Review: How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

Director: Dean DeBlois Stars: America Ferrera, Jay Baruchel, Cate Blanchett How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World begins in murk, with the enterprising viking heroes of the first two films liberating a number of caged dragons from hunter/trapper Grimmel (F. Murray Abraham). The sequence sees characters emerging from the mist in a variety of … Continue reading Review: How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

Review: Fifty Shades Freed

Director: James Foley Stars: Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan, Rita Ora While it was guilty of a multitude of sins, sloppy seconds Fifty Shades Darker did manage to provide the comedic high point of the series thus far; an astonishing sequence in which Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan) was involved in a helicopter crash only to spontaneously … Continue reading Review: Fifty Shades Freed

Review: A Pigeon Sat On A Branch Reflecting On Existence

It was Mark Cousins and his epic documentary The Story Of Film which first made me aware of Roy Andersson. In one of the late entries in the series he approached modern cinema and spent a fair amount of time discussing Songs From The Second Floor in that magnificent lilting tone of his. With such exceptional, venerated … Continue reading Review: A Pigeon Sat On A Branch Reflecting On Existence

Review: The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies

And so with a sense of exhaustion we come to the end of the story, or, if you're counting this as a lead-in to the Rings trilogy, the middle. The middle of Middle Earth. Take a deep breath, make sure you're pepped up on caffeine or have a decent on-hand supply of gummy sweets, popcorn or … Continue reading Review: The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies

Review: The Hobbit – An Unexpected Journey

When it was announced that Peter Jackson's troubled realisation of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit was going to be two movies, I sighed a little. This was a comparatively slim children's fantasy story, and whilst I enjoyed his The Lord of the Rings films immensely, the (excuse me) bagginess of Return of the King was still very fresh in the … Continue reading Review: The Hobbit – An Unexpected Journey