Werkre https://werk.re News, Videos & Interviews from Glasswerk Sat, 17 Aug 2019 15:57:06 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.2 Big Bad Wolves (2013) Blu-ray Review https://werk.re/2019/08/16/big-bad-wolves-2013-blu-ray-review/ Fri, 16 Aug 2019 22:36:30 +0000 http://werk.re/?p=87423 Of course a story about a child murderer or paedophiles getting their come-uppance at the hands of the victim’s family is not new. In Fritz Lang’s M (1931) it was the criminal underworld that cornered the child killer in highlighting that being a child murderer is the lowest of low criminals. Wes Craven’s shocking B […]

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Coming Home (1978) Blu-ray Review https://werk.re/2019/08/13/coming-home-1978-blu-ray-review/ Tue, 13 Aug 2019 21:45:04 +0000 http://werk.re/?p=87410 The 1975 siege of the US Embassy in Saigon marked the end of the long protracted Vietnam War, a war that marked post-World War 2 American history and exposed some deep rifts in modern American society, coming at the time of the counter-culture and the Civil Rights Movement. Until well after the war had ended […]

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What concerts to look forward to for the rest of 2019 in Liverpool? https://werk.re/2019/08/13/what-concerts-to-look-forward-to-for-the-rest-of-2019-in-liverpool/ Tue, 13 Aug 2019 16:16:48 +0000 http://werk.re/?p=87416 It is more than normal to relate the city with both clubs, Everton Football Club and Liverpool Football Club, especially if you are a sports fan or you just fancy playing your wisdom in online sportsbooks. Also, Liverpool is the home to one of the greatest bands ever as it is The Beatles. The city […]

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A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1945) Blu-ray Review https://werk.re/2019/08/06/a-tree-grows-in-brooklyn-1945-blu-ray-review/ Tue, 06 Aug 2019 08:50:57 +0000 http://werk.re/?p=87396 A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1945), the latest release by Eureka Entertainment on their Masters of Cinema label, was the first film and became a signature film for its director Elia Kazan. The story and the background of turn of the century New York was one that he must have been more than familiar with. […]

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The Cockleshell Heroes (1955) Blu-ray Review https://werk.re/2019/08/03/the-cockleshell-heroes-1955-blu-ray-review/ Sat, 03 Aug 2019 16:19:33 +0000 http://werk.re/?p=87387 Made 10 years after the end of the Second World War, The Cockleshell Heroes (1955), though more widely seen today, was one of the films less commonly seen or one that was less talked about than say The Coliditz Story (1953) or Ice Cold in Alex (1958). All these films reflected British wartime heroism and […]

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Come Back to the 5 & Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean (1982) Blu-ray Review https://werk.re/2019/07/31/come-back-to-the-5-dime-jimmy-dean-jimmy-dean-1982-blu-ray-review/ Wed, 31 Jul 2019 20:47:05 +0000 http://werk.re/?p=87376 On 30th September 1955 actor and youth sensation James Dean was killed in a car crash near Salinas in California where he was traveling to take part in a racing car meet. Having only starred in three films this set him on the road to becoming an icon. In Ed Graczyk’s adaptation of his own […]

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Donbass (2018) Blu-ray Review https://werk.re/2019/07/26/donbass-2018-blu-ray-review/ Fri, 26 Jul 2019 21:11:40 +0000 http://werk.re/?p=87371 One thing that has regularly appeared with great consistency in European wars are films reflecting on the conflict what the effect has had on the national psyche. A whole new wave of films emerged from the former Yugoslavia and the Balkans during and after the collapse of the former country, each dealing with the allegorical […]

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Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich (2018) DVD Review https://werk.re/2019/07/20/puppet-master-the-littlest-reich-2018-dvd-review-2/ Sat, 20 Jul 2019 10:40:51 +0000 http://werk.re/?p=87359 In a scene in the 1993 dystopian science-fiction B movie, Robot Wars, survivors are walking through an abandoned city where a cinema is showing ‘Puppet Master 54’, an in-joke on the franchise of a cult series of horror films. Both the original Puppet Master (1989) and Robot Wars were made by Full Moon Entertainment, purveyors of cheap usually direct to […]

