Category Archives: Films

Film Review – Spider-Man: Far from Home

Spider-Man: Far from Home delivers at the high standard one has come to expect from Marvel films. Playful, exciting, funny, and occasionally touching, it doesn’t quite scale the surreal, envelope pushing heights of last year’s animated Spider-man: Into the Spider-verse, … Continue reading

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Film Review – Midsommar

The original version of The Wicker Man is the obvious inspiration for Ari Aster’s Midsommar – a splendidly creepy, disturbing, darkly funny, occasionally gross-out gruesome folk horror tale. It’s a significant improvement on Aster’s Hereditary, which for all it’s fine … Continue reading

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The Tangent Tree Series 2 Episode 10: Doctor Who

In the final episode of this series of The Tangent Tree podcast, Samantha and I take a break from discussing films, and instead discuss Doctor Who. For any fans of the series, this episode is a must. As ever, listen … Continue reading

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Film Review – Yesterday

“From the writer of Love Actually and the director of Slumdog Millionaire” is a pretty solid commercial proposition. As a result, in Yesterday we have the best directed Richard Curtis film ever made, with Danny Boyle bringing his trademark verve … Continue reading

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Film Review – Toy Story 4

The Toy Story trilogy, as it was up to this point, consisted of three flawless masterpieces of animated family viewing which are rightly revered. We didn’t need a fourth instalment, or so we thought. Pixar however had other ideas. The … Continue reading

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The Tangent Tree Series 2 Episode 9: E.T. – Something Rather Special

On this week’s episode of The Tangent Tree, Sam thinks I can’t talk about E.T. The Extra Terrestrial without getting emotional and welling up. Utter nonsense of course. Nonsense… As usual, listen on Spotify, Podcast Addict, iTunes, or by clicking … Continue reading

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Film Review – Sometimes Always Never

Sometimes Always Never, from first time director Carl Hunter and writer Frank Cottrell Boyce, is a curious, low key, offbeat gem of a film. It isn’t going to change the course of cinema, but it is beautifully shot, quietly compelling, … Continue reading

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The Tangent Tree Series 2 Episode 8: Period Films (Not Carrie)

In this week’s episode of our film podcast The Tangent Tree, Sam and I don’t discuss Carrie, except briefly. We do discuss period dramas though, once we get over a brief moment of juvenile humour. As always, listen on Podcast … Continue reading

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100 Favourite Films – Part 5/5

Concluding my countdown of my 100 Favourite films (click here for the criteria)… 20 – 1: 20. Jaws (1975) – This classic apparently got a PG rating (or more accurately an “A” rating in the UK, before “A” became “PG) … Continue reading

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100 Favourite Films – Part 4/5

Continuing my countdown of my 100 Favourite films (click here for the criteria)… 40 to 21: 40. Once upon a time in the West (1968) – Another great western, and one that was inexplicably roasted by critics on its initial … Continue reading

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