Will Steele

Will Steele

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  • Raya and the Last Dragon

    Raya and the Last Dragon

    ★★½

    Raya and the Last Dragon just dropped on Disney+ UK and I leapt at the chance to finally see it. Disney animations seem less and less my taste but often provide a warm hug of a watching experience. Yet I embarked with hesitant expectations as Disney’s monopolisation of IP has lead to a recycling of plot. Star Wars, MCU and the endless slew of live-action remakes have given way to lazy and unambiguous storytelling. Whilst entertaining, Raya and the Last…

  • Bo Burnham: Inside

    Bo Burnham: Inside

    ★★★★★

    Never have I witnessed anyone better articulate the crises of emotionality than Bo Burnham. To me he is the voice of our jaded generation who possesses an uncanny ability to articulate the angst and anxiety of the internet age. The woes of modernity and contemporary strife may sometimes seem insignificant but confronting the ways it affects us matters. In fact, it matters so much that the weight of understanding this moment in history can feel unbearable.

    Beneath the pretence and…

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  • Luca

    Luca

    ★★

    Beneath its sufficiently sweet surface, Luca is aching to tell much more than a simple (and literal) fish-out-of-water story. A tale of hidden identity carries weight in the clear symmetries it has to LGBTQ+ lives and a journey towards acceptance. Yet Luca’s morale of following one’s heart is undercut by the decision to keep this parallel at an arms length. By obfuscating and avoiding a clearly progressive message, the narrative suffers by tying itself in knots. This muddle of half-baked ideas leads to quite an inconsequential viewing experience. Ironic that a film about hiding who you are seems resigned to hiding what it’s really about.

  • David Byrne's American Utopia

    David Byrne's American Utopia

    ★★★★★

    Simply sublime every single time. Somehow it never loses an ounce of splendour. I find myself revisiting it as a celebration. Whenever I’m in a good mood then David Byrne & company never fail to amplify my happiness. 

    My cause to celebrate and the reason for my recent inactivity is that I’ve found a new job in the city I’ve been dreaming of moving to! So I shall be posting as much as I can and loving life with all the jubilant hope that David Byrne radiates. Peace and love my dear pals 💕

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