P.O.D. Circles. Album Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 8.5/10

Fashion, like conscious rebellion, goes around in Circles, what is popular and considered absolute authority one day, is rebutted and rebuked until a new generation comes along and finds their sympathies firmly entrenched with an older thought, old clothes, new perspective.

What is fashionable today somehow becomes a renaissance figure tomorrow, the resurgence in popularity that comes along is to be expected, but not always one that surfaces against the tide of expectation and delivery. It takes a genuine thought of speaking out between the old and new and ploughing a path less visited in which to grab the attention of those you wish to have by your side for the battle ahead.

Muse, Simulation Theory. Album Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 7/10

You should never blame a set of artists for wanting to change direction in how their work is viewed, everything must adapt, all must be like the waves, the tide and the shifting sands, secrets must reveal themselves, unknown coves must explored, and yet the audience must also understand that in the pursuit of change, of natural revolution, the distinction between the admiration of what lay before and the possible intrigue of what lays ahead can reveal a chasm, an almost unbridgeable divide -it is only a theory, but one that can cause problems down the line when the artist turns their head back to what went before.

King Crimson, Gig Review. Empire Theatre, Liverpool.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 9/10

There is no greater recognition of the art than that which reflects on its greatness, whilst looking at it from a different angle, of gaining a new perspective.

In an age where music is being redefined by the artist to include remixes, and in some cases what can only be described as adulterations, to the original cause, it is perhaps an idea in which can be seen as beautifully engaging, or arguably bemoaned by others as art for arts’ sake, and one that brought a new dynamic, an innovative flavour to the Liverpool Empire stage, as King Crimson brought their talent to an audience, which for many would have been their first live undertaking.

End Of Days. Radio Podcast Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * * *

We only see the clarity of the defining moment, we have a vague sense of what may have happened before, the prelude to the final act, but the aftermath we find perhaps dull, the event has moved on and we, as human beings, only have the attention span in which to express our opinion in which makes sense to us.

Widows. Film Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * *

Cast: Viola Davis, Liam Neeson, Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debecki, Carrie Coon, Cynthia Erivo, Colin Farrell, James Vincent Meredith, Brian Tyree Henry, Daniel Kaluuya, Robert Duvall, John Bernthal, Manuel Garcia-Ruflo, Coburn Goss, Ann Mitchell, Jacki Weaver, Garret Dillahunt, Jon Michael Hill.

A new generation, a new audience, one that gets transplanted out of 1980s Britain and into the heart of 21st Century Chicago politics and undercurrent of American crime, Widows might not have been one that its enormous fanbase might have ever thought needed updating but it is one that works, that makes the absolute use of the grime and seemingly untouchable attitude of modern politics and its strange bedfellow of corruption, criminality and violence.

Smallfoot. Film Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * *

Cast: Channing Tatum, James Corden, Zendaya, Common, LeBron James, Danny DeVito, Gina Rodriguez, Yara Shahidi, Ely Henry, Jimmy Tatro, Patricia Heaton, Justin Roiland, Jack Quaid, Sarah Baker, Kenneth Holden Bashar, Peter Ettinger, Jonathan Kite, Jonathan Mangum, Joel McCrary, Vanessa Ragland, Clara Sera, Luke Smith, Jessica Tuck.

It is regarded as bad form to not enjoy and fall in love with an animated film, whether by the masters of the art in Disney or Pixar, or through to the dominant Japanese Studio Ghibli, or even timeless shorts created by the Warner Brothers, it is considered almost reverential to praise the genre from the highest peek when viewing a film in which thousands of hours of work have been painstakingly thought out and applied.

Doctor Who: Demons Of The Punjab. Television Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 8.5/10

Cast: Jodie Whittaker, Bradley Walsh, Tosin Cole, Mandip Gill, Leena Dhingra, Amita Suman, Shane Zaza, Hamza Jeetooa, Shaheen Khan, Shobna Gulati, Ravin J Ganatra, Bhavnisha Parmar, Emma Fielding, Nathalie Curzner, Isobel Middleton, Barbara Fadden.

Everything we do leaves a footprint in history, it is not just the so-called interesting characters of our time, the thought of as important, each one of has the potential to change the future with a single action, a smile in the right place to a person who may be contemplating a darker path, a word out of place due to anger can set in motion a war, falling in love across man-made boundaries can lead to a death of our making; that footprint in the sands of time does not discriminate, we all have the ability to effect the way our footprint is seen.

Silence (On The Day After).

 

Silence

falls

suddenly

on the day after, although

I swear I can hear

the sound of birds again,

Silence

as the bombs and bullets

no longer scream

through the clearing air

of this long hand weaved

burial place for the living,

Silence

for the waters

of impatient tide

that rotted our feet

and sapped our strength

to do anything but survive,

Silence

on this day

never sounded so sweet,

on this day,

the day after

Decima Theatre Set To Present Their Gothic Retelling Of An Oscar Wilde Classic At Hope Street Theatre.

“… those who go beneath the surface, do so at their peril… As it is the spectator, and not art, that life really mirrors.”

Star Of Stage, Screen And Television, Sir Ian McKellen, Comes To Liverpool As Part Of National Tour.

Ian McKellen is to celebrate his 80th birthday next year by raising funds for theatres, with a new solo show which will play on 80 stages across the U.K, including two nights at the Liverpool Playhouse on the 17th and 18th May.

It all begins in January 2019 with a Tour of London from the National Theatre to the Theatre Royal Stratford East, as well as performances in the West End and Outer London. Then, across the country, he will visit theatres large and small with which he has personal connections, including amateur groups he knew as a child and notable playhouses he has played in as a professional actor over the last half-century.