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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Film Review: T2 Trainspotting

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Screen Junkies (Revisited)

T2

Warning: This review discusses aspects of the plot, including the ending. By comment consent, Trainspotting is a perfect film about imperfect people; a youth movie that became a cultural standard on account of its exhilarating, stylised blend of absurd highs, gritty lows, black humour and a transcendent soundtrack. There’s hardly a ‘90’s whippersnapper who didn’t […]

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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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Film Review: T2 Trainspotting

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Screen Junkies (Revisited)

T2

Warning: This review discusses aspects of the plot, including the ending. By comment consent, Trainspotting is a perfect film about imperfect people; a youth movie that became a cultural standard on account of its exhilarating, stylised blend of absurd highs, gritty lows, black humour and a transcendent soundtrack. There’s hardly a ‘90’s whippersnapper who didn’t […]

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Film Review: Denial

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The Atom-Bomb Defence

Denial

Post-truth is the buzzword of the moment, so Denial, depicting holocaust denier David Irving’s mendacious lawsuit against a Jewish academic who dared to note he was a fantasist, is a timely story indeed. But Mick Jackson’s courtroom drama is about more than historic truth, it’s a forensic dissection of what informs so-called alternate facts. In […]

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Film Review: Christine

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If It Bleeds, It Leads

Christine

As the actress who plays her, Rebecca Hall, sensitively put it, the only reason anyone’s ever heard of ‘70’s Florida TV news presenter, Christine Chubbuck, is her decision to shoot herself live on air. The suicide, conditioned by personal and professional disillusion and catalysed by deep depression, is said to have inspired Paddy Chayefsky’s seminal […]

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Film Review: Split

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Hidden Layers

Split

Warning: This review discusses the ending. You’re advised to ensure all your personalities have seen this title before reading. There was a time my friends, oh yes there was a time, when M. Night Shyamalan was hailed as an auteur and composer of self-penned thrillers to rival the master of suspense, Alfred Hitchcock. Well, no […]

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Film Review: La La Land

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L.A Story

LLL

Warning: This review discusses the ending. Modern Hollywood, say people like me, is technically the best it’s ever been while being creatively bereft. Yet there’s one director working today who forces the obituarists to down pen. That man is Damien Chazelle. La La Land, both a pastiche of and contemporary answer to classic studio musicals, […]

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Film Review: Passengers

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Desert Island Dick

passengers

Warning: This review discusses the plot. Sigh for the film Morten Tyldum’s Passengers might have been. For buried in its familiar, crowd pleasing architecture – a design that encompasses human frailty, romance and redemption, packaged with a couple of good looking leads – there’s a darker, funnier, more subversive story. Unfortunately, Tyldum and company didn’t […]

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Film Review: Rogue One – A Star Wars Story

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Moon Shot

rogue-one

Warning: This review contains minor spoilers. Who directed Rogue One: A Star Wars Story? Gareth Edwards? Tony Gilroy? The uncanny, creepy computer generated likeness of George Lucas, circa 1977? It matters not a Jawa. This is a successful prequel in all the ways that Lucas’s second trilogy wasn’t. It’s tonally and aesthetically consistent with the […]

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Film Review: Sully

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Fight or Flight

sully

Clint Eastwood’s Sully is a no frills, matter-of-fact retelling of 2009’s so-called “Miracle on the Hudson”; a feat of unprecedented piloting skill (or luck) that saw US Airways Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger safely land his Airbus A320 on the river when a flock of geese struck and killed both the plane’s engines. All 155 passengers […]

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