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  • Tolkien

    Tolkien

    ★★★★

    I’ve been emotionally bamboozled.

    At first, I thought Tolkien was going to be a lacklustre slog devoid of any artistic merit - an Oscar-bait biopic about a privileged toff that has been told many times before.

    I have never been more wrong. Sure, it's a fairly standard story with beats that bumble along a well-trodden path. I'm not contesting that. But it would be wrong if I didn't admit I was moved by the entire thing. That's probably thanks to Thomas Newman's score that acts as a perfect accompaniment to the wholesome visuals of love and language against the backdrop of a horrific war.

  • Tenet

    Tenet

    ★★

    Sorry, could you repeat that for me? 

    Tenet is a palindrome - a word, number, phrase, or another sequence of characters that reads the same backward as forward. Composing literature in palindromes is an example of constrained writing - a literary technique in which the writer is bound by some condition that forbids certain things or imposes a pattern. Ironic.

    It seems that Nolan had little constraint in this new outing. He was so preoccupied with whether or not he…