What’s on Built For Speed, Friday 2nd May 2014

This week on Built For Speed we speak to Gus Macmillan from Blue Grassy Knoll about the band’s orchestral adaptation of their musical score for Buster Keaton’s The General. It’s also classic album time and this month we head back to 2003 and play some tracks from Ryan Adams’ Rock’n’roll.  Once again there’s  a deluge of films in our cinema

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Film review: IN A WORLD, from Built For Speed

How many times have we heard the deep mellifluous burr of a movie trailer voice-over artist exclaiming “This year” or “In a world”? The owner of that voice was more likely than not American vocal legend Don La Fontaine who recorded thousands of voice-overs for film trailers and TV commercials before his death in 2008.   The vacuum he left in

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Film review: NOAH, from Built For Speed

Noah begins with a potted history of the Old Testament that is strikingly reminiscent of the opening scenes in Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring.  That sequence sets the tone for the film, as this interpretation of the story of Noah, the Ark and the flood that wiped out humanity, plays like a Tolkien action-fantasy.

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Film review: I FRANKENSTEIN, from Built For Speed

Mary Shelley’s classic novel Frankenstein introduced the notion of the modern Prometheus and of man attempting to play God by fashioning a living being from the remnants of the dead. It explored themes such as the power and danger of science posed when combined with man’s hubris. Some scholars have also theorised that Dr. Frankenstein’s unnamed monster represents the anonymous

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Film review: DIVERGENT, from Built For Speed

Fitting somewhere between Twilight and The Hunger Games in terms of subject matter, scenario, characters and quality, Divergent is the latest cinematic adaptation to emerge from the lucrative teen lit genre. Based on the series of novels by Veronica Roth, the film sees the very Katniss-like heroine Tris (Shailene Woodley) battling for survival and attempting to discover her identity in

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