Film Review: Joker

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Retroinnovation 

Here’s a philosophical question for you. Pay attention, because it’s very difficult. Is Joker a real movie masquerading as a comic book flick – the “real” part alluding to an old standard, namely human interest and psychological intrigue over spectacle and effects? Or, contrary to the thing imagined by director Todd Phillips when pitching to […]

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Film Review: Ad Astra

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Hallo Spaceboy, bye bye love. 

Warning: This review alludes to the film’s ending.  What’s missing from modern movies you ask? Could it be silence? Quiet contemplation? Psychological nuance? Solemnity and majesty, over noise and incident? Well thank fuck for Ad Astra. It’s a father-son psychodrama set in the furthest reaches of our solar system, in an unspecified near future, in […]

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Film Review: Rambo – Last Blood

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Ranch Dressing 

Warning: This review discusses aspects of the nonsensical plot.  The makers of this second legacy sequel to the 1980’s action franchise have decided to be brave like the titular mercenary; they told a story as though it were playing in John Rambo’s mind. It’s quick, populated by fleeting images of death and destruction, it’s senseless, […]

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Film Review: Ad Astra

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Hallo Spaceboy, bye bye love. 

Warning: This review alludes to the film’s ending.  What’s missing from modern movies you ask? Could it be silence? Quiet contemplation? Psychological nuance? Solemnity and majesty, over noise and incident? Well thank fuck for Ad Astra. It’s a father-son psychodrama set in the furthest reaches of our solar system, in an unspecified near future, in […]

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Film Review: Rambo – Last Blood

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Ranch Dressing 

Warning: This review discusses aspects of the nonsensical plot.  The makers of this second legacy sequel to the 1980’s action franchise have decided to be brave like the titular mercenary; they told a story as though it were playing in John Rambo’s mind. It’s quick, populated by fleeting images of death and destruction, it’s senseless, […]

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Film Review: Hustlers

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Sister Act 

This slick, “Wombs of Wall Street” – hustle and flow drama, replete with Scorsese-like smooth tracking shots, shifting time signatures and voice over narration, asks us to empathise with a pole dancer just trying to earn enough to support her old grandmother (later young daughter too), who hooks up with an older pro and ends […]

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Film Review: Downton Abbey

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House Party

Warning: This movie discusses aspects of the plot. Do not read on until you’ve been bored by it and have started to forget it. Welcome to Downton Abbey: The Movie, or 10 b-stories hung on an event. One of its themes (here substituting for plot points), in this sequel to Julian Fellowes stately soap opera, […]

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Film Review: IT Chapter Two

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Send in the Clowns

After achieving a monster hit with chapter one, Andy Muschietti returns to complete Stephen King’s story, the losers’ club upgraded to adulthood and 2016. Last time around, buoyed by likable child leads and late-eighties nostalgia, we enjoyed the sinister if curiously fear free child death-a-thon, hoping that the conclusion would pull the thread suggested by […]

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Film Review: Angel Has Fallen

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Boilerplate Butler 

Millennium films don’t have many franchises so it’s not a shock they’ve made a third trip to the well to bring us the further middling mid-budget adventures of super secret service agent, Mike Banning. You’ll recall he saved both the White House and London from terrorists. Or maybe you don’t, as the bus advertising reminds […]

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Film Review: Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

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Historical Overdub 

Warning: This review discusses the film’s ending. Like every movie he’s made since Jackie Brown, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is a sumptuous but slight effort from Quentin Tarantino. Long ago, around the time he decided to Kill Bill, the former video store clerk turned parasitic auteur, abandoned the discipline of tight narrative construction […]

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Film Review: Fast and Furious – Hobbs and Shaw

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Men Together 

Warning: This review alludes to aspects of the stupid plot. When your drag racing cum heist cum international espionage super franchise (I was hoping to squeeze one more “cum” into that sentence) goes on an involuntary hiatus, with the next entry in this making-it-up-as-we-go-along fest delayed due to a fall out between star Vin Diesel […]

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Film Review: The Current War

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AC/DC

Though it’s two years old – delayed as the celluloid casualty of producer Harvey Weinstein’s predatory libido, The Current War was nevertheless produced in an era when streaming services are in the ascendant at the expense of traditional big screen distractions. It’s an historical drama about Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse – a couple of 19th century entrepreneurs […]

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