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    Happy 20th Birthday To Back To Basics

    On this day in November 1991, and in an attempt to find an antidote to the whistle blowing, white glove wearing rave culture that saw in the nineties, a group of friends opened a club night in Leeds called Back to Basics.

    It was, and has remained dedicated to good times for the "discerning clubber". Twenty years on it's the world's longest running weekly club night and continues to be an underground driver of our city's music and culture.

    We love Basics, we love Dave... hell we even manage a band together who are playing the party tonight and just did an amazing project in Barcelona together! And of all the things people talk about in this city as being 'awesome' 'legendary' etc, this is something that truly 100% lives up to those words.

    Here's a retrospective mix by Ralph Lawson, the first resident DJ and the first person to play a record at the club:
    The Music Factory Years 91-94 part one by ralphlawson

    We'd say Happy Birthday but what's another year when you're timeless (and, we suspect, immortal)? Instead, we salute you and look forward to partying with you tonight and for many years to come.


    The Hebe Week In Pics

    Matt and Harvey start 2.8 Days Later with some workshopsOur Simon interviews Matt about 2.8 Days LaterGroup shot of some of the 2.8 gang!The 2.8 Days Later mascot, FrankieWe nipped over to Clarence Dock for a bit of Thought Bubble action!Ace photo of Jimmy Savile and The Beatles in Saviles HallThat's a wrap folks!The moment everything is handed in!Awesome win for Leeds as well :)Sweet!Bye bye Bridgewater place! Where has it gone!


    The Hebe Week In Pics

    The Hebe Team having a meet about 2.8 days later: The boss;)Our wonderful Head Of Digital, Mr ZizouAnd obviously the cool [young] ones, Shang Ting and I chilling on the reclinersLee chats to one of the Judges for 2.8 days later, film producer, Howard DawsonLeeds Online, UK Observing Diary and Hebe, Media Partners for the LIFF25A nice Leeds Online welcome to Aliens @ Leeds Town HallAnd some UK observing action!Rib Shakk feast @ Corn ExchangeWho dares do it? Lee? Simon?My new favourite drink : Coke Ice Cream Float! :)And this: Foster Gold!Top Gear Live: The show was ace, the event was not #overcrowdedMy pic of the week, yes, yes, YES! :)This is what happens when we discuss 'office' type stuff, M = Matt Maude :)


    Leeds International Film festival: The Thing

    Last week Team Hebe, and some friends went along to the UK premier of The Thing which was screened at the Leeds International Film Festival. As regular cinema goers we were very happy to see this film a month early as we had talked about it a lot when we saw the trailer a few weeks ago. We were also the sponsor of the film, so we had a little shout out before it started.

    Director: Matthijs Van Heijningen Jr.

    Starring: Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Joel Edgerton and Ulrich Thomsen

    Just to confirm, this film is a prequel to the original John Carpenter's The Thing(1982), NOT a remake. The name obviously confuses people but I love the fact it’s almost a remake but yet it’s not. It works really well that the film can copy the formula of the original yet be a different story, in this way, the characters do not have to be overly compared to Kurt Russell and his crew.


    The story revolves around a group of scientists sent to Antarctica to look at a ‘discovery’ out there. Kate Lloyd (Die Hard’s daughter, Mary Elizabeth Winstead), her crew and some Norweigen scientists realise the discovery is not only an alien life form but one that can replicate human DNA and ‘become’ one of them. As they struggle to work out who is themselves and who is not, they are picked off one by one by The Thing.

    The Good

    The suspense is bang on. I literally jumped in my seat more than once. Then once the action kicks in, the gore is amazing. I normally don’t like gore, but this was gore/science so it was interesting as well as stomach churning. I heard people behind me laughing, not because it was stupid, but because it was so intense at certain points in the film. A couple of the scenes brought back strong memories of the first film in great way. It was so similar to the original, yet different and new. I must point out that in today’s horror film market, this is a cut above the rest. Remakes such as Nightmare On Elm Street and John Carpenter's The Fog do not do justice to the originals but this makes a better stab at it and Winstead shows she is good actress without compromising her self-respect.

    The Bad

    The only things that could have been improved were the characters and their relationships, I would have liked for the characters to have been more defined, and maybe slightly more interesting. Maybe that’s a bit cliché but the only characters that really stood out to me were Kate Lloyd and LLars(Jørgen Langhelle) but that is me just nitpicking, maybe putting the characters into certain brackets would have made the film more predictable.

    In the original film the characters were so engrossing and you actually cared about each of them in some way. This is one of the main differences between the two films.


    8/10 in comparison to todays horror flicks, 7/10 overall 


    The Hebe Week In Pics

    Work Hard: Lee and I talking Leeds Online at LDF Write-Publish-Read Play Hard: Disney On Ice Work Hard: Shang Ting talking Uk Observing Play Hard: Hell yeah!Music: This guy got a lot of attention over on LOL! Leeds Online. We think he's ace!Drink:Wittards Hot Chocolate, Cath Kidston huge mugs!Food: Lovely Sandwiches from Out Of The WoodsDom's masterpiece featuring all of the Leeds In Barcelona team!

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