Film Review: Chips

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Bike-Mare

Chips

Now Chips is here, based very loosely on the 1977-83 NBC show about two jobbing California Highway Patrolmen, Manimal is the only vintage TV series left to be adapted. When that happy day comes, and someone mounts the impossible task of making a funny version of a show about a man who can become any […]

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Film Review: The Lost City of Z

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Amazon Prime

Lost City of Z

One can understand why James Gray salivated at the prospect of adapting David Grann’s biography of Percival Fawcett; an early 20th century British army officer and explorer, whose obsession with finding a lost city in the Amazon led to…well, who knows? He became as lost as his quarry; his fate unknown (though we can take […]

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Film Review: Life

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Death

Life

Warning: This review discusses the film’s ending. The lazy shorthand for Life would be Alien meets Gravity. Unfortunately, Daniel Espinoza’s film is also lazy, so never transcends that one sentence pitch. That’s exactly what you get, beat for beat, set for set, visual effects sequence for visual effects sequence. The design and plot are so […]

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Film Review: The Lost City of Z

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Amazon Prime

Lost City of Z

One can understand why James Gray salivated at the prospect of adapting David Grann’s biography of Percival Fawcett; an early 20th century British army officer and explorer, whose obsession with finding a lost city in the Amazon led to…well, who knows? He became as lost as his quarry; his fate unknown (though we can take […]

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Film Review: Life

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Death

Life

Warning: This review discusses the film’s ending. The lazy shorthand for Life would be Alien meets Gravity. Unfortunately, Daniel Espinoza’s film is also lazy, so never transcends that one sentence pitch. That’s exactly what you get, beat for beat, set for set, visual effects sequence for visual effects sequence. The design and plot are so […]

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Film Review: Get Out

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Meet the Parents

Get Out

Warning: This review discusses elements of the plot including the ending. You may want to watch a pirated copy of this title at your girlfriend’s parents’ house before reading. African Americans have always known that white power and the historic racism that comes as standard, will always adapt in order to maintain its privilege. Ava […]

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Film Review: Elle

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Daddy Issues

Elle

Paul Verhoeven’s penchant for violence and fucking finds its ultimate expression in Elle – a French made drama centred on rape and psychosexual headfuckery. In keeping with the Dutch destroyer’s iconoclastic bent, this is not cinema’s standard take on sexual violence. Rape’s typically treated as a plot device to precipitate revenge or provide the backdrop […]

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Film Review: Kong – Skull Island

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Ape-ocalypse Now

KSI

King Kong just keeps coming back in one form or another. First in 1976, then in a mammoth 2005 period remake and now as part of the Godzilla cinematic universe. Did anyone want a Godzilla cinematic universe and by extension another set of movies that only exist to set up the next? And isn’t the […]

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Film Review: Viceroy’s House

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Pulling Out

VH

Who better to give a colonial history lesson than the granddaughter of those displaced as part of Britain’s imperial legacy? Well on this evidence, someone more adept at balancing the story of ordinary Indians with the monumental events engulfing them. Perhaps some stories are just too big to be told in an hour and three […]

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Film Review: Logan

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Fucking Fantasy Land

Logan

Warning: This review alludes to the film’s ending and other plot elements.  Logan affects to be a serious comic book movie from the outset. No preamble, no elaborate opening titles – just the kind of credits you expect in an old fashioned drama, “a film by James Mangold”. Yes, this is a film not a […]

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Film Review: The Lego Batman Movie

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Building Brand Loyality

TLBM

The Lego Batman Movie just might be the one to show us the limits of corporate synergy and superhero movies. It feels like a resounding full stop. It’s hard to imagine there will ever be a more cynical film made by a studio with a licensing deal; a movie designed to sell a toy product […]

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Film Review: Hacksaw Ridge

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Garfield: His Nine Lives

HR

Despite his technical skill behind the camera, for a while it was necessary for Hollywood to turn its back on Mel Gibson. He’s a racist and anti-Semite you see, and this made it impossible to ignore the fascist aesthetic and propagandist trappings that informed his work, not least Oscar darling Braveheart – a film that […]

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