The Magic Lantern Official Website
Time on IMDb
Another Round on IMDb
It’s the start of August which also means it is the end of July and time for a wrap up of a couple of things that I have found interesting in the past month. This week’s issue sees a music recommendation, a gripping TV show with Sean Bean (Ned Stark) and an amazing Oscar winning movie surrounded around alcohol. I will try not to include any spoilers but if there are any I do apologise.
- The Magic Lantern
The Magic Lantern is the stage name of British-Australian musician Jamie Doe. Originally a quintet, Jamie now flies solo, and his music is deep, sensitive and personal. His piano-forward music is calming and insightful dealing with the experiences such as love, grief and journey. The influences of brass instruments like the trombone also gives his music a unique spin, feeling almost jazzy and folky but contemporary. Give him a listen, I promise he won’t disappoint. My favourite is Holding Hands.
- Time (BBC)
Oh my oh my oh my, what can I say about this TV show apart from it is exceptional. Time grippingly but eloquently presents the journey of Mark Cobden (Sean Bean) a schoolteacher that is newly imprisoned, his relationship with other prisoners and his prison officer Eric McNally (brilliantly portrayed by Stephen Graham, scouse represent!!). Written by legendary Jimmy McGovern, Time manages to invoke thoughts about the modern penal system in Britain and the moral crossroads that could potentially be faced by us. If you do happen to live in the UK go check it out on BBC iPlayer.
- Another Round
Another round of applause for this honest and somewhat comforting movie about four school teachers who experiment the effects of being slightly under the influence during the workday and the resulting spiral that comes with not respecting alcohol. Mads Mikkelsen delivers a great performance and portrays the feelings of a middle-aged man expertly almost as if you were watching your uncle. This film is in the Danish language and trust me, do not let this put you off. Another Round is up there with the best films I have seen in 2021.