herself a contract with the company but unfortunately Zak doesn t get signed But despite all of the disappointment Zak remains confident and determined to work harder so he can one day live his dream What I love about this documentary is that it doesn t pull any punches It is full of mixed emotions amusing sad inspiring As a viewer you share all of the trials and tribulations the Knights are put through An emotional farewell at the airport is truly heart breaking to watch as Britani says her tearful goodbyes to family and friends before jetting off to start a new life in Orlando Florida Shortly after arriving in America Britani is re branded by WWE as the raven haired anti diva Paige This new character allowed her to be herself and not some typical blonde tanned bombshell which has been the trend for so many years Displaying her feisty attitude and technical skills Paige quickly becomes a formidable force in the ring and a favourite with the hardcore fans Will the Divas division ever be the same again Only time will tell A lot has happened since this documentary was made especially to young Britani Paige In July 2013 she became the first ever NXT Women s Champion after defeating Australian diva Emma Then the night after Wrestlemania 30 Paige showed up on Monday Night Raw and before you knew it she made history by becoming the youngest ever WWE Divas Champion after beating AJ Lee Not bad for a twenty one year old from Norwich who had been dreaming of this moment for years And it didn t end there as Paige on her 22nd birthday would go onto to win the title again at Summerslam making her the second youngest ever Divas champion As for the rest of the family Ricky is now retired from the ring but still remains busy with WAW Zak and Roy known as The UK Hooligans are fast becoming one of Britain s best tag teams and hopefully one day soon we ll see them grace a WWE ring like their sister Saraya continues to wrestle on the indie circuit as well as running her own all female wrestling promotion Bellatrix Female Warriors

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  • TV Reviews | SquabbleBox.co.uk - Entertainment Under Attack - Part 3
    24 Live Another Day Sky1 May 6 2014 at 2 57 pm TV TV Reviews 0 comments Jack s back Is the debut of his new season worth restarting the clock read more REVIEW Jamaica Inn BBC One April 23 2014 at 11 03 pm TV TV Reviews 1 comment Has Mouthbox been enchanted by the Beeb s adaptation of Daphne du Maurier s classic or is it all lost in translation read more REVIEW Stewart Lee s Comedy Vehicle BBC Two April 1 2014 at 5 20 pm TV TV Reviews 0 comments Mouthbox gives the thumbs up to Mr Lee s latest series of exquisite joking read more REVIEW W1A BBC Two March 20 2014 at 3 26 pm TV TV Reviews 0 comments The Beeb parody their own existence in this comedy from the creators of Twenty Twelve Former BBC employee Mouthbox investigates read more REVIEW Legit Loveline FX March 17 2014 at 3 17 pm TV TV Reviews 0 comments Cal revisits the Jim Jefferies comedy in its second series Is it now worth a look read more REVIEW From Dusk till Dawn The Series Netflix March 15 2014 at 11 31 pm Movies TV TV Reviews 2 comments Robert Rodriguez revisits his cult milestone in this surprisingly good TV pilot read more Previous 1 2 3 4 5 8 Next Movie Squabbles CULT CORNER The Return of the Living Dead 1985 SEQUELISED RoboCop 3 1993 REVIEW The Jungle Book 2016 LICENSE TO THRILL The Mask 1995 SquabbleCast 17 20 Years in Raccoon City Gaming Squabbles GAMING GREATS L A Noire 2011 LICENSE TO THRILL The Mask 1995 SquabbleCast 17 20 Years in Raccoon City GAMING GREATS Super Mario Sunshine 2002 GAMING GREATS The Secret of Monkey Island 1990 Podcast Squabbles TV Squabbles TV GEMS Cockroaches

