Greg Wetherall
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Greg Wetherall is a London-based music, film and theater critic, who offers expressive, fair and objective comment on the creative arts. Previously, he had combined the demands of being a gigging musician with a career in law for over a decade. Now reformed from such a past, minus the Achilles heel of music, he is now freelancing with his film reviews site www.toomuchnoiseblog.com, and provides theater and music reviews for North London's Islington Gazette amongst others.

Entries by Greg Wetherall

Pirates of the Miscreants: Captain Phillips Is a Rollicking Ride

(0) Comments | Posted October 9, 2013 | 6:46 PM

It is 2009 and an American cargo ship is heading through international waters. Plain sailing? Not quite. This is a ship that will need to steer around the Horn of Africa, a notorious hotspot for knave Somali pirate boats. Based on a true story, director Paul Greengrass ably documents a...

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'Soho Cigarette' Film Review: Style Can't Keep This Cigarette Alight

(0) Comments | Posted September 29, 2013 | 8:55 AM

Anyone who is able to wade through the muddy waters and obstacle-strewn walkways of the film financing landscape in the modern age is evidently a resourceful, committed and pugnacious soul. They need to be. Credit must be given for this persistence in the face of close doors and unfavourable odds.

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Interview: 'The Wicker Man' Director on His Final Cut, Cursed Remakes and Not Wanting to Be Typecast

(7) Comments | Posted September 20, 2013 | 7:00 PM

It is 40 years since the Wicker Man first bore its indelible image of a giant burning human-shaped casket onto the retinas of cinema-goers. Now, in a new restoration and a new cut - classed emphatically as the 'final cut' - the film will once again be released theatrically.

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Monsters University: A More Than Worthy Prequel With Bags of Gags and Tons of Heart

(0) Comments | Posted June 6, 2013 | 1:56 PM

Lest we forget just how ground-breaking and earth shattering Monsters, Inc. was for the film world back in 2001 when it was released. Featuring state-of-the-art animation, there was widespread acclaim at the realism in Sulley's bristling coat and the attention to detail that oozed from every frame. Such gleaming aesthetic...

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Sundance London: A Diary - Days Three and Four

(0) Comments | Posted May 1, 2013 | 8:30 AM

Seeing as Sundance is about to fade into a fond memory, it makes sense to distil the second half of the festival into one single entry.

I am sure I speak for a lot of the attendees when I state that this year's festival was a pretty much an...

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Sundance London: A Diary - Day Two

(0) Comments | Posted April 28, 2013 | 8:46 PM

The second day of Sundance brought a more limited experience for this writer (days 3 and 4 brought an abundance of panel discussions and films, so please bear with me).

Two contrasting features formed the experiences on Friday evening. On the one side, there was the stultifying and positively frightening,...

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Sundance London: A Diary - Day 1

(0) Comments | Posted April 26, 2013 | 12:03 PM

Robert Redford and his indie centric group have once again taken up residency of London's O2 for the welcome return of Sundance London.

Returning for a second year, the festival is a showcase for the best of the films from the annual and longstanding stateside version, whilst also shining some...

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Danny the Champion of the World? Boyle Sends Audiences Into a Trance

(0) Comments | Posted March 26, 2013 | 7:28 PM

Last year, Danny Boyle became a national hero to many in his domestic Britain after masterminding a stunning opening ceremony of the Olympics. Seemingly satisfying even the sternest of sceptics with a rabid display of flair and flamboyance, he became elevated to a hallowed level of reverence. In the weeks...

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Our Guilt and Shame Over HMV

(2) Comments | Posted January 16, 2013 | 6:11 AM

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"The sign of things to come? Is this the end of music on the High Street?"

I must admit, this one stings a bit. Why? Well, on a selfish level, I am an avid music and film fan. This one affects me. This...

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2012's Essential Documentaries: Have the Oscars Got It Wrong?

(2) Comments | Posted January 15, 2013 | 3:39 PM

The nominations for the 2013 Oscars are now in. Much conjecture will take place over the main categories, so instead of adding voice to an area where there is already too much noise, it is worth looking in greater depth at what is currently one of the most vibrant and...

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The Hobbit: Peter Jackson's Phantom Menace?

(24) Comments | Posted December 18, 2012 | 1:49 PM

Carry on camping. The Epic 1st Part of This New Tolkien Trilogy.

The Lord of the Rings trilogy. What is there to say about the behemoth of the modern cinematic age, with its awards, its ridiculously long running times and its enormous footprint in the sand of the modern movie...

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Rust and Bone: A Study in Self-Destruction and Identity

(0) Comments | Posted November 16, 2012 | 1:15 PM

Spirits set to self-destruct. Audiard turns a spotlight on two flawed individuals in unsentimental love story.

Can we ever tame something that is not meant to be tamed? Is it possible to perpetually ride the wave of danger and emerge unscathed? Is the allure of risk the affirmation of success,...

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Crossfire Hurricane: The Rolling Stones Look Back

(6) Comments | Posted October 19, 2012 | 10:03 AM

Can you sometimes get exactly what you want? The Rolling Stones turn the clock back on 50 years and open up the vaults. With mixed results.

In recent years, the artists of rock 'n' roll's golden period have begun to open up and look back, becoming less precious about exposure...

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Examining Page One: Inside the New York Times

(0) Comments | Posted October 5, 2012 | 6:10 PM

Documentary filmmaker chronicles a year from within the walls of The New York Times as it comes face to face with the pressures of the modern media age


This 90-minute documentary achieved a limited theatrical release back in 2011, and charts the fight for survival for one of...

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