Wednesday, 30 September 2009

Monty Python - Alex Errey

Monty Python’s
“Almost the Truth: The lawyer’s cut”

"This is the documentary I always hoped that would be made - something so complete and so faithful to the truth that I don't need to watch it," Terry Jones

There are some things that Britain does better than anybody else. We are the best at queuing, if there isn’t a queue we make one. We also know how to make the perfect bacon sandwich. Best of all, we have the most diverse funny bone. Comedy was basically invented by us, long before American sitcoms were even thought of, we were filling our T.V screens with classics such as At last the 1948 show and children’s programme, Do not adjust your set. If we are to talk about such shows, we can’t miss out one of our greatest institutions, the pinnacle of British comedy, Monty Python’s Flying Circus.

The laugh a minute, world dominating comedy celebrates its 40th anniversary this year and to celebrate this unforgettable fact, the Pythons have come up with their last and most endearing project yet. Monty Python’s Almost the Truth: The lawyer’s cut is a six-part documentary of the Python Phenomenon detailing in 465 glorious minutes the truth behind it all. Each episode documents a different era in the Python world: 'The Not-So-Interesting Beginnings', 'The Much Funnier Second Episode', 'And Now, The Sordid Personal Bits', 'The Ultimate Holy Grail Episode', 'Lust For Glory!' and 'Finally! The Last Episode (Ever) (For Now...)'. They contain interviews with the five remaining Pythons and archive contributions from the late Graham Chapman. Celebrities also share their views on how Monty Python changed their lives.

I am very excited to see this amazing series which comes to DVD on 26th October 2009 but being such a big Python fan I had to find out more. What else would they be doing for this landmark age? After much research (done by a good friend of mine), I discovered that Vue cinemas would be showing a specially cut edition of the series, for one night only. I was able to get my hands on a very sought after ticket to see the show at Vue: Portsmouth.

Knowing that I would be watching a documentary, I found it difficult to work out how the Pythons could throw mountains of facts and some obvious fiction at the audience without it becoming tedious and repetitive. I didn’t have to wait long to find out, no previews, a welcomed bonus. Monty Python’s Almost the Truth: The lawyer’s cut was a 150 minute work of excellence, produced to a very high standard and in High definition. All members of the Python gang, including rarely seen Terry Gilliam and unofficial Pythoness, Carol Cleveland, told their side of the story, including exclusives about the real BBC and sketches that never made it. It’s a shame that a sketch by Eric Idle and Michael Palin didn’t make it only because the BBC censors claimed it contained references to menstrual fluid. The sketch was about a wine taster in France, he described the taste and what type the wine was. On asking the accompanying Frenchman “Yes?” the Frenchman replied “Non, it’s Oui Oui.” When they included a bottle of Rosé in the joke, well, you can work out the rest.

The interviews were very heavy going. After an hour of listening to just the Pythons talk, I was starting to get tired. Trying to keep your full attention on the screen was difficult. Also, a lot of the information present was already in the public knowledge, especially if you’re a hardcore fan of their work. I knew pretty well all the knowledge but it was nice to hear it straight from the horse’s mouth. I was left wanting more information at certain points though. Yes, the show was about Monty Python but it would have been nice to see how they flowed into their solo projects. John Cleese for example, he was once married to Connie Booth and it would have been nice to know if she had anything to do with the Python projects. She did, of course, have a brief role in The Holy Grail. Is that all?

Between the Pythons talking about the past and celebrities telling us how Monty Python affected their lives, classic sketches were shown in what seemed to be High Definition. The Parrot sketch, Pepperpots & clips from their various film projects were present but none were shown in full. Most of the famous sketches, which people want to see on the big screen, weren’t even mentioned. I personally think this was what the Pythons were doing on purpose. We’ve seen all their work, we know what they do, and they rather we on how and why they did it. Sketches can get played too much, making them not so much classic, as crass. I think that a sing-a-long of The Lumberjack song wouldn’t have gone a miss though.

Overall, it was a masterpiece. I enjoyed learning more about the reasoning behind some of their work. It was also a very enlightening affair when it came to talking about the late, great Graham Chapman. Yes, I knew he was an alcoholic but I didn’t know that he was drinking more than four pints of Gin a day. It was nice to get a perspective from his partner on who he truly was. I now grasp the power struggle that Monty Python dealt with, who was Monty in the group? I am glad that they decided to end it this way, 40 years is along time to be in the spotlight even thought they weren’t Python for the most of it. All I can say is, this…is an ex parrot!

All hail the Monty Python’s Flying Circus!

