Review: Spider-Man – Far From Home

Director: Jon Watts Stars: Tom Holland, Jake Gyllenhaal, Zendaya Let's talk for a little bit about eyewear. In the DC universe, spectacles serve a very powerful function, and one might argue that without them Superman would be nothing. They are - incredulously - the key to his disguise. Without his specs, he would not be … Continue reading Review: Spider-Man – Far From Home

Review: Shaft (2019)

Director: Tim Story Stars: Samuel L Jackson, Jessie T. Usher, Regina Hall Gordon Parks' 1971 film Shaft is probably the mainstream's flagship title from the blaxploitation run of the era, but it - and its sequels - are also outliers in the subgenre. The majority of the pictures that fall into this bracket were about vigilantes, … Continue reading Review: Shaft (2019)

Review: Unicorn Store

Director: Brie Larson Stars: Brie Larson, Mamoudou Athie, Bradley Whitford Arriving in the wake of Captain Marvel, but shot back in 2017, Brie Larson's directorial debut lands this week on Netflix at arguably her commercial peak thus far (turns out leading a Marvel flick tops winning Best Actress at the Oscars (sigh)). Spending two years in … Continue reading Review: Unicorn Store

Review: Captain Marvel

Directors: Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck Stars: Brie Larson, Samuel L Jackson, Clark Gregg That the Marvel machine has taken 11 years and 20-ish films to get to a female-centric superhero movie is such a glaring and conspicuous oversight that Captain Marvel arrives with a hideously unenviable burden. It has to mean something. It has to be … Continue reading Review: Captain Marvel

Review: Glass

Director: M Night Shyamalan Stars: Samuel L Jackson, Bruce Willis, James McAvoy Extreme reactions are often not constructive and point toward a preconceived bias or clouded objectivity. My writing is sometimes deliberately subjective, and I find the line between the two porous. Still, though sceptical of M Night Shyamalan's ability to work himself out of … Continue reading Review: Glass

Review: I Am Not Your Negro

Director: Raoul Peck I am a white male and citizen of the UK. I'm coming up on 34 years old at the time of writing. I do not live in a racially diverse part of the country, nor have I at any point in my life. One might refer to me as sheltered and privileged and … Continue reading Review: I Am Not Your Negro

Review: Kong Skull Island

Director: Jordan Vogt-Roberts Stars: Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson, Samuel L Jackson There are movies that are greater than the sum of their parts. Movies that, in spite of inherent flaws or elements you might think would play against the whole, manage to coalesce into something better, something beautiful even. This is because a piece of … Continue reading Review: Kong Skull Island

Review: Chi-Raq

Director: Spike Lee Stars: Teyonah Parris, Nick Cannon, Samuel L Jackson It seems like too long since a Spike Lee 'joint' was the cause for particular interest or comment. His last breakthrough commercial hit was Inside Man a decade ago, and even then it was something of a dud. As the years have gone by, little … Continue reading Review: Chi-Raq

Review: The Hateful Eight

The Hateful Eight appears, upfront, to be a western. Quentin Tarantino's 8th feature film (as he takes great pride in advising us right out of the gate) takes place several years after the end of the Civil War in the coldest wastes of wintry Wyoming. It begins, as Django Unchained before it, with a bounty hunter stopping … Continue reading Review: The Hateful Eight

Review: Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Joe Johnston's Captain America: The First Avenger is a divisive entry in Marvel's recent web of superhero movies, and stands notably apart from the other, more homogenous successes. This is, largely, down to the throwback tone of its first half - a love letter to 30s adventure serials reminiscent of Indiana Jones' wistful energy. The film's second … Continue reading Review: Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Review: RoboCop (2014)

In the early stages of José Padilha's RoboCop reboot we are introduced to a man who has lost both of his arms. Gary Oldman's Dr Dennett Norton has fashioned for him two robotic replacements, operated via impulses from the brain. The man formerly played Spanish guitar, presumably quite well, and is tentative about playing again, fearing … Continue reading Review: RoboCop (2014)

Review: Marvel’s Avengers Assemble

***originally written 23 May 2012*** This movie was not designed for me. I’ve never seen Iron Man or Iron Man 2. I’ve never seen any iteration of the Incredible Hulk. I’ve not seen Thor or Captain America. In fact, when it comes to HUGE-budget summer blockbusting comic book films, I pretty much label them “not … Continue reading Review: Marvel’s Avengers Assemble