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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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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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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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The Tangent Tree Series 2 Episode 7: Provocateurs of Cinema

This week’s podcast from The Tangent Tree continues our discussion about Quentin Tarantino, and moves into a conversation about cinema’s provocateurs. As always, listen on Podcast Addict, iTunes, or Spotify, or else click here. Don’t forget to check back here … Continue reading

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100 Favourite Films – Part 3/5

Continuing my countdown of my 100 Favourite films (click here for the criteria)… 60 to 41: 60. Les Diaboliques (1955) – The greatest Hitchcock film Hitchcock never made. George Clouzot’s nerve-jangling thriller predated Psycho by several years (Hitchcock saw it … Continue reading

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