Review: A Ghost Story
Aug14

Review: A Ghost Story

  Going into A Ghost Story I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect. Going out of it I am still not entirely sure what I think of it, what it represents and the hardest thing of all is how I would rate it and who I would recommend it to. Visually it looks great with the acting by Rooney Mara and Casey Affleck (the latter often acting underneath a sheet) works well in a minimalist kind of a way while the direction and script by...

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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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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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Review: Nex Machina
Jun29

Review: Nex Machina

The current gaming landscape is dotted with open world epics and narrative driven experiences, but it’s always heartening to find the spirit of arcade enduring. My favourite titles are those that function on ‘twitch gameplay’ (and I’m not talking about the streaming channel) to create flow state. You know, that special place where each player action seems to follow on perfectly from the last, the game pushing your skills to the limit...

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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: The Surge
May20

Review: The Surge

Who doesn’t like a bit of technophobia in the workplace? Anyone who’s seen Office Space will know the unique satisfaction to be gleaned from smashing up a recalcitrant photocopier. The Surge is a cautionary tale about technology gone wrong, but on a slightly larger scale than a mere jammed printer. We start with the standard ‘whoops apocalypse’ storyline in which we take the role of the paraplegic character Warren, a man trading...

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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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Review: Power Rangers
Mar24

Review: Power Rangers

Nostalgia can be a powerful thing. It can be great, clinging to something you love and giving you something positive when you are having a crap day. But sometimes it can be damaging and you can kid yourself that something is better when it’s not. I did watch the original Power Rangers and I enjoyed it. Sure it is very cheesy but a lot of great things are. Love Actually, Friends, Mamma Mia, Con Air, Face/Off and a million and one other...

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Review: Styx: Shards of Darkness
Mar23

Review: Styx: Shards of Darkness

Have you ever wondered what everyday life was like for those mischievous goblins from Golden Axe? You know, those thieving twerps who would knick all your stuff while you were sleeping. Well, wonder no more! Styx: Shards of Darkness gives us a goblins-eye view of the world and it’s one where stealth is of the utmost importance. Playing as the titular Styx, players will find themselves skulking about in the darkness and employing...

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