The Last Days of American Crime (dir. Olivier Megaton, 2020) – As a final response to rampant crime in the country, the US government plans to broadcast a signal that makes unlawful acts impossible to commit.
Set in the near future, the US government plans to implement the American Peace Initiative nationwide. The fancily named API is essentially a neural blocker, which will send a signal to the brain of any citizen attempting to commit a crime.
Picture A Clockwork Orange, but scrap any intent for social commentary. In fact, scrap logic, wit and plot till there is nothing left but the bare bones of the sci-fi concept. Now, the stage is set. Enter the villains.
Out to game the system is Kevin Cash (Michael Pitt), the unstable son of a crime lord. He has in mind America’s final heist before API comes into play – for the sole sake of proving his worth to his father. Career criminal Graham Bricke (Édgar Ramírez) jumps in to help despite the absence of a real plan, not before falling in love with Cash’s fiancé Shelby Dupree (Anna Brewster).
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There was a time when I was ambitious enough to think, maybe this is the year I’d start doing regular music recs posts! As much as I’d love to put the blame on 2020, I may just be better off admitting to my personal flaw of general laziness.
Nevertheless I’ve managed to start writing about music again over at repress.., thanks to the good folks that I got to know on Stuff and That. They’ve allowed me to rave about one of my favourite bands Larkin Poe and their latest release Self-Made Man here.
It’s been fun so far, getting to contribute alongside some amazing writers. Do follow the site for other fantastic articles that aren’t mine. Till next time. x
Leave No Trace (dir. Debra Granik, 2018) – A war veteran and his teenage daughter have been living off the grid for years until a mistake costs them their idyllic lives.
Will (Ben Foster) and his daughter Tom (Thomasin McKenzie) barely speak a word as they go about their day – gathering wood, playing chess, and reading. The quietude of their lives feels like a vignette of the past, away from the city bustle that we are used to.
There is no electricity, hot water or digital screens. Neither is there the pressure of the daily grind to upkeep these conveniences. Their only compromise on modernity comes in a propane gas stove and their routine trip to the grocery store.
This choice to reside within an urban park is not a political statement or borne out of poverty. In fact, it almost seems ideal. Who wouldn’t want to escape from the weight of society’s endless demands? But this rejection of conformity comes from a far more difficult place.
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Confession: I’ve neglected reading for frivolous interests. The Animal Crossing epidemic has reignited my interest in Switch gaming, where I am also once again in the calvary boots of Geralt of Rivia. Nevertheless, three 5-starrers managed to steer me away from my console. Thankfully!
Black Sun (by Owen Matthews, 2019)
No complex motives, nothing that Holmes and Watson would ever feel the need to light a pipe to ponder, ever appeared in the files that landed on Vasin’s desk. […] Only thieves’ pathetic ideas of honor, profit, and survival. The desperate things human beings with no options left did to each other.
Sent to investigate a gruesome lab murder in Arzamas, Major Alexander Vasin never imagined the scale of the ploy at play. What he uncovers sets him on an intense race against time to save himself – and the world. Of dogged dissidents, misguided scientists, and a femme fatale, Black Sun has everything a political thriller should, and more.
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Lost Girls (dir. Liz Garbus, 2020) – When her daughter goes missing, Mari Gilbert launches her own investigation that in turn brings attention to a string of unsolved murders.
In 2010, 24-year-old Shannan Gilbert vanished after meeting a client off Craigslist. She was last seen knocking on doors along Oak Beach for help, as though in fear for her life. Her body was later found in a marsh. At least 10 other bodies were discovered in the vicinity, four of whom were also identified as sex workers.
Lost Girls brings her harrowing story to screen, but it is far from a play-by-play procedural. Without exploiting the tragedy, Liz Garbus presents a more complex study on the unresolved murders, shining a light on the avoidable failures of a callous society.
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