Film Review: Hereditary

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A Walking Study in Demonology

Warning: This review discusses aspects of the plot. Hereditary has inherited many of the preoccupations that haunt contemporary horror movies – disturbed children, large houses hosting malevolent entities, creepy child drawings, humanoid figures lurking in dark corners, demon worship, dread inducing aural motifs, and many more. All the hits are here but unlike its spiritual […]

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Film Review: Jurassic World – Fallen Kingdom

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Park Life

Warning: This review discusses the recycled plot. It’s been three years since life found a way to reboot the Jurassic Park franchise in the form of Jurassic World, a disguised remake (both of Park and Jaws 3) that doubled as a funny on paper in-joke about resorting to desperate measures to renew interest in an […]

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Film Review: Solo – A Star Wars Story

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Howard's Way

Warning: This review alludes to minor spoilers, though not really, not if you know anything about Star Wars. When Ron Howard is summoned to the film crimes court in The Hague, the charge against him, heard by a jury of Last Jedi fans, will be that he took the safe course to Kessel. His Star […]

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Film Review: Jurassic World – Fallen Kingdom

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Park Life

Warning: This review discusses the recycled plot. It’s been three years since life found a way to reboot the Jurassic Park franchise in the form of Jurassic World, a disguised remake (both of Park and Jaws 3) that doubled as a funny on paper in-joke about resorting to desperate measures to renew interest in an […]

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Film Review: Solo – A Star Wars Story

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Howard's Way

Warning: This review alludes to minor spoilers, though not really, not if you know anything about Star Wars. When Ron Howard is summoned to the film crimes court in The Hague, the charge against him, heard by a jury of Last Jedi fans, will be that he took the safe course to Kessel. His Star […]

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Film Review: Deadpool 2

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Tongue in Cock

Warning: This review contains what ironic movie characters knowingly refer to as “spoilers”, while breaking the forth wall. Two years after Ryan Reynolds revived the idea that a mainstream genre film could be violent and mirthful; something we all used to take for granted before Hollywood sanitised their product by conflating teen-friendly ratings with mass […]

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Film Review: Avengers – Infinity War

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Taking on the Giant Purple-Headed Warrior

Warning: This review includes details of the film’s ending. Please wait until you’ve been avenged before reading on. One has to treat the culmination of 10 years of Marvel movies as a season finale, or at least the first part of a season finale. It’s not really a movie in its own right. If it […]

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Film Review: Funny Cow

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An Erection in Bielefeld

The seminal 1975 Trevor Griffiths’ play, Comedians, took a scalpel to the contemporary world of stand up comedy and the then rite of passage transition from working man’s club to television stardom. The questions Griffiths’ asked were and are pertinent – if there’s an art to comedy, what informs it? Should a comedian dare to […]

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Film Review: Rampage

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Dumb meets Dumber 

What does The Rock think of his fans? If Rampage is anything to go by, not a lot. Why, if you cared for their emotional and intellectual wellbeing, would you collaborate with known shysters like Brad Peyton (San Andreas), Toby Emmerich (Snakes on a Plane) and the brothers Strause (Alien V Predator: Requiem)? It’s as […]

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Film Review: Isle of Dogs

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Filthy, Hairy Bastards

Either you’re a Wes Anderson fan or you’re not. If you are, you’re a sucker for the artistry he brings to each story, the whimsy, and laconic, self-conscious dialogue. If you’re not, that lack of spontaneity (or the illusion thereof), and his arm’s length approach to characterisation, for no Anderson film ever truly made the […]

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Film Review: A Quiet Place

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Where Silence Has Lease

Warning: This review alludes to aspects of the plot, including the ending. A Quiet Place has a novel horror-cum-thriller premise – blind, aurally hypersensitive monsters who attack and kill anything that makes a loud noise have overrun the world, forcing the few human survivors to tip toe through life. Consequently, the beast that lives in […]

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Film Review: Ready Player One

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Pop Goes Culture

Warning: This review reveals details of the film’s plot, including the predictable ending. Ernest Cline’s novel, Ready Player One, has been derided by some for being a pop culture listicle grafted onto a Roald Dahl plot. And not a mass of stuff in the David Foster Wallace mould, but Wallace for idiots, for nerds, for […]

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