Showing posts from January, 2020

R.Y.C. (Raw Youth Collage)

R.Y.C (or Raw Youth Collage) is Mura Masa’s (Alex Crossan) sophomore effort after 2017’s self-titled debut. Adapting his style towards a more nostalgic indie sound the album presents the listener with a scathing presentation of youth culture and its vexation at contemporary Britain. 

Taking such a drastic change in sonic direction has opened Crossan up to severe criticism. With claims that the music is "so mediocre, it's not even entertainingly bad." A gross underestimation of the musical capacity to influence and affect the youth's cultural perception of society. Crossan's artistic influences and tastes have evidently varied from the unique perspective of his earlier projects, in which he combined glitchy beats with smooth and lyrical melody lines. R.Y.C. adopts a scrapbook feel of contemporary fashion presenting lots of collage pieces but never fully exploring them to their full potential. This trend has seen a significant increase as of recent with projects suc…

Jojo Rabbit

The latest release from multi-talented director/writer/actor Taika Waititi, Jojo Rabbit (Taika Waititi, USA, 2019) makes profound the comical absurdity of the Nazi regime. Waititi’s adaptation, of the Christine Leunen novel Caging Skies, follows ten-year-old Hitler Youth member and Nazi enthusiast Jojo Betzler (Roman Griffin Davis) as he discovers his mother (Scarlett Johansson) is hiding a young Jewish girl (Thomasin McKenzie) from the authorities. Supporting him in his escapades Jojo is joined by his imaginary friend Hitler (Taika Waititi). Although the latest released Waititi started the project years ago but had a hard time getting it through pre-production due to the content the film expresses so extrovertly. Explaining that he is “not a dramatic storyteller. So I read the book and thought this is a brilliant premise, brilliant situation but if I was to do the film the I’d put elements in there that make me more interested in coming to work.”

At the declaration of Nazis, Hitler Yo…