Category Archives: Film Review

Reviewin Brief: Vivarium (2019/20)

I hope you’re ready for cuckoo metaphors, a lot of cuckoo metaphors. The symbolism of VIVARIUM is so blatant at times that they probably didn’t need to show an actual cuckoo in the opening as well. Everything in the film … Continue reading

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My Neighbours the Yamadas (1999) Review

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True History of the Kelly Gang (2019) Review

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Review: Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019)

Well this was absolutely sensational. It was also the final film I saw in the cinema before Coronavirus closed them (cheery thought). PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE is sensual, appropriately painterly and with a huge heart. Love stories are … Continue reading

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The Truth (2019) Review

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Review in Brief: Aladdin (2019)

There’s a line of dialogue in the new ALADDIN that sums it up rather well: “Clumsy, but in a charming sort of way”. It’s very close to the animated movie, with Mena Massoud really looking and sounding the part, but … Continue reading

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Review in Brief: Zombieland: Double Tap (2019)

ZOMBIELAND: DOUBLE TAP is so much better than you might expect. The first film worked so well almost by accident, but there’s enough wit and splatter here to make this return journey fly by. It’s just great to spend another … Continue reading

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Porco Rosso (1992) Review

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Review: Onward (2020)

Haven’t we been here before? SHREK, BRIGHT, DISENCHANTMENT and many others all present us with a fantasy world that operates by the rules of the world today to some extent. Pixar’s latest, ONWARD, might not be the sharpest or most … Continue reading

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Review: The Lighthouse (2019)

THE LIGHTHOUSE is an experience, and no mistake, but it’s an experience I’d struggle to sell. Much like director Robert Eggers’ previous film THE WITCH, it’s fascinating, but it’s an acquired taste. Two lighthouse keepers (Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson) … Continue reading

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