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UP IN THE CLOUDS : LOVING THE ODDFELLOWSUP IN THE CLOUDS : LOVING THE ODDFELLOWS

Up in the Clouds by The Oddfellows

Subtitled the Best of the Oddfellows (For Now), Up in the Clouds is the long-awaited appearance of the Oddfellows’ music on streaming platforms. The Singapore indie rockers  – which formed around singer-songwriter Patrick Chng – first came to prominence in the local music scene 40 years ago, with its debut album, Teenage Head.

Up in the Clouds features tracks from that well-received debut, sophomore effort Carnival, various film soundtrack albums and other odds and sods. The retrospective compilation does an excellent job in encapsulating the Oddfellows’ appeal viz. contagious melodies, jangly / crunchy guitars and pummelling drums – a fine distillation of 90s pop-rock, carried on the backs of the influences of R.E.M. and the Replacements. 

Personally, of course, Patrick Chng and the Oddfellows were instrumental in jump-starting my return to music making in the late 80s. The Oddfellows (then with Stephen Tan on bass and Casey Soo on drums) were featured by Chris Ho in the national papers it certainly opened my eyes to the possibilities of the local music scene even as a 28 year old. 

So yes, Up in the Clouds is hugely nostalgic (and sentimental) for those of us who lived through the Singapore pop revival of the 1990s and revered Patrick Chng and the Oddfellows as leading this new wave that caught the attention of the youth of that era. Every single song on this compilation turns me misty-eyed in remembrance of a very special time in Singapore pop music history. 

Though Singaporeans are not known for their love for local music – not since the 1970s in any case – hopefully this timely compilation will provide the curious minority the opportunity to experience and savour classic Singapore rock from 30 odd years ago. The fact that the music itself sounds as fresh as it did when it first saw light of day surely recommends itself without too much prompting. 

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RICK AND MORTY S05E06 (REVIEW)RICK AND MORTY S05E06 (REVIEW)

Rick and Morty S05E06

Rick and Morty S05E06 is the sixth episode of season 5 in this scifi fantasy action-adventure animated comedy created by Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon. The series follows the misadventures of cynical mad scientist Rick Sanchez and his good-hearted but fretful grandson Morty Smith, who split their time between domestic life and inter-dimensional adventures.

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DR. DEATH TV MINISERIES (REVIEW)DR. DEATH TV MINISERIES (REVIEW)

Dr. Death

Dr. Death is an American crime drama miniseries created by Patrick Macmanus which is based on the podcast of the same name. The miniseries was released on Peacock on July 15, 2021. The eight-part miniseries is about a real-life arrogant, sinister doctor – Christopher Duntsch – who treats his Hippocratic Oath about the same way he treats his patients. As his malignant narcissism and sociopathy (antisocial personality disorder) escalates, his fellow surgeons and a young assistant district attorney set out to stop him.

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MCCARTNEY 3 2 1 (REVIEW)MCCARTNEY 3 2 1 (REVIEW)

McCartney 3,2,1

McCartney 3 2 1 is a music documentary series streaming on Hulu, featuring musician Paul McCartney and producer Rick Rubin. Consisting of six 30-minute instalments, the premise of McCartney 3 2 1 is simple – the duo are ensconced in a darkened room shot in black and white, whereupon Rubin will play selections from McCartney’s storied career for the latter to react and respond to. 

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RICK AND MORTY S05E05 (REVIEW)RICK AND MORTY S05E05 (REVIEW)

Rick and Morty S05E05

Rick and Morty S05E05 is the fifth episode of season 5 in this scifi fantasy action-adventure animated comedy created by Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon. The series follows the misadventures of cynical mad scientist Rick Sanchez and his good-hearted but fretful grandson Morty Smith, who split their time between domestic life and inter-dimensional adventures.

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FEAR STREET PART THREE 1666 (REVIEW)FEAR STREET PART THREE 1666 (REVIEW)

Fear Street Part Three 1666

Fear Street Part Three 1666 is a 2021 American slasher film directed by Leigh Janiak, with a script co-written by Phil Graziadei and Janiak, from an original story by Kyle Killen, Graziadei, and Janiak. Based on the book series of the same name by R. L. Stine, the film was released by Netflix on July 9, 2021 as the third and final instalment in the Fear Street trilogy.

