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  • Review: Henry Priestman -The Last Mad Surge of Youth (2014) | SquabbleBox.co.uk - Entertainment Under Attack
    a thing and it is certainly the first real stand out catchy track Yet it also manages to discuss beliefs and the nature of reality Henry also really lets loose vocally and although his voice and range is slowly being affected by age he still sounds solid and unique This is the first number that seems to truly blend the new and more complex approach with Chronicles simplistic catchiness The title track The Last Mad Surge of Youth returns to the more pleasant almost ballad template with Priestman and the accompanying backing vocals greatly complimenting each other although musically the song and its title seem to clash sounding very grown up and considered The lyrics reminiscing about past times are rather poignant Rant n Rave is another rare bouncy song in which he moans about modern times and getting old and having checked the booklet it doesn t come as a surprise to me that this is one of the few ditties written by Henry without another major collaborator although the arrangement still sounds a lot more polished and complex The verses of Huntin and Gatherin Ain t What They Used to Be sound very similar to Sacred Scrolls of Pop from Chronicles before the chorus gently changes to a country laced complaint about progress for the sake of progress Same Circus Different Clowns starts with a harmonica Sold The rhythm of the song is certainly a change with a verbose poetic beat to it with Henry using an almost spoken word sample for the opener as he rallies against corporate stagnation I Cried Today is a completely upbeat track haha no had you going there though didn t I This is a ballad about missed opportunities and regrets and is one of the more intriguing compositions although its more of a grower than an immediately catchy jingle A Pint of Bitter and Twisted has a Celtic bent with the liberal use of fiddle and is only a moderately successful attempt to cheer the album up a bit The more light hearted approach to moaning about contemporary life is preferable and it is certainly one that I m sure we can all relate to The bonus track We Used to Be You Part 2 is basically the same song as its predecessor with a different arrangement sounding sweeter with the brass standing out to full effect Sadly this version lacks the spirit of its older brother somewhat With the album conceived from feelings of death and loss I was ready for a more sombre compilation compared to last time but it s a surprise how melancholic it actually is with only a few fun songs making an appearance and all affected by a world wearier Priestman quite an achievement given the time he s spent in the music industry There are themes of rebellion refusing to accept the status quo and the terror of getting older but it does occasionally stray away from this pattern when Henry starts to contemplate

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  • Music Reviews | SquabbleBox.co.uk - Entertainment Under Attack - Part 3
    0 comments Kelly gives the thumbs up to the pop starlet s latest read more Previous 1 2 3 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 2015 SquabbleCast 16 Batfan v Superfan TV GEMS Marvel s Daredevil 2015 TV GEMS Columbo 1971 2003 SquabbleCast 14 RETARDIS Search SquabbleBox Music Squabbles REVIEW Babymetal Metal Resistance 2016 AWESOME ALBUMS Gomez In Our Gun 2002 REVIEW Blur The Magic Whip 2015 AWESOME ALBUMS Bad Religion Into the Unknown 1983 Stranger Than Fiction Goodbye Steve Strange Social Squabbles Comic Book Squabbles LICENSE TO THRILL The Mask 1995 Start Wearing Purple Wearing Purple Revisiting The Phantom PODCAST It Came From Across the Pond 1 The Yanks Have Landed AGAINST THE GRAIN The Avengers 2012 REVIEW Batman v Superman Dawn of Justice 2015 Petty Squabbles Jacobo Hey could

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  • Against the Grain | SquabbleBox.co.uk - Entertainment Under Attack
    s hilariously over caffeinated action sequel read more AGAINST THE GRAIN Batman Returns 1992 August 1 2015 at 7 55 pm Against the Grain Comics Movies 0 comments Richard unleashes on Tim Burton s misjudged superhero sequel There goes Gotham read more AGAINST THE GRAIN Jurassic World 2015 July 19 2015 at 1 36 pm Against the Grain Movies 0 comments Nostalgia didn t win over everyone Richard dares to throw rocks at this summer s monster hit read more AGAINST THE GRAIN Terminator 2 Judgment Day 1991 June 27 2015 at 5 45 pm Against the Grain Movies Comments Off Cal dares to take issue with James Cameron s beloved sequel to The Terminator Surely not read more AGAINST THE GRAIN E T the Extra Terrestrial 1982 April 14 2015 at 4 26 pm Against the Grain Movies 0 comments Richard has a few problems with Steven Spielberg s kid friendly classic featuring a homesick alien Make that questions lots of questions read more AGAINST THE GRAIN Predators 2010 February 15 2015 at 1 00 pm Against the Grain Movies 1 comment Robert Rodriguez returns the Predator to the silver screen in this reboot of the sci fi horror franchise Is it better than many say read more AGAINST THE GRAIN Natural Born Killers 1994 January 4 2015 at 7 34 pm Against the Grain Movies 1 comment Richard unleashes the fury on Oliver Stone s infamously over caffeinated media satire read more 1 2 3 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

