Review: Charlie’s Angels (2019)

Director: Elizabeth Banks Stars: Kristen Stewart, Elizabeth Banks, Ella Balinska Brie. Edgar Bosley (Djimon Hounsou) - one of the handlers at the Townsend International Academy of Badassery (my name for it) - likes brie. We learn this some way into the movie. And its suitable, really. Actor/writer/producer/director Elizabeth Banks' rejuvenation of Charlie's Angels is the soft … Continue reading Review: Charlie’s Angels (2019)

Review: Brightburn

Director: David Yarovesky Stars: Elizabeth Banks, Jackson A. Dunn, David Denman With superhero movies smothering the mainstream market, there's a level of despondency that comes from realising that they're now heavily influencing the precious few 'original' ideas that make it through around the margins. For example Brightburn (exec produced by Guardians Of The Galaxy's James Gunn, and … Continue reading Review: Brightburn

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: Pitch Perfect 3

Director: Trish Sie Stars: Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Brittany Snow There's a moment during the obligatory mid-film montage in Pitch Perfect 3 in which director Trish Sie openly recalls the musical number geometry of Busby Berkeley in the 1930s. It's a fond cine-literate homage that lifts up this sprightly paced collage of passing time, yet it … Continue reading Review: Pitch Perfect 3

Review: Love & Mercy

There are three Brian Wilsons in Bill Pohland's sunlit biopic Love & Mercy. The young, ambitious and scattalogically creative Brian Wilson of the 60's as portrayed by Paul Dano; the weary, troubled, illegitimately medicated Brian Wilson of the 1980's as portrayed by John Cusack; and the man himself, paperclipped in concert to the end credits, performing the … Continue reading Review: Love & Mercy

Review: Pitch Perfect 2

I'd like to start off today by telling you a little story from my experience of watching this film, but in order to do so you have to understand something. In the cinema I'm one of those spoilsports who can't relax unless the rules of the cinema are being obeyed. You sit in your assigned … Continue reading Review: Pitch Perfect 2

Review: The Lego Movie

On paper I should be against something like this. Product placement in movies is - almost always - the form's artistic nadir. Intrusive, unwanted, soulless and often downright irritating, it pollutes the medium and at its most invasive (I, Robot or Wreck-It Ralph) does considerable damage to the final film*. Then there's the smaller stratosphere of … Continue reading Review: The Lego Movie