Loose Films Picks - June

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!

Loose Films Picks - May

Every month (or whenever we feel like it) the team is going to share with you our current favorites in literature, movies, music and more. 

Jen (Assistant Editor): Between the World and Me by Ta-NeHisi Coates

In 2015, author Ta-NeHisi Coates published Between The World and Me, a novel written in the form of a letter to his teenage son about growing up black in the United States. I recommend this book to anyone and everyone. It is imperative that we take a step outside of our own experiences and perspectives, for empathy is at the heart of all real change and progress. I could go on and on about this book, but it won't do it justice. Just read it!

Brett (Producer/Development Director): Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

The season has ended, and it might be difficult to find anywhere, but I don’t have enough words to describe how perfect this show is. It’s a smart, satirical, witty, feminist, comedy/musical series. The characters are flawed and complicated and real and relatable. The CW network has been holding it down recently. Check out this hilarious clip, poking fun at beauty standards:

Ori (Creative Director): "More", an animated short by Mark Osborne

More is an awesome animation. I’ve watched about 20 times over the last few years and every time, I find new meaning.

Jabari (Intern): Blurryface - Twenty-One Pilots

The fourth album of the Columbus hip-hop group keeps the upbeat catchy style of their previous work and it's incredibly approachable for anyone. My favorite song on the album is easily "Ride". Growing up with Jamaican family and culture, I really dig that dancehall vibe.  

Peter (Intern): Malibu - Anderson Paak

Anderson Paak's second debut album "Malibu" is a delicious blend of R&B, Rap, and Funk. Paak's voice is incredibly unique. It is reminiscent of Chance's. Not in the gravel like sound, but in how it stands out from the rest of music. If you haven't heard of Paak, I highly recommend checking him out now.

Noah (Lead Editor/Composer): Los Guachos Taqueria 

My life’s quest of finding the perfect taco has recently been fulfilled.

The gustatory craftsmanship of the Gringas Taco found at Los Guachos Taqueria is unparalleled in flavor.  Blending the flavor of savory marinated Al Pastor with nectarous fresh pineapple has not only affected my taste buds, but the way that I think about food and life.  For any local food enthusiasts still searching for the taco with no flaws, look no further than Los Guachos on Godown Rd. off of Bethel.  It will change your life.  

Drew (Producer/Operations Manager): Impossible to Know by Brian Andreas

Poetry can be a tough subject to break into; let Brian Andreas help you with that. The Iowa native has an altogether original voice in poetry and his most recent book, Impossible to Know, is some of his best work. Yes, I have a sweet spot for this book because my mother gifted it to me, but Andreas’ poetry has a whimsical yet beautiful flow that combines simple narrative and seemingly elementary artwork to tackle subjects such as happiness, death, sex and finding oneself.  So if you’re looking for poetry that will make you smile, think about the world from a different perspective and even laugh out loud, check out Impossible to Know.