Friday, 25 September 2009

Film Review Crank 2 Alex Errey

Crank 2: High Voltage (2009)
“He was dead…But he got better”
“Stay charged…Stay alive”

“Awesome” Zoo
“Simmering charisma and impressive physicality” Hollywood Reporter

Lions gate
Lakeshore Entertainment

Written & Directed by Mark Neveldine & Brian Taylor
Cast: Jason Statham, Amy Smart, Dwight Yoakam, Efren Ramirez, Art Hsu, Ling Bai & Clifton Collins Jr.

There will never be a need for anymore action movies. The back catalogue stretches way beyond anyone’s line of sight. The Die Hard Quadrilogy (1988-2004), Independence Day (1996) and many other well made but slightly tedious blockbusters empower themselves onto our screens, with A package of fast-paced, hardcore action, mixed with witty and somewhat comical dialogue, roared from the mouth of a well built, slightly askew actor trying to imprint himself on the Hollywood sign. Gladly, I’m a fan of such films but is this genre starting to come to a close? How many more original ideas can be brought to the forefront of mainstream cinema?

Crank (2006) saw an original but somewhat outrageously over the top idea of chaos in the Los Angeles gangland. A hired killer is poisoned by his rival and due to the potency of this so called “Beijing Cocktail”, has to keep his adrenaline at ridiculously high levels. Cue car chases, ill advised sex in public & ultra violence by the bullet load which enthralled the audience & gained itself a cult following. The real question is, why make another?

Crank 2: High Voltage (2009) was never meant to exist. Due to events that happened at the end of the first film, you would be right in thinking that a second Crank would be put into production but the writers didn’t even consider it until they saw the DVD sales, where all the money was made. Being convinced to write another chapter in the unlucky life of Chev Chelios (Jason Statham), the story’s foul mouthed & seemingly indestructible lead character, their plan was not to take part in the films production. After completing the script, which seems to have been developed while on various coffee and drug related highs, they were so impressed by it that they gave themselves director credits for the film’s shoot.

The tale starts where the first one stopped, Chev falling out of a helicopter and enduring an almighty stop in the way of the downtown Los Angeles traffic. After seemingly surviving the fall, his body is hastily collected by a group of Chinese thugs. Cut to three months later and he’s lying in a drab hospital bed with an artificial ticker whirring in his chest. I personally would have reacted differently finding a battery attached to me but Chev, being the man he is, escapes in a wave of violence and unconventional interrogation techniques. With this new information he ventures forth, hoping to chat with the man who supposedly has his “Strawberry-tart”. Seems quite logical, until an accident leaves his battery pack useless, meaning poor Chelios has to keep himself electrically charged by any means possible. Shocking!

Statham happily reprises his role as Chev Chelios, bringing back the resourcefulness but stepping up the psychopath. As with most Statham films, the action is very hands on and physically demanding. Even though he did have a stunt double/look-a-like on set, Jason did practically all his own stunts and an awful lot of running. A man with an electrically charged body is bound to do a lot of running, I could be wrong. Amy Smart returns as ever faithful girlfriend Eve, which is a surprise seeing as I still don’t know how the character puts up with so much in her life. Could it be the love they Share or is it just that she enjoys engaging in adventurous sex, in front of thousands of gambling punters? You decide.

If you are a faithful Crank fan, then you’ll be happy to hear that all the surviving characters make an appearance in this over the top second outing. Some of which have certainly “Developed” since the first film, especially Orlando played by Reno Wilson. You will understand if you watch the film. Explaining it would be pointless and would spoil the surprise. Speaking of surprises, see if you can identify an actor who’s a legend in his own right but who also sadly passed away in recent months.

Everything I’ve said about Crank 2: High Voltage so far has been positive. I really hate to say negatives about a film I really enjoy but I wouldn’t be a competent reviewer if all my opinions made films look godly. The story lacks the pure energy of the first, putting the whole electricity thing to one side of course, it lacks the urgency and pure fluidity. Seeing a man trying to keep his heart pumping by doing dangerous stunts and taking drugs was a new idea, it gave life to an almost original story. This time round, it’s purely for laughs. Not overly a bad thing but when the film’s side plots and dialogue take over the running of the film; it makes the whole charging to stay alive action seem insignificant, which it really isn’t.

The action movie will continue to evolve even if, in the end, it can only be a part of limited number of scenarios. Crank 2: High Voltage will have its own cult following, just as the first, but it will be a different group. Comedy fans and the odd surreal follower will give this film a high mark out of ten. Original fans won’t be so generous with the scores. Many films don’t have the wit, comedic timing, blistering brutality or the sheer testicular fortitude as Crank 2: High Voltage does. Yes, Crank did warrant a sequel but no, it defiantly didn’t need one.

