Why Terminator: Dark Fate Will Probably Fail

Terminator: Dark Fate is unlikely to capture the public imagination in the same way the Terminator did in 1984. James Cameron being involved in this new one is unlikely to change that. The reason why is because The Terminator is a villain out of time. Successful villains always reflect the period in which they have […]

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Trailers (My Thoughts)

Recently, I have been rewatching all the Star Wars movies in chronological order, including all the films outside all the main nine episodes. With the release of a new trailer, and a trailer from a couple of months ago, for the closing episode of the entire saga, I should feel more excited. Sadly, I don’t. […]

Spider Man: Far From the MCU

If only films were made for the narrative and not the money. We would not be in a situation where Tom Holland’s version of Spider Man, who has become an integral part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, is cruelly ripped out of said universe. All of this is because both Sony and Disney want more […]

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: […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]