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HOW TO BECOME A TYRANT (REVIEW)HOW TO BECOME A TYRANT (REVIEW)

How to Become a Tyrant

How to Become a Tyrant is a Netflix documentary series based on The Dictator’s Handbook and narrated by Peter Dinklage. The Dictator’s Handbook: Why Bad Behavior is Almost Always Good Politics is a 2011 non-fiction book by Bruce Bueno de Mesquita and Alastair Smith, published by the company PublicAffairs.

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LOKI S01E06 (REVIEW)LOKI S01E06 (REVIEW)

Loki S01E06 is the sixth and final instalment of the first season of a scifi superhero action-adventure drama set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). The series stars Tom Hiddleston reprising his role as the God of Mischief, Loki Laufeyson which Hiddleston had previously portrayed in the MCU, most notably as the main antagonist in The Avengers. 

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RICK AND MORTY S05E04 (REVIEW)RICK AND MORTY S05E04 (REVIEW)

Rick and Morty S05E04 is the fourth episode of season 5 in this scifi fantasy action-adventure animated comedy created by Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon. The series follows the misadventures of cynical mad scientist Rick Sanchez and his good-hearted but fretful grandson Morty Smith, who split their time between domestic life and interdimensional adventures.

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FEAR STREET PART TWO 1978 (REVIEW)FEAR STREET PART TWO 1978 (REVIEW)

Fear Street Part Two 1978

Fear Street Part Two 1978 is a 2021 American slasher horror drama film directed by Leigh Janiak, with a script co-written by Phil Graziadei and Janiak, from an original story by Kyle Killen, Graziadei, and Janiak. Based on the book series of the same name by R. L. Stine, the film was released by Netflix on July 9, 2021 as the second instalment in the Fear Street Trilogy.

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BLACK WIDOW (MOVIE REVIEW)BLACK WIDOW (MOVIE REVIEW)

Black Widow is a 2021 American superhero action-adventure drama film based on the Marvel Comics featuring the character of the same name. Produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, it is the 24th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). The movie was slated to be released in 2020 but was delayed due to the COVID-19 global pandemic. 

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HERE TODAY (MOVIE REVIEW)HERE TODAY (MOVIE REVIEW)

Here Today

Here Today is a 2021 American comedy drama film directed and produced by Billy Crystal, from a screenplay that he wrote with Alan Zweibel. It stars Crystal, Tiffany Haddish, Penn Badgley, Laura Benanti, and Louisa Krause. The film concerns itself with the rather depressing subject matter of growing old and suffering from dementia. But more than that, Here Today is a film about family and friendship.

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LOKI S01E05 (REVIEW)LOKI S01E05 (REVIEW)

Loki S01E05

Loki S01E05 is the fifth instalment of the first season of a scifi superhero action-adventure drama set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). The series stars Tom Hiddleston reprising his role as the God of Mischief, Loki Laufeyson which Hiddleston had previously portrayed in the MCU, most notably as the main antagonist in The Avengers

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RICK AND MORTY S05E03 (REVIEW)RICK AND MORTY S05E03 (REVIEW)

Rick and Morty S05E03

Rick and Morty S05E03 is the third episode of season 5 in this scifi fantasy action-adventure animated comedy created by Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon. The series follows the misadventures of cynical mad scientist Rick Sanchez and his good-hearted but fretful grandson Morty Smith, who split their time between domestic life and interdimensional adventures.

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FEAR STREET PART ONE 1994 (REVIEW)FEAR STREET PART ONE 1994 (REVIEW)

Fear Street Part One : 1994

Fear Street Part One 1994 is a 2021 American slasher film directed by Leigh Janiak, with a script co-written by Phil Graziadei and Janiak, from an original story by Kyle Killen, Graziadei, and Janiak. Based on the book series of the same name by R. L. Stine, the film was released by Netflix on July 2, 2021 as the first installment in the Fear Street Trilogy.

