#23 – August 2009

Posted in Issues, Magazine
By Sam Bathe on 24 Jul 2009

Whether we liked it or not, Antichrist was always going to steal this month’s cover. The most controversial film in years, Antichrist garnered all the press, if not the awards, at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. With scenes of graphic sexual violence and a tormenting narrative only Lars von Trier could accomplish, critics are generally split down the middle declaring it either a masterpiece or an atrocity. Find out what we thought in our film section along with reviews of rom-com The Ugly Truth, French gangster movie Mesrine: Killer Instinct, Land Of the Lost and Imagine That. We also preview new graphic novel adaptation Surrogates, starring Bruce Willis, Ricky Gervais’ The Invention Of Lying and the world-ending 2012. This month we’re also giving away copies of Flight Of The Conchords: Season 2.

On the audio side we chat to latest LA export Tijuana Panthers, whom despite their fresh faces, already boast an EP reminiscent of a surf-influenced Strokes. We also check out new albums from Frankmusik, The Twang, The Temper Trap and MSTRKRFT. On the style and art fronts we have great features from brilliant illustrator Michael Wandelmaier and photographer pairing Marquis Montes, each making waves in their respective field for inspiring and imaginative work, setting an impossibly high bar for newcomers hoping to break in on their direction.

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