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  • TV Reviews | SquabbleBox.co.uk - Entertainment Under Attack - Part 8
    read more REVIEW The Fear December 12 2012 at 1 06 am Features TV TV Reviews 0 comments Channel 4 s new drama about gangster geezers is one to watch according to Mouthbox read more REVIEW Bring Me Morecambe and Wise November 25 2012 at 10 22 pm Features TV TV Reviews 0 comments Mouthbox fondly remembers a pair of British comedy legends even if this show makes it a challenge read more REVIEW Heston s Fantastical Food November 21 2012 at 4 38 pm Features TV TV Reviews 0 comments Mouthbox has a problem with over sized food read more REVIEWS Full English Secret State November 13 2012 at 2 30 pm Features TV TV Reviews 0 comments It s a Channel 4 love in Mouthbox checks out their new cartoon Full English as well as political drama Secret State starring Gabriel Byrne read more THE WHO REVIEW Series 7 Episode 4 The Power of Three September 24 2012 at 1 44 am TV TV Reviews 0 comments Little black cubes all over the globe a slow invasion and the beginning of the end for the Ponds read more THE WHO REVIEW Series 7 Episode 2 Dinosaurs on a Spaceship September 10 2012 at 1 43 am TV TV Reviews 0 comments The Doctor Amy and Rory have a Jurassic lark on a spaceship read more Previous 1 6 7 8 Movie Squabbles CULT CORNER The Return of the Living Dead 1985 SEQUELISED RoboCop 3 1993 REVIEW The Jungle Book 2016 LICENSE TO THRILL The Mask 1995 SquabbleCast 17 20 Years in Raccoon City Gaming Squabbles GAMING GREATS L A Noire 2011 LICENSE TO THRILL The Mask 1995 SquabbleCast 17 20 Years in Raccoon City GAMING GREATS Super Mario Sunshine 2002 GAMING GREATS The Secret of Monkey Island 1990

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  • Review: Palace - Lost in the Night (2014) | SquabbleBox.co.uk - Entertainment Under Attack
    distracting works It s the fact that they feel so comparably throwaway that allows EPs to foster this much excitement as though the band in question could hurl a thousand more songs of this quality at you without breaking a sweat and that that only means that they are capable of surpassing these efforts at any moment That s exactly what Lost in the Night feels like a preface to an epic prose or the travel guide for a grand journey Songs like I Want What You Got are fully realised compelling and accomplished pieces but you know that the talent behind them are only barely flexing their muscles It s evident that Palace know exactly what captivates their audience and that they have no intention of labouring their output with the requisite sludge that a lot of modern indie blues and folk is more than happy to endure you won t find any beleaguered outros obligatory bridges or vitally achingly excessive reverb weighing down any of the songs here The closing moments on lead track Bitter rejects the quiet submissive ending for a jarring compelling and teeth grindingly refreshing third act jaunt whilst Veins remains sufficiently tempestuous and endearing to keep you from reclining whilst also begging you to sink into its bluesy simplicity Everything sounds at once familiar and yet refreshingly clear Palace aren t treading new ground here musically instead it feels as though they re leading you down a path that you ve walked a thousand times before yet they manage to point out landmarks you d never even noticed before the cymbals sound unbearably crisp and the guitars ring with a purity and cleanliness that would seem foreign on the dusty folk rock records that inspired this sound but seem wholly at home here Moreover the songs here are granted space and the relative sparseness of the compositions leave ample room for those laidback guitars to amble forward and for the rasping vocals to drag you from place to place from personal trauma to existential quivering and to flourish in that special space that EPs occupy at once realised and incomplete You re entitled to be extremely excited and apprehensive for Palace s upcoming full length release but take solace in the fact that Lost in the Night has been written and made to withstand this anticipation and to reward your patience better things are to come but your wait will be ably and beautifully soundtracked Related Squabbles REVIEW Babymetal Metal Resistance 2016 REVIEW Mark Ronson Uptown Special 2015 REVIEW Powerwolf Preachers of the Night 2013 REVIEW Drowners Drowners 2014 REVIEW Blur The Magic Whip 2015 AWESOME ALBUMS The Stone Roses The Stone Roses 1989 REVIEW Black Stone Cherry Magic Mountain 2014 REVIEW Henry Priestman The Last Mad Surge of Youth 2014 REVIEW Babymetal Babymetal 2014 Nikki Allen More Posts Tags Beatnik Creative Lost in the Night 2014 Palace Palace Lost in the Night Palace Lost in the Night Review Share this post Tweet Previous

