Manic Rekallism's Published Articles
Manic Manifesto: Serial Rekaller and The Twins Of Evil (Rob Zombie & Marilyn Manson)
January 28th, 2013 at 5:00 pm | |
Music Review: Tom Waits ‘Bad As Me’
Twins Of Evil Tour 2012
Featuring Rob Zombie & Marilyn Manson
Manchester MEN Arena; 27th November 2012
robzombie.com | marilynmanson.com
“The three principle types of Recall are Cued Recall, Free Recall and Serial Recall. Serial Recall involves a subject being asked to recite events in the order they occurred…” —Source Code
…I am a Serial Rekaller, and here’s how I remember it:
I am two months late. I saw Rob Zombie [to which I will define hereafter as the headline act] and Marilyn Manson Twins of Evil tour on November 27, 2012. But with X-mas getting in the way and a bout of writers block/laziness, I finally get around to writing this, the gonzo-review and experiental account of the days, months, years leading up to this [...]
November 18th, 2012 at 1:42 pm | |
Bad As Me
Deluxe CD | CD | MP3
Release Date: November 2011
In a time of austerity and defunct pop music, Bad As Me came along and cuts through like a bread knife into stale society and bamboozles it into actual listenable audio lunacy.
Tom Waits knew about current society, too – the pre-release trailer videos hinted towards in the rusted out Volks Beetle he resides to promote what to expect and he had to trust that his musical genius was not leaked out – by presenting the vignettes of his tracks for us to enjoy beforehand, especially utilising the preemptive strike listening party…
In his twenty-odd album career, Waits is nowhere near slowing down. His contemporaries may have retired themselves to stagnant acoustics and vegas-showroom residencies, but Waits continues with his sideways view of America, new and busted, reinventing himself yet again in what could be considered another prime-time of his life album. But no, in a reversal of the Madonna reinvention, Tom Waits has traversed all eras in his career to produce this, a homage, a love letter, a modern masterpiece [...]
Manic Manifesto: Total Recall [1990 vs. 2012]
August 31st, 2012 at 12:30 pm | |
A Thesis on the implications of Total Recall and the contrast between the original film  and the remake and/or reimagining  by Sam C Smith.
“They stole his mind, now he wants it back.”
It is my Star Wars. Yes, I said it. So I did what any fanboy would do: Collect.
Why bother? It’s not as if Total Recall [Original will be referred to as TR, the new film hereby referred to as Total Recall] was the greatest film ever. It doesn’t even feature that highly on the greatest sci-fi film list of all time. But something just stuck with me throughout the 1990s to today that I never got with Star Wars – a film series pretty much filmed and over and done with before I could afford a video player.
But consider how much more difficult it is to get original TR-based collectibles. Especially in the UK. Especially in 2012. Any fan of any age can find something Star Wars based, and that includes error-in-production Kenner figures from the 70s [...]
Book Review: Derren Brown ‘Confessions of a Conjuror’
April 2nd, 2012 at 12:00 pm | |
Confessions of a Conjuror
Written by Derren Brown
U.S. Edition | UK Edition
Derren Brown is a relative celebrity in the UK, but not one to be found in the weekly glossy trash mags, no. That’s because he’s far too intelligent for those depths. Trouble is, America may not have heard of him, save for certain worldwide controversy.
He’s known famously in the UK as a Mentalist, [a real-life and better-than Simon Baker by far] using magic, suggestion, psychology, misdirection, and showmanship as well as old school theatrics to rival Mesmer, Houdini, Penn and Teller, and even that lazy David Blaine. Derren honed his skills at Bristol University, testing students and none another than Ricky Gervais’s sidekick Stephen Merchant [famous for now] as well as working part-time in a restaurant in Bristol as a table hovering close-up magician. Someone in Channel 4 Television noticed him in 1999 and produced a few TV specials Derren Brown: Mind Control and following series – approaching the general public with mind-bending psychic feats and illusion [...]
Inter-Re-View: American: The Bill Hicks Story
August 9th, 2011 at 2:13 pm | |
American: The Bill Hicks Story
Blu-ray | DVD
Directed by Matt Harlock, Paul Thomas
Starring Kevin Booth, John Farneti, Bill Hicks, Lynn Hicks, Mary Hicks
Release Date: June 7, 2011
Welcome America, welcome to Bill Hicks. You may have heard of this guy. We have.
And by that I mean we, English.
Not to get on my high-horse about this, but I feel somewhat proud that Bill Hicks adopted the UK as his second home, a place where his comedy seems to fit. His popularity in 1991 was evident at the peak of his career whilst filming for the iconic stand-up tour Revelations at the Dominion Theatre in London. His cynical approach and opinion on current matters and affairs that informed his comedy, cloaked in a riding coat and hat, he grieved that the death of the American Dream became too uncompromising and conflicting for the U.S. He grieved to the English people, the outsiders to the Americans.
And so, after his passing in 1994, his star could have waned. Extinguished and forgotten. He was on the verge of wider success, with interest from British TV in the works, when he fell ill with terminal cancer. But he didn’t, thanks to his effortless comedy stylings and timeless subject matter that still resonates today especially when you tie together the political climate of the late 1980s, early 1990s, and the scary similarity with ol’ Dubya… which has made it’s way online to YouTube… where it has faced new and greater audiences and will continue to do so. I would love to say more on the guy – but I implore you to discover for yourself, his words say enough, and you’ll find out more below…
Continue reading after the jump for an interview with Bill’s brother Steve Hicks. [...]