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Last Hurrah For Chivalry & Hand Of Death: Two Films By John Woo https://werk.re/2019/07/14/last-hurrah-for-chivalry-hand-of-death-two-films-by-john-woo/ Sun, 14 Jul 2019 18:13:38 +0000 http://werk.re/?p=87346 John Woo is best known for his international action films starring John Travolta (Broken Arrow, 1996 and Face/Off, 1997) and Nicolas Cage (Windtalkers, 2002), but of course his reputation goes back further to his Honk Kong action movies such as The Killer (1989) and Hard Boiled (1992), both starring Chow Yun-fat. Going back further still, […]

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Doc n Roll Film Festival – Glasgow – 27- 30 June https://werk.re/2019/07/10/doc-n-roll-film-festival-glasgow-27-30-june/ Wed, 10 Jul 2019 22:10:57 +0000 http://werk.re/?p=87353 Documentaries on music have been booming in recent years, facilitated by advances in digital technology that have enabled filmmakers and fans to make films about just about every musician, band and musical genre that ever existed – and some that I suspect the filmmakers might have made up – no matter how obscure. There’s such […]

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Glasgow’s International Jazz Festival – 19-23 June https://werk.re/2019/07/10/glasgows-international-jazz-festival-19-23-june/ Wed, 10 Jul 2019 22:06:46 +0000 http://werk.re/?p=87350 This year’s Glasgow’s Jazz Festival had its most exciting and coolest lineup for several years, reflecting this most versatile of musical genre’s recent resurgence, rewarded by a substantial increase in festival ticket sales. My first gig was an encounter with, as his saxophonist introduced him, ‘a legend in his own lifetime’, Mulatu Astatke.  Even if […]

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The Holy Mountain (1926) Blu-ray Review https://werk.re/2019/07/03/the-holy-mountain-1926-blu-ray-review/ Wed, 03 Jul 2019 19:42:00 +0000 http://werk.re/?p=87316 This year is the 100th anniversary of the signing of the liberal and democratic Weimar Republic following the defeat of Germany in the First World War. This led to a flourishing in the arts, science and culture with Germany becoming a very progressive country. In the foreground of all this the country faced hyperinflation and […]

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LEGO The Rexcelsior Review https://werk.re/2019/06/27/lego-the-rexcelsior-review/ Thu, 27 Jun 2019 19:08:53 +0000 http://werk.re/?p=87336 LEGO: The Rexcelsior Pieces: 1826 Ages: 10+ Mini Figures: 2 normal, 5 mini-mini raptors and 2 mini-mini figures Price: £139.99 What’s inside 14 numbered bags of Lego bricks 1 x Instruction booklet Sticker sheet Background The LEGO Movie 2 saw the release of a vast array of Lego sets when it launch in cinemas earlier […]

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The Wildhearts to play Liverpool for the first time in 15 years https://werk.re/2019/06/20/%ef%bb%bfthe-wildhearts-to-play-liverpool-for-the-first-time-in-15-years/ Thu, 20 Jun 2019 12:18:32 +0000 http://werk.re/?p=87326 The ‘Renaissance Men’ will play Grand Central Hall on the 18th of July The Wildhearts have released ‘Renaissance Men’, their first full-length studio album in 10 years, on May 3rd on Graphite Records. To celebrate the release, the band will revisit Europe & Scandinavia in October and continue to grace various venues around the UK […]

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People on Sunday (1930) Blu-ray Review https://werk.re/2019/06/19/people-on-sunday-1930-blu-ray-review/ Wed, 19 Jun 2019 20:02:29 +0000 http://werk.re/?p=87308 Currently the BFI are celebrating a 100 years of Weimar Cinema with a series of film screenings and talks. Following the signing of the Weimar constitution and despite the political and economic turmoil Germany experienced for the next 14 years before the Nazis took power, there was a flourishing of the arts, in science, architecture […]

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The Kid (2018) Blu-ray Review https://werk.re/2019/06/17/the-kid-2018-blu-ray-review/ Mon, 17 Jun 2019 20:40:49 +0000 http://werk.re/?p=87302 Outlaws in Western mythology have a good deal of aura about them, whether it is the gunfight at the OK Corral at Tombstone, Jesse James, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid or Billy the Kid. Hollywood and cinema have been among the leading lights in continuing or maintaining the mythology. The press too helped promote […]

