Donnie Darko at 15

Early in Donnie Darko, Drew Barrymore reads to a high school English class from Graham Greene’s short story “The Destructors”: ‘It was as though this plan had been with him all his life, pondered through the seasons, now in his fifteenth year crystallised with the pain of puberty.’ My own pubescent pain is itself crystallised in memory by the approximately seven second shot even earlier in the film that begins with the opening notes of Echo & The Bunnymen’s “The Killing Moon”, as Jake Gyllenhaal’s eponymous 16 year old wipes the sleep out of his eyes, riding his bike in pyjamas down Carpathian Ridge, a perfect encapsulation of the entwined angst and optimism of adolescence. Continue reading

53: Stuck With Stupid Nelson Mandela Place

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This week: Our classic album for this month is J Dilla’s Donuts. Chris and Graham talk about how much it means both to them and to hip hop more widely, Dilla’s influence on the development of hip hop in the early to mid 2000s, and his relationship with peer, friend and fellow traveller Madlib. Continue reading

52: Drake Is Like Fall Out Boy Emo

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This week: Chris and Graham rattle through some of their personal listening highlights from the year so far, including Drake, Wild Beasts, John Carpenter, Panda Bear, and Bob Dylan’s album of Sinatra covers. Continue reading

51: I Have A Professed Soft Spot For Dicks

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This week: the first proper episode of the year finds Graham and Chris playing catch-up on three months’ worth of new releases, looking at the collaborative album from BADBADNOTGOOD and Ghostface Killah, Ibeyi’s debut and the new Fránçois & The Atlas Mountains EP, and airing their anticipation for whatever Kendrick Lamar and Kanye West have in store over the coming months. Continue reading

50: Best of 2014 – Film

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This week: completing our round-up of 2014, Josh and Chris each count down their top ten films to gain UK release last year. Continue reading

49: Best of 2014 – Music

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This week: Because this is the world we’ve created for ourselves, Chris and Graham each present their top ten albums of the year. Continue reading

47: He Managed to Make the GUU a Magical Place

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This week: God Help the Girl revisited (at length) because now Chris has seen it too and has things to say about it, two separate yet thematically overlapping all-night horror marathons and assorted other bits and pieces from our past couple of months’ viewing. Continue reading