Review: Mindhunter

“Set in 1977 – in the early days of criminal psychology and criminal profiling at the Federal Bureau of Investigation – Mindhunter revolves around FBI agents Holden Ford (Jonathan Groff) and Bill Tench (Holt McCallany), along with psychologist Wendy Carr (Anna Torv), who interview imprisoned serial killers in order to understand how they think with the hope of applying this knowledge to solving ongoing cases.” 

Mindhunter is a curious show. It’s not a procedural drama, but certainly has elements of the case-of-the-week style. It’s slow-paced, but I couldn’t stop myself from watching the last three episodes in one sitting. It’s a television series that looks like a movie, featuring snappy montages juxtaposed with a distinctive dark grey and blue colour palette and long still scenes of two people talking.

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Children of the Moon

Children of the moon

Shine their eyes down at us

 

They wait til the clouds part,

just like we look at a snow globe.

They wonder why some areas are so dark

while others are decorated with tiny pinpricks of light,

some are rough and knobbly,

others flat and slick.

it must be a design flaw, they think.

 

Sometimes, someone on earth looks up

While someone on the moon looks down

And their eyes meet

Although neither of them know it.

 

by seeta

 

Featured Image: rkarkowski/Pixabay

Superheroes on screen, and why we should all watch Young Justice

A few weeks ago, the highly anticipated Justice League was released to a reception that was lukewarm at best. It made me think about the difficulties of trying to recreate a shared universe of any kind on screen, well as bringing to mind one of my all-time favourite cartoons- Young Justice.

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The Hungry Tide by Amitav Ghosh

Part One: Animals and Humans

Have you ever seen one of those adverts on television, the ones with faded photo montages accompanied by poignant music and a solemn voice informing you that a certain species- of tiger, perhaps, or elephant- is on the verge of extinction, but with a small monthly donation you could help to save it?

Or maybe when you were a kid you were given one of those stuffed animals with a little booklet attached congratulating you on ‘adopting’ an endangered animal, vaguely giving you the sense of having done a good deed?

Before I read The Hungry Tide, this was the extent of my awareness of animal conservationism. When I happened to think about it, I wholeheartedly supported the ideal of rescuing these animals from the damaging actions of humans, in destroying their habitats and hunting them for sport.

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How much should we listen to musical criticism?

I generally don’t write about music because, to be honest, I’m always too intimidated to try.

To put it bluntly, I don’t want to seem like an idiot talking about a creative practice that I have practically zero technical knowledge of. Unlike other writers, I don’t feel comfortable dropping phrases like ‘electro-pop dubstep’ or criticising the mixing in the last thirty seconds of a track.

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50th post!

Hey everyone!

This is just a little note to mark the fact that I just made my 50th post on this blog!

Thank you to everyone who reads and follows this blog, it means a lot to me and I appreciate each and every response I get.

I was hesitant to start blogging but every day I am so so glad that I did for a countless number of reasons.

Here‘s to 50 more!

 

 

Blade Runner 2049 (2017)

*Spoiler-Free Review*

 

The phrase ‘confounded my expectations’ gets thrown around a lot, but truly, Blade Runner 2049 confounded my expectations.

Given the standard model of the Hollywood blockbuster, action-heavy and emotionally-shallow (read: calculated to rake in the most cash), I was very pleasantly surprised when I found myself having to actively try to make sense of and analyse what was happening on screen.

Furthermore, I realised very quickly that this is the kind of film which merits- and indeed rewards- repeated viewing, as each frame is so rich with significant objects and symbolism, as well as incredibly nuanced performances and character moments.

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