La belle saison (2015)

18 Apr

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La belle saison may look like a balmy summer day dream, but it’s a harmful cliché wrapped in soft focus and sepia tones. Continue reading

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Tokyo Story (1953)

24 Feb

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Yasujirô Ozu’s much praised masterpiece Tokyo Story has been re-released courtesy of Madman Entertainment, six decades on it is still a landmark in auteur cinema. Continue reading

The Rolling Stones: Blues & Lonesome

22 Feb

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Over a decade after their last album A Bigger Bang, the Rolling Stones return with Blues & Lonesome, a rip-roaring trip into the past.  Continue reading

The Weeknd: Starboy

13 Feb

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A return to the themes of his previous work, Starboy is more of a refinement of The Weeknd’s aesthetic than a progression. It’s like being stuck in the head of a party animal after a bad night — albeit if his inner monologue was in the form of song. Guest stars include Daft Punk, Lana Del Rey, Kendrick Lamar and Future. Continue reading

National Bird: Drone Wars (2016)

12 Feb
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With the increasing prevalence of drones in our daily lives it was inevitable that film-makers would seek to examine the dark side of what has become the symbol of 21st century warfare. Told through the stories of three U.S military veterans National Bird exposes the emotional and physical toll of the drone program on both operators and their targets alike.

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Janelle Monae: The Electric Lady

3 Feb

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With Janelle Monae gaining attention following her prominent role in Oscar favourite Hidden Figures, it is worth taking a look back at the work that brought her to prominence. Continue reading

Neon Demon (2016)

25 Jan

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As a writer, it’s never a good thing when there is very little to say about any work of art; to say this film left me speechless would be as understated as Elle Fanning’s performance therein. Continue reading

Two Door Cinema Club: Gameshow

9 Dec

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Two Door Cinema Club’s third album is a disco-flavoured dish. From the opening track, with its chanting, child-like chorus, and the Nile Rogers-style guitar, the influence is evident,but never overpowering. Continue reading

Robert Glasper Experiment: ArtScience

15 Nov

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Jazz maestro Robert Glasper is someone I’ve been meaning to get into for the last couple of years. I’ve caught individual tracks from his Black Radio albums, but I’ve never had a chance to get through an entire album.  Continue reading

A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence (2014)

30 Oct

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Roy Andersson brings us the third part in his trilogy about being human; if A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence is even close to the human condition then God help us all.  Continue reading