Daydream // Bloody Knees
The Sunlight // New Build
Wimme Nah // Vic Mensa
River // Ibeyi
Little Monster // Royal Blood
From the Vault:
Stolen Dance // Milky Chance
Fell in Love With a Girl // The White Stripes
Bills Bills Bills // Destiny’s Child
Hey, That’s No Way to Say Goodbye // Leonard Cohen
Tearz // Wu Tang Clan
Song of the Week:
All I Want // Kid Wave
Coltt’s latest recruit Aideen Fox on “Hector and The Search For Happiness”, and why it surprised her
A psychiatrist travels the globe to find happiness - this couldn’t sound more clichéd, and yet the film is. It does exactly what it says on the tin, and everything is foreseeable.
What I found though, if you try look past the utterly chronic plot and structure, there is something quite compelling about this film. Hector (Simon Pegg) is a rich, healthy physiatrist who is simply unsatisfied with his life; so what is the answer? To conjure up a small fortune, completely abandon his job and devoted girlfriend, and travel to the four corners of the globe in the hope (but with no guarantee) that he will find inner peace and happiness. Hector travels the world (via first class) to get an insight into what happiness is, ultimately for the benefit of his patients.He visits Buddhist monks, African communities and returns to his long lost love who has rebuilt her entire life in LA (without him), just for the sake of a new peace of mind.
The story line really speaks for itself, but I cannot come to bring myself to say I regret going to see it. This film expresses culture and adventure in a beautiful way. It has been shot with an entrancing illustration and creative filming techniques, which are surprisingly unique and wonderful. As for Pegg’s performance - although he is evidently trying to explore more emotionally driven acting roles, I think comedy is truly his forté. Although his acting was funny and heartwarming, at times there was an insincerity about it. Pegg seemed desperate to compel the audience and breakthrough to show that he is a multigenerational actor, which only felt contrived.
There were a few other problems with Hector: the writers over-simplified the concept of happiness by reducing it to a list of specific things you must to complete in order to achieve contentedness. Also, the over-all message of the film seems to be that you must voyage around the globe in order to find peace, which is just completely irrational. The script had a lot of potential, and there was an abundance wasted talent such as Rosamund Pike and Jean Reno, both of whom had minor parts to play, yet still were incredible and brought the film together with their ability to switch between humour and drama with ease.
The plot was abysmal, but I do believe this film had a light hearted intention, and I honestly felt uplifted leaving the cinema. It surprised me.
Sunday Playlist 17/08/2014
from the vault:
track of the week:
as of today we have a new column starting, run by Alice Coffey and Ryan Grunwell-Ask Alice (and see what Ryan thinks too). if you’ve any dilemmas or conundrums you’d like some advice on, send them into our asks and see if they can lend a hand.
LP 1-FKA Twigs
FKA Twigs’ debut album LP 1 is a strange, ethereal work of silvery, delicate R&B-synth-pop, driven at all times by a sense of immediacy or urgent lust. It focuses mainly on the spark contained in individual moments, but still handles them with depth and sensitivity.
FKA Twigs started her career as Tahliah Barnett, moving to London to become a dancer. This element of physicality is never absent from her work, reflected both in the image of her face on the album artwork, exaggerated beyond fully identifiable emotion, and the accompanying videos. She’s totally in control and fully present in every aspect of her art.
This presence is felt in her voice too, as she ranges from gaspy rushes of whispers to celestial tremblings, conveying everything from the resigned anger of ‘Video Girl’ to the frizzy crossover of upset and frustration on ‘Numbers’ to the immediate heat of ‘Two Weeks’.
LP 1 is a menace-tinged Grimes-meets-Aaliyah-meets-the xx album, indicating an artist both appreciative of the context of her work and willing to push its boundaries. If she continues as she’s begun, she could well go on to define a genre or atmosphere entirely of her own creation.