Category Archives: Films

Film Review – Stan & Ollie

Stan & Ollie is a charming, poignant biopic charting the autumn years of much-loved slapstick comedy legends Laurel and Hardy. It isn’t going to change the course of cinema, but it features fine performances, assured direction from Jon S Baird … Continue reading

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The Tangent Tree Extra: Star Wars The Last Jedi one year on

Here is a Tangent Tree Extra, Tangent Tree Special, Tangent Tree Mini, or Tangent Bonsai Tree or whatever you want to call it… ie, it’s not a full episode, but a kind of mini stand-alone rant. This one is about … Continue reading

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Film Review – The Favourite

Three superb central performances, splendid direction and a savage screenplay are my favourite reasons to see The Favourite, a deliciously dark period drama from Greek auteur Yorgos Lanthimos. With Dogtooth, The Lobster, The Killing of a Sacred Deer and now … Continue reading

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Film Review – Mary Poppins Returns

Disney’s 1964 adaptation of PL Travers’s Mary Poppins novels was nothing like the books, and Travers famously hated it. Everyone else from that generation to this has loved it, and the film has a very special place amongst the pantheon … Continue reading

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Film Review – Bumblebee

Here’s something I thought I’d never say: The new Transformers film is actually quite good. No, stop checking the date to make sure it isn’t the 1st of April. I really mean it. Bumblebee is exactly what the Transformers franchise … Continue reading

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Film Review – Aquaman

In the course of this Aquaman review I shall attempt to manfully avoid all fish/water related puns. I won’t tell you the film is a damp squib, or a wet fish, or a belly flop. I will however state upfront … Continue reading

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The Most Wonderful Time of the Year – New podcast from The Tangent Tree

All good things come to an end. Or at least, the end for now. The Tangent Tree podcast will be back for a new series next year, but for now here’s half an hour of Sam and I discussing our … Continue reading

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Ten Best Films of 2018

Another eventful year in cinema. Another top ten from yours truly. This year, as ever, the selection of my ten best films of the year has involved a lot of agonising, groaning, weeping, wailing and gnashing of teeth. Certain films … Continue reading

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Film Review – Spider-Man Into the Spider-verse

Given the sheer number of recent Spider-man reboots, the question has to be asked: do we really need another Spider-man? These reboots are just one of many jokes made at the expense of the webslinger in the animated Spider-man Into … Continue reading

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Disney Discussion – New podcast from The Tangent Tree now available

Spot the deliberate mistake in the title of this episode of The Tangent Tree podcast (you probably need to have listened to the previous two episodes to notice)… …or don’t bother, and just enjoy another deluge of discussion between Sam … Continue reading

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