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Wolf Manor Movie Review

All the heartless producer can think of is finishing the film before the authorities come and shut down the production. What’s a severed limb or headless corpse in the overall scheme of things anyway? Caution of sorts finally creeps in when a film writer sent to the shoot on a publicity junket shows up mauled to death. The core members of the crew or at least the ones still left alive hunker down and try to put up some form of resistance. Unfortunately, they are as inept in defence as ...

Tár Movie Review

Cate Blanchett is outstanding as the flawed Lydia Tár. She is a world-class composer-conductor as well as a celebrated author, but her life is one filled with pretension and manipulation. It’s fascinating to watch her hubris bring about her eventual downfall.   //   Field peppers the film with unusual artistic choices like running the closing credits first, having no music present during the first two reels and leaving out large chunks of exposition. This reductionism ...

Babylon Movie Review

The journey begins at the end of the silent film era and sees the studio system all-powerful. Jack Conrad (Brad Pitt) is the reigning king of tinsel town, Nellie LaRoy (Margot Robbie) is the crazy wannabe who will do anything to get her foot in the door and Manny Torres (Diego Calva) is the more than capable gopher who just loves film. Add Sidney Palmer (Jovan Adepo), an earnest jazzman and you have four interesting individuals to build a narrative around.   //   The ...

Anchor and Burden – Kosmonautik Pilgrimage Album Review

After the privacy of a decent bout of silence was over, an injection of art was needed. Something that forms a challenge and benefit scenario, something like Kosmonautik Pilgrimage by those provocateurs Anchor and Burden. This is music that has a logic all its own and dares one to find a place for it in their analogue. It presents an application that band members Markus Reuter, Alexander Paul Dowerk, Bernhard Wöstheinrich and Asaf Sirkis are more than happy to provide.   // ...

M3GAN Movie Review

With the advances happening every day with artificial intelligence, having things go horribly wrong is an arresting scenario and one used here to maximise audience discomfort. And in line with the universal satisfaction of seeing the most deserving of victims get theirs first, it also doesn’t disappoint.   //   Gemma (Allison Williams) is a master of robotics and AI who works for a toy company. When the overworked employee is left in charge of the care of her sister...

Operation Fortune: Ruse de guerre Movie Review

Jason Statham plays Orson Fortune, a badass in the 007 mould with the physicality to rival and even surpass Craig’s version of the man with the license to kill. Ritchie also continues his progression in writing good roles for women through the creation of the firecracker Sarah Fidel played with real verve by Aubrey Plaza.   //   The action revolves around a plan for world domination via a secret device being sold on the black Market for ten billion dollars. This ...

The Fabelmans Movie Review

The story begins in a New Jersey cinema where a very young Sammy Fabelman (Mateo Zoryan) experiences his first big screen film and it’s a life-changing event. His parents' father Burt (Paul Dano) and mother Mitzi (Michelle Williams) are doing their best to help their young son cope with the anxieties of his youth.   //   As we transition to an older Sammy now played by Gabriel LaBelle, we see his progress as an aspiring auteur. At this point in the film, it becomes a ...

Mummies Movie Review

Director Juan Jesús García Galocha weaves a tale of a secret hidden city populated by Egyptian Mummies who have lived there for thousands of years. Through circumstance members of the community have to venture out into the real world. In this case, it’s London, England.   //   Thut (Joe Thomas) is an ex-chariot racer who has lost his nerve and is then mistakenly chosen to wed Princess Nefer (Eleanor Tomlinson). Before the nuptials can take place, an evil archaeolog...

Vinyl Nation Movie Review

There is now a subset of the congregation, people that still love, collect and play vinyl. It makes no sense to the outsider to pay the crazy hipster-driven prices that new records cost, not to mention the disadvantages of the format. From an audiophile perspective, it makes even less sense. But there is magic at play here, one not defined by measurements of maybe even sound logic.   //   The documentary Vinyl Nation does a great job of introducing outsiders to this ...

A Man Called Otto Movie Review

Otto lives a solitary life, one where he adheres to a rigid set of rules and has no patience for those that don’t follow said rules. When a new family moves into his tightly controlled world, they succeed in turning things upside down and inside out.   //   The emptiness at his core is explained through a series of heartbreaking flashbacks. As you learn of all the loss Otto has suffered you begin to excuse his overtly negative nature and then have a stake in his ...