We've got some good stuff lined up for this month's reviews!!
Ori (Creative Director): Junk - M83
M83's new album Junk is the summer groove. The album has some really powerful tracks that are accompanied by mellow “elevator style music” that lets you drift off. But not for long, their power electronic melodies start to pick back up and you're thrown right back into it. I'm really digging this album, hope you do too.
Noah (Lead Editor/Composer): A Moon Shaped Pool - Radiohead
It has been a while since an album has come out that has captivated my attention the way that Radiohead's latest release, A Moon Shaped Pool, has captured mine. From the opening track which drives the orchestral and cinematic feel of the entire album to the final song, there is not a single song on the album that I do not love. I have listened to this album on repeat for the past couple months and I definitely recommend checking it out if you haven't already. A few of my favorite tracks include, "Daydreaming", "Glass Eyes" and "The Numbers."
Jabari (Intern): The Quiet Earth
The Quiet Earth is a 1985 New Zealand science fiction film that’s gained a cult classic status today. At first glance, it doesn’t seem like much, just another post-apocalyptic sci-fi that didn't exceed expectations at the box office. Nonetheless, The Quiet Earth earns an odd place in my heart for realistic depiction of human emotion and interaction in the middle of a surreal atmosphere. Instead of using a drastic conflict, the story rather focuses on a bizarre scenario where the audience watches the outcome.
Drew (Producer/Operations Manager): Like Crazy
Rest in peace, Anton Yelchin. Like Crazy, in my opinion, is one of the most beautifully told romantic films I have ever seen. Just as actually being in love creates emotions previously unknown to the one in love, Like Crazy creates a similar effect on its audience. The film follows a young couple (played by Anton Yelchin and Felicity Jones) as they fall in love, separate, and then fumble with their hands out in the dark trying to find each other once again. The hardly scripted film was shot in one month and tells the tale of technology, distance, nationality and “seeing other people” with respect to modern relationships. Beautifully shot and perhaps more beautifully acted, Like Crazy deserves its time on your screen.
Peter (Intern): In The Mood For Love
In the Mood for Love by Wong Kar-wai tells of love lost in the most frustratingly beautiful way. The film circles around two people who fall into a friendship and then love through the betrayal of others and their proximity. However, this film is never overt in their displays of affection and it becomes easy to empathize with them, cheering on the smallest touch of hands or extended look. Visually, this film is unlike any other I have seen. The colors, shapes, movement, and textures of this film make it impossible to look away.
Brett (Producer/Development Director): Mr. Robot
The first season of USA's ridiculously tense and jaw-dropping show Mr. Robot is streaming on Amazon Prime Video. If you're anything like me, you'll make weekend plans to go out, only to end up cancelling them to finish the season in one sitting. Rami Malek's chilling performance leads an amazing cast through storylines of computer hacking, romance, power moves, corporate greed, murder, AGH. The show, though set in a fictional New York City, portrays giant tech companies in ways that painfully mirror our current society. I'd recommend checking it out, especially before the new season starts in a few weeks!