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 […]

Zombieland: Double Tap Trailer- Thoughts

Ten years. A lot has changed over the last decade. Britain has had three prime ministers, the US two presidents. Kendrick Lamar’s entire discography of studio albums was released during the last ten years, as was a majority of the MCU (save for Iron Man and The Incredible Hulk). An entire generation of gaming consoles […]

Retrospective Reviews: Blade Runner (1982/1992)

Watch this as soon as you can… Watching this film today, it is hard to believe it is merely set in 2019. It was made this year. The original version was released in 1982, with a director’s cut coming out ten years later. Yet, the stunning representation of a dystopian, decaying, much more mechanic version […]

The Lion King (2019) Review

Despite being longer, this film feels like a shot-for-shot remake of the original film, with most of the dialogue being copy and pasted. Same film, new coating. Whilst this does bring some successes, this new look for The Lion King is ultimately a detriment. The only major change that springs to mind is that this […]