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  • Review: Mark Ronson - Uptown Special (2015) | SquabbleBox.co.uk - Entertainment Under Attack
    Prince s early 80s Minneapolis Sound kicking and screaming into the selfie generation Ronson has made an album of Zoolander ish blue steel guilty pleasures which will probably make fans of Heart and Magic FM drool with ecstasy From Stevie Wonder s corny chromatic harmonica in the intro a fitting nod to cheesier ebb of Wonder s New Wave era output to the sound of Tame Impala s Kevin Parker doing a slightly more stoned take on the Isley Brothers on Summer Breaking Uptown Special piles on lots of pungent slap bass and R B grooves so flagrantly sugary they could easily rot your teeth as well as set them on edge All bare faced Chic and Nile Rodgers disco licks rapper Mystikal even pops up on Feel Right to give his best foul mouthed James Brown impersonation and of course Bruno Mars has a blast resorting to Gap Band esque Oops Upside Your Head call and response Emceeing as he guests on the 1 smash hit single Uptown Funk arguably the catchiest pop song we ve heard since Daft Punk s Get Lucky In Daffodils Kevin Parker resurfaces to dip his toes in the shallow end of the psych funk swimming pool and stays true to his indie hipster roots on Leaving Los Feliz by sounding like John Lennon experimenting on a Kaoss pad after sucking on a helium balloon Thrown into an already heady mix is the 70s soft rock riffage and Doobie Brothers falsettos of In Case of Fire and the ghosts of The Whispers stalk Heavy and Rolling to prove perhaps regrettably that the beat really does go on To Ronson s credit the batch of songs on Uptown Special are surprisingly eclectic with more than a whiff of pretentiousness although the God awful leitmotif of Crack in the Pearl with guest vocals sung by Stevie Wonder and lyrics rather pretentiously provided by Pulitzer Prize winning author Michael Chabon often grate But overall the results here are a mixed bag of derivative off cuts Cherry picking the sounds of the past in a fit of postmodern approbation is all well and good but sadly for all its soulful crooning Uptown Special is ultimately quite a mediocre listen lacking in heart and often crippled by its own sense of false nostalgia It s an album tailor made for the rich kids of Instagram it apes the past and feigns authenticity by applying retro colour filters to its smartphone snapshots while conveniently forgetting that the dark room is where the real magic happens Such a shame really It could have been so much more Related Squabbles AGAINST THE GRAIN 2 Stevie Wonder Songs in the Key of Life 1976 REVIEW Drowners Drowners 2014 REVIEW Blur The Magic Whip 2015 REVIEW Palace Lost in the Night 2014 REVIEW Powerwolf Preachers of the Night 2013 REVIEW Queens of the Stone Age Like Clockwork 2013 REVIEW Babymetal Metal Resistance 2016 AWESOME ALBUMS Weezer Weezer 1994 REVIEW Arctic Monkeys AM 2013 Luke

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  • Luke’s Top 10 Albums of 2014 | SquabbleBox.co.uk - Entertainment Under Attack
    to be favourites in the indie disco for years to come I lap this sort of stuff up anyway Given that they got a primetime airing thanks to a performance on BBC Music Awards a few weeks ago you can probably expect to hear more from Catfish The Bottlemen over the next few months Who knows They could even be bigger than The Kooks shudder 5 Jack White Lazaretto It s back to business as usual for Mr White continuing to build on his solo resume with his second album Lazaretto If you consider Blunderbuss his slightly sombre post divorce Blood on the Tracks style record Lazaretto is essentially the sound of a man getting his mojo back There is nothing on this album that wouldn t sound out of place on a White Stripes record so this is a superb testament to White s ability to bounce back and produce songs which rock harder than a tectonic plate shifting in the Rocky Mountains However this is not some boring attempt to go through the blues y motions a la Seasick Steve Lazaretto is also an eccentric musically diverse record There are plenty of nods to country music folk Tin Pan Alley while the blues cuts such as Three Women and Black Bat Liquorice straddle the line between trad rock and hip hop in their primal immediacy If nothing else Lazaretto solidifies Jack White s reputation as his generation s premiere songwriter and experimental bluesman so for this reason it s well worth a spin It ll tide us by until The White Stripes reunite anyway 4 Pup Pup Pup are a messy scrappy discordant flailing little mess of a punk outfit or are they The more I listen to their debut album Pup the more I am convinced this is all intentional You d be mistaken for thinking this is a band who embrace shouting and decibel raising to make up for their lack of musicianship but listen closer and you ll find Pup s songs are actually studiously composed For all its heaviness Pup possesses a collection of songs which are tailormade for melodic punk aficionados to appreciate without grating on the ear too much Each song attempts to vary the tempo pairing their commitment to punk rock with a quiet loud dynamic similar to the Pixies so you may even notice a melody lurking in there somewhere I certainly did Aside from highlighting Reservoir as a blissfully invigorating wall of noise there s not much else I can say about this album other than you ll just have to stick it on and see what you think If it s not your cup of tea well what else did you expect from a band signed to SideOneDummy Records anyway 3 Elbow The Take Off and Landing of Everything I didn t expect to love this album as much as I have It s become a bit predictable to like Elbow hasnt it They even got the lead

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