Review: Dunkirk
Jul25

Review: Dunkirk

Dunkirk is a very hard film to rate. Visually it is stunning and once again Christopher Nolan has created an experience that deserves to be seen in the cinema. However I do think the spectacle comes at a cost. For those not aware it tells the story of the battle in the Second World War as the British and French soldiers were pinned back by the German advancing army where thousands of soldiers were successfully evacuated. While Nolan’s...

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Review: Spider-Man: Homecoming
Jul18

Review: Spider-Man: Homecoming

Let’s be honest. Sony has not had the best time of it recently with some ill-advised remakes, the hacking scandal and a bizarre idea of how universe building works they needed some good news. So when they announced their deal with Marvel to get Spider-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe they managed to get some much needed goodwill. This goodwill increased after Spider-Man’s terrific cameo in the superhero stuffed Civil War. Of...

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Feature: Doctor Who and the 13th Doctor
Jul17

Feature: Doctor Who and the 13th Doctor

So there you have it; Jodie Whittaker is going to be the first female Doctor. Cue various papers gnashing their teeth and saying what a horrible decision this was. For me personally there are other people I would’ve liked (Olivia Colman, Richard Adoyade, Tilda Swinton etc) but the principle is something I am happy to see and I have specific reasons from the perspective of a writer. New possibilities I will admit I am not a hardcore...

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Your childhood is safe – Jumanji 2 trailer thoughts
Jul03

Your childhood is safe – Jumanji 2 trailer thoughts

Your childhood is safe! Another day results in another reboot that has fans fearing for their favourite franchise. In this instance it isn’t even out yet but the trailer for Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle has got people worried. For those of you who haven’t seen it I suggest that you do before reading the rest of this article as I am about to spoil it. So the “twist” with this version of Jumanji is that it is a video game and that the...

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Review: The House
Jun30

Review: The House

  “Some clichés are cliché for a reason” says Frank (Jason Mantzoukas) at the start of this film. Unfortunately in the case of The House it does also say a lot for the construction of the plot and characters of this solid, average, straight down the middle production. The problem with reviewing comedies is that they are very subjective. What I find funny and what someone else finds funny can be very different (to use a gambling...

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Feature: Why we need critics
Jun26

Feature: Why we need critics

The director of the latest Mummy reboot is the latest to use the “I don’t make films for critics” argument. In a literal sense that’s true. Anyone who creates anything does it for an audience, even if it is for an imagined one in their head while they make something and don’t decide to show it to anyone. However in a sense the world has changed. With review websites and social media anyone can be a critic and anyone can give...

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Feature: Script problems: Authorship
Jun13

Feature: Script problems: Authorship

Take a look at a script. The chances are (especially with recent blockbusters) that there will be more than one writer working on it and depending on the amount of writers working on it this may explain a few things that may have bothered you while watching a film. Tone A good example of this was Dr Strange. Now Dr Strange is very good and this is not to say it is bad. However there are times when the film makes some odd tonal shifts....

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Feature: Script problems – villains
Jun06

Feature: Script problems – villains

This article is inspired by something I have seen come up on a couple of reviews and concerns something that may be an issue or may not. Are we getting worse villains at the expense of more interesting heroes and side characters? If so what can be done about it? The best Arguably Batman and Disney have been the strongest examples of villains on screen. Judge Claude Frollo, Maleficent, Cruella de Ville and Hades would be a strong...

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Review: Wonder Woman
Jun05

Review: Wonder Woman

As ever I try to keep spoilers to a minimum. That being said plot points will be discussed and if you want to go in totally cold it is best to watch the film first. Inevitably there was a lot of hype and a lot of pressure for this film. At first people were wary due to the flawed nature of previous DC entries as well as the sad fact that previous female-fronted superhero films have been less than stellar though that had more to do...

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Review: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
Apr29

Review: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

SPOILER WARNING: Some plot points and characters will be discussed in this. While I try to keep spoilers to a minimum the fresher you go into this one the better, so consider yourself warned!  I won’t lie, I went into the original Guardians thinking it would be Marvel’s first major flop; Thor 2 and the Iron Man sequels may have underwhelmed but that’s not the same thing. It seemed silly and ludicrous plus after Spiderman 3...

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