Monthly Archives: March, 2013

Frühling Around

Is this a new ice-age?

First Winter in Berlin

And before Frühlings, no foolings

We got struck by a snow-mage

Eostre Bunnies

Hoppy Eostre bunnies

Approaching the road

No longer sure of their footing

Amidst the rain and snow…

Lapis is getting closer

Lapis is getting closer

One Mile Away – Brum gang violence …

One Mile Away


My review of the excellent street violence documentary is over at Flickering Myth now…


Midnight’s Children review


My review of the (good looking and moving if a bit all over the place) film adaptation of Salman Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children is over at ExBerliner

Lapis… He Approaches

Lapis 1

Good Vibrations – Out in Selected UK Cinemas 28 March


Got to say I loved this movie. Best look at the British/UK music scene since 24 Hour Party People… very funny and very moving. Top stuff. My review is over at Flickering Myth now…

RobotMonk DJ Set @ Dreams of Neon, 23/03/2013

dreams of neon

I had a great night on Saturday DJing a chip tune and SID inspired DJ set at the Dreams of Neon electronic disko night here in Berlin.. it was the first time I had played since last summer and it was a great laugh! You can hear my set with full track listing over on my Mixcloud page here

The Protectors – Complete Season One – Out Now


I wonder… do the Danes and Swedes ever tire of creating such great TV? Not sure, but hopefully not! Review below…

New from the reliably high quality Nordic Noir label is this box-set of the never before seen in the UK Danish TV crime series The Protectors (or Livvagterne, in Danish).

Following on from the international success of The Killing, Borgen, Wallander and The Bridge, this is yet another high quality addition to the Nordic away team. With so many well produced drama series making their way across the Scandanavian waters, it looks unlikely that fans will have any reason to tire of them any time soon. It also means that distributers will be unearthing less well known programmes and bringing them into a whole new light.

This was clearly the case with The Protectors, one of the acclaimed Danish dramas that have not been previously aired on BBC Four, unlike the shows mentioned above. It has however been shown in Australia with SBS, to great success.

Created by Mai Brostrøm and Peter Thorsboe, the pair who were also responsible for the compelling Unit One, the series displays a similarly gripping and tightly scripted narrative. Fixing on personalities and character strengths and flaws rather than purely just whodunits and whydunits, the programme is in line with a maturity that informs and entertains but never patronises its audience.

Concentrating on the work of the P.E.T., the Danish national police force in charge of protecting high profile figures and VIP’s, the series follows three new recruits to the operation in a series of explosive storylines. Taking in issues of gender, race and various political intrigues, the ten hour-long episode series is hard-hitting in every sense, but remains well balanced between realistic police work and electrifying emotional action displays.

The three new recruits Jasmina (Cecilie Stenspil), Jonas (André Babikian) and Rasmus (Søren Vejby) effectively hold the drama and push the show forward in some very new directions. Stenspil’s performance in particular as Jasmina, a mixed race female agent of the team, pushes the narrative forward in a series of memorable ways.

Recommended to all fans of the seemingly unstoppable Nordic Noir tidal wave, this is another show to get your hooks into…

Comics books into movies – more lists…


Comic book characters basically run the cinema these days. Well, them and emo flavoured legends and fables (Jack the Giant Slayer, Red Riding Hood, Hansel and Gretel etc…) Where once it was Howard the Duck and Captain America in wildly mocked 80’s movies, it’s now The Avengers and the X-Men bigging it up at the multiplexes. Fair enough. Not sure if it is a fad or what, but part of me hopes that there will be a ridiculous Secret Wars II style movie series with every character ever featured in it. But mostly Beyonder. He/She/It was fantastik.

Anyway, after some discussion about the phenomenon with other film writers on Flickering Myth, here is my list of the top 10 movie adaptations of comic books/graphic novels…

Batman Begins

Batman (89)

Superman (78)

A History of Violence

The Dark Knight

V for Vendetta

The Avengers


Kick Ass

Spider Man (2002)