Review: Toy Story 4

Director: Josh Cooley Stars: Tom Hanks, Christina Hendricks, Keanu Reeves The BBFC certificate card for Toy Story 4 confirms that it is rated U for universal, as expected, but it also advises that the film contains 'mild violence' and 'scary scenes'. A murmur ripples out across the packed cinema audience. 'Scary scenes'? This is a Pixar … Continue reading Review: Toy Story 4

Review: The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part

Directors: Mike Mitchell, Trisha Gum Stars: Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett Remember 5 years ago, when everything was awesome? Before Trump got elected? Before Brexit? It was a time of such utopian simplicity that none of us could possibly have appreciated it. Do you know happiness when it's happening? Back in the halcyon days … Continue reading Review: The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part

Review: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Directors: Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman Stars: Shameik Moore, Jake Johnson, Nicolas Cage It's too much, man! If it's not the brain-battering collision of every character imaginable in the MCU smashing their gloved fists into one another, it's the dreary drudgery of DC's Justice whathaveyous, the utter awfulness of Venom, the run-of-the-mill shenanigans of Ant-Man And … Continue reading Review: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Review: Mandy

Director: Panos Cosmatos Stars: Nicolas Cage, Andrea Riseborough, Linus Roache Just lately, physical media outlet HMV have started repackaging classic cult titles in VHS boxes. Inside are blu-rays, but the chunky throwback aesthetic is to another period's tech altogether. This marketing choice has seemed strange to me; inauthentic nostalgia without the follow-through (what about putting … Continue reading Review: Mandy

Review: Isle Of Dogs

Director: Wes Anderson Stars: Bryan Cranston, Kunichi Nomura, Koyu Rankin Four years ago, Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel consummated a two-decades long romance with the general public, catapulting the director from cult favourite to widely renowned populist. His clutch of exceedingly idiosyncratic movies now appear revered as treasures. Everyone's list of top Wes Anderson movies … Continue reading Review: Isle Of Dogs

Review: Coco

Directors: Lee Unkrich, Adrian Molina Stars: Anthony Gonzalez, Gael García Bernal, Benjamin Bratt Pixar have delved into the metaphysical before with their high water mark Inside Out, a family adventure film that somehow also managed to encompass a bold and complex message about self-awareness and early onset depression (quite how it did this so nimbly remains … Continue reading Review: Coco

Review: The LEGO Ninjago Movie

Directors: Charlie Bean, Paul Fisher, Bob Logan Stars: Jackie Chan, Justin Theroux, Dave Franco This review is written from the perspective of my addled mind. The LEGO what Movie? Hang on a sec, let me Google this thing. Nin-ja-go. Ninja-go? Let's see what the website has to say.... Well... okay. So it's like an Asian-inspired catch-all of … Continue reading Review: The LEGO Ninjago Movie

Review: My Life As A Courgette

Director: Claude Barras Céline Sciamma certainly has a way of tapping into childhood. Her own directorial efforts Water Lillies, Tomboy and Girlhood have focused keenly on youth and adolescence, and have earned just praise for their observations. She approaches our fledgling and formative years with a level of credibility that the young aren't often afforded in the movies, … Continue reading Review: My Life As A Courgette

Review: The Red Turtle

Director: Michael Dudok de Wit The sun hasn't quite set on Studio Ghibli. Chiefly there's the promise of a further farewell feature from the great Hayao Miyazaki in the form of Boro The Caterpillar, but for right now there's their identifiable involvement in this feature presentation from master animator Micharl Dudok de Wit. Ghibli take a … Continue reading Review: The Red Turtle

Review: The LEGO Batman Movie

Director: Chris McKay Stars: Will Arnett, Michael Cera, Rosario Dawson First thing's first and BAM! we're dropped into a LEGO short, which I can't tell you the name of because even this is spoilery. The appearance of this 5 minutes of fun is significant though. It immediately places Warner Bros Animation Group and specifically their burgeoning LEGO … Continue reading Review: The LEGO Batman Movie

Review: Kubo And The Two Strings

Director: Travis Knight Stars: Art Parkinson, Charlize Theron, Matthew McConaughey "If you must blink, do it now," the viewer is forewarned at the very top of this remarkable animated feature, followed quite wisely by, "Pay careful attention to everything you see no matter how unusual it may seem." It's a fitting mantra for the film; … Continue reading Review: Kubo And The Two Strings

Review: Finding Dory

Directors: Andrew Stanton, Angus MacLane Stars: Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks, Ed O'Neill Beloved as Pixar's 2003 smash Finding Nemo undoubtedly is, it's unclear to what degree this belated sequel could be deemed in any way essential. The time between the two, for one thing, suggests the illustrious studio might be running short of ideas. Perhaps aware … Continue reading Review: Finding Dory

Review: When Marnie Was There

If the heartbreaking news is true, then When Marnie Was There represents quite probably the final feature film to be released by the long-standing animation house Studio Ghibli, who for nearly 30 years have been producing rich and beautiful films, many of which have become beloved across the globe. This title, released in its native Japan back … Continue reading Review: When Marnie Was There

Review: The Good Dinosaur

"A pony!" It's not a pony. "A pony!" It's not a fucking pony. "A green pony, mummy!" It's not a fucking pony. It's a dinosaur. I know you're all of about five, but seriously. You came to see a film about dinosaurs. Called The Good Dinosaur. Get passed the pony idea. How about quietly interacting … Continue reading Review: The Good Dinosaur

Why I Love… #79: Nausicaä Of The Valley Of The Wind

Year: 1984 Director: Hayao Miyazaki Genre: Animation / Science Fiction / Fantasy Nausicaä Of The Valley Of The Wind was a landmark film for Hayao Miyazaki. Having directed his first feature film (1979's The Castle of Cagliostro) as a director-for-hire, Miyazaki had earned just praise within Japan's fervent animation industry, but the film had not been … Continue reading Why I Love… #79: Nausicaä Of The Valley Of The Wind