Film review: GET THE GRINGO, from Built For Speed

Get the Gringo is meant to be Mel Gibson’s post-rant comeback film (the Jodie Foster-directed The Beaver was made pre-rant) but this very violent moderately entertaining prison drama is not going to see him welcomed back with open arms by the cinema going public. Get the Gringo is odd by most standards but familiar territory for Gibson.  As in 1999’s

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Film review: BEL AMI from Built For Speed

In Bel Ami, Twilight star Robert Pattinson plays a poverty-stricken young man who attempts to climb the social ladder and secure wealth and political power by shagging his way through 1890’s Parisienne high society.  As a toy boy for wealthy women who include Uma Thurman, Christina Ricci and Kristin Scott Thomas, Pattinson begins to worm his way into the ranks

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Film review: THE INNKEEPERS from Built For Speed.

Set in a haunted hotel, the highly enjoyable low-budget horror flick The Innkeepers plays like a film student’s homage to The Shining.  There’s nothing revelatory or unique about this film, it’s all spooky, whispering voices and people unwisely going down to the basement to look for ghosties.  Still, there are some very tense moments aided by excellent eerie sound effects

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Train Tracks on Radio Ga Ga

This Saturday morning Radio Ga Ga is going to from the radio station to the train station as we feature “tunes about trains” with a great mix of songs from all eras about trains. Traditionally, many blues songs are written with trains as part of the story but we are going to focus on more mainstream songs on this weeks

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WRITE NOW

TONIGHT – I’m talking with Giuseppe Cannata about his collection of poems written in Sicilian (with Italian and English summaries) – Different – BUT the themes are universal and link us across cultures. I’m also talking with Michael Lindell, the artist who did the drawings that accompany each page.  Please join me for this feast  – baci, Gaytana

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