Sunday, August 17. 2014
I'm not sure how this film slipped through the cracks here at Media Underground. Mortimer's prime directive is about bringing you news and information totally unavailable in the mainstream press. We like to keep on top of things and make sure you get the latest inside dope on shit you can't find anywhere else. Maybe this got posted on Disinformation first and I ignored it. Maybe I thought it was you're average UFO debunking documentary. Maybe I just thought the title sucked. I don't know. But we're only a year late. This film came out in 2013. I'm not even sure if this got posted here before and I just forgot. But it needs to be posted again because I just started watching it for the third time today. This is a goddam rabbit hole of fun house mirrors inside a maze fucking a unicorn. I may lose my mind. Anyway, read the review, download and watch. I highly recommend it...
Monday, March 10. 2014
I've been anticipating the arrival of this documentary series for months now. Finally it is here...
Friday, February 14. 2014
Richard Happer - author of the wonderful The Hills Are Stuffed With Swedish Girls - has just reviewed my book Bothy Culture on Amazon...
Thursday, February 13. 2014
Hilarious stand-up comic and regular contributor to media underground, James Inman, has just written a highly amusing review of my book Bothy Culture on his blog Utterly Worthless, where he compares me and my book to Lao Tzu and The Tao Te Ching of all things.
Monday, February 10. 2014
Probably one of the funniest movies I've seen in a long time. If you haven't seen Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa yet then you're in for a treat. Some of the pranks are bust-a-gut hilarious, particularly the 'Beauty Pageant' scene, which takes everything that is wrong with child beauty pageants and adds a whole lot more 'wrong' to it in a way that had me on the floor in tears of laughter at the weekend. (The Pirate Bay magnet link).
Sunday, February 9. 2014
My book Bothy Culture has been getting some great reviews on Amazon. I guess people like brutal honesty and scathing social commentary. Here's some excerpts from a number of recent reviews...
Sunday, February 2. 2014
Just reviewed the new Gangstagrass album on Amazon...
Thursday, January 16. 2014
Regular contributor to media underground, Stephen 'Sergeant Matron' Lewis, has just written a blazing review of my book Bothy Culture in the latest edition of Briar & Bothies - the official newsletter of the Kearvaig Pipe Club...
Thursday, August 29. 2013
Here at Media Underground Headquarters we don't generally use The New York Times as a stepping off point to steer you to an interesting documentary but in this case I couldn't find any other good reviews of this film. And that doesn't mean this documentary sucks it just means most of the reviewers were too stupid, corporate lackeys or had no idea how frightening this film is.
Friday, January 18. 2013
I downloaded Zero Dark Thirty off BitTorrent because I thought I’d review the film exclusively for Media Underground. I’m not going to pay one dime for a Lockheed Martin commercial and I knew how it ends so here’s my take. The film should be called Zero Fuck Movie. It begins with a retarded looking ginger anorexic pale Carrot Juice Maya bitch standing in the background during a torture scene, but you’re supposed to feel sorry for her because she can’t stand to watch torture. First thoughts: any CIA agent in that room is going to be a West Point graduate and a professional sadist and is not going to give a fuck about torture. When they keep cutting back to her with that Florence Nightingale compassion cunt-face, it’s utterly laughable.
Continue reading "Movie Review: 'Zero Dark Thirty' By James Inman"
Sunday, October 14. 2012
I'm currently reading Carrying The Fire by Apollo 11 Command Module Pilot (CMP) Michael Collins.
Saturday, July 30. 2011
Saturday afternoon and I’d been sitting in my local pub for at least an hour drinking the remains of my second pint of beer. The local clientele were doing their usual: scrutinising their hand-held devices as though they were personal life-support machines requiring constant tweaking and attention.
Continue reading "John's Phone: Subversive Mobile Technology"
Wednesday, December 15. 2010
'Bill Hicks was the rock star of American comedy in every way, right down to the pancreatic cancer that claimed him young in 1994. He died, as he lived, before his time.
Sunday, July 4. 2010
"All the levers forward, all the time," was one of the text messages I received from the Sergeant Matron prior to the gig, however, on this occasion I think that one of the levers broke off from the control panel and his comment of being "45 going on 15" seems more appropriate as an epitaph to mark the memory of this occasion.
Continue reading "Gig Review: Shooglenifty - Gigha Island Music Festival (June 26th 2010)"
Sunday, June 20. 2010
Check out the customer reviews for the Bic Cristal Ballpoint Pen. Here's a couple of excerpts...
Sunday, March 28. 2010
For a band that I only discovered last year, I've now seen Shooglenifty play live more times than any other band I like. Why? Well, to put it simply, this band are completely mindblowing and it seems that whenever they play it is utterly impossible to avoid becoming possessed by one's inner hobo. In other words, jigging about all over the joint like that crazy old dude in the movie Deliverance (during the 'dueling banjos' scene) becomes mandatory. The exception to this rule, however, was the recent Portobello gig that I went to with my uptight Edinburgh friends. Having decided beforehand that they weren't going to enjoy it, it was no surprise that they couldn't get into the Shoogles. But then they think Kunt And The Gang are actually talented and - worse still - funny, when Kunt is clearly just an annoying, talentless little shit from Essex and a Roy 'Chubby' Brown of the music world.
Continue reading "Gig Review: Shooglenifty - Tolbooth (March 27th 2010)"
Sunday, November 22. 2009
So there we were. The Bothy Council: Dasbo The Asbo, Bingo McNeely, The Bailiff, Sergeant Matron and myself, Darth Paraffin, flaffing around with tents outside Glenuig Village Hall on a wet Saturday afternoon in November, simply because we knew we’d be too drunk to make it back to The Matron’s gaff later that evening.
