Film Review: Bombshell

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What Ailes You?

Hollywood doesn’t yet have the guts to make a movie about the Harvey Weinstein scandal, perhaps because it’s too close to the boner. How would you make such a film without the talent both behind and in front of the camera, who either turned a blind eye to, or were complicit in, the industry’s dirty […]

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Film Review: 1917

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Trenchfoot 

Sam Mendes’ walk through World War One milieus plays like a series of anecdotes because it is; those of his ancestor says the closing caption. It’s a ticking clock story with a storytelling gimmick – the fabled one-shot movie, which aside from Aleksandr Sokurov’s Russian Ark, is oft-promised but seldom delivered. Technology hindered Hitchcock’s attempt […]

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Film Review: Jojo Rabbit

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Nazi Gold 

Clive James once observed that “Nazi reality is a caricature. The more precisely you evoke it, the less probable it looks.” It’s a quote that, if you know it, resurfaces often as you watch Taika Waititi’s war comedy. It’s whimsical stuff; the smashing together of Mel Brooks-like absurdity and Wes Anderson-esque wry detachment, that could […]

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Film Review: 1917

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Trenchfoot 

Sam Mendes’ walk through World War One milieus plays like a series of anecdotes because it is; those of his ancestor says the closing caption. It’s a ticking clock story with a storytelling gimmick – the fabled one-shot movie, which aside from Aleksandr Sokurov’s Russian Ark, is oft-promised but seldom delivered. Technology hindered Hitchcock’s attempt […]

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Film Review: Jojo Rabbit

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Nazi Gold 

Clive James once observed that “Nazi reality is a caricature. The more precisely you evoke it, the less probable it looks.” It’s a quote that, if you know it, resurfaces often as you watch Taika Waititi’s war comedy. It’s whimsical stuff; the smashing together of Mel Brooks-like absurdity and Wes Anderson-esque wry detachment, that could […]

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Ed’s End of Decade Diatribe and Ten Best and Worst Listicle Thing

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The decade’s over, Ooh Trayers, and so too are the movies. Their demise has been prophesied before of course. TV was once the enemy, then colour TV, then home video, then home cinema. Now new TV, in the form of streaming services, has accelerated the theatrical experience’s demise, making it archaic and inconvenient for most, […]

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Film Review: Cats

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Cat-astrophe 

It’s easy enough to confuse Tom Hooper, director of Cats, with Tobe Hooper, the horror helmsman behind Poltergeist and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Tom’s flick doubles down on that confusion by being eye-widenly horrifying. His adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s stage musical, itself a flamboyant bastardisation of the work of T.S. Eliot, who fortunately died […]

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Film Review: Star Wars – The Rise of Skywalker

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Rian Johnson's Last Laugh 

Warning: This review contains spoilers – though if they’re really spoilers you probably have never seen Star Wars. The alternative history of Star Wars at Disney goes something like this; J.J. Abrams is hired to direct the first in the sequel trilogy without having a single idea who or what it’s about. The story was […]

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Film Review: Jumanji – The Next Level

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Game Faces

Jumanji: The Next Level is next level breezy. Its jokes, characters and setups are so light-touch they barely register. It’s like watching an insect gently walk across the surface of a pond. After the billion dollar success of Welcome to the Jungle; a nifty reboot that used its stars-as-avatars premise to rekindle the spirit of […]

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Film Review: Motherless Brooklyn

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Troubled Water

Warning: This review discusses aspects of the plot, including the ending. It’s not often that a genre movie makes you think of a book on urban planning, but Ed Norton’s thoughtful and eloquently realised fifties-set Noir does just that. Like another neo-iteration of the great American crime genre, Chinatown, it’s a personal mystery with small-time […]

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Film Review: Knives Out

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A Cut Above

Warning: This review refers to the structure of the plot.  Rian Johnson has a devil in him and it’s time to acknowledge that it’s to be welcomed not exorcized. If you assume everything’s been done in the world of genre filmmaking, the only thing for a filmmaker with an interest in genre to do is […]

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Film Review: Charlie’s Angels (2019)

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Throw Ya Hands Up With Meh 

The brain trust behind this reboot of Charlie’s Angels have identified a new strata of the cinema going audience. This is not an inconsiderable achievement and it deserves to be noted on the record. In 1975 Steven Spielberg stumbled onto a teenage audience for high concept entertainment hitherto untapped, but this was a happy accident. […]

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