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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Film Review: Spider-Man – No Way Home

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Spider-Man and his Amazing Friends

Warning: This review contains spoilers and should not be read by anyone who hasn’t seen this title (in any universe). Let’s leave aside the fact this Avengers: Endgame modelled bunching of two decades worth of spider-flicks will be the only substantial box office smash of 2021. That’s terminal for what passed for the theatrical experience […]

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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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Film Review: Spider-Man – No Way Home

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Spider-Man and his Amazing Friends

Warning: This review contains spoilers and should not be read by anyone who hasn’t seen this title (in any universe). Let’s leave aside the fact this Avengers: Endgame modelled bunching of two decades worth of spider-flicks will be the only substantial box office smash of 2021. That’s terminal for what passed for the theatrical experience […]

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Film Review: West Side Story (2021)

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(Reprise) 

A remake of West Side Story, or something like it, has been on Steven Spielberg’s mind for decades. 1941 – the movie, not the year, was almost a first attempt at a musical. He opened Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom with an all-singing, all-dancing number; perhaps a proof of concept for something bolder. […]

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Film Review: House of Gucci

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Handbags at Dawn

Warning: This review discusses the film’s ending. Following the unseen and unbalanced The Last Duel, Ridley Scott revisits his interest in morally ambiguous women under the dynastic cosh in an altogether different vehicle. House of Gucci is, at first glance, as distanced from Duel as a chic vintage handbag is from a knight’s lance. After […]

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Film Review: Resident Evil – Welcome to Raccoon City

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The Umbrella of Sheer-boredom 

Following the release of Storage 24, the diabolical b-picture from Johannes Roberts, I wrote an open letter to the director, in lieu of a review, begging him to give up filmmaking. It’s not enough to know what you like, I told him – we all love the Alien series for example. One has to, if […]

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Film Review: Ghostbusters – Afterlife

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Generation Loss 

Warning: This review discusses the film’s ending from the start. It’s amazing how the subconscious shapes movies. Take the decision by Jason Reitman, son of Ivan, to make a movie about a kid taking on the family legacy. Well, that you might think was a conscious choice, even a self-indulgent one. But that’s not what […]

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Film Review: Eternals

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Dullards

Warning: This review contains spoilers – though, be honest, do you care? World, meet the Eternals – the least dynamic, least exciting troupe of superheroes ever assembled. When I tell you they’re boring – a lifeless, sterile band, styled by director Chloé Zhao on George Lucas’s Star Wars prequel characters, then you better believe me. […]

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Film Review: Halloween Kills

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Overkill 

Halloween Kills or, if you’re keeping track, Halloween 3 version 2 (Halloween 2018 being the new Halloween II) picks up, where David Gordon Green and, gulp, Danny McBride’s sequel retcon left off – just as the old Halloween II continued from Halloween (1978). Still with me? You may recall that movie ended with Michael Myers […]

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Film Review: Dune (2021)

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Fremen and Children First 

Warning: This review discusses the film’s ending. Though not, alas, the story’s ending. When Denis Villeneuve says he can’t believe he’s still working, we have no reason to doubt him. Blade Runner 2049 was a magnificent failure: a film built entirely in service to the artistic, lyrical power of pure cinema, in an era where […]

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