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Once Upon a Time in London (2018) DVD Review https://werk.re/2019/06/10/once-upon-a-time-in-london-2018-dvd-review/ Mon, 10 Jun 2019 22:20:32 +0000 http://werk.re/?p=87292 Although the British gangster film has roots going back to the adaptation of Graham Greene’s Brighton Rock (1947) and again with Get Carter and Villain (1971), it exploded as a genre in this country after the Guy Ritchie films Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998) and Snatch, as well as Sexy Beast (both 1999) […]

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RADIOPHRENIA 2019@ CCA, GLASGOW https://werk.re/2019/06/06/radiophrenia-2019-cca-glasgow/ Thu, 06 Jun 2019 18:23:01 +0000 http://werk.re/?p=87286 24 HOURS A DAY, 13TH – 26TH MAY, 2019 Radio as a medium has been around for a century now, though its significance and influence have considerably shifted. The days when mass audiences of Americans huddled around a crystal set to hear the latest exploits of The Shadow, or British teenagers tuned into pirate stations […]

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HALSEY ANNOUNCES SURPRISE UNDERPLAY SHOW https://werk.re/2019/06/06/halsey-announces-surprise-underplay-show/ Thu, 06 Jun 2019 16:34:55 +0000 http://werk.re/?p=87278 Touching down in London, Halsey announced an intimate, surprise show at London’s iconic Electric Ballroom to take place next Monday, June 10. The show will follow the release of her powerful new single ‘Nightmare’ which has already clocked up over 100 million combined streams worldwide. Halsey is one of the biggest stars in the world, […]

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CROWN THE EMPIRE RELEASE BRAND NEW VIDEO FOR ‘SUDDEN SKY’ https://werk.re/2019/06/06/crown-the-empire-release-brand-new-video-for-sudden-sky/ Thu, 06 Jun 2019 16:27:35 +0000 http://werk.re/?p=87275 Hard rock outfit Crown The Empire have released a brand new video for track Sudden Sky (Rise Records) today. Speaking on the latest video, the band said, ‘we’re born into this world with nothing. No preconceptions. No knowledge of how we got here. No awareness of what or who we are. This is where conformity begins… Today, our society is being shaped by […]

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TRNSMT VOWS TO HELP REDUCE THE ‘GENDER PLAY GAP’ https://werk.re/2019/06/06/trnsmt-vows-to-help-reduce-the-gender-play-gap/ Thu, 06 Jun 2019 16:20:12 +0000 http://werk.re/?p=87272 The Queen Tut’s Stage, a permanent new addition to the TRNSMT Festival, is set to pave the way for a new generation of female headliners, with organisers DF Concerts committed to breaking down the ‘Gender Play Gap’ at the event.  DF Concerts are also delighted Scottish Women Inventing Music (SWIM) will be on site raising […]

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SANCTION ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM ‘BROKEN IN REFRACTION’ https://werk.re/2019/06/06/sanction-announce-new-album-broken-in-refraction/ Thu, 06 Jun 2019 16:15:11 +0000 http://werk.re/?p=87269 Long Island metal/hardcore band, Sanction are thrilled to announce that they will be releasing their highly anticipated second full-length album, Broken in Refraction, out on26th July 2019 via Pure Noise Records. The band have also shared a brand new video for lead single, ‘Radial Lacerations.’ Fans can watch the video, as well as pre-order the album, at https://smarturl.it/Sanction631. “We are grateful to not only […]

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Metronomy announce special London underplay show https://werk.re/2019/06/06/metronomy-announce-special-london-underplay-show/ Thu, 06 Jun 2019 16:10:12 +0000 http://werk.re/?p=87266 Fresh from dropping their brand new track ‘Lately’, Metronomy build towards the release of their sixth album that’s set to follow in the autumn by announcing details of a very special London underplay show. They’ll play their most intimate full headline show in the capital in years when they take to the stage at the Hackney artistic hub Studio9294 on June 19th.Coming on […]