Crank 2: High Voltage Trivia
The character was also offered to another one of the UK’s treasured action stars, Gerard Butler, known for his role as the fearless Spartan Leonidas in graphic war epic, 300 (2006).

The Directors filmed over 300 hours of footage in 30 days of shooting.

The artificial heart shown in the movie is actually a real artificial heart, the AbioCor from Abiomed. However, it doesn’t have any external power source or way of being charged.

A rather large “organ” can be seen on the pelvic x-ray near the beginning of the movie.
Alex Errey

Tuesday, 22 September 2009

ShowStudio @ Somerset House

ShowStudio are having an amazing Exhibition at Somerset House.
@ The Embankment Galleries,
17 September - 20 December 2010

They are having a mix of usual exhibits and live studio experiences. Its all truely brilliant!

The whole concept of ShowStudio is mind blowing, check their website bellow; they can explain themselves much better than i ever could..

The video bellow is made for the exhibition. WATCH IT

Monday, 21 September 2009

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Icecreamists Launch Party!

Stevie and I were lucky enough to go to the Launch party of 'God Save the Cream' by the Icecreamists. The Icecreamists are bloody sexy cool bunch of guys who make quality ice cream and flipping awesome cocktails all headed up 'The master of Cool Innovation' Matt O'Connor.

'A subversive new ice cream brand will launch in Selfridges' Flagship Oxford Street store in September 2009 with subterranean "God Save The Cream" themed ice cream and entertainment installation in the store's Ultralounge on the lower ground floor.'

We were lucky enough to go in the place of Lucianna Bianchi, Thank you Lucianna you are amazing!

The best i can describe God Save the Cream is like a sexy club/Live venue with Ice cream, with added in Beautiful super models and lovely friendly staff. The whole effect of the Installation is absolutely brilliant, From the Gothic interior to the pimped out ice cream van with a full size manikin of the queen. I especially liked the Icrecreamists Deck chairs. Oh yeah the cocktails and ice cream was incredible too!

The whole thing was a class act. We loved it. If your in London go see it! Its only there for a month!

We want to get into more reviewing of events and helping to promote them, If you have an event and want to invite us and get our support please get in contact.

Errey and Stevie looking rather happy!

Thursday, 17 September 2009

Alex Errey Film Review - Death Proof

Alex will be writing us some film reviews from now on...

Death Proof (2007)
“A Crash Course in Revenge”

“A White-Hot Juggernaut at 200 Miles per Hour!”

“A Brilliantly Tasteless Orgy of Car-Crashing Mayhem” Nuts
“Exhilarating…Tarantino at his Blistering Best” Maxim
“Male Fantasy Made Flesh” Uncut

Dimension Films
Momentum Pictures

Written & Directed by Quentin Tarantino
Cast: Kurt Russell, Rosario Dawson, Vanessa Ferlito, Jordan Ladd, Rose McGowan, Sydney Poitier, Tracie Thoms, Mary Elizabeth Winstead & Zoë Bell

With the recent release of his 6th and most adventurous project to date, wartime snuff flick Inglourious Basterds, writer and director Quentin Tarantino has certainly pushed the boundaries of modern film making aside. Opening to mixed reviews, it certainly follows the trend of his other movies, appealing to a very select audience and taking a lot of flak from another. At the height of this barrage trend was a film very close to Q.T’s heart, Death Proof.

What makes Death Proof stand out from the rest of his films, on the whole, is that it has been the quietest in terms of notoriety. Everybody has heard of Reservoir Dogs (1992) or Pulp Fiction (1994) and the infamous scenes within but no one realises what a stroke of genius his 5th film turned out to be.

Death Proof, a part of the Grindhouse project with fellow Director Robert Rodriquez, follows the path of the sociopathic Stuntman Mike (Kurt Russell), a gentleman who even a dark alley would refuse to accept, & two groups of girls just trying to have a good time. Mike, being the gentleman that he supposedly is, offers an innocent lift home to Pam (Rose McGowan) in the film’s namesake, his “Death Proof” Automobile. Being a stuntman, you would expect no less. Very quickly, the tone of the film changes and his true nature is shown, a stalker with a taste for sexy young ladies. That is until he preys on the wrong group of “Badass Babes” and tastes his own medicine in one of the greatest scenes ever produced.

As usual, Quentin hires an awe inspiring cast who make the characters their own. Stars such as Rosario Dawson and Vanessa Ferlito give great performances as the girls bringing very humane characters to the forefront, people who we can see around us who have their own hidden agendas & talents. Whether that be a few classic throwaway lines, which we all wish we had the courage to say, or a very enticing lap dance, which some of us wish we had the courage to do. Kurt Russell takes the role of Stuntman Mike and gives a mind-blowing acting master class, which all aspiring actors and actresses should take note of. He even eats in character!

