‘1917’ Review

I’m a sucker for a one-shot. Don’t get me wrong, it’s very flashy and more often than not just used to show off, but there’s something enthralling about seeing a scene play out in one continuous take. Few have ever dared to shoot a whole film as a ‘one-er’. Victoria and Birdman have been the most successful attempts, demonstrating…

‘Jojo Rabbit’ Review

Taika Watiti is a master of ‘happy / sad’ cinema. From Boy to the brilliant Hunt for the Wilderpeople, he manages to combine scenes that are incredibly funny and daft with moments of heart and sincerity that create one of the most distinctive styles in Hollywood right now. Jojo Rabbit is his most ambitious attempt…

Top 20 Films of the Decade

Happy New Year folks. Thought I’d spend the first post of a new decade looking back at the last 10 years and picking out what I think are the very best films of the decade. Now a  quick caveat before we start the list. There are no films from 2019 on this list. It’s not…

‘Cats’ Review

Picture the scene. It’s the 19th of July 2019. The Cats trailer has just dropped online. And for a brief, blissful moment everyone put aside their differences to unite against a common enemy. The horrific trailer was deservedly panned, and the studio stated they’d be making changes. Then it was released and was unanimously damned by audiences…

Top 10 Films of 2019

As 2019 draws to a close, it’s once again time to reflect on a year’s worth of movies. Cinematically speaking, 2019 has been a bit of a belter. With huge franchises coming to their end and a number of high profile flops, it seemed that the field opened up more than ever for smaller, more…

‘Little Women’ Review

  Confession time – I went into Little Women pretty much blind. I’ve never read Alcott’s book, or seen any of the countless film and tv adaptations. But I love Lady Bird, and the cast that Greta Gerwig has assembled for her follow up was more than enough to draw me in. And I’m very glad that it…

‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ Review

Rise of Skywalker faces the unenviable task of drawing together a trilogy of trilogies. There is so much story and history to this series, all riding on this film to bring it home. It’s a colossal ask. Impossible, probably. But this film more than buckles under the weight of the burden. What was supposed to provide…