Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

Director: Sam Raimi
Writer: Michael Waldron
Cast: Benedict Cumberbatch, Elizabeth Olsen, Benedict Wong, Xochitl Gomez, Rachel McAdams, Chiwetel Ejiofor

It’s hard to believe that it’s been SIX YEARS since Doctor Strange was released. Perhaps it’s his appearances in other MCU movies that have made it feel like less time has passed, but whatever it is, there’s no denying the significance that Stephen Strange has had since his cinematic introduction. The first movie introduced us to a more magical side to the MCU, a side wherein lies many other dimensions and universes, known to us now as the Multiverse. Hot on the heels of Spider-Man: No Way Home and Doctor Strange’s large role in that, Multiverse of Madness is set to take us even further into the unknown, opening up more possibilities of alternate timelines and new (and maybe sometimes familiar…) characters. Is Multiverse of Madness a suitable entry into the MCU’s fourth phase, or are we a little sick of seeing Strange everywhere now?

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Tiny Tapes Reviews – April 2022

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So, I have been rather busy of late. In fact, life has generally been a bit crazy over the past nine months (that makes it sound like I’ve been pregnant… if I was, it was only ever with food babies), so much so that my cinema-going has depleted enormously, sadly. I would normally focus only on new releases in cinemas and only on the odd occasion would I review a movie I’ve watched via streaming services. But now that my circumstances are a little different, and not to mention the circumstances of movies being released on different platforms, I’m not sure how much will change in Dawn of the Tapes’s near future. However, I do know I’ve found a way to catch up on movies and not stress myself out too much about writing extensive reviews.

Perhaps I actually have been pregnant, because today I present the birth of Tiny Tapes Reviews, where I will just give a quick lowdown on thoughts of movies I’m catching up with on days that I’m able to binge a bit. I may make it an end-of-the-month kind of thing, where I can pour my thoughts out on any movies I didn’t get to fully review, but we’ll see how it goes. This is a test-tube baby, we’ll see how it grows.

April’s TTRs consists of: CODA, West Side Story, The Power of the Dog, Being the Ricardos, tick, tick… BOOM!, Flee and Spencer.

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The Batman

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4 STARS

Director: Matt Reeves
Writers: Matt Reeves, Peter Craig
Cast: Robert Pattinson, Zoë Kravitz, Jeffrey Wright, Paul Dano, John Turturro, Colin Farrell, Andy Serkis, Peter Sarsgaard

You would be forgiven for wondering why we have yet another Batman movie with yet another actor portraying the infamous Dark Knight, and for the third time this century (fourth if you include Lego Batman). How many more versions could we possibly need, and could there really be any originality left to find? Well, Warner Bros. and writer/director Matt Reeves apparently thought this movie was necessary and gives (the) Batman an outing like he’s never had before. After all, if Superman can have numerous stories and actors, why can’t Batman? Was it worth the risk, or should they have left the Bat in his cave?

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2022 BAFTA Nominees and Winners

BEST FILM

Belfast
Don’t Look Up
Dune
Licorice Pizza
The Power of the Dog – WINNER

OUTSTANDING DEBUT BY A BRITISH WRITER, DIRECTOR OR PRODUCER

After Love – Aleem Khan (writer/director)
Boiling Point – Philip Barantini (writer), James Cummings (writer), Hester Ruoff (producer) [also produced by Bart Ruspoli)
The Harder They Fall – Jeymes Samuel (writer/director) [also written by Boaz Yakin] – WINNER
Keyboard Fantasies – Posy Dixon (writer/director), Liv Proctor (Producer)
Passing – Rebecca Hall (writer/director)

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