Sunday, June 24, 2018

(Mini) Sunday Spotlight: Ruel

At 15 (almost 16) years old young UK born, now Sydneysider Ruel has had a great start in the tough music game.

Ruel's debut EP Ready was released last week and already Dazed & Confused has been a big hit on Triple J.

After a couple of highly praised cover song performances, a performance at the 2018 Commonwealth Games and now an EP of his own out there now. Ruel is on a mission. Check him out on 7:30 below and some choice (original cuts, no covers here, they are all on YouTube with a shit tonne of views) tracks below.

Could Ruel be up for an ARIA in 2018? For my full large, full scale, MASSIVE Sunday Spotlight on the Carters (aka Jay Z vs Beyonce) head to Flashing off the Record.

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Movie Matinee Madness - Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

It feels like a lifetime since the 2015 reboot to the Jurassic Park series, Jurassic World. Now three years later Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom has landed.

Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard return to a lava filled island, much like Hawaii in real life.

Of course all things get a bit pear shaped pretty fast after a rather dull start, however once we hit the island and Raptor Blue is on the run it picks up.

Blue is an interesting creature, tamed by Pratt, however still a pure killing machine. I loved the return to the Jurassic Park franchise back in 2015, it was 14 years after Jurassic Park III which by memory was not that great and after the original film the franchise was slowing down. Financially the 2015 reboot smashed the initial three films ass so we will see where this wraps up, however after Avengers, Deadpool 2 and Oceans 8 are film goers sick of throwing their cash around at the cinema?

I enjoyed this, it was great, a little long at over two hours, but all the same the effects, the destruction of the island and the dino's dying 3.5 Stars.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Wentworth Season 6.

So episode one has just aired, it's fresh, it was all sorts of amazing, but there was still some unanswered questions. Not only that we are presented with some fresh new inmates.

Now it will feel like a long wait until episode 2 of this season, that said we have waited almost a year for episode one of this season since season 6 left our screens on June 19, 2017.

This season will again comprise of 12 episodes, a few new inmates and the mystery of is The Freak buried alive or well and truly dead?

Franky is on the run and Vera is under the pump inside, her leadership is seriously in trouble, under threat and Jake Stewart is mucking up big time.

I loved episode one last night, despite watching it on catch up and staying up too late in the pouring rain, but honestly this is Australia's best drama right now, it's addictive and so well done.

As we await Sonia's return and possible showdown with Liz, it's still Boomer with some amazing one liners and her foul mouth that keep me hanging on every word.

Not sure where is left to go to for Kaz Proctor, her reign as Top Dog may end in season six? Thank god we already know a seventh season will air in 2019 and production is already on the way.

Wentworth, get on board again, Foxtel or Foxtel Now, right now, get on it!

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Movie Matinee Madness - Upgrade

Leigh Whannell is now officially an Australian film legend, kicking off his Saw series originally and now bringing us the thriller Upgrade. Warning the trailer below is action packed, violent and slightly full on. As well it's not really the best representation of the film and it's overall story.

Upgrade is based in the near distant future and until I was a bit into the film I didn't know how futuristic it would actually be, it is actually super futuristic all for under a $5 million budget!

Logan Marshall-Green is the leading man and does a mighty fine job in this revenge film sci-fi outing.

It's a lot like Death Wish with Bruce Willis last year with a husband going rogue, however this film adds drones and a smart police lady.

It's a fun 95 minute rollercoaster ride, you actually like the hero however his mother played by Linda Cropper (an Australian sadly) is terrible, her role is easily the weakest link. That said it is an easy piece of escapism.

3 Stars if you feel or need an Upgrade.

Monday, June 18, 2018

Claws Season 2.

When Claws commenced in June 2017 I was late to the camp party, once I was in, I was hooked. Now in it's second ten episode season the show is back and with a Russian twist.

With a lot of laughs, a bit of drama and a bit of gang related violence this show crosses a few genres and appears to be a hit on the million (active) subscriber plus Stan in Australia. In the USA it screens on TNT alongside Animal Kingdom (an Australian movie reboot, screening weekly in Australia on Netflix) and the home of the upcoming final season of The Last Ship.

Claws has an all star cast including the fantastic leading lady Niecy Nash, who has some scene stealing lines, Carrie Preston formerly of True Blood fame and Karrueche Tran who is honestly so good looking even I might turn straight for Ms Tran.

Claws is the type of show one can have on, in the background and still get stuff done. And who isn't busy in 2018 and needs to get shit done!

Claws is streaming now on Stan and I believe episode two is going to be available to stream late this afternoon, how exciting!

Finally in the US, Sunday nights are premium as fuck again, you want drama THE AFFAIR (it's back tonight), camp dance POSE (apparently Foxtel will start screening it now three weeks after it started in the USA), Sci-Fi WESTWORLD is really punching above it's weight this season and camp-crime-drama CLAWS, it's got y'all covered. And finally not quite hitting the mark is the brilliant Michelle Wolf, for all your comedy needs. Locally in Australia there is also the movie to TV Mystery Road on the up for sale ABC.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

(Mini) Sunday Spotlight: Khalid

Khlaid has become a household name after just one record, but a tonne of successful features.

We all loved Young, Dumb & Broke, Location, his vocals all over Marshmello's Silence and he slays on his verse on Lorde's remix of Homemade Dynamite.

So this Sunday let's enjoy his debut record American Teen from last year and some key collaborations.

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Out on the Shelves... Yesterday

So on Flashing off the Record, I have been pumping out Kanye, Pusha T and Kid Cudi posts, now Kanye's fourth record out of five has been released to the world. Nas's record Nasir his 11th studio record continues Kanye's Summer of awesome jams.

So whilst I saw three films last weekend and plan on checking out Upgrade tomorrow, let's take a break from the films and I promise I will bring some US TV action soon. But for now here is some of yesterday's key releases. Tomorrow a feature a this young man, Khalid.

Khalid has released only one album, yet has been featured on a number of singles, remixes across multiple musical genres. I will give you the low down tomorrow.

For now, here are this weeks key releases. Starting with a local debut album from Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, the album is out now and called Hope Downs.

After years of singles and a couple of killer EP's, Sydney duo Cosmo's Midnight have also released their debut album, as featured on Triple J this week and it will be next week's feature record all week long on Flashing off the Record.

Canadian group Chromeo have also released a new record!

King Princess has finally released the EP, featuring the beautiful 1950, it's called Make My Bed and streaming now!

Along with a fuck tonne of singles coming out yesterday, former Triple J legend Nina Las Vegas dropped this ditty featuring Swick. Also yesterday new tunes from Rudimental, Nao, Vic Mensa and an EP from Ruel also landed.