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THE TOMORROW WAR (STORY ANALYSIS)THE TOMORROW WAR (STORY ANALYSIS)

The Tomorrow War

The Tomorrow War is a 2021 American science fiction action film directed by Chris McKay in his live-action directorial debut. The movie stars Chris Pratt, Yvonne Strahovski, J. K. Simmons, Betty Gilpin, Sam Richardson and follows a group of present-day soldiers who are sent into the future to fight an alien army (called the White Spikes).

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A QUIET PLACE PART II (STORY ANALYSIS)A QUIET PLACE PART II (STORY ANALYSIS)

A Quiet Place Part II

A Quiet Place Part II is a 2021 American scifi horror film, and the sequel to 2018’s A Quiet Place, following the family from the first film as they continue to navigate and survive in a post-apocalyptic world inhabited by blind aliens with an acute sense of hearing. If you have read our review of the original movie, you would be aware that we found the premise to be critically flawed. Obviously that flawed premise has not changed but there are even more problems with the story of A Quiet Place Part II, as our analysis reveals. 

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LOKI S01E04 (REVIEW)LOKI S01E04 (REVIEW)

Loki S01E04

Loki S01E04 is the fourth instalment of the first season of a scifi superhero action-adventure drama set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). The series stars Tom Hiddleston reprising his role as the God of Mischief, Loki Laufeyson which Hiddleston had previously portrayed in the MCU, most notably as the main antagonist in The Avengers. 

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THE HAND (STORY ANALYSIS)THE HAND (STORY ANALYSIS)

The Hand

The Hand is a 1981 American psychological horror film written and directed by Oliver Stone, based on the novel The Lizard’s Tail by Marc Brandel. The film stars Michael Caine as Jon Lansdale, a comic book artist who loses his hand, which in turn takes on a murderous life of its own.

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RICK AND MORTY S05E02 (REVIEW)RICK AND MORTY S05E02 (REVIEW)

Rick and Morty S05E02

Rick and Morty S05E02 is the second episode of season 5 in this scifi fantasy action-adventure animated comedy created by Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon. The series follows the misadventures of cynical mad scientist Rick Sanchez and his good-hearted but fretful grandson Morty Smith, who split their time between domestic life and interdimensional adventures.

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RICK AND MORTY S05E01 (REVIEW)RICK AND MORTY S05E01 (REVIEW)

Rick and Morty S05E01

Rick and Morty S05E01 is the first episode of season 5 in this scifi fantasy action-adventure animated comedy created by Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon. The series follows the misadventures of cynical mad scientist Rick Sanchez and his good-hearted but fretful grandson Morty Smith, who split their time between domestic life and inter-dimensional adventures.

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LOKI S01E03 (REVIEW)LOKI S01E03 (REVIEW)

Loki S01E03

Loki S01E03 is the third instalment of the first season of a scifi superhero action-adventure drama set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). The series stars Tom Hiddleston reprising his role as the God of Mischief, Loki Laufeyson which Hiddleston had previously portrayed in the MCU, most notably as the main antagonist in The Avengers. 

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BLADE RUNNER (STORY ANALYSIS)BLADE RUNNER (STORY ANALYSIS)

Blade Runner

Blade Runner is a 1982 dystopian scifi film drama directed by Ridley Scott and starring Harrison Ford as the titular character. The film was loosely based on Philip K Dick’s novel, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Despite the initial commercial and critical failure of Blade Runner (when it was first released in 1982), the film has attained cult status in the years since and has been retroactively hailed as one of the best science-fiction films of all time. 

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THE HANDMAID’S TALE S04E10 (REVIEW)THE HANDMAID’S TALE S04E10 (REVIEW)

The Handmaid's Tale S04E10

The Handmaid’s Tale S04E10 is the finale of the fourth season of a dystopian alternate reality drama TV series based on Margaret Atwood’s novel of the same name. In this alternate history, the USA has been taken over by hardcore fundamental religious fanatics and renamed as Gilead. In Gilead, women have become the property of men once more as the nation is ruled by theocratic patriarchy. 

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