Film Review: Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)

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Bird Watching 

Warning: This review alludes to the film’s ending. This spin-off from Suicide Squad, with Margot Robbie reprising her role as Harley Quinn, has a plot mapped out like a toddler’s doodle. It takes most of the two hour-plus running time to get the titular Birds into the same room, and having done so, gives them […]

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Film Review: Parasite

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Home Invaders

Parasite is a Korean episode of Inside No.9 which like the BBC Pemberton and Shearsmith anthology series, starts with an interesting contrivance then works backwards to intricately facilitate it. This clockwork universe approach to storytelling makes for a satisfying act of on-screen contortion, as those carefully plotted twists are experienced in linear fashion. But the […]

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Film Review: The Lighthouse

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It's Bad Luck to Kill a Sea Bird 

Robert Eggers rain swept, fog horn inflected horror movie, is a heady, phantasmagoria; mostly pastiche, appropriating the photography and perfectly square aspect ratio of old, to affirm its status as an off the shelf 19th century artefact, but all inventive and deftly comic lunacy. You can do a lot with two salty sea dogs trapped […]

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Film Review: Parasite

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Home Invaders

Parasite is a Korean episode of Inside No.9 which like the BBC Pemberton and Shearsmith anthology series, starts with an interesting contrivance then works backwards to intricately facilitate it. This clockwork universe approach to storytelling makes for a satisfying act of on-screen contortion, as those carefully plotted twists are experienced in linear fashion. But the […]

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Film Review: The Lighthouse

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It's Bad Luck to Kill a Sea Bird 

Robert Eggers rain swept, fog horn inflected horror movie, is a heady, phantasmagoria; mostly pastiche, appropriating the photography and perfectly square aspect ratio of old, to affirm its status as an off the shelf 19th century artefact, but all inventive and deftly comic lunacy. You can do a lot with two salty sea dogs trapped […]

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Film Review: Bad Boys for Life

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Miami Viiice

Who would have dreamed, back in 1994, that we’d still be anticipating a Bad Boys sequel in 2020? Surely movies would have moved on by then, and besides, the stars would be in their fifties wouldn’t they? Far too old for this shit. Well, they are that old and the movie allows for the desperate […]

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Film Review: Bombshell

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What Ailes You?

Hollywood doesn’t yet have the guts to make a movie about the Harvey Weinstein scandal, perhaps because it’s too close to the boner. How would you make such a film without the talent both behind and in front of the camera, who either turned a blind eye to, or were complicit in, the industry’s dirty […]

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Film Review: 1917

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Trenchfoot 

Sam Mendes’ walk through World War One milieus plays like a series of anecdotes because it is; those of his ancestor says the closing caption. It’s a ticking clock story with a storytelling gimmick – the fabled one-shot movie, which aside from Aleksandr Sokurov’s Russian Ark, is oft-promised but seldom delivered. Technology hindered Hitchcock’s attempt […]

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Film Review: Jojo Rabbit

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Nazi Gold 

Clive James once observed that “Nazi reality is a caricature. The more precisely you evoke it, the less probable it looks.” It’s a quote that, if you know it, resurfaces often as you watch Taika Waititi’s war comedy. It’s whimsical stuff; the smashing together of Mel Brooks-like absurdity and Wes Anderson-esque wry detachment, that could […]

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Ed’s End of Decade Diatribe and Ten Best and Worst Listicle Thing

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The decade’s over, Ooh Trayers, and so too are the movies. Their demise has been prophesied before of course. TV was once the enemy, then colour TV, then home video, then home cinema. Now new TV, in the form of streaming services, has accelerated the theatrical experience’s demise, making it archaic and inconvenient for most, […]

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Film Review: Cats

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Cat-astrophe 

It’s easy enough to confuse Tom Hooper, director of Cats, with Tobe Hooper, the horror helmsman behind Poltergeist and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Tom’s flick doubles down on that confusion by being eye-widenly horrifying. His adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s stage musical, itself a flamboyant bastardisation of the work of T.S. Eliot, who fortunately died […]

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Film Review: Star Wars – The Rise of Skywalker

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Rian Johnson's Last Laugh 

Warning: This review contains spoilers – though if they’re really spoilers you probably have never seen Star Wars. The alternative history of Star Wars at Disney goes something like this; J.J. Abrams is hired to direct the first in the sequel trilogy without having a single idea who or what it’s about. The story was […]

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