Reviews / 28.06.2018

Continuing their string of home runs, 'Ant-Man and the Wasp' is another glorious achievement for a studio we keep expecting to fail, yet seemingly never do. Providing precisely the antidote we needed after the devastating hole left in our hearts with one snap of Thanos' mighty fingers, the hilarious 'Ant-Man and the Wasp' could not be more pertinent. It's time for Marvel to provide us with some fun and levity again, and, boy, do they deliver....

Reviews / 21.06.2018

While Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom initially reworks many elements of The Lost World, the horribly disappointing 1997 Jurassic Park sequel, it moves in an entirely different direction about a quarter of the way through its exhausting 2-hour running time. And it's not a particularly enjoyable direction. Yes, you may hear some admire its deviation from expectation, but there's really nothing to applaud here. It's a nonsensical mess that will likely leave you feeling extremely frustrated and terribly underwhelmed....

Reviews / 19.06.2018

One of the few positives of a contentious period in American politics is the fiery vitriol and furious response it can elicit from the liberal-leaning arts communities. George W. Bush's presidency and controversial invasion of Iraq and Afghanistan inspired some of the greatest (and angriest) films, albums, and prose the 21st century has known. Is it any wonder the Trump era is already influencing a new wave of topical "damn the man clown" cinema?...

Opinion, Reviews / 15.06.2018

With this week's release of Pixar Animation Studios' latest film Incredibles 2, now seems the perfect time to look back on their incredible 23-year history. After changing the entire animation landscape with their groundbreaking debut film Toy Story, Pixar have continued to dazzle audiences for the last two decades with their knack for impeccable visuals, stellar storytelling skills, and the innate ability to deliver an emotional impact like few other film studios....

Reviews / 12.06.2018

It's finally here. The Pixar sequel fans have been demanding for the last 14 years. It's a film many thought may never happen. It's a sequel some even suggested didn't need to exist. The Incredibles is considered by many to be one of Pixar's absolute best films. It's no wonder the wizards of Emeryville have taken their time, especially after the slightly-disappointing Finding Dory, which was equally as anticipated. How do you deliver when expectations are so dizzyingly high?...

Reviews / 09.06.2018

Hype is a dangerous thing for most films, but particularly those of the horror genre. When a horror movie comes along that's hailed as "the scariest film of all time" or it's called a "gamechanger," it raises the level of expectation for those yet to see it. Naturally, this helps with box-office returns, but it can lead to disastrous disappointments for audiences who rush out expecting to be left literally shaking in their seat. This is the unfortunate situation facing Hereditary, the debut film from writer/director Ari Aster which...

Reviews / 08.06.2018

Every now and then, a film comes along which you could probably pick to shreds but wisely stop yourself from doing. Last year, that was Bad Moms Christmas. This year, it's Ocean's 8. That's not to say either of these films are inherently "bad" movies. It's just neither are particularly inventive or original. They're not something you'd call groundbreaking. And they suffer from glaring plot holes and narrative missteps. However, both are so much damn fun, it seems unnecessary to demonise their mistakes, given the entertainment joy they deliver to...

Opinion, Reviews / 30.05.2018

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, a young boy discovered a film trilogy that changed his life. I was born after Return of the Jedi was released. I missed the entire Star Wars era. It wasn't until sometime in the early 1990s that I learnt of the existence of these films. There was a buzz around school because the three films were to be shown on television across three consecutive Saturday nights. Ashamedly, I had no real idea what these movies were. I'd maybe...