The Marvel Cinematic Universe: Phase Two and Its Issues

Picture a parabola. It starts off at the top of the graph, dips quite significantly, only for it to rise back up towards the end of the line. As anyone who follows my Instagram stories knows, I am currently re-watching the Marvel Cinematic Universe in chronological order, from Captain America: The First Avenger to Spiderman: […]

Blinded by the Light (2019) Review

Watch this as soon as you can… Gurinder Chadha (Bride and Prejudice, Bend It Like Beckham) has created a new film that embraces two currents of the river flowing through Hollywood at the moment. Firstly, Blinded by the Light is a feel-good tribute to a influential musical mega-artist. There has been an explosion of these […]

Free Meek and 13th

Documentaries can be a useful tool for social change. They start a debate on a troubling topic, and raise awareness of an often unnoticed issue, whilst also providing lucid insight. When one demands reform, a riveting documentary can prove an invaluable megaphone. No one documentary is the same, though. Even if two documentaries are about […]

Retrospective Reviews: The Incredible Hulk (2008)

By the time the Avengers assembled, Marvel Studios and Kevin Fiege had found their formula. They found a rhythm which most of the later Marvel Cinematic Universe films would follow- a rhythm that echoes Iron Man more than it does Louis Leterrier’s The Incredible Hulk, both released in 2008. Starring Edward Norton, this film is […]

Comedy’s Changing: Superbad vs. Booksmart

High school graduation is approaching. Two best friends want to go out with a bang, and, over the course of one day, prepare for, and try to get to, the biggest party in the neighbourhood. Once they reach the party, they realise the celebrations are not going as imagined, and they learn something about themselves […]

The Stars Are Going Out?

The night sky is supposedly looking ever darker for Hollywood, for the stars are apparently disappearing. A recent Hollywood Reporter suggests that Leonardo DiCaprio is the last actor whose very presence elevates the film’s status and suggests its high quality. His films rarely flop, and he does not depend on social media, or doing multiple […]

Retrospective Reviews: Jackie Brown (1997)

Watch this as soon as you can… Coming second in a tournament will always appear disappointing if you have already won the same competition; likewise, creating an impressive piece of cinema will always be considered a disappoint if you are making a follow-up to what is widely, and rightfully, considered to be one of the […]

Retrospective Reviews: Mean Streets (1973)

Wait until you can stream it… Director Martin Scorsese described one of his earliest films as an “an attempt to put myself and my old friends on the screen, to show how we lived, what life was like in Little Italy. It was really an anthropological or a sociological tract”. The second half of this […]

Fast and Furious Presents: Hobbs and Shaw (2019)

Wait until you can stream it… From the first rev of the engine, this latest instalment of the Fast and Furious franchise establishes a world where basically anything can happen. Bionic men, characters with nigh superhuman abilities, logic-defying stunts and a deadly super weapon that can wipe out the planet. This film has it all, […]

The Irishman Trailer- Thoughts

This is not a drill. The master of the crime film, and one of the most influential directors of all time, Martin Scorsese, is returning this Autumn. is bringing his new film to Netflix. Starring frequent collaborator Robert De Niro as Frank Sheeran, a hitman who recalls his history with the mob, Al Pacino (they’re […]