Archive for April 5, 2009

The Cult Friction Jingle!

Posted in General Posts with tags , , , , , , , , on April 5, 2009 by cultfriction

For the past few months Cult Friction has brought you the best from the world of Sci Fi, Computer Games and all sorts of cult entertainment. Now you can listen to our exciting signature jingle again and again by clicking here on this nifty you tube link.

Some of the Clips I used …24, The Twilight Zone, Stingray, Intergalactic, Beastie Boys, Frontier Psychiatrist, The Avalanches, Waynes World, Spinal Tap and finally sound bytes from Charlie Brooker and Dara O Briain.

Cult Friction is on a break at the moment but it will return in the next few weeks. Keep checking in here at the blog for broadcast times as well as  more reviews and news from our weird and wonderful world.

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(Still to come…… Exclusive Review of Let the Right One In and Features on The London Model Railway Festival and the London Burlesque Festival.)

A little chat with Pappys Fun Club!

Posted in Features with tags , , , , on April 5, 2009 by cultfriction

Cult Friction popped down to the Happy Mondays Comedy Club to chat to Pappys Fun Club. Click on the YouTube link to hear the interview with one of the funniest up and coming sketch groups in the UK!

 

From their website – 

“Pappy’s Fun Club is a comedy team made up of Ben, Brendan, Matthew and Tom. Through a string of live appearances across London, they began to build a small cult following and so, in 2006, the team took an hour of Fun to Edinburgh.

The following year they performed in comedy venues across the UK, were heard on Radio 4’s 28 Acts in 28 Minutes, were nominated as Chortle’s Best Newcomer, and received a string of fantastic reviews and a nomination for the If.Comedy Award (formerly the Perrier) at the Edinburgh Festival for their second full-length show.

Since then Pappy’s have recorded their own TV show for Channel 4, their own radio show for Radio 4, and appeared as part of Comedy Shuffle on BBC3 and Comedy Cuts on ITV2. Their third Edinburgh show, Funergy, gardenered further critical praise. During early 2009 they toured the Britain and Ireland with Funergy.”

For more information on Pappys Fun Club and their upcoming tour dates check out their official website http://www.pappysfunclub.co.uk/.

For upcoming comedy nights at the Amersham Arms pub check out http://www.showandtellcomedy.com/happymondayscomedy.html and http://www.amersham-arms.co.uk/

Our Maher Who Art in Heaven…. Religulous (dir Larry Charles)

Posted in Reviews with tags , , , , , , on April 5, 2009 by cultfriction

Award-winning Maher reflects on his own religious upbringing and travels to Jerusalem, Egypt, London, Amsterdam, The Vatican and across the United States exploring the role of religion in today’s society. Along the way he talks to believers, non-believers, religious leaders, self professed messiahs, atheists, extremists, politicians, agnostics, academics and the average man on the street looking to lift the lid on their beliefs.

This is ultimately a film about doubt! Yes my friends Bill Maher has taken it to the mountain top and shouted it loud.When released in America in the fall of 2008 it was amid the Presidential election and the appointment of one Sarah Palin as Republican VP Candidate. With the benefit of hindsight we can relax (we hope) with the election of Barack Obama but a mere few months ago there existed a very real possibility that someone such as Palin was about to be a mere heartbeat away from the highest office in the land. “What scares me is that people who run this country believe in talking snakes!,” Maher exclaims at US Senator Mark Pryor. ” You don’t have to pass an IQ test to be in the Senate.”

Religulous takes apart the Jesus franchise (amongst others) and holds it up to the light for what it really is. Although the film takes shots at Judaism and Islam it leaves out others such as Hinduism, Buddhism. Maher explains why he thought Religion was a subject he had tackle. “Since starting on Politically Incorrect in 1993, it has been my pleasure over the last decade and a half to make organised religion one of my favourite targets.  I often explained to people, “I don’t need to make fun of religion, it makes fun of itself.”  And, then I go ahead and make fun of it too, just for laughs. “

With religious fanatics like George Bush and Osama bin Laden now taking over the world, it seemed to me in recent years that this issue — this cause of debunking the man behind the curtain — needed to have a larger, more insistent and focused forum than late night television.  I wanted to make a documentary, and I wanted it to be funny.  In fact, since there is nothing more ridiculous than the ancient mythological stories that live on as today’s religions, this movie would try to be a real knee slapper.  Unless, of course, you’re religious, then you might not like it.” 

Who could I get to direct me on such an epic quest?  In reality, there was only one man, and his name is Larry Charles.  I hope that together we fulfilled that quest.  Which really isn’t that hard, considering that comedically speaking, the topic of religion is pretty much hitting the side of a barn.”   

Towards the end Mahers message gets a little preachy as he turns from doubter to die hard atheist however it highlights for him the evils of religion. There are moments where Maher sees the good in faih yet these are few and far between. The film is cleverly edited for real laugh out loud moments that highlight the absurdities of religion. 

Overall this is a very funny film with very little flaws. So to wrap up here are my top five moments in the movie (Warning Spoilers Ahead)

5) Upon realising who he is, staff members of the Holy Land Exprerience (a Jesus Theme Park in Orlando Florida) get very angry! 

4) The Iman who has Led Zeppelins Kashmir as his ringtone which interrupts the interview.

3) Maher’s innuendo laden exchanges with Pastor John Westcott, a formerly gay minister who can exorcise homosexuality.

2) Ferre van Beveren, head of the Cannabis Ministry, (a religion devoted to getting high) is so wasted he doesn’t realise his hair is on fire.

1) A disguised Maher in speakers corner preaching the beliefs of Scientology.

 Religulous opens nationwide April 3rd 2009.