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“Blogging is not writing. It’s graffiti with punctuation”.

  • Good times with four great movies

    22nd Apr 2021 by

    Bad Times at El Royale (2018) is pulp fiction. Pulp Fiction it ain’t, but it unashamedly massages that movie’s feet, then steals its shoes to walk in them for a while. It’s directed by Drew Goddard, who gave us The Cabin in the Woods (2012). You’ve seen The Cabin in the Woods, right? If not,… Read more

  • Is it safe?

    21st Apr 2021 by

    So, last week I had a tooth out, and the (literally) bloody hole where it used to be got infected. If you’ve experienced that kind of dental pain yourself, you’ll know that it turns you into something like the Hulk, only with fewer anger management skills. It’s also hard to think, let alone work, so… Read more

  • School’s Out Forever review & bits and pieces

    13th Feb 2021 by

    Hello readers, here:s the link to my review of School’s Out Forever which is released on Monday 15th Feb. It’s fair to say I wasn’t impressed..! Also, for those that missed it and want to have a (long) read about monster movies, here is part one… …and part two. This month we’ve been doing a… Read more

  • Monsters, and other stuff to do in Lockdown Three

    25th Jan 2021 by

    Happy New Year and welcome back, hope you’re all well. I’ve written a long article for Live for Film on monsters in cinema which they’re publishing in two parts today and Wednesday. In the meantime, unsurprisingly under lockdown, we’ve been watching a stack of movies, so here are some quick and dirty highlights. Wonder Woman… Read more

  • The Haunting of Bly Manor Review

    12th Oct 2020 by

    Spoilers for The Haunting of Bly Manor Mike Flanagan is the most consistently excellent creator working in the horror genre today. He has brought us, among other things: · Oculus – a fun, effective haunted mirror story starring Karen Gillan of Doctor Who and the Avengers movies. · Hush – a rare ‘well, what would… Read more

  • Bear with me…

    4th Oct 2020 by

    S’up? Sorry people, I’m a week late posting already, and it’s going to be a while longer, got a lot going on! The next post is going to be long… it started about arachnophobia, but it’s mushroomed into… I dunno, something. GeekGraffiti is on the way too… I’ve done a PoC and I just need… Read more

  • Host (2020) Review

    15th Aug 2020 by

    Hello! I want to talk about a movie which, as I write, deservedly holds a 100% score on Rotten Tomatoes. Host, released on July 30th, might be the most topical film I’ve seen. It takes place on the Zoom video app and under the UK COVID-19 lockdown (which may or may not still be in… Read more

  • Devs

    8th May 2020 by

    “An intelligent, enjoyable, interesting meditation on grief, power, love, technology and quantum physics.. but it doesn’t quite land the ending..”

  • Uncut Gems review

    10th Feb 2020 by

    Watching Uncut Gems is like having your face aggressively rubbed into a filthy nylon carpet while Aqua’s Barbie Girl is played painfully loudly on repeat. The protagonist is an irredeemable scumbag with absolutely no likeable qualities. He loves two things only: money, and the adrenaline buzz of taking moronically huge risks to make more money. A lot of the supporting characters are deeply unpleasant too.

    And yet, it’s brilliant.

  • Midsommar Review

    18th Jan 2020 by

    So, Ari Aster. On his Wikipedia page, the American director is described as being obsessed with horror movies. In 2018, he released Hereditary, its masterful trailer drawing me in as surely as Freddy Krueger is pulled into a teenage dream. It’s disappointing then, that the most interesting thing about the film turned out to be… Read more

  • JoJo Rabbit Review

    10th Jan 2020 by

    (Mild spoilers for early scenes in the film.  The short version is: go see it, it’s fantastic). There’s a scene in JoJo Rabbit in which a ten-year-old boy is forced to look at the hanging corpses of people executed as traitors. That might be the best way to sum up this blackly funny film. Taika… Read more

  • Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Review

    4th Jan 2020 by

    Spoilers ahead for all movies in the Star Wars saga. JJ Abrams has been equivocal, but as soon as the opening crawl appears in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, you hear the deafening click of a reset button. Whatever your feelings about The Last Jedi, it was clearly a departure from The Force Awakens.… Read more

  • Marriage Story review

    15th Dec 2019 by

    Marriage Story is an intimate account of divorce. That sounds clear enough, but this is quite a hard film to categorise beyond that. The film that most often comes to mind about divorce is Kramer vs. Kramer, which remains in my mind harrowing, haunting and hard-to-watch. Perhaps I’ll get around to reviewing it for this… Read more

  • The Irishman review

    14th Dec 2019 by

    Cards on the table, The Irishman was the film I was most excited about this year. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker comes close, but a movie directed by Scorsese, starring Robert DeNiro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci was always going to be the Niagara Falls of mouth-watering prospects. Anyone who really loves film and… Read more

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