Film Review: Deadpool 2

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Tongue in Cock

Warning: This review contains what ironic movie characters knowingly refer to as “spoilers”, while breaking the forth wall. Two years after Ryan Reynolds revived the idea that a mainstream genre film could be violent and mirthful; something we all used to take for granted before Hollywood sanitised their product by conflating teen-friendly ratings with mass […]

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Film Review: Avengers – Infinity War

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Taking on the Giant Purple-Headed Warrior

Warning: This review includes details of the film’s ending. Please wait until you’ve been avenged before reading on. One has to treat the culmination of 10 years of Marvel movies as a season finale, or at least the first part of a season finale. It’s not really a movie in its own right. If it […]

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Film Review: Funny Cow

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An Erection in Bielefeld

The seminal 1975 Trevor Griffiths’ play, Comedians, took a scalpel to the contemporary world of stand up comedy and the then rite of passage transition from working man’s club to television stardom. The questions Griffiths’ asked were and are pertinent – if there’s an art to comedy, what informs it? Should a comedian dare to […]

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Film Review: Avengers – Infinity War

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Taking on the Giant Purple-Headed Warrior

Warning: This review includes details of the film’s ending. Please wait until you’ve been avenged before reading on. One has to treat the culmination of 10 years of Marvel movies as a season finale, or at least the first part of a season finale. It’s not really a movie in its own right. If it […]

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Film Review: Funny Cow

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An Erection in Bielefeld

The seminal 1975 Trevor Griffiths’ play, Comedians, took a scalpel to the contemporary world of stand up comedy and the then rite of passage transition from working man’s club to television stardom. The questions Griffiths’ asked were and are pertinent – if there’s an art to comedy, what informs it? Should a comedian dare to […]

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Film Review: Rampage

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Dumb meets Dumber 

What does The Rock think of his fans? If Rampage is anything to go by, not a lot. Why, if you cared for their emotional and intellectual wellbeing, would you collaborate with known shysters like Brad Peyton (San Andreas), Toby Emmerich (Snakes on a Plane) and the brothers Strause (Alien V Predator: Requiem)? It’s as […]

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Film Review: Isle of Dogs

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Filthy, Hairy Bastards

Either you’re a Wes Anderson fan or you’re not. If you are, you’re a sucker for the artistry he brings to each story, the whimsy, and laconic, self-conscious dialogue. If you’re not, that lack of spontaneity (or the illusion thereof), and his arm’s length approach to characterisation, for no Anderson film ever truly made the […]

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Film Review: A Quiet Place

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Where Silence Has Lease

Warning: This review alludes to aspects of the plot, including the ending. A Quiet Place has a novel horror-cum-thriller premise – blind, aurally hypersensitive monsters who attack and kill anything that makes a loud noise have overrun the world, forcing the few human survivors to tip toe through life. Consequently, the beast that lives in […]

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Film Review: Ready Player One

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Pop Goes Culture

Warning: This review reveals details of the film’s plot, including the predictable ending. Ernest Cline’s novel, Ready Player One, has been derided by some for being a pop culture listicle grafted onto a Roald Dahl plot. And not a mass of stuff in the David Foster Wallace mould, but Wallace for idiots, for nerds, for […]

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Film Review: Unsane

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Lock In 

Warning: This review refers to key plot points. Check out of a screening before reading. Steven Soderbergh once promised to retire and for a time did, perhaps because the indie filmmaker in him felt constrained by the trappings of his success. He had access to professional equipment and crew, A-list actors and with it, the […]

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Film Review: You Were Never Really Here

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Sight Unseen 

Lynne Ramsay’s been wowing us with her deft artistry for some time now; her masterful staging and collapsing of time signatures adding an ethereal quality to Morven Callar and We Need to Talk About Kevin. With You Were Never Really Here she reaffirms her credentials as literary adaptor par excellence; a director who understands how […]

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Film Review: Annihilation

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To the Lighthouse 

Warning: This review discusses the plot, including the ending. When Alex Garland’s high concept sci-fi movie flopped at the US box office, some hacks sounded the death knell for the kind of adult mid-budget movie it represents. Once upon a time, noted the doom-mongers, before the likes of it got squeezed by low-cost, high profit […]

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