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Fionn Regan announces London headline show https://werk.re/2019/06/06/fionn-regan-announces-london-headline-show/ Thu, 06 Jun 2019 15:43:20 +0000 http://werk.re/?p=87263 Having last week announced his new album ‘Cala’, released 9th August via Abbey Records, Fionn Regan has today announced news of a London headline show, on Monday 7th October performing at EartH in Hackney in October. Tickets go on sale tomorrow, Friday 7th June, at 10am GMT. Fionn Regan’s new album Cala starts as it […]

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Truck Festival 2019 Is Now Sold Out https://werk.re/2019/06/06/truck-festival-2019-is-now-sold-out/ Thu, 06 Jun 2019 15:29:00 +0000 http://werk.re/?p=87259 Truck Festival is thrilled to announce that this year’s festival has now SOLD OUT! “We couldn’t be happier with the response”, said festival organiser Matt Harrap. “It’s going to be an amazing year and cannot wait to see you all at Hill Farm in July! They’re coming home…” For those who missed out on tickets, […]

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Dude York share new single & video “Box” https://werk.re/2019/06/06/dude-york-share-new-single-video-box/ Thu, 06 Jun 2019 15:17:56 +0000 http://werk.re/?p=87256 Seattle pop-punk trio Dude York recently announced their new album ‘Falling‘ is due July 26th via Hardly Art. Today the band are sharing new single & video “Box“.  Vocalist Peter Richards says the song is about adolescent disappointment and the emotional solipsism that can follow. Of the video, Richards says the band “reached out to friends in the Seattle arts community and [dancer] Samie […]

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A Vigilante (2018) Review https://werk.re/2019/06/05/a-vigilante-2018-review/ Wed, 05 Jun 2019 20:25:59 +0000 http://werk.re/?p=87233 There have been several films that deal with a woman’s retribution after being in either a violent and abusive relationship or raped. Such films have included Jodie Foster in both The Accused (1988) and The Brave One (2007), Jennifer Jason Leigh and Bridget Fonda in Single White Female (1992) or Jennifer Lopez seeking revenge in […]

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LEGO Ford Mustang Review https://werk.re/2019/06/05/lego-fordmustang-review/ Wed, 05 Jun 2019 09:09:13 +0000 http://werk.re/?p=87246 Ages: 16+ Mini Figures: 0 Price: £119.99 What’s inside Multiple numbered bags of Lego bricks 1 x Instruction booklet Sticker sheet Background LEGO have had a variety of vehicle based creator sets in recent years and all of them to varying success.  Looking back at the like of the VW van or the Mini you can see where […]

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Room at the Top (1959) Blu-ray Review https://werk.re/2019/05/28/room-at-the-top-1959-blu-ray-review/ Tue, 28 May 2019 17:58:00 +0000 http://werk.re/?p=87235 On it’s release, the adaptation of John Braine’s novel, Room at the Top (1959) was controversial enough to earn itself an ‘X’ certificate. Today of course the theme of the film is relatively tame. There is nothing explicit in the film, no simulated sex or nudity, but this very real drama about relationships was nontheless […]

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How I Won the War (1967) Blu-ray Review https://werk.re/2019/05/26/how-i-won-the-war-1967-blu-ray-review/ Sun, 26 May 2019 07:25:32 +0000 http://werk.re/?p=87211 The 1960s was a time of great social and political change. Richard Lester’s films were at the forefront and tapped into those social changes beginning with his early anarchic slapstick short film, The Running, Jumping, Standing Still Film (1959) (recently seen as an extra on the BFI release of Peter Sellers’, Mr. Topaze, 1961). Had […]

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Petrol Girls release new music video for ‘Weather Warning’ https://werk.re/2019/05/25/petrol-girls-release-new-music-video-for-weather-warning/ Sat, 25 May 2019 15:08:43 +0000 http://werk.re/?p=87224 Having already released its incendiary singles ‘The Sound’ and ‘Big Mouth’, Petrol Girls’ second album is finally here. ‘Cut & Stitch’ is out today via Hassle Records and the band have also revealed a new music video for album track ‘Weather Warning’. “I struggled to put lyrics to this track for a really long time,” […]