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  • Superman Reborn: Revisiting Man of Steel | SquabbleBox.co.uk - Entertainment Under Attack
    flashbacks have warmth and intimacy to them along with the forbidding icy grey palette of the Arctic and Kryptonian scout ship The antiquity and dystopian character of Krypton is complimented by this visual tone However once we get to Metropolis these scenes feel too grey and austere and suggest a more cynical film The desaturated colours became an issue for me because it feels like an unnecessary departure from Snyder s usual dark but vibrant style Man of Steel is an origin story in the vein of Richard Donner s Superman The Movie but takes on a darker and more realistic tone similar to The Dark Knight Trilogy Despite not being as light or witty as the Donner movies it s also not really that dark but has more of an earnest flavour to it It s also quite dry a bit like an Oscar bait drama or 70s disaster movie Snyder also dials back the slow motion and his style shows a lot of handheld camera work with zooms as well as slow tender shots of butterflies or birds in flight that almost feel arthouse in design Despite this the film is actually very hopeful and optimistic but also quite stuffy at the same time yet that s contrasted with the sci fi concepts and high octane battle scenes This combination of factors means it is a very niche superhero film The two styles of Snyder and producer Christopher Nolan don t really coalesce one is oil and one is water But you can see Nolan s influence in a very Snyder movie Back when it came out a number of people accused it of being a Michael Bay Transformers movie due to the excessive action and destruction However consider the welcome absence of Bay s typical racial stereotypes lazy scripts lowbrow and racist humour empty platitudes for morals and questionable directorial choices None of these are problems you can realistically lobby towards Man of Steel Another divisive element in Man of Steel is the flashbacks In Batman Begins they were very organic and well paced but in Man of Steel the flashbacks appear and disappear too quickly and choppily Still there is an essential theme to them We see that while he has an alien heritage and powers his adopted family still love him Furthermore we see that his unwillingness to give up on people and himself is what keeps him going as seen when Clark wakes up and sees the whales swimming overhead after remembering his mother s words of wisdom Overall while they could have been implemented much more smoothly the flashbacks benefit the film s pacing David S Goyer has never been my favourite screenwriter He has been attached to a fair number of superhero films that I ve enjoyed but he has a habit of overwriting his plotlines and underwriting his characters Most of Jonathan s dialogue is spent setting up Clark s moral philosophy and conversely warning him against making himself known to

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  • The Light to Show the Way: Revisiting Superman | SquabbleBox.co.uk - Entertainment Under Attack
    and it looks more like a model set than a real disaster Production designer John Barry and cinematographer Geoffrey Unsworth are the unsung heroes of the Superman production Barry s production design work is shown in the striking and original crystalline look of Krypton and the otherworldly designs of the Kryptonian robes have a grand space opera feel to them Even the simpler sets like the Daily Planet helped to ground the film Unsworth creates genuine grandness in the Krypton scenes captures the Rockwellian beauty of Smallville and Kansas the cold austerity of Krypton and the Fortress of Solitude and the colourful vibrant look of Metropolis The film has an ingenious hook opening with cinema curtains parting and a child s narration over an issue of Action Comics introducing us to the fictional city of Metropolis and drawing the audience into world of DC for the very first time As we zoom through space the classic opening credits woosh by with the legendary Superman March which subdues and swells again as we arrive at Krypton This is followed by Jor El s declaration This is no fantasy no careless product of wild imagination cementing the audience s respect in earnest Mario Puzo of The Godfather fame imbues the script with a fine balance between the strangeness of early Superman comics and an emotional core Richard Donner made verisimilitude his mission for the movie to make it feel real and apart from a few infamous scenes he achieves just that The three act structure is altered somewhat we have a short first act which doubles as a prologue depicting Jor El banishing Zod and his cronies to the Phantom Zone him warning the Kryptonian Council about the impending doom and sending Kal El in a ship to Earth The second act is of course Clark s Smallville adolescence the death of his father and how it makes him feel helpless as well as a farewell to his mother It s a full hour before we see Reeve and the Superman costume John Williams score is timeless and iconic and his work here is one of my favourites The theme practically declares the name Superman whenever the Man of Steel is on scene but other standouts include the romantic melody that plays when he takes Lois for an evening flight The emotional moments such as Jor El saying goodbye to Kal El and Clark losing his adopted father hit home every time My personal favourite is the Krypton theme for the way it conveys the dying grandeur of an ancient civilisation in a vast and mysterious universe channeling Also Sprach Zarathustra by Strauss if the start of the universe had a theme this would be it Williams crafted one of his magum opuses with this film and it would be much less memorable without that iconic theme The film really isn t that campy or silly the first two acts play things very seriously especially with Krypton s destruction and Jonathan Kent

