Film Review: Babylon

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Hell's Gate 

Damien Chazelle’s had a run of lovingly made, high-quality movies – the kind of run that, historically, in what is sometimes called Michael Cimino syndrome, leads to a filmmaker’s eyes becoming larger than their stomach. It’s the road, strewn with elephant dung, that leads to hubris. The success that guarantees monumental failure. Babylon is that […]

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Film Review: Avatar – The Way of Water

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Sodden 

Following the inexplicable, four quadrant success of Avatar – a movie everyone saw but nobody remembers, James Cameron has been locked away in a filmmaking lab, MacGyvering the sequel with a team of engineers, who like him, are consumed by the technology of filmmaking. Crew are supposed to be process driven of course. They operate […]

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Film Review: Glass Onion

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Blanc Cbeck

Naughty Rian Johnson – the man who devotes inordinate amounts of time formulating strategies to pull the rug from what used to be cinema audiences (now sofa sinkers), is having a second stab with Glass Onion – the follow-up to the curiously successful Knives Out. Who knew we all missed the all-star whodunnit so much? […]

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Film Review: Avatar – The Way of Water

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Sodden 

Following the inexplicable, four quadrant success of Avatar – a movie everyone saw but nobody remembers, James Cameron has been locked away in a filmmaking lab, MacGyvering the sequel with a team of engineers, who like him, are consumed by the technology of filmmaking. Crew are supposed to be process driven of course. They operate […]

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Film Review: Glass Onion

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Blanc Cbeck

Naughty Rian Johnson – the man who devotes inordinate amounts of time formulating strategies to pull the rug from what used to be cinema audiences (now sofa sinkers), is having a second stab with Glass Onion – the follow-up to the curiously successful Knives Out. Who knew we all missed the all-star whodunnit so much? […]

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Film Review: Blonde

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Something's Got to Give

Prior to watching Blonde – Andrew Dominik’s adaptation of Joyce Carol Oates’ imagined life of Marilyn Monroe – I had no opinions on the late Norma Jeane. After seeing it I still don’t. Her onscreen persona – tits and teeth; a pouting, breathless ingénue; male fantasy personified – always signified to me, and I suspect […]

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Film Review: Jurassic World – Dominion

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Trevorrow and Trevorrow and Trevorrow 

To appreciate the impact of Steven Spielberg’s 1993 blockbuster, Jurassic Park – not his best work by some distance, one need only consider that the basic proposition; photorealistic dinosaurs hunting humans, has sustained five sequels, none of which, like the original film, was particularly good. But Spielberg’s movie had a USP backed by skilled direction […]

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Film Review: Top Gun – Maverick

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Part Deux

Top Gun: Maverick is the quintessence of redundant cinema. It tells a story that doesn’t need to be told, existing only to trade on the memory of a film that it essentially remakes. It’s a self-conscious and meticulously calibrated appropriation of a manner and style of filmmaking that is irrefutably passé. Yet, it charismatically manipulates. […]

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Film Review: Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

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Mad about the Boys 

There’s an endearing scattiness to Marvel’s new Doctor Strange adventure. It’s not a friendly standalone. Though the movie spells it out for the uninitiated you’ll get more from the film’s in media res approach if you’ve seen Wandavision and other Marvel TV outings – but that’s how it is now; the MCU has branches on […]

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Film Review: The Batman

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R-Bats

Warning: This review alludes to plot elements. Do not investigate further until you’ve seen this title. Warner Bros’ insatiable hunger for Batman movies may seem the product of creative timidity and commercial cynicism, because it is, but it’s also nothing new. Think of the number of Sherlock Holmes adaptations, or versions of popular characters like […]

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Film Review: Scream (2022)

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Reslash

Being a sensitive flower, I wasn’t a horror fan in 1996 but Wes Craven’s Scream was the movie that changed my mind. It was a slasher for cinephiles – maybe all kinds of philes (we never know who we’re sitting next to do we?) that deconstructed the genre while celebrating it. Craven was the perfect […]

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Film Review: The Matrix Resurrections

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O' Come all Ye Sheeple

Perhaps it was inevitable that Hollywood’s push for reboots – its lust for reviving old and browning IP, would lead to some kind of pseudo-artistic backlash, but who’d have thought it would take the form of a legacy sequel no one wanted, made by a legacy director who, on this evidence, found the idea obnoxious? […]

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