Noah Wortham

“Tenet”: Nolan film is a 2020 highlight

“Tenet” movie poster via IMDB “Tenet” is the new film by acclaimed director Christopher Nolan who is famous for the films “The Dark Knight,” “Interstellar” and “Inception.”   “Tenet” stars John David Washington, Robert Pattinson and Elizabeth Debicki.   The movie has an abrupt and sudden opening. It is fast paced and can be difficult to follow. This pacing is consistent throughout the film until around the third act when things are explained more plainly. It’s important to pay attention for clues and callbacks.  Characterization is primarily reserved for the main cast and it is mostly limited to motivation. Washington and Pattinson’s...

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“Shore” album review

“Shore” is the new album by indie folk band Fleet Foxes. The Seattle-based project has been around since 2006 and is currently comprised of members Robin Pecknold, Skyler Skjelset, Casey Wescott, Christian Wargo and Morgan Henderson. It is their first release since their 2017 album “Crack-up” and the second album since their three-year hiatus.  The album was purposefully released on Sept. 22 right on the autumnal equinox. Recording for the album began back in September of last year which shows that a majority of the record was recorded during the pandemic this year; a situation that helped to inspire the album.   The album is opened with the vocals of guest artist Uwade Akhere rather than the usual lead Robin Pecknold. Pecknold told Apple Music that “a friend of mine sent me a clip of Uwade Akhere covering “Mykonos” on Instagram and I was just in love with the texture of her voice.” He continues, “That was a signal that this was going to be a different kind of album in some ways.”  A statement that especially proves true upon the first hearing the album’s opening “Wading in Waist-High Water.” Despite the usual acoustic guitars and accompaniment expected on a Fleet Foxes album, the vocals help to establish a more melancholic tone than usual. Much of the instrumentation takes a back seat to the acoustic guitar and vocals. They help to provide a subtle background that leads to a crescendo of trumpets and drums. The track then closes out with...

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Upcoming must see movies

Black Widow  The first film in Phase Four of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, “Black Widow,” will be released on May 7 in IMAX. The movie takes place in-between the events of “Captain America: Civil War” and “Avengers: Infinity War” and will follow the character Natasha Romanov, also known as Black Widow.  Coming 2 America  “Coming 2 America” is a sequel to the 1988 comedy “Coming to America.” Eddie Murphy will reprise his role as Akeem along with Arsenio Hall as Semmi. In this film, Akeem must return to America after he hears about a long-lost son and heir to the throne of Zamunda. The movie will be released on Dec. 18.  Death on the Nile  This murder mystery stars Kenneth Branagh as Hercule Poirot as he investigates a murder on the Nile. It also stars Gal Gadot and will be released on Dec. 18.  Dune  “Dune” is an adaptation of the famous science fiction novel by Frank Herbert. It stars Timothée Chalamet as Paul Atreides and Zendaya as Chani. It tells the story of Paul and his family who protects the most important resource in the galaxy known as “spice.” The film will be released on Dec. 18 in IMAX and 3D by Warner Bros. Pictures.  No Time to Die  “No Time to Die” is the next James Bond film and it stars Daniel Craig as Bond and Rami Malek as the villainous Safin. In the film, Bond...

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Microsoft acquires ZeniMax Media

On Sept. 21 Phil Spencer, head of Xbox, announced that “Microsoft has entered into an agreement to acquire ZeniMax Media, parent company of Bethesda Softworks.”   The company was acquired for the large sum of $7.5 billion. This is the second largest acquisition in the game industry’s history following Tencent’s buyout of Supercell in 2016.  In his announcement, Phil Spencer writes that “Bethesda games have always had a special place on Xbox and in the hearts of millions of gamers around the world. Our teams have a close and storied history working together.” There has been a mutual relationship between the two companies ever since the release of “The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind” on the original Xbox.  It seems that Xbox is pushing for its Xbox Game Pass service with this new acquisition. Xbox Game pass is a subscription-based service in which a monthly or yearly fee grants access to a plethora of titles and Xbox exclusives. The service has over 15 million subscribers and is available on Xbox consoles, PC and mobile devices. Their new xCloud service will also offer game streaming to mobile devices.   The Bethesda title “Fallout 76” is already available on Xbox Game Pass and it has been announced that “Doom Eternal” from earlier this year will be hitting the service on Oct. 1 and will arrive on other platforms later this year.   Many people are speculating that the announced games “Starfield” and “The Elder Scrolls VI” will not only...

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Preservation versus remastering of film

Photo from Star Wars: A New Hope During the 1980’s there was a significant backlash against the colorization of black and white films. Colorization was a practice that was popularized by Ted Turner, who defended his company’s actions in 1986 by stating, “I own the films we’re in the process of colorizing.”   This viewpoint was starkly rebuked in 1988 by director George Lucas who testified before Congress that “the public’s interest is ultimately dominant over all other interests” and “American law does not protect our painters, sculptors, recording artists, authors, or filmmakers from having their lifework distorted and their reputation ruined.”   It is interesting to note that George Lucas...

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