Film Review: The Suicide Squad

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The Naked Gunn

James Gunn and David Ayer are friends, but the use of the definite article in differentiating his film from Ayer’s butchered and beleaguered 2016 supervillain team up is instructive. “The” marks the 2021 version as the real deal – the final draft, and few will argue. Gunn, given the backing and free reign denied to […]

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Film Review: Fast and the Furious 9

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Used Cars

The pandemic did its best, but nothing can stop Vin Diesel’s vroom vroom franchise from returning – not you, me, or the end of the world. If you can remember Fast and the Furious 8, so have been chomping at the bit for the follow-up, you’re probably educationally subnormal. The rest of us, retaining only […]

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Film Review: Black Widow

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Florence and the Machine

Timing’s everything in life. If you doubt it consider Black Widow – the 24th marvel movie and an exercise in brand management and retconning. This is an odd entry in the never ending series that only exists because fans noted its lack and cried foul, forcing the studio to slowly, belatedly, bring it about. Consequently, an […]

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Film Review: Fast and the Furious 9

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Used Cars

The pandemic did its best, but nothing can stop Vin Diesel’s vroom vroom franchise from returning – not you, me, or the end of the world. If you can remember Fast and the Furious 8, so have been chomping at the bit for the follow-up, you’re probably educationally subnormal. The rest of us, retaining only […]

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Film Review: Black Widow

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Florence and the Machine

Timing’s everything in life. If you doubt it consider Black Widow – the 24th marvel movie and an exercise in brand management and retconning. This is an odd entry in the never ending series that only exists because fans noted its lack and cried foul, forcing the studio to slowly, belatedly, bring it about. Consequently, an […]

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Film Review: Godzilla vs. Kong

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Three Monsters and a Little Lady

There’s a scene in Crank II: High Voltage – I think we can agree one of the most successful sequels of all time, where Jason Statham’s Chev Chelios; a character that’s rightfully taken his place in the pantheon of cinematic icons, sandwiched between Vito Corleone and Officer Hightower from the Police Academy movies; goes hand […]

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Film Review: Zack Snyder’s Justice League

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Justice Delayed is Justice Denied

NB: This is the full copy of a 2017 review that was extensively edited and reworked. Part I: “I just want you to know, good luck – we’re all counting on you.” I write this review in a state of confusion. Perhaps I should explain. The last release in the DCEU – Wonder Woman 1984, […]

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Film Review: Wonder Woman 1984

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Edgeless Lord

Warning: This review discusses aspects of the plot. If Warners Brothers could wish for anything, they’d probably ask for a year without the Covid pandemic. Their fortunes invert the monkey’s paw maguffin of Patty Jenkins’ superhero sequel. In this long-delayed movie, those who wish on the talismanic object, later personified by Pedro Pascal’s Max Lord, […]

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Film Review: The Godfather Coda – The Death of Michael Corleone

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Looking back, over my shoulder

The temptation, with this re-edit of The Godfather Part III, is to wonder if we’re ready to be disappointed again. Made for mercenary reasons, rather than any creative impetus, the 1990 film has an air of irrelevance. Michael Corleone ended Part II isolated and vilified by sister, Connie, and feared by Kay, the estranged mother […]

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Film Review: Mank

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Violators will be Disciplined

It’s not hard to understand why some champions of auteurism – say, ooh, Mark Cousins, won’t like David Fincher’s portrait of Citizen Kane writer Herman J. Mankiewicz. It mythologises that most neglected of Hollywood professions – the writer – “just a writer” as the title character would say, and it fundamentally repudiates any notion of […]

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Book Review: This Land – The Story of a Movement by Owen Jones

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"Oh Dear."

Hot on the heels of Left Out – Gabriel Pogrund and Patrick Maguire’s political autopsy of the Corbyn years, comes another hurried history from Owen Jones. A cheerleader for Corbynism, ubiquitous on TV throughout Jeremy’s accidental tenure, and one of the former Labour leader’s many media subs, given the jam making, mould breaking beard’s aversion […]

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Film Review: Bill and Ted Face the Music

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Billie and Thea's Most Triumphant Usurping 

Warning: This review foretells the future, Dude. Don’t read on if you don’t want to know what comes to pass. Bill and Ted Face the Music debuts 31 years after the original comedy featuring Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter as a pair of rock lovin’, nice but dim teens who learn, despite having no musical […]

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