Monthly Archives: July 2016

Film Review – Jason Bourne

Back by popular demand, apparently. Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass swore they wouldn’t return to the Bourne franchise, and yet audience enthusiasm eventually made them think twice. Jason Bourne, the fourth in this lucrative amnesiac assassin series loosely based … Continue reading

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Film Review – Star Trek Beyond

Better than Into Darkness but not quite as good as the one before that would summarise my verdict on Star Trek Beyond. Of course, here I am speaking of the rebooted Trek universe post JJ Abrams’s ingenious timeline resetting reboot, … Continue reading

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Film Review – The BFG

Roald Dahl’s The BFG was a landmark childhood read for me, so any adaptation has a lot of expectation. Previously adapted as an OK animated TV feature, now Steven Spielberg has flexed his considerable cinematic muscles to put his spin … Continue reading

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Film Review – Ghostbusters (2016)

A lot of idiotic, misogynist outcry appeared online from fanboy types when Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters reboot was announced as an all-female affair. In response to this, an equally idiotic feminist outcry demanded people see this film as some kind of … Continue reading

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Film Review – K-Shop

Dan Pringle’s low-budget directorial debut K-Shop is a grisly but gripping Sweeney Todd inspired horror satire with plenty of bite. Upfront warnings for 18 certificate extremely strong language and gruesome violence are warranted, but if this is your cup of … Continue reading

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Film Review – The Neon Demon

Saying The Neon Demon will not be for everyone is a statement so absurdly obvious as to be redundant. Nicolas Winding Refn’s films have been hugely divisive, but this more than any of his works to date will drive a … Continue reading

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Film Review – Love & Friendship

Expect a nomination for Kate Beckinsale at next year’s Oscars for her performance as the deliciously manipulative Lady Susan Vernon in Love & Friendship, Whit Stillman’s superb adaptation of a Jane Austen short story. In fact, expect nominations for Whitman … Continue reading

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Film Review – Tale of Tales

Fairy tales are cruel, and director Matteo Garrone’s surreal and twisted Tale of Tales is no exception. Furthermore, this is an emphatically “grown-up” fairy tale so not one for the children, in case there was any confusion. Upfront warnings for … Continue reading

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How important is it to describe physical surroundings?

Following my post from last week on describing the physical attributes of characters, here’s another hoary old question that crops up on a regular basis. How important is it to describe physical surroundings? This is tough, because there really is … Continue reading

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