Top Tracks of 2017

So 2017 has been a year that featured an absolute embarrassment of pop culture miscellany, from film to TV, to books and video games. Music has been especially great this year, thankfully making 2017 somewhat bearable. Here are our Top Tracks of 2017. (Please note that these songs are in no particular order.)   The Louvre LORDE Melodrama In 2014 Lorde appeared out of nowhere and brought with her genius lopsided-pop singles like ‘Royals’ and promptly took over.…
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Live: SLØTFACE at Actress and Bishop, Birmingham

The Actress and Bishop is a left-field venue choice, especially for a band as internationally known as Norway’s Sløtface. It’s obscure, off the beaten track and this is the first time in this reviewer’s seven years in Birmingham that he has seen a band perform there. It is for the most part an able, if tiny, performance space, despite the sound bleed from the Friday Night pubbing that is happening below.…
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LIVE: Mayday Parade at the 02 Institute, Birmingham

As the name of the tour suggests, it’s been 10 years since Mayday Parade’s hit debut album A Lesson in Romantics, which has since sold over 200,000 copies and been listed as one of Rock Sound‘s “The 51 Most Essential Pop Punk Albums of All Time”. If you listened to pop punk as a teenager, you’ve almost definitely heard this album.…
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Live: CHARLY BLISS at The Sunflower Lounge, Birmingham

Tonight at The Sunflower Lounge has a distinctive 90s flavour to the acts on offer. Joining Brooklyn-based headliners Charly Bliss are three Birmingham acts all with their minds variously focused on the Seattle sound, Weezer or the Golden Era of Emo. Local lowercase singer/songwriter the chalet lines is up first. A pleasantly concise set includes such highlights as an attempted but cheerfully abandoned Pinegrove cover, a smattering of jovial banter and a song literally about sleep.…
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Live: BELLEVUE DAYS at The Sunflower Lounge, Birmingham

Back when I was growing up, pretty every band I listened to were influenced by either Faith No More, The Descendents or Nirvana. Now times have changed, and bands are finding newer bands to crib from. Case in point: Tonight’s bands (Bellevue Days, Patrons and Wood and Nails) have rich vein of Long Island emo-types Brand New running through them.…
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Spider-Man: Homecoming Is Peter Parker And Spider-Man At His Best

Coming to the second reboot and our third Spider-Man in the last decade or so, there’s a risk of fatigue with Spider-Man: Homecoming. How will Tom Holland perform in the shadows of Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield? Did we really need another Spider-Man movie? The answers are great and yes, respectively.…
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Wonder Woman Remembers the “Hero” in “Superhero”

After a series of underwhelming and almost aggressively dark entries into the DC movie universe, Wonder Woman had a lot to prove. Fortunately, Wonder Woman‘s greatest strength is the titular hero herself, as played by Gal Gadot and allows the franchise to reconnect with the superhero genre. Though Gadot was considered one of the best parts of Batman v Superman, her own movie plays to her strengths much more than before.…
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Upcoming Documentary Announcement: Bitter Bananas

Bitter Bananas is an upcoming documentary project exploring the history of banana farming in Cameroon and how it ties into the wider theme of corruption in post-colonial politics. It will be written and directed by Stephen Tonteh and will be produced by Purple Camera Media. Plot Summary We open with Cameroonian native Stephen Tonteh telling us about the culture shock of visiting Germany in the 1990s.…
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The Bureaucratic Madness Of Film Watch Lists.

A few months ago, fellow Purple Camera writer Jacob wrote about his extremely strange rules for writing his top 20 films list. I thought it was bonkers. I, of course, am also obsessed with my top 100 film list but I don’t really have any rules. Instead I only ask myself ‘Does this make me look cool?’ …I mean I ask ‘Do I actually like it, or have I convinced myself I like it?’ Which generally works.…
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