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 […]

The Great Hack (2019) Review

Watch this as soon as you can… Cambridge Analytica were recently caught out misusing data of 87 million US internet users to create targeted ads. It is perhaps the most serious data breach in modern history, and Netflix’s The Great Hack chronicles this terrifying story. Directors Karim Amer and Jehane Noujaim have created a well-documented […]

Retrospective Reviews: Inception (2010)

Watch this as soon as you can… In Rick and Morty’s second episode, “Lawnmower Dog”, the eponymous drunk scientist describes Inception as “everybody’s favourite movie”. I felt personally attacked by this comment. Liking this movie is so common that it is almost cliché. My opinion became the same as everyone else’s. Earlier, Rick frames any […]

Privilege in the Film Industry

A recent article in The Guardian, “Nepotism in the movies: it’s time to call out the acting school of mum and dad”, written by Caspar Salmon, rightly addresses a usually unnoticed issue in the acting industry: acting is becoming an increasingly upper-middle class profession. However, Salmon’s choice to describe this as “nepotism” does not go […]

Tarantino and His Tropes

Quentin Tarantino’s 9th film, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, is sadly not out in the UK yet. I’ve still got a little while to wait before I can see what is shaping up to be one of the strongest films of the year. The reviews are looking good, and the hype is growing. Whilst […]

Mythology and Superheroes

Many comparisons have been made between superheroes and figures from ancient mythology. Superman can be compared to Hercules, The Flash to Hermes. Batman could be a modern Hades, or a modern Odysseus, depending on who you ask. Within superhero films and comics themselves, these comparisons become more obvious when mythological figures are actually introduced into […]

Toy Story 4 (2019) Review

Watch this as soon as you can… “Fourth” films in a franchise rarely impress. Many franchises crash and burn in the second and third instalments, and could only dream of maintaining the original’s high standard of quality across one, two, never mind three, movies. Yet, Pixar has achieved the rare feat of creating a fourth […]