REVIEW – ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’

Sensational popcorn cinema. You will leave the cinema richly satisfied, even if it isn’t quite the film you’re expecting. … More REVIEW – ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’

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REVIEW – ‘Logan’

In today’s franchise-obsessed film market, it’s rare to see anyone walking away from a box-office cash cow, especially in the comicbook genre. But 17 years (and nine films) after he first extended the adamantium claws, and helped re-define the superhero genre, Hugh Jackman says farewell to Wolverine, aka the character who made him a household … More REVIEW – ‘Logan’

The good, the bad, and the down-right ugly of the 89th Academy Awards

Good lord. Where to even begin? In the 20-odd years I’ve been watching (and obsessing over) the Academy Awards, I can truly say we have never witnessed a moment quite like what we saw tonight. The shock of what transpired has still not worn off, and it probably won’t for some time. But we’ll get … More The good, the bad, and the down-right ugly of the 89th Academy Awards

The ‘La La Land’ backlash – a comment on the absurdity of being the frontrunner

Make no mistake about it. Winning the Academy Award for Best Picture is ultimately a game of skill. Yes, the picture still has to be “good”, but that’s only half the battle. At some point, you have to become the frontrunner. The likely winner. The unstoppable force. The one piece of cinema Academy voters want to vote for. The winning team everyone is desperate to back. It’s when to become the frontrunner that’s the tricky part. … More The ‘La La Land’ backlash – a comment on the absurdity of being the frontrunner

Oscar nominations – the good, the bad, and the ugly

Well, folks. Things went mostly to plan. When you pick 99 of the 123 nominees (I struck out in the Short film categories, so shoot me), you realise it was one of those predictable years. That’s not to say there weren’t a few shocks, surprises and snubs. Thankfully, there’s far more to be happy about … More Oscar nominations – the good, the bad, and the ugly