Street Fighter: The Movie - What Went Wrong
Quite a lot, as it happens. But I think making Guile, a bit player in the game’s storyline, into the lead character was the biggest error, and everything snowballed from there. #   ·

A Sense Of Clarity: Wild Beasts Interviewed
A nice chat with the band on the release of their fourth album. Which I meant to review for Thumped months ago and, ah well. It’s good, though. Much better than the last one, which was very disappointing to me. #   ·

Experience: I lost my dad on the London underground
I remember this story when it happened, but I don’t recall its resolution ever being reported. (It’s a happy ending, hooray!) #   ·

What are sinkholes, how do they form and why are we seeing so many?
The Independent with a decent primer on something that’s been on my mind the last few months. #   ·

On using Markov chains to build a perpetual Friends scripting machine. Removed from context, the randomly-linked quotes give often deliciously weird results, far funnier than the actual show ever was. #   ·


My Thumped review of Third Person
In which I rant a bit about Scientology and Paul Haggis’ evident problem with women. #   ·

Typeset In The Future: Moon
Essaying the typography employed in Duncan Jones’ excellent debut, reaching Kubrickian levels of attention to detail. Spoilers abound for those who haven’t seen the film, however. #   ·

If you can’t use an apostrophe, you don’t know your shit
Seriously, this isn’t about pedantry: it’s about written language meaning something. With a tongue as homophone-filled and context-dependant as English, these basic rules are necessary. No excuses! #   ·

No English word for it? Make up your own, like Shakespeare. Or steal one
English is already full of loan words, and plenty of made-up ones; why not add more? #   ·

Screaming Bloody Gore #1: Jon Chang
The DxAx/GridLink screamer shares his technique and talks his musical history with Invisible Oranges. #   ·


My Thumped review of The Skeleton Twins
…and I returned from my break with my review of this quite good drama-with-a-hint-of-comedy, starring SNL alumni Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig. #   ·

My Thumped review of ‘71
I had a bit of a break from film writing last month for reasons. But I got this finished before the pause, because it’s a great film and I hope my words encourage you to see it. #   ·


My Thumped review of Maps to the Stars
David Cronenberg tries – and fails – to reclaim his cinematic identity with this tired Hollywood satire (and a film that can’t be saved by Julianne Moore this time out). #   ·

My Thumped review of The Equalizer
Denzel Washington reunites with Training Day director Antoine Fuqua for the follow-up to the latter’s bombastic Olympus Has Fallen that falls short of those ridiculous heights. #   ·

People talking Borbetomagus
A rough edit of footage from part one of Jef Merten’s documentary on the legendary noise-jazz trio. The kind of band best seen live and unleashed rather than tamed on record, I reckon. Still, hopefully the finished film will have less talking, more playing. #   ·

Alasdair Bulmer on metal in Zambia and Zimbabwe
Bet you didn’t know Zambia had its own version of proto-metal called Zamrock. I know I didn’t. #   ·


My Thumped review of Magic in the Moonlight
Or, Woody Allen is a horrible person and this movie only bears that out. #   ·

First Read / Second Read
“I suppose the real point is: designing for depth is not about neglecting the surface.” In other words, remember to make things inviting for newbies, not just for the geeks who get what’s going on inside. Tom uses the example of game design because that’s his milieu but it’s equally applicable to software or website UX design, and probably lots of other things that escape me right now. #   ·

Introducing Check-Correct Memory Enhancement System
Featuring my old Watt List friend Rob Poynter, whose birthday happens to be today. Good job, Rob. #   ·

Phil Dyess-Nugent on 50 years since America’s Civil Rights Act. Worth reading again in light of Ferguson and the light that’s shined on the distance that still needs to be travelled. #   ·


My Thumped review of Dead Neanderthals’ Prime & DNMF
Covering two new releases from the insanely good Dutch jazz-grind-turned-jazz-noise attack unit. #   ·

My Thumped review of Wild Rocket’s Geomagnetic Hallucinations
My first music review for Thumped in a while. #   ·

Is This Thing On?: Why Audio Never Goes Viral
The web is a visual medium first and foremost. Audio on its own is great for long form — podcasts and the like — but when we listen we always listen with intent. It’s not like glancing and smiling at a cat macro. #   ·

It’s Elementary, Sherlock: How the CBS procedural surpassed the BBC drama
I’m so happy to see this is being recognised by others besides me and Bee. #   ·

Interview Cheat Sheets
A useful reference for when you don’t know where to start. #   ·


My Thumped review of Manuscripts Don’t Burn
Mohammad Rasolouf’s powerful excoriation of Iranian state oppression is worth your attention. #   ·


Bill Orcutt: ‘Harry Pussy were my perfect band’
I’ve tried with Harry Pussy (on paper I should love them, but I can’t get with it) but Bill Orcutt’s solo music is astounding. I shook his hand and thanked him for coming when he played here in Dublin last year; maybe that was weird for him, I don’t know, but I meant it. #   ·

Welcome to the Age of the Upgrade
I can understand the enthusiasm, but I fear this way of thinking gives license to the likes of Apple et al to drip-feed innovations, build in obsolescence, etc. More importantly, we’re really not all early adopters: we’re not bloody beta testers for your products if we’ve paid full whack for ‘em. #   ·


My Thumped review of Before I Go To Sleep
Another thumbs-down from me, I’m afraid. #   ·


Did Kim Jong Un Feed His Uncle To 120 Dogs? Be Skeptical
I was immediately suspicious when I heard this story back in January, because it sounded just like the kind of smear that isn’t necessary to illustrate the ‘badness’ of such a despot. #   ·

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