Without a doubt, newcomer Zoë Bell makes the biggest impression, seeing that her usual 9 to 5 is being a Stuntwoman, famous for her stunt work in Xena: Warrior Princess and Q.T’s other revenge epic Kill Bill (2003/2004). Being able to act alongside doing your own stunts allows great fluidity in some of the scenes which Tarantino takes advantage of for the film’s finale.

Death Proof is a movie you watch with a group of mates, deep enough that you stay hooked to the story, yet at a pace that keeps you on the edge of your seat, waiting for that next slice of classic over the top action. A movie with cars & sexy ladies usually denotes a “Boys only” feel to it but please don’t let that put you off girls. This movie is for you too. It shows you just how badass you can be! If you’re already a fan of some of Q.T’s work or have never had the pleasure of doing so, don’t let this film pass you by.
With classic Tarantino scripting and a plot which allows you to sit back and enjoy yourselves, Death Proof is an exhilarating ride from the word go, incorporating everyday occurrences and some which defiantly aren’t, culminating in a 20 minute car duel with some spectacular camera work and showing off the sheer bravery of Zoë Bell. Being Death Proof has never been so appealing.

Alex Errey

YEAH On a Shelf in Sweden!

YEAH is now on sale in the Hasselblad Centre, Gothemburg, Sweden.

We hope for this to the first shop of many!

If your in sweden please go buy a copy!

We would like to thank Johan for sorting it out for us. LEGEND.

Tuesday, 15 September 2009

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Monday, 14 September 2009

YEAHs Trip to Brighton!!

Stevie and I Went to Brighton on Saturday; What an amazing treat. It was bit of a Dreamy Trip for me because I had only slept 3 hours before going down there!
Our mission was to scout out the city as a whole to find appropriate shops to speak to for potential retailers of the mag. It went really Well!
Everyone was lovely and really receptive to what we had to say.
If you know of any shops that would be interested in Retailing YEAH let in contact!
We also were looking for exhibition space.. with exciting results. Whats this space...
P.s Thanks to Alex Simpson for random bumping into us in the street and generally being lovely.

Thursday, 10 September 2009

The First Lomo Store! In London!!

Lomography, the amazing guys that supply those beautiful little cameras that we all go crazy for; are opening their first shop AND its in this Country; in LONDON!
Lomography has been a revolution ever since the early 1990s, what an amazing business idea! Clever buggers!

The Store is in Newburgh Street W1 London, it will encompass everything that is Lomo, Workshops, Exhibtions, parties, EVERYTHING. Im Well excited about this! completely!

The Store opens tomorrow! Go have a look and let us know what you think!

Check the Lomo Site!

Wednesday, 9 September 2009

Urban Outfitters and Polaroid

With the recent 'end' of polaroid and its HUGE popularity Urban Outfitters have created a limited edition camera and film. Its not anywhere near cheap But its bloody cool. The Polaroid has been created as part of the Impossible Project.
The Impossible Project we think is the most interesting, brave and massively exciting thing have heard about for a while! Other than YEAH obvs...
The aim of the project is to reinvent and reintroduce instant photography across the planet. Awesome! Im sure its not going to be cheap to start with, but the more people on board will inevitably make thins cheaper.
Its going to be new exciting and different and we cant wait to see what happens!
Thanks to Chris Saltmarsh for letting us know all about this

Tuesday, 8 September 2009


Hello lovely YEAH People!
Latest news from YEAH HQ....
We have confirmed that we are soon to be selling the magazine in our 1st shop! Which we are very very excited about. The shop is in Albert Road Southsea, Portsmouth. We will annouce the shop soon; once all the details are sorted!
YEAH has had many more sales than our last issue and we are so close to breaking even; this will be a BIG thing for us. Once we are making profit we can expand and we are so excited about this.
We have also been preparing for the next year, with the coming of YM005 in Feb YEAH will have a new quality beginning. Watch this space, its going to be amazing!
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Monday, 7 September 2009

The BP Portrait Award 09 Your last chance to see!

The BP Portrait Award 2009 is running at the National Portrait Gallery London until the 20th of September. Its your last chance to see the quality entries....

Go see it! AND its Free! Check the link bellow.

Georgie by Mary Jane Ansell, 2009© Mary Jane Ansell

Friday, 4 September 2009

YM003 some amazing people we couldnt fit in #2

Maisie Penn
Brighton UK Aged 15

Colleen Mcmahon

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