Midsommar Review

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 beContinue reading “Midsommar Review”

JoJo Rabbit Review

(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. TaikaContinue reading “JoJo Rabbit Review”

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Review

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.Continue reading “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Review”

Marriage Story review

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 thisContinue reading “Marriage Story review”

The Irishman review

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 andContinue reading “The Irishman review”

Yesterday review

Some people don’t think that The Beatles are the most important band of all time.  Those people are wrong.  They’re lovely, but they’re wrong.  Now that’s out of the way, let’s consider ‘Yesterday’, which was released at the end of June this year (2019). Directed by Danny Boyle, with a screenplay by Richard Curtis, andContinue reading “Yesterday review”

Scorsese, Marvel & Art in Cinema

Martin Scorsese kicked over a fifty-gallon oil-drum full of worms, not just a can, when he said Marvel movies were not cinema. Figures in the industry as varied as Ken Loach and James Gunn leapt into the fight. Now it’s my turn. You’re welcome. It depends how we’re defining ‘cinema’, surely? Let’s put aside theContinue reading “Scorsese, Marvel & Art in Cinema”

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