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Thursday 25th of May 2017

Charm, Resolution and A Little Bit Zombie

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Vicky Knill’s popcorn trembles as she reviews three movies from the recent Nocturna Festival

Charm

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Release dates for Charm, Resolution, and A Little Bit Zombie are still to be confirmed

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Masters of Horror

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The recent Nocturna Festival presented two episodes from “Masters of Horror”, a TV series where each show was directed by a different famous horror name, such as John Landis or Joe Dante, writes Vicky Knill. The two in the Nocturna double bill were directed by series producer Mick Garris, who also received the Master of Fantasy Award.

Masters of Horror: Chocolate

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See www.mastersofhorror.net for full details of the tv series

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Trance

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Vicky Knill previews Danny Boyle’s latest movie

Hypnotism; some believe that it’s nothing more than a con, others that it really can help people to quit smoking, overcome their phobias and maybe even remember where they have hidden something very, very important.

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Trance is released on 14 June.

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Cycling with Sophistication

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Finding her best gear in every sense of the word, Vicky Knill learns more about Madrid’s Tweed Bike Ride

Lazing in the park on a sunny day in June, you doze off. When you reopen your eyes, you are surrounded by countless 1930s cyclists. No, you haven’t slipped through a wormhole and gone back in time; your sleepy spot has proved to be in the path of the Tweed Bike Ride, which is very much in the present.

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The Tweed Bike ride takes place on Sun, 9 June, at 11am. For full details see www.tweedridemadrid.com

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Whole lotta rock

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In these times of Justin Bieber and Gangnam style, Vicky Knill discovers that Chamán, a Madrid-based AC/DC cover band, still offer good, old-fashioned rock ‘n’ roll and can also boast a strong connection with the original group

The atmosphere is electric and the sense of anticipation emanating from the crowd is contagious. A drummer and guitarist, both dressed casually in the unofficial rock uniform of denim and t-shirts, enter the stage at Sala Boite, followed a minute later by a dapper-looking man in a suit and tie, complete with waistcoat—the band’s lead singer Mat Van Kriedt.

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If your rock appetites have been wetted, check outChamán on 4 April at Sala la Mala (Metro: Campamento)—where they play the firstThursday of every month—or 13 April at Custom Spring Bash (Urtinsa industrialestate, C /Polvoranca, Alcorcon).  Bikerclubs Custom 13 and the Piratas will be at the latter.

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Callao shake

If you passed through Plaza Callao last Friday at about 5.30, you might have noticed even more crazy people than usual, writes Vicky Knill. No, they hadn’t forgotten to take their medication. A guy with a box on his head and his psychotic dancing friends were making their very own “Harlem Shake” video. In case you live under a rock, Harlem Shake is a tune by electronic musician Baauer.

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Top ten Valentine’s gift responses

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Valentine’s Day is upon us and for many the question is “What can I get that will adequately express my love?”, or possibly “What the hell am I going to buy so that my partner won’t throw me out of the house?” Vicky Knill suggests that the following responses to your gift may result in a boot more than a hug:

1. A CD! But… the Berlusconi Love Songs album???

2. A Venus Fly Trap is not a substitute for roses!

3. Anti-ageing cream??

4. A saucepan? Yes, I love it, because if I raise it like this…

5. I don’t care if you’ve lined up the mushrooms in the shape of a heart, it’s still a pizza!!!

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Beasts of the Southern Wild (Bestias del sur salvaje)

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Vicky Knill catches a preview of the Oscar-nominated movie

What would you do if melting polar ice caps and rising sea levels threatened the only home you had ever known? Would you flee to the safety of higher ground? Or would you stay put, keep calm and drink beer? For six-year-old Hushpuppy and her father Wink it’s a no-brainer… someone pass the bottle-opener.

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Silver Linings Playbook (El lado bueno de las cosas)

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Vicky Knill reports from a preview of the highly-rated movie

Not many romantic comedies begin in a mental hospital, but then Silver Linings Playbook isn’t a typical romantic comedy. Nominated for eight Oscars, David O Russell‘s (The Fighter) latest offering stars Bradley Cooper (The Hangover and The A Team) as Pat, a manic former teacher who is obsessed with getting back with his estranged wife.

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Silver Linings Playbook is released Fri, 25 Jan.

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Wall to wall zombies

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Wall to wall zombies

They march, staggering slowly onward: unstoppable, unthinking, filled with an insatiable thirst… Bankers perhaps? English teachers searching for coffee on a Monday morning?

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Moliére Art & Drinks, C/Hortaleza, 67 (Metro: Chueca). 2-18 Nov. 8am-2am. See also
http://www.graell.com/

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