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Ezra Furman and The Boyfriends @ The Liquid Rooms

28th October The Liquid Rooms Living in Edinburgh can be rather disheartening at times for a fan of live music, with gigs seeming like an afterthought for venues and many bands going for Glasgow instead. However, every now and then an act like Ezra Furman comes along and reminds you of how great live music […]

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Roaring Abyss

Boasting an astonishing 80 different cultures there is no doubt that Ethiopia is a country of diversity, and in his directional debut Quino Piñero sets out to tell its story through its songs.  Roaring Abyss is a journey around “the land where even the coffee beans sing” to seek out the last examples of traditional […]

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I, Daniel Blake

Daniel Blake is the kind of ‘grafter’ and ‘honest citizen’ we hear so much about from politicians: he is the kind of guy David Cameron said was welcome in his Big Society. But in I, Daniel Blake, a film simmering with quiet rage, Ken Loach brutally destroys the mirage of Conservative rhetoric with the simple […]

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Dare to be Wild

The beginning of Dare to be Wild immediately makes the heart sink as the audience is told how a young Mary Renoylds “grew like a weed on the cliffs of Ireland.” This clunky and clichéd style will go on to characterise the rest of the film. Although it is difficult to name many other films […]

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Film

Rock the Kasbah

Obama needs to get his act together, apparently all he needs to do in order to end the troubles in Afghanistan is put a pretty girl with a good voice on TV. Well, that’s if we’re to believe Barry Levinson’s belly flop of a film – Rock the Kasbah. Bill Murray plays Richie Lan, a […]