Space Is The Place

Space Is The Place
Director: John Coney
Release Date: November 1974 (15th July 2018 Home Showing)
Plexifilm

July saw the city of Manchester celebrate all things sax, with the jazz festival taking place throughout the month, across various venues and bars, as if the innards of Matt & Phreds had leaked out into the streets. You could almost smell the muzak.

Independent cinema Home deal largely in movies, and so through July they put on a number of movies about classic jazz players, from Django to Sun Ra to get into the spirit of the yearly fest. Space is the Place is about the latter musician, and what can I say? Space most certainly is the place.

 

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Incredibles 2

Incredibles 2
Director: Brad Bird
Release Date: 13th July 2018
Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures 

Thirteen years in Incredibles years equates to about five minutes, for that’s how much time has passed between the two movies. To think how eternally young we’d be in animated form. To think. Without ageing up our fantastic five, another dose of family values awaits, this time with added baby talk. And lasers.

 

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Last Flag Flying

Last Flag Flying 
Director: Richard Linklater 
Release Date: 26th January 2018
Amazon Studios 

Richard Linklater has tackled a wide range of subject matter over the years, but be it about dreams, teaching kids to rock, murdering teeth grinders, and now the veteran blues. But no matter how radically different each trip through the camera lens may be, that Linklater dialogue is forever present. The film Clint Eastwood wanted 15:17 to Paris to be. Perhaps.

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Fullmetal Alchemist

Fullmetal Alchemist 
Director: Fumihiko Sori
Release Date: 19th February 2018
Netflix 

Ah, Fullmetal Alchemist, what fond memories I have of you. The 2003 anime was one of the first anime series I watched, and I remember re-watching the four episodes per DVD repeatedly as I waiting impatiently for the next batch to arrive on UK shores.

The story of two brothers on their quest to find the philosopher’s stone followed me through my teenage years thank to the original anime, the manga it spawned from, and the reboot anime of 2009 which gave us a closer take on the black & white pages of alchemy and brotherhood.

It’s a series all about equivalent exchange, and to see the story unfold once more in 2018 via live action, it feels a hefty price has been paid to make such a thing take place.

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Annihilation

Annihilation 
Director: Alex Garland 
Release Date: 12th March 2018
Netflix 

In the future Ex Machina will be regarded as a classic sci-fi, and hopefully in that same future we won’t be dealing with killer A.I. Annihilation. The new film from Alex Garland is a more ambitious venture into what could be, dealing with alien meteors, shimmers, and everything that comes with the unknown. It’s a future we certainly have little chance of facing, but will the film in years to come find itself mentioned in the same breath as it’s predecessor? I can read the future! Continue reading

Mute

Mute
Director: Duncan Jones
Release Date: 23rd February 2018
Netflix 

Director Duncan Jones spent years trying to make Mute, lost until Netflix took on its ‘green light everything’ approach to make the streaming service seem more tantalising than a trip to the big screen. Do directors dream of electric streams? This one sure did! Zip it.

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The Cloverfield Paradox

The Cloverfield Paradox 
Director: Julius Onah 
Release Date: 5th February 2018
Netflix 

Cloverfield, if anything, has become a rather interesting sci-fi horror series, with each entry being radically different from the last. This comes from picking up scripts which began as completely different projects, and largely stay that way till the giant monster pops up somewhere to say hi, hello, then goodbye. We’ve had shaky cam chaos, tense one room Goodman, and now a trip through space, a space in which you can hear the screams loud and clear. In an alternative universe it’s a perfect trilogy of horror. But in this universe, well…

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