Movie Review: Howl
May 3rd, 2011 at 3:45 pm | |
Directed by Robert Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman
Starring James Franco, Jon Hamm, David Strathairn, Bob Balaban, Jeff Daniels, Todd Rotondi, Mary-Louise Parker
UK Release date: February 25, 2011
16:10pm Screen 3 in the basement of the Cornerhouse, the missus and I alone in the dark, a screen no bigger than 15×10 feet, making this feel like a slideshow presentation and the film starts in greyscale, in a smoky basement cafe in 1955 San Fransisco…
In 1955, a 29-year-old unpublished poet realised the American Dream in a four-part poem called Howl, a poem that would become an obscene ode to the struggle of his displaced lost generation, post WWII when the creation of ‘teenager’ also created a whole slew of new problems for the new transition between child and man.
“What would my father think of Howl?” Ginsberg wondered, a typical notion of self examination and the constant need to prove to parents that, yes, you will find a job, even if it is not in their footsteps. Ginsberg would soon find out two years later in 1957 that it isn’t just what his father thinks, but the general public when the poem became infamous when his publisher was thrust into a court trial for the distribution of obscene materials [...]
‘From OuterSpaced’: The UK Review Of ‘Paul’
March 1st, 2011 at 8:36 pm | |
Directed by Greg Mottola
Starring Simon Pegg (Graeme Willy), Nick Frost (Clive Gollings), Seth Rogen (Paul – Voice), Kristen Wiig (Ruth Buggs), Jason Bateman (Agent Zoil), Jane Lynch (Pat Stevenson), Bill Hader (Haggard)
UK release February 14, 2011
U.S. release March 18, 2011
When considering writing a review for you, my American/worldwide cohorts, for the UK release of Paul, a whole month in advance of the U.S. screening, I had a problem. Every other bloody magazine/media has reviewed it… (and with reference to the current Empire mag, who I won’t plagiarize but I will say this: RESEARCH! Their article on Captain America was not as informed as my article. I was there man, you don’t know, I got the pictures man, 5 months before!!)
…and stole the best/cheesiest headlines: ‘Alien Nation’, ‘E.T. Rider’, and ‘Close Encounters of the NERD Kind’.
Bastards. I spent long arduous seconds creating ‘From OuterSpaced’, but that’s the kind of genius I am. I’m also an insider. Not a crew member of said film, no, I’m that type of Geek that knows enough about UFOs to be an expert. But that’s my bias, especially during the 1990s when you couldn’t avoid the stuff. And so in the course of this article, I scraped together the remnants of my vast DVD collection, including Spaced (see what I did there!?) Shaun of the Dead/Hot Fuzz boxset (£5 – Bargain) and purchased the Simon Pegg autobiography Nerd Do Well to look for clues that would lead to Paul [...]
Exclusive Set Photos: ‘Captain America: The First Avenger’ Filming In Manchester
October 11th, 2010 at 6:54 pm | |
The Dale Street Journal: The Filming of Captain America: The First Avenger in Manchester
The following is an account of the filming in Manchester, UK, of the upcoming 2011 Marvel movie Captain America: The First Avenger, which includes exclusive photos from the set. The film is directed by Joe Johnston (The Rocketeer, Jurassic Park 3) with a $140 million budget and has Chris Evans (Fantastic Four, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World) in the title role. Now readers, I will keep it informative and humorous, with the anecdotes coming think and fast, and remember — when the production needed somewhere cheap that could masquerade as 1940s New York that they could blow seven shades of shit out of… they came to Manchester, England. The Forbidden Planet store only 5 minutes walk from the set seemingly had nothing advertising the fact… strange.
I was oblivious. I was informed by a work colleague that on the one day I had off from work was the one day I missed the article in the Manchester Evening Newspaper [Thursday September 9th, 2010, page 24] in the Northern Quarter of Manchester on Dale Street — the bohemian beatnik center of the city, iconoclastic famous and championed by the infamous ‘sons’ from the band ‘Oasis’, that filming is to begin… something I can guarantee you DOES NOT happen that regularly in the the North West of England — granted the last two movies filmed here was the Alfie remake with Jude Law and Robert Downey Jr’s Sherlock Holmes, both of which flew past without so much of a mention, not that Jude Law is worth a mention [...]
Inter-Re-View: Darick Robertson
June 11th, 2008 at 2:27 pm | |
Manic Rage: Convention Crasher Series – Collectormania
Manic Rage explores the world of Transmetropolitan and The Boys, and interviews Darick Robertson, the comic book series’ co-creator and artist.
March 30th, 2008 at 11:32 am | |
Book Inter-Re-View: Kustom Graphics
Manic Rage “mooches” his way about the Collectormania Convention in Manchester, UK, a two-day event filled with many a cult famous face and other geekery.
March 4th, 2008 at 7:38 am | |
Comic Review: ‘Witchblade – Witch Hunt’ Vol. 1 TPB
Lowbrow connoisseir Manic Rage brings us into the underworld world of Kustom Art with his signature Inter-Re-View — a review of the book Kustom Graphics and an interview with one of its featured artists Felix La Flamme.
February 20th, 2008 at 7:19 am | |
Lowbrow Study: Coop Inter-Re-View
This trade paperback from Top Cow collects the relaunched Witchblade comic book series with issues #80-85.
January 26th, 2008 at 11:23 am | |
Movie Review: Southland Tales (UK Release)
The GoD resident Brit interviews artist Chris Coop’ Cooper, known for his voluptuous devilish women reminiscent of the classic pin-ups of the 1950s and ’60s.
January 13th, 2008 at 4:22 pm | |
Book Review: I, Lucifer: Finally, the Other Side of the Story
Our UK representative gives us his spin on Richard Kelly’s Southland Tales.
November 2nd, 2007 at 8:10 am | |
Lucifer is gets a chance to redeem himself to God when he gets to inhabit the body of a struggling writer.