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The Alvarez Theory – The Alvarez Theory https://werk.re/2019/05/23/the-alvarez-theory-the-alvarez-theory/ Thu, 23 May 2019 09:34:26 +0000 http://werk.re/?p=87212 The debut album from London based folk-Americana quintet The Alvarez Theory is a stylish introduction to a talented new band. Based around the lyrics and vocals of German/ Spanish songwriter Dee Deihl. its ten tracks are relatively short, with the whole album coming in at just 37 minutes. But there is a lot packed into […]

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Counterflows Festival https://werk.re/2019/05/16/counterflows-festival/ Thu, 16 May 2019 19:44:25 +0000 http://werk.re/?p=87208 Counterflows Festival – Glasgow Counterflows has firmly established itself as the most consistently interesting and unpredictable music festival on the Scottish calendar. Where other festivals think they’re being diverse in covering the gamut of music from Lad Rock to Dad Rock, with a couple of ageing DJs thrown in, Counterflows explores the wider margins of […]

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The Woman in the Window (1944) Blu-ray Review https://werk.re/2019/05/15/the-woman-in-the-window-1944-blu-ray-review/ Wed, 15 May 2019 20:34:50 +0000 http://werk.re/?p=87190 While Eureka Entertainment promote their fantastic range of Weimar German releases, it is sometimes forgotten that there are two great ranges of director Fritz Lang’s oeuvre. There is the German Weimar Period of Destiny (1921), the Mabuse films, Die Niebelungen (1924), Metropolis (1926), Spione (1928), Frau im Mond (1929) and M (1931) (all of which […]

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Phildel – Raise Your Flags https://werk.re/2019/05/15/phildel-raise-your-flags/ Wed, 15 May 2019 09:51:23 +0000 http://werk.re/?p=87196 You may not know the name Phildel, a composite of her Chinese father and Irish mother’s names (Philip and Della). Yet you are bound to have heard her very individual brand of electronic pop music. The young British songwriter has one previous album to her credit, but her music has also been featured in ads […]

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November (2017) Blu-ray Review https://werk.re/2019/05/14/november-2017-blu-ray-review/ Tue, 14 May 2019 19:49:59 +0000 http://werk.re/?p=87182 Recently Eureka Entertainment released the classic Finnish folk horror film, The White Reindeer, a film that draws on Laplander mythology in which the recently married wife of a reindeer herder finds herself bored and visits a shaman. Not long after she becomes a shape shifting white reindeer vampire luring men to their death. Indeed folk […]

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The Night of the Generals (1967) Blu-ray Review https://werk.re/2019/05/11/the-night-of-the-generals-1967-blu-ray-review/ Sat, 11 May 2019 18:27:24 +0000 http://werk.re/?p=87175 From the credit sequence, there is an element of playing into the fetishisation of Nazi imagery. During the titles we see close ups of leather great coats, cap badges, iron crosses, the swastika and SS regalia and the notorious iconic skull. The Night of the Generals (1967) is based off a novel by German writer, […]

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Cujo (1983) Blu-ray Review https://werk.re/2019/05/06/cujo-1983-blu-ray-review/ Mon, 06 May 2019 14:02:19 +0000 http://werk.re/?p=87154 The recent release and remake of Pet Semetary (1989 and 2019) and prior to this the remake of It (1990 and 2017) demonstrate that Stephen King is still relevant in horror cinema. Did he ever go away? The answer surely is not really. In the late 1970s and 1980s, King’s novels were hugely popular and […]

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Outskirts – Platform https://werk.re/2019/05/03/outskirts-platform/ Fri, 03 May 2019 22:15:07 +0000 http://werk.re/?p=87166 Glasgow April 27 King Midas Sound Banana Oil Freelove + Eilidh Rogers Outskirts is an annual festival held at Platform, an arts centre in Easterhouse, whose very name evokes both the venue’s location, on the geographical margins of Glasgow, and the porous nature of the (often) multidisciplinary work on offer. Everything does have one foot […]

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Caroline Spence – Mint Condition https://werk.re/2019/05/02/caroline-spence-mint-condition/ Thu, 02 May 2019 13:53:47 +0000 http://werk.re/?p=87161 Mint Condition is quite simply a gorgeous album. The third release from Nashville based Virginian Caroline Spence will further enhance her reputation as both a songwriter and a performer. This collection of eleven songs, following on from 2017’s excellent Spades and Roses, is emotional and varied. But what stands out most is Spence’s beautifully pure […]

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