Alex Grenfell

Film

Best Film of 2020- Dick Johnson is Dead

Cameraperson Kirsten Johnson asked her father if she could make a documentary about his death. He agreed. The film spans years, chronicling a daughter documenting the last years of her father’s life. Going into this Netflix documentary, I wasn’t expecting to enjoy it as much as I did; but I was blown away by the…

TV, Venue

The Best of Adaptations: Preacher

AMC’s ‘Preacher’ is an example of how you adapt a comic book well. Fundamentally similar to the comic, the show stands out on its own as something unique, in some regard better. ‘Preacher’ tells the story of Jesse Custer, a preacher who mysteriously gains the power to make others obey his will, his criminal ex-girlfriend…

Music, Venue

Dark and disturbing songs: I Have A Special Plan For This World by Current 93

The word “disturbing” gets thrown around a lot to describe any slightly unnerving music, but Current 93’s experimental “I Have A Special Plan For This World” embodies the word. This genuinely frightening piece is a twenty-minute surrealist nightmare, wherein a disembodied narrator describes his ambiguous “special plan” to ambient drone music, interrupted by a series…

TV

A Rewatch of… The Midnight Gospel (2020)

When you rewatch something, that overall experience can never be the same again – the mental circumstances occurring as you watch will always be different. This was my mindset going into my latest rewatch of ‘The Midnight Gospel’ (2020), a show I’ve now seen three times. ‘The Midnight Gospel’ is an adaption of sorts of…

Arts, Venue

Guilty pleasures

Darkly Dreaming Dexter Everyone has watched the TV show, and basically everyone was disappointed by the ending, but I feel as if the book avoids that criticism. Well, the first one does, anyway. While it is unnecessarily edgy at times, the portrayal of Dexter here is far more playful and sarcastic than in the adaptation,…

Music

Best Film Soundtracks

Alex Grenfell Nothing quite captures the mechanical bleakness of cyberpunk like Hans Zimmer’s masterful score for Blade Runner 2049. Zimmer reimagines Vangelis’s original score, including the infamous Tears in the Rain, using a 1980’s Yamaha CS-80 synthesizer for additional authenticity, while adding the same electronically-orchestral feel he became known for with Arrival and Inception. Every…

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