Electricity & Lust

The Shadow Line

Posted in Reviews by Sam Unsted on June 19, 2011

**If you haven’t seen The Shadow Line, and its currently available to watch on iPlayer in full, then don’t read as some major plot spoilers will be brought to light and anyone planning to watch the series who has yet to do so will sour on me and all bloggers discussing the show with the fury of a thousand suns. You have been warned. Also, if you’ve not watched, I haven’t spent much time explaining what happens, who it happens to and why it happens, so I reckon you’ll be super-lost and really not enjoy the experience both of reading this nor of watching the series after reading this.**

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Review: Redbelt

Posted in film by Sam Unsted on July 24, 2008

Redbelt – ***1/2

Starring: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Alice Braga, Tim Allen, Rodrigo Santoro, Emily Mortimer, Joe Mantegna, Ricky Jay, Max Martini
Written and Directed by David Mamet

David Mamet is undoubtedly a great playwright. Glengarry Glen Ross and American Buffalo will stand up among the true greats of Western theatre for many years to come. On film though, he’s never gained the consistency of his stage work. The best filmic work from Mamet is his first work, House of Games, a ridiculously over-plotted but hugely enjoyable game about deceit. The absolute best thing with his mark on its Glengarry, directed by James Foley and all the better for it.

Redbelt is his latest to be both written and directed by the man himself and it contains all the joys and misgivings of his other dual-controlled efforts in the past. The story is basically about a struggling Jiu Jitsu teacher (played really well by Chiwetel Ejiofor) who is having money troubles. We then meet a rolling set of characters, all of whom have complicatedly hidden agendas, and we carry on towards a convoluted but controlled ending.

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Bizarre Link Triangle

Posted in Links by Sam Unsted on May 6, 2008

Awwright!! We’re back on regular pop culture duty today then… puns this week come courtesy of songs by New Order in light of the new Joy Division documentary.

The AV Club interviews Chiwetel Ejiofor.

Does Seinfeld still hold up?

Jeff Bridges is underrated as hell. Here’s why…

Anthony Lane discusses Speed Racer and Turn the River.

PopMatters interviews Carly Simon.

The Guardian has an interview with Martha Wainwright.

Danny Dyer, not a fan of Orlando Bloom apparently.

Cat Power will be on the new Beck album.

The fantastic Holy Fuck have done a session for Daytrotter.

Heart of Link

Posted in Links, Sam by Sam Unsted on March 26, 2008
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The AV Club has an interview with Kimberly Peirce.

New York Magazine has a piece on John Waters.

RICKROLLING!! The best just, like, thing ever!!!

Obama. Pitt. Jolie. Clinton. It’s all relative.

Slate has a review of the new season of The Hills.

Bat For Lashes is going to open for Radiohead.

Tina Fey spies a ratings jump for 30 Rock. All she needs is a little added Britney.

Kristin Davis is having such a bad year.

Is Jamie Lynn Spears getting married? Already? Competitive family…

Entertainment Weekly has a first peek at the Secret Invasion book and an interview with Brian Michael Bendis.

The Field Day line-up is looking good.

Richie Sambora has been drunk driving!

Red Belt doesn’t look good at all. But it’s written by David Mamet. Oh, the decisions!!

A Place To Bury Strangers have done a session for Daytrotter.

Defamer is becoming a little aggravated by the viral marketing for Forgetting Sarah Marshall.