Reviews / 02.08.2021

If most films earned $746 million at the worldwide box office and walked away with an Academy Award, you'd likely call them a roaring success. Yet, you'd be hard-pressed to find many who consider anything about 2016's Suicide Squad particularly successful besides its introduction of the magnificence that is Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn. Whether it was the rumoured studio intervention of director David Ayer's vision or just poor execution all around, this muddled, hyper-coloured mess left a sour taste in the mouths of both fans and critics alike. As...

Reviews / 16.01.2020

Between The Lion King and Cats, 2019 was not exactly a great year for films featuring talking CGI animals. Sadly, 2020 isn't looking much better, as we begin the year with another disappointing CGI creature fest in the form of Dolittle; Universal's big-budget calamity that's been unceremoniously dumped in January after two previous release date changes. Looks like we're kicking off the year in disastrous fashion. With a cast that inexplicably features five (!) Academy Award winners and three Oscar nominees, a screenplay from an Academy Award-winning screenwriter, a...

Reviews / 18.11.2019

There are comedic films made exclusively for children that respect their young audience enough to refuse to lower their comedy into the gutter to elicit a few cheap laughs. Then there's something like Playing With Fire that embarrassingly treats children as if they're entirely too stupid to enjoy anything other than poop jokes and ludicrous slapstick comedy for 96 minutes. Look, I get there's absolutely a place for movies crafted just for kids. I was a kid once. I understand. I even invited my two young nephews along to...

Reviews / 10.12.2018

After an impressive and enjoyable first film, the Transformers franchise quickly became one of the most overbloated and nauseating sagas of recent times, typified by last year's nonsensical entry The Last Knight, which this film critic would have no hesitation in calling the absolute worst film of the last five (or more) years. With director Michael Bay's penchant for bigger and louder explosions and visually incomprehensible robot-on-robot warfare, each film seemed insistent on leaving its audience with a bigger migraine than its predecessor. They served their purpose (i.e. they...