Three Summers

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People from different walks of life have their world view challenged when attending an Australian folk music festival over the course of 3 consecutive years in Ben Elton’s Three Summers. Normally I don’t bring in context when reviewing a film but in some cases it’s unavoidable and really important in terms of understanding why the film…

Obey

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A young man has to deal wiith family issues and widespread social unrest against the backdrop of the 2011 London riots in Jamie Jones’ Obey. The 2011 London riots is a significant event that will be relatively fresh in the minds of a lot of people given the widespread consequences of those events that resonate to…

Skyscraper

Skyscraper

A devoted father risks everything to save his family from a burning building overrun by criminals in Rawson Marshall Thunder’s Skyscraper. This kind of film is difficult to review purely because there isn’t an awful lot to say about it. On the surface it’s very much a vehicle for Dwayne Johnson to power through a procession…

Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger – Season 1 Episode 7

Cloak & Dagger

“Lotus Eaters” Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger focuses on the connection between fathers and daughters when Tandy and Tyrone go into the mind of Ivan Hess. This show is an interesting one in terms of how it is put together. Tyrone and Tandy’s powers offer unique opportunities to break away from linear storytelling and explore more…

Incredibles 2

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The Parr’s return for another super powered family adventure in Brad Bird’s long awaited Incredibles 2. The Incredibles came out before the current superhero renaissance that currently fills screens. There were superhero films at the time but not to the same extent or standard that we have now so it stood out as something new,…

The 100 – Season 5 Episode 9

The 100

“Sic Semper Tyrannis” The 100 forces the characters to make decisions that will fundamentally change long established relationships as various conflicts escalate beyond the point of no return. There’s a lot to keep track of this season in terms of loyalties, power struggles and general plot minutiae. You’d be forgiven for getting confused by the…

Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger – Season 1 Episode 6

Cloak & Dagger

“Funhouse Mirrors” Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger continues the search for answers as Tandy and Tyrone pursue their own investigations in an effort to get closure on their personal losses. For Tyrone this means immersing himself in the life his brother was a part of by joining Duane’s group of drug dealers. It’s clear by now…

Hearts Beat Loud

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A father and daughter bond over their love of playing/creating music during her final summer before leaving for college in Brett Haley’s Hearts Beat Loud. I saw this film as part of the 2018 Edinburgh International Film Festival and had no idea what to expect going in as is often the case for festival films. All…

Jellyfish

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A young girl feels compelled to take responsibility for taking care of her family when her mother fails to be up to the challenge in James Gardner’s Jellyfish. Sarah Taylor (Liv Hill) doesn’t have a great life. The entire film focuses on Sarah as our eyes into the world that she lives in and it makes…

Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger – Season 1 Episode 5

Cloak & Dagger

“Princeton Offense” Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger continues to further the individual character stories while starting to show how different elements are connected. A large part of this show is the connection between Tandy and Tyrone. It started when they were children and is only now affecting their lives in a big way. This episode starts…