Alexander Calder

As you enter the exhibition you are immersed in space and colour. But this is unexpected because the exhibits are all around you and some in motion. A great array of forms in all shapes and sizes. Some of these are vast as they tower above you while others appear weightless and almost float away. You are made aware of your human scale.
The effect is perhaps more akin to a child’s first impression. It’s not surprising mobiles are used to adorn baby’s cribs.
There are many stabiles on exhibit and some are as arresting as the mobiles. Their shapes are similar while their colours are limited to primaries. Continue reading Alexander Calder

The Rise of Skywalker

Palpatine is still alive having survived his encounter with Vader and has fooled the Resistance all along. The Rebels move quickly in order to track down the Sith on hearing the shocking revelation. But it is Kylo Ren who manages to discover Palpatine independently on planet Exegol with the aid of a Sith wayfinder. It is revealed that Snoke was really the Sith’s creation, a puppet to control the First Order and Kylo is manipulated once again. Rey, Finn and Poe Dameren’s Resistance mission leads to Rey’s fateful confrontation with Emperor Palpatine. When she discovers her true identity she must accept the shocking reality and realize that her relationship with those around her will never be the same. Continue reading The Rise of Skywalker

Jojo Rabbit

Jojo Rabbit is set some seventy five years ago but is strangely relevant today given the current politically and culturally climate. Alt-right racism and unabashed narcissism may seem a long way from 1940’s Germany but perhaps it’s a reminder of what can happen when we fail to rein it in. Maybe it takes a film like Jojo Rabbit. We are witness to a kid who sees it for what it is but also manages to deliver the humour.

Liberal use of the Panzerfaust anti-tank theatre prop places the drama nearer the end of the war. It adds a certain supra boy scout kudos. You get the feeling this kind of thing intrigues audiences – the cultural and technical peculiarities of the Weinmach. Continue reading Jojo Rabbit

Terminator: Dark Fate

Ok, I admit I’m not a Terminator diehard but I’d like to think this affords me a fresh take on the latest release.
Terminator: Dark Fate is the 6th instalment and the formula is now honed and updated sufficiently for contemporary audiences. I had my suspicions. Action and brawn, predictable scripts with uninspired acting and little else. Not so. Arnold Schwarzenegger has come of age. His acting has improved and that’s not surprising since he’s been around for years (or maybe the experience as California’s ‘Govern-ator’ changed him). He manages to portray T-800 Terminator in a new light and to make it/him ‘more human’. In true celluloid tradition he is able to give full expression and without saying a word. Continue reading Terminator: Dark Fate