Movie Review: Sound of Metal (2021)

Sound of Metal (dir. Darius Marder, 2021) – A metal drummer finds himself spiralling into crisis when he begins to lose his hearing.


Music saved Ruben (Riz Ahmed). Through heavy metal, he found his partner in Lou (Olivia Cooke), formed one half of successful band, and found his reason to quit heroin. But one night changes everything. Terror grips him when he starts to lose his hearing and is forced to give up the biggest part of his life.

Still, he clings onto hope that he can still play on Lou’s cue and eventually, get cochlear implants. Even then, Lou hears between the lines – him spiralling into a relapse, having traded one addiction for another.

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Book Reviews: March 2021 Reads

Readers of Patrick Rothfuss, beware. I’m afraid I didn’t quite enjoy his beloved duology. Certainly, a whole legion of fans can’t be wrong. Then I admit, this may come down to my personal taste that some may be right to call poor. If you choose to read on, you have been warned!

The Name of the Wind/The Wise Man’s Fear (Patrick Rothfuss, 2007 – 2011)

Name of the Wind Novel

Words are pale shadows of forgotten names. As names have power, words have power. Words can light fires in the minds of men. Words can wring tears from the hardest hearts. There are seven words that will make a person love you. There are ten words that will break a strong man’s will. But a word is nothing but a painting of a fire. A name is the fire itself.

From his childhood that ended in devastating carnage to his teenage years barely scraping through his wizardry studies, brooding innkeeper Kvothe tells of his gradual becoming the notorious myth in The Name of the Wind.

It is the first of 3 days he is telling his tale, each book beginning with every sunrise. For a while, the Kingkiller Chronicle remains intriguing and lives up to the massive expectations built by the praise of Patrick Rothfuss fans.

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Movie Review: Bliss (2021)

Bliss (dir. Mike Cahill, 2021) – After his recent divorce and termination, Greg meets a mysterious woman who convinces him that they are living in a computer simulation.


Greg Whittle (Owen Wilson) is recently divorced, estranged from his children and unhappy with his work. His life turns around when he meets Isabel Clemens (Salma Hayek), who claims their world is but a simulation. Witnessing her supernatural abilities, he starts to believe there may be truth to her claim.

Contrary to what the ad posters and trailers may imply, Bliss is not a love story. The ostensible romance hides a darker motif in what their relationship symbolises. The opening offers a hint in Greg’s reliance on prescriptions and disconnect with what is happening around him, indulging in imagined fantasies of an alternate universe through his obsessive drawings.

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Movie Review: Red Dot (2021)

Red Dot (dir. Alain Darborg, 2021) – A young couple travels to the north of Sweden for a romantic trip that soon goes awry.


Solitude in the wilderness has seldom boded well for campers, at least on film. Away from civilisation, the adventurers often become easy targets for the malicious, man or beast. The deceptively beautiful hiking trails aren’t exactly safe either. Just ask the boys who had unknowingly braved The Ritual.

Nadja (Nanna Blondell) and Einar (Johannes Kuhnke) heeded none of that warning when they decide to go on a romantic trip to see the northern lights. The couple has long felt a strain on their year-old marriage, therefore pouring the last of their hopes into the belated honeymoon that may rekindle their passion.

As seasoned horror veterans may come to expect, things quickly go wrong. The game between the hunter and hunted begins when the titular Red Dot lands on their tent. Live bullets rip through where they stand as they realise the perils of their isolation.

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Movie Review: I Care A Lot (2021)

I Care A Lot (dir. J. Blakeson, 2021) – A legal guardian makes a living defrauding her elderly wards until she meets her match.


Self-assured, cold, and dangerous. Rosamund Pike has perfected the art of bringing to life a vengeful anti-heroine whom we love to hate and hate to love.

In I Care A Lot, her aplomb comes of devious origin as she steps into the heels of Marla Grayson. The court-mandated legal guardian abuses her authority to defraud her elderly wards, placing them in an assisted living facility and pocketing their assets. The shocking bit? It is all completely legal (and sadly, a true story for some).

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Book Reviews: February 2021 Reads

It’s been 3 days since March began and I’ve only just realised it. Is it just me or are the days getting shorter? Here’s me playing catch-up with the good reads last month.

Himself (Jess Kidd, 2017)

For the dead are always close by in a life like Mahony’s. The dead are drawn to the confused and the unwritten, the damaged and the fractured, to those with big cracks and gaps in their tales, which the dead just yearn to fill. For the dead have secondhand stories to share with you, if you’d only let them get a foot in the door.

A new-to-town stranger, the vanishing of a young woman some decades ago, and a small community weighed down by secrets. Himself has all the makings of a genuinely interesting mystery novel, and then some.

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