‘A Clockwork Orange’ – A retrospective

Stanley Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange is a film I have a tricky past with. I struggled to get through Anthony Burgess’ novel due to the outlandish language and the first time I ever tried to watch the film adaptation, I turned it off about 25 minutes in. Maybe the violence was too much for my sensitive…

‘Shazam!’ Review

It’s one of life’s little coincidences that two films about Captain Marvel and Shazam would be released a few weeks apart from each other, given the incredibly complicated comic history the two share. Shazam! is a movie that has little interest in indulging in that history, nor does it care to try and cram itself into the…

‘Us’ Review

It’s very rare that you see a directorial debut as assured and confident as Jordan Peele’s Get Out. A horror movie that punctured the cultural zeitgeist and even made The Academy sit up and take notice. In a world where horror is so often belittled as a genre, it’s refreshing to see a director who is so…

‘Captain Marvel’ Review

Marvel Studios have been on a run of groundbreaking films for a while now. The multi-Oscar winning Black Panther is a new cultural touchstone for diversity in film and Avengers: Infinity War shook the foundations of the comicbook genre. Captain Marvel was always likely to follow suit, being the long-awaited first female-led MCU entry. Whilst some aspects might feel a little…

‘Fighting with my Family’ Review

On its surface, a movie about wrestling directed by one of the co-creators of The Office might seem like a strange proposition.  But Fighting with my Family isn’t really a film about wrestling – no more than Whiplash is about drumming or Sideways is about wine. This is really a story about the trials and tribulations of being part of a…

‘The Kid who would be King’ Review

  An 8-year gap between films is practically unheard of in the current landscape of Hollywood. For the most part, big adventure movies seem to be rushing through their stories to set up a sequel or create a universe. It’s refreshing then to hear of an independent property like The Kid who would be King getting made….

Oscars 2019 – Predictions

With the Oscars just a few weeks away, the media is rife with speculation over who the big winners will be. After letting the dust settle on the nominations and getting over my personal rage that First Man and Paddington 2 are nowhere to be seen, I thought it would be fun to try and…