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  • Comics | SquabbleBox.co.uk - Entertainment Under Attack - Part 3
    Movies 0 comments Richard unleashes on Tim Burton s misjudged superhero sequel There goes Gotham read more REVIEW Ant Man 2015 July 19 2015 at 12 23 pm Comics Movie Reviews Movies 0 comments The bug sized hero finally gets his time to shine but is it a giant sized success for Marvel read more SEQUELISED Blade Trinity 2004 July 13 2015 at 2 00 pm Comics Movies Sequelised 0 comments Wesley Snipes gets upstaged in his own film in this misfiring comic book sequel read more THE COMIC COMPENDIUM Superman The Death of Clark Kent 1995 July 8 2015 at 3 30 pm Comics The Comic Compendium 0 comments Before watching The Death of Superman Lives how about a classic comic The Last Son of Krypton suffers some alter ego concerns in this famous DC Comics run read more Snipes Stakes and Sunblock Revisiting Blade June 24 2015 at 4 40 pm Comics Movies 0 comments Wesley Snipes becomes the Daywalker in Marvel s cinematic calling card read more Queen s Gambit Revisiting Arrow June 17 2015 at 2 30 pm Comics TV 0 comments The comic book television series came of age with Arrow but how do the early episodes hold up in a world loving Daredevil read more Before Smallville Revisiting Lois Clark The New Adventures of Superman May 21 2015 at 12 30 pm Comics TV 0 comments Man of Steel More like Man of Romance read more Previous 1 2 3 4 5 16 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

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  • Comics | SquabbleBox.co.uk - Entertainment Under Attack - Part 16
    demolishes New York where else in this boisterous follow up to Planet Hulk read more The Confusing World of Comics A Comic Compendium One Shot November 14 2012 at 3 00 pm Comic Compendium One Shots Comics 0 comments If you re thinking about starting a comic book collection Ed provides you with some handy tips to keep your sanity read more THE COMIC COMPENDIUM 3 Superman Red Son 2003 September 6 2011 at 11 16 pm Comics The Comic Compendium 2 comments What would have happened if Clark didn t land in Kansas read more Previous 1 14 15 16 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 2015 SquabbleCast 16 Batfan v Superfan TV GEMS Marvel s Daredevil 2015 TV GEMS Columbo 1971 2003 SquabbleCast 14 RETARDIS Search SquabbleBox Music Squabbles

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  • The Comic Compendium: Spider-Men (2012) | SquabbleBox.co.uk - Entertainment Under Attack
    by the citizen s reaction who seems to know a lot about the costumed vigilante A chance encounter with Morales leads Peter to visit the Triskelion home of this Universes S H I E L D and areas of New York that are familiar to him even if they re no longer the same This all leads Peter to learn more about himself although in this instance it obviously has more than one connotation On first reading Spider Men I was less than impressed with the writing Yes that s right I m pooh poohing a comic written by Brian Michael Bendis It seemed really disappointing at the time People bitched and moaned that Bendis was no longer reaching the same high quality benchmark that he had set with his past work but as this was on the Internet I passed it off as the raving of loons Yet I ending up thinking that it was too stunted with not enough detail given to some scenes including those with characters such as The Ultimates and others which could have been slashed in half without taking anything away from the plot The fact that Miles is relegated to a sidekick role also made me feel a little cheated as it s called Spider MEN after all But I did revisit it in the hope that somehow the story had improved and the second read through was the key Maybe it was because I knew what to expect a gentle tender comic with action scenes rather than an action comic with lighter moments grafted on Looking back on it my prior issues were misguided The scenes filled with heart were exactly what was needed offering an almost realistic portrayal of how Peter and those around him would react and while it would be cool to see all of The Ultimates in action it wouldn t really require all of them to take down someone like Mysterio And with the latter I still don t know whether or not I like Bendis use of him as he s been given a small overhaul Mysterio has been a major part of the rebooted Ultimate Spider Man comics since their inception due to Ultimatum and we finally discover his origin and herein lies my gripe If you re not up on the history the Ultimate Mysterio will probably make no sense to you whatsoever so it was probably smart to bring in the regular Mysterio as well It s done in a fairly original manner which I do like but the villain s use here will leave a fair percentage of readers confused My feeling that its over too quickly remains and it s not because I loved it unabashedly but because focusing upon one element makes everything else in the plot seem lacking in depth Fear not though as I still haven t read anything of Bendis that I have truly disliked but I am now aware that he can pen something that doesn

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