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  • The Great MCU Catch-Up: 2021 Edition

    2021 was a big year for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and for me it proved too big. While I try to keep up to date with all the films, and now Disney+ series, the sheer frequency of releases gave me that most subjective and personal of afflictions: franchise fatigue....
  • The Dark Subversive Heart of Home Sweet Home Alone

    Actual quality doesn’t matter with a new Home Alone film. The Internet will judge it harshly regardless. The original film is genuinely great but even so has now transcended to a Christmas classic, embroiled in nostalgia that hides any possible flaws and makes its generations of fans defensive about...
  • Riders of Justice is 2021’s Movie Masterpiece & Perfect Christmas Viewing

    Every piece of marketing for Riders of Justice leads you to make a wrong assumption about the film. The poster of a gun-wielding Mads Mikkelsen on a dark backdrop, the font that’s been used for every action movie for the past 15 years, and even the generic title makes...
  • Ranking Every Friday the 13th Movie

    One presumes ‘Camp Crystal Lake’ is named as such because it is where so many horror tropes were crystalised. Having taken inspiration from Giallo movies like A Bay of Blood, as well as John Carpenter’s Halloween, and Black Christmas before it, Friday the 13th became the ultimate slasher series....
  • Does No Time To Die Make Spectre Better or Worse?

    Daniel Craig’s James Bond films may form a single connected story arc but the transitions between films are rarely smooth. In a way, No Time to Die is a direct sequel to Spectre, but the two films ultimately offer vastly different approaches to the style, storytelling, and tone of...
  • What’s Next For James Bond After No Time To Die?

    No Time to Die does what no James Bond film has dared do before it. After almost three hours of lovingly playing into the outlandish tropes that defined the series’ past, the film ends posing an almighty question regarding its future. James Bond is dead. Not in a fake-out...
  • Does No Time To Die Successfully Balance the Serious With the Ludicrous?

    Seeing No Time to Die after such a long wait, the gargantuan Bond movie can be an overwhelming, and even emotional, experience. But take a step back from the film and its bold choices and you’ll see that it’s a silly movie, from cheesy lines to preposterous storylines. It’s...
  • 3 Star Wars Characters Who Should, Somehow, Return (And 1 Who Shouldn’t)

    “Somehow, Palpatine returned”. That infamous, memefied line from The Rise of Skywalker has come to symbolise the increasingly thin veil between life and death in Star Wars. The explanation given for the Emperor’s resurrection is brief and unspecific, at least in the confines of the film, but it doesn’t...
  • Studio Ghibli Review (Part 7)

    This is part 7 of a series of reviews, looking at Studio Ghibli‘s films. You can find Parts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6, which look at Hayao Miyazaki’s, Yoshifumi Kondō’s & Gorō Miyazaki’s directed films, by clicking on the hyperlinks.   This is a difficult review to...