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Mr. Tophat - Dusk to Dawn Music Album Reviews

The Swedish producer and frequent Robyn collaborator offers an ambitious three-album suite of understated, occasionally disquieting techno nocturnes.
Hardcore Robyn fans already know the work of Swedish producer Rudolf Nordström, aka Mr. Tophat. He co-produced “Baby Forgive Me” and “Beach2k20,” two of the gorgeous, gently filtered house-pop tracks from last year’s Honey; his own 2017 release Trust Me, a three-song, 35-minute EP of throbbing, desaturated grooves, featured Robyn throughout. His latest solo release, Dusk to Dawn, is an ambitious three-album suite of understated, occasionally disquieting techno nocturnes. More melodic than the distortion-warped A Memoir From the Youth, two and a half hours of mostly chill, mid-tempo house conceal interesting moments within slack expanses. At its best, it’s a triple-album endurance listen that rewards partial concentration; at its slowest, it’s an illustration that Tophat’s signature long-format tracks don’t scale.





Ant-Man and the Wasp Movie Review

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The Marvel Cinematic Universe is showing no signs of slowing down. This year has already seen both Black Panther and the mammoth Avengers: Infinity War, and now here comes Ant-Man and the Wasp - a palate cleanser before next year’s ‘90s prequel Captain Marvel and the as-yet-untitled Avengers 4.

Sitting between two of the best Marvel movies yet and two of the most anticipated Marvel movies yet puts the pressure on Ant-Man 2, but will the diminutive superhero rise to the challenge or shrink in the face of danger?

Slightly confusingly, Ant-Man and the Wasp has been out in the US for a little while now, having come out on 6 July, but thanks to the World Cup it isn’t in the UK yet: you’ve got to wait until 3 August.

That means that American readers can go ahead and buy tickets to see the film right away (the best bet is to check Fandango for your closest screening), but UK readers have to wait. You can at least book now to guarantee yourself a ticket for opening weekend.

If your memory of the first Ant-Man is a little fuzzy (it has been three years, to be fair) then you might want to pick up the Blu-ray or DVD, or just grab a digital copy from iTunes, Google, or Amazon.
As Ant-Man and the Wasp begins, it finds its star anything but superheroic. Under house arrest for his role in Captain America: Civil War, Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) spends his time watching TV, learning card tricks, and looking after his daughter Cassie (a charming Abby Ryder Fortson).

The terms of his sentence prohibit him from speaking to former partners Hope Van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly) and Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), and besides they wouldn’t much want to talk to him anyway: since he used their tech, they’re on the run from the FBI, lead by Agent Jimmy Woo (Randall Park).

Inevitably the plot brings them together, as the pair drag Lang out of house arrest to help them finish building a quantum tunnel: a device they hope to use to find and rescue Hope’s mother Janet (a barely-used Michelle Pfeiffer), long since stranded in the teeny tiny subatomic Quantum Realm.

Of course there are other forces in the mix too. Walton Goggins pops up regularly as a black market dealer hoping to steal Pym’s tech for himself, while Hannah John-Kamen is the superpowered threat: the mysterious Ghost, a former SHIELD assassin with the ability to phase through solid matter. Weirdly enough they also both appeared in this year’s Tomb Raider reboot, though never actually shared the screen there.

It’s all a lot of moving parts compared to the relatively simple first Ant-Man movie, but to his credit returning director Peyton Reed (and the five-man writing team) keep both the scale and stakes small throughout. After Avengers: Infinity War literally threatened half the universe, it’s refreshing to watch a Marvel film that hangs on a single life.

That’s particularly important for the Ant-Man sequel, which works hard to maintain the same light tone as the first film. Ant-Man and the Wasp is quip-heavy even by modern Marvel standards, helped by both Rudd’s natural comedic charm and an able supporting cast.

Michael Peña is back after stealing every scene the first time around, but here’s he’s somehow upstaged by Randall Park, whose Agent Woo is an over-earnest breath of fresh air to the MCU. He turns an antagonistic role into something utterly endearing, from trying to copy Lang’s card tricks to a shocked exclamation of ‘What the Dickens!’ as the film ramps up.
There’s a visual inventiveness at play here that underpins some of the film’s best sequences too, and not just in the psychedelic CGI bonanza of the Quantum Realm. The film’s funniest section sees a malfunctioning suit trap Ant-Man at three-feet tall, prompting a hasty disguise as a schoolkid and a string of tightly constructed visual gags.

There’s a similar flair to the fight scenes, elevated by the introduction of Lilly’s Wasp as a secondary protagonist. She and Ant-Man flip in and out of different sizes to negotiate ordinary household objects and bullets alike, while dodging blows from Ghost, whose ability to phase provides a neat counterpoint to their powers - the dodging dynamic is just different enough to avoid another tired rehash of the ‘evil version of the hero’ supervillain trope.



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