Category Archives: Film

Review in Brief: Alita: Battle Angel (2019)

The Manga eyes didn’t bother me, it was the mouth, the split-second between changes in facial expression you pick up from a human performer (Rosa Salazar) motion-capturing an almost-human. It’s completely different from creating a believable ape or orc or … Continue reading

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Review in Brief: Dumbo (2019)

To its credit, this Disney remake has some good gags (a circus strongman making a valiant effort to double as their accountant) and a level of visual sumptuousness impressive even by Tim Burton’s usual standards (the costumes, the reimagining of … Continue reading

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The Art of the Social Media Thriller; Narcissism, Paranoia and Tools for Good or Ill

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Review: The Lion King (2019)

I watched the original LION KING the night before I saw this new version to have a point of comparison. I now realise that was a mistake. The 1994 film is so efficient in its storytelling, so full of animation … Continue reading

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Review in Brief: Robin Hood (2018)

If I hear one more new take on a property tell me to forget what I know, I’ll stab myself with a fork. We’re also supposed to “forget history” with the latest take on ROBIN HOOD. Just as well really, … Continue reading

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Far From Home – Throwing Shade at the Superhero Factory

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Review: Midsommar (2019)

MIDSOMMAR is a trip, and no mistake. Two features in and Ari Aster is already an aesthetically and thematically distinctive auteur, but is still capable of shocking us all. In an effort to overcome her grief after a family tragedy, … Continue reading

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Review in Brief: The Kid Who Would Be King (2019)

I didn’t entirely get the shower of praise that greeted Joe Cornish’s directorial debut, tower block invasion ATTACK THE BLOCK, but he’s clearly a distinct talent. It’s surprising how little of Arthurian legend he needed to change to make this … Continue reading

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Review in Brief: Last Breath (2019)

There’s some really good non-fiction on Netflix. I had to watch LAST BREATH in three sittings to avoid bringing on an anxiety attack, it’s that intense. As told by the survivors, this documentary with reconstructed elements follows a 2012 deep … Continue reading

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Review: Spider-Man: Far from Home (2019)

I always feel a bit sorry for the Marvel movies that directly follow an AVENGERS because of the expectation that they’ll be the same scale. They never can or will be, so they have to be different. Unlike last time … Continue reading

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