Film Review: First Man

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Living Dangerously 

Kids, do you remember the United States of America? Once the most powerful and exciting country on Earth, a corollary of its weather-making and aspiration was its space programme, ostensibly a means to broaden the horizons of mankind (a term that absorbs women like overspill) and take us to the next stage of our philosophical […]

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Film Review: A Star is Born (2018)

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The Edge of Glory 

Every generation, Hollywood has decreed, deserves their own version of A Star is Born, the rags to riches fantasy with a tragic corollary, that appeared in 1937, 1954 and most recently 1976. The coda to the 2018 version is like a mini-manifesto for the project. Sam Elliot talks about all music being the same 12 […]

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Film Review: Venom

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Sony, stick to making TVs

In the wake of the Marvel juggernaut, Sony, who long ago acquired the rights to Spider-Man and associated characters, and whose retention of said rights was based on using them or losing them, i.e. making movies in perpetuity whether audiences wanted them or not, had to file for creative bankruptcy. They didn’t use that exact […]

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Film Review: A Star is Born (2018)

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The Edge of Glory 

Every generation, Hollywood has decreed, deserves their own version of A Star is Born, the rags to riches fantasy with a tragic corollary, that appeared in 1937, 1954 and most recently 1976. The coda to the 2018 version is like a mini-manifesto for the project. Sam Elliot talks about all music being the same 12 […]

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Film Review: Venom

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Sony, stick to making TVs

In the wake of the Marvel juggernaut, Sony, who long ago acquired the rights to Spider-Man and associated characters, and whose retention of said rights was based on using them or losing them, i.e. making movies in perpetuity whether audiences wanted them or not, had to file for creative bankruptcy. They didn’t use that exact […]

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Ed’s Monster Capsule Review Movie Catch Up – September 2018

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It’s been a draining time at the flicks of late. Shall we get into it? A warning that, as ever, some of the reviews below may allude to plot points and/or the fate of characters. They might not of course. The Predator There was much excitement amongst fans of Fox’s Predator franchise when Shane Black […]

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Film Review: The Meg

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Damp Squib 

Okay, here’s the spectrum for shark movies. At one end you have Jaws, Spielberg’s classic suspense thriller that married Hitchcockian tension with vivid characters. It may be a movie about nothing in the grand scheme of things, a foretaste of the blockbuster era to come, but it’s still the best fin flick ever made. At […]

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Film Review: Ant-Man and the Wasp

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A Small Aside

Warning: This review alludes to aspects of the plot. Following the Thanos cataclysm, many thought a light-hearted Ant-Man sequel was a curious choice for a follow-up in a mapped out cinematic universe. In a risk averse series, it feels like a box office gamble; an inconsequential offering between big sequels – the Solo to your […]

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Film Review: Mission Impossible – Fallout

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The Fall Guy 

Do you remember the excitement when Sam Mendes took over the Bond series? No, me neither. But amongst some pliable critics, anticipation built around the idea of a prestige action movie. The theatre and occasional film director would imbue the material with greater heft, they said – we’d have artistry, psychological depth. But Skyfall and […]

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Film Review: Skyscraper

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Between The Rock and a Die Hard place

30 years to the week since the release of Die Hard, Universal have dared to hijack the anniversary with this shameless remake; a sanitised version of one of the greatest action movies ever made. In the intervening years, we’ve had Die Hard relocated to just about every setting you can think of, a bus, battleship; […]

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Film Review: Incredibles 2

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Clean Code

There’s a certain arrogance in picking up where you left off 14 years after your original cartoon. Does Disney imagine the world is so familiar with The Incredibles, that we’ve all got a copy on our shelf somewhere, that we’ve all watched it so many times, with our imaginary children, that we can just simply […]

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Film Review: Hotel Artemis

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Guestimation

Hotel Artemis is a real head scratcher. This isn’t because it’s a meticulously crafted thriller, resplendent with characters sporting complex motivations, secrets, and finely entwined back stories. Rather, it’s been thoroughly muddled in conception. It’s likely that Drew Pearce was aiming for a futuristic spin on the hotel from John Wick coupled with the claustrophobic […]

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