Continue reading "Gig Review: Shooglenifty - Glenuig Hall (Nov 14th 2009)"
Sunday, October 11. 2009
It’s not often that I have any desire to head to the big smoke these days. Not only have I grown weary of densely populated areas, but the current chaos caused by the never-ending tram works to the city centre fill me with such dread that I have generally opted to give Edinburgh as wide a berth as possible.
Continue reading "Gig Review: The Cult - Love Live (Oct 7th 2009)"
Sunday, July 26. 2009
'The Turkish film industry has a curious tradition of appropriating Hollywood classics and remaking them on a budget roughly equivalent to the price of lunch at a neighborhood kebab shop. Devoted readers of Film Threat will recall The Turkish Wizard of Oz, which tossed the MGM classic over an Istanbul rainbow and into a realm of utter surrealism, and there are also Turkish-based versions of Star Trek, Tarzan, Superman and even E.T. lurking about.
Monday, June 29. 2009
'Finally, after 23 years of tortured development, pinging from studio to studio, star to star, and even courtroom to courtroom, the Watchmen adaptation has arrived on screen. It’s not for the faint-hearted - and, despite the preponderance of Spandex outfits, capes and costumes, not for the kids either.
Wednesday, May 20. 2009
'Following 2007's lacklustre Eat Me, Drink Me, the uncommon introspection of which was prompted by his failed marriage to burlesque performer Dita Von Teese, Marilyn Manson seemed a spent force. While High End Of Low isn't nearly the equal of career highlights Mechanical Animals and Holy Wood, it nevertheless proves there's still a fair dose of blood and bile to pour from his carcass yet. More impressively, at its best it provides a pointed satirical commentary on noughties America.
Friday, June 20. 2008
'This sci-fi thriller - co-written by Bruce Dickinson, frontman of the heavy-metal band Iron Maiden - attempts to capture the spirit of occultist Aleister Crowley. Crowley was mad and bad. What a coincidence: so is the film.
Thursday, May 1. 2008
I was first introduced to the ideas and theories of Jim Elvidge in an interview he did with Red Ice Creations Radio. His clarity, intelligence and wit impressed me so much that it prompted me to write to the author to see if I could acquire a review copy of his new book The Universe – Solved! - a work that proported to be a "provocative view of the nature of reality”. I was not disappointed.
Continue reading "Book Review: The Universe - Solved!"
Tuesday, December 11. 2007
'For the second encore of their first, full concert in twenty-seven years, at London's 02 arena last night, Led Zeppelin tore into "Rock and Roll," from their untitled fourth album, with a joyful vengeance. As drummer Jason Bonham hammered with the ghostly precision and ferocity of his late father, guitarist Jimmy Page fired dirty chunks of Chuck Berry and bassist John Paul Jones kept iron time with familiar reserve, singer Robert Plant sang the most obvious words of the night: "Been a long time since I rock and rolled." Overhead, images of a much younger Zeppelin, in concert during the early and mid-Seventies, flashed on a huge digital-video screen. In those films, Led Zeppelin were the biggest, loudest and most cocksure band in rock. Jimmy Page's now snow-white hair was still jet black; Robert Plant was a golden god, not yet a Viking elder, and the late John Bonham - whose death in 1980 abruptly ended Zeppelin's reign - still ruled the engine room.' (Rolling Stone article).
Thursday, August 2. 2007
Back in 1997, I sent a draft copy of The Probationer's Handbook to the late provocative occult writer Gerald Suster (author of The Legacy of the Beast, Hitler: Black Magician and Crowley's Apprentice: The Life & Ideas of Israel Regardie). To my surprise he wrote a review of my book which got published in the winter 97/98 edition of the London-based esoteric journal Talking Stick.
Sunday, July 15. 2007
Written ten years ago and filed away on a shelf to gather dust, The Probationer's Handbook was a project I had all intentions of getting published at the time, but never quite got around to.
Sunday, July 1. 2007
Originally written in Portuguese by historians Joaquim Fernandes & Fina D’ Armada, and translated into English by cognitive gymnast Alexandra ‘Chica’ Bruce, Celestial Secrets: The Hidden History Of The Fátima Incident is the second book in Fernandes & Armada’s planned Fátima Trilogy, which explores the famed Fátima incident of 1917 in a way that’ll have orthodox Roman Catholics screaming out for a return to inquisition-style tribunals and the burning of witches at the stake.
Continue reading "Book Review: Celestial Secrets"
Sunday, October 22. 2006
As a fervent critic of today's youth not having any form of culture that isn't borrowed from somewhere else (or from a previous generation), it was a sublime pleasure to have my opinions blown away at the weekend when I turned up to Monty's Bar in Dunfermline to check out metal band Certain Death. With twin vocals allied to a uniquely heavy, rhythmic, and aggressive sound, Certain Death blew me away sufficiently enough to realise that all hope is not lost in today's youth and that anger is still alive and well and capable of being driven in a positive and creative direction. Hailing from my original hometown Kirkcaldy (who the hell would've thought anything good could come from that town?) the band's ability and stage presence is nicely mixed with enough tongue-in-cheek humour to realise that they don't take themselves too seriously to be pretentious. After having been shortlisted for T In The Park (the biggest festival in the UK) Certain Death blasted their way through 700 competitors to end up in the final 12. They didn't win the event, but that was probably only because ear drums were bleeding and medical attention was considered temporarily more important. Be sure to check out their website, page on MySpace and videos on YouTube.
Wednesday, June 28. 2006
Yesterday afternoon I received an email from Andrist asking if I'd been abducted. "If you need words that rhyme with suck for a review let me know," he remarked.
Continue reading "CD Review: Andy Andrist - 'Dumb It Down For The Masses'"
Monday, May 22. 2006
Here’s a little advice to anyone thinking of signing up to a new broadband service provider...
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