Wonder Woman, DC, DCEU, Gal Gadot, Batman, Justice League

WONDER WOMAN (2017) – REVIEW


It’s not like Warner Bros. haven’t made a few pennies with the three films currently comprising their DC Extended Universe – Man Of Steel, Batman v Superman and Suicide Squad made a combined $2b+ at the worldwide box office – but what they’re really desperate for is a comprehensive hit; some critical success to go with the money, and perhaps the kind of validation they…

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alien, alien: covenant, xenomorph, ridley scott

ALIEN: COVENANT (2017) – REVIEW


During the press rounds for Alien: Covenant, Ridley Scott basically admitted that the only reason he made the film was to right the wrongs of Prometheus – specifically, it’s lack of the Xenomorph. Now I don’t think too many people would argue there were problems with Prometheus, but despite the impression Scott seems to be under, I doubt this was everyone’s main issue. In fact, the very lack…

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GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2 (2017) – REVIEW


When James Gunn delivered Guardians Of The Galaxy to the big screen back in 2014, he surprised almost everyone. Here was this relatively unknown director of ‘squelchy’ independent films like Slither and Super (he also penned The Belko Experiment which is currently in cinemas), jumping into the well-established Marvel Cinematic Universe with a group of characters who no-one but avid comic readers would recognize. The ingredients were there…

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PAGE vs SCREEN: WHICH DID IT BETTER? (PART 3)


Welcome to part 3 of my Page vs Screen series. Find part 1 here Find part 2 here World War Z To call World War Z an adaptation of Max Brooks’s book would be somewhat false. At best it’s a reinterpretation, but even that’s being a little kind. Marc Forster’s film essentially just takes what’s a really cool title for a zombie movie…

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WHAT STAR RATINGS REALLY MEAN


Star ratings have a habit of ruling film criticism. Bus posters and billboards particularly love their eye-catching nature, and indeed it makes sense to advertise with such a clear visual aid in areas where people will only grab a quick glance at the poster in question. Even if there’s a small quote beneath, it’s the number of stars which stay in…

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SHOULD YOU WATCH BAD MOVIES TO THE END?


Being a film critic sounds like the perfect job. They get paid to sit and watch movies all day and then write about said movies. They get the chance to mull with and interview stars at festivals. They get early access to all the big movies. And did I mention they get to sit around watching and writing about movies all…

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KONG: SKULL ISLAND (2017) – REVIEW


It’s a little hard to believe Peter Jackson’s King Kong is already 12 years old. Going to see it remains a vivid memory; before that, The Lord Of The Rings on my birthday had been the tradition, so when Jackson came along with another December-released epic after a two-year hiatus, I was more than a little excited. And sure enough, I enjoyed it at the time…

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PAGE vs SCREEN: WHICH DID IT BETTER? (PART 2)


Welcome to part 2 of my Page vs Screen series. It’s already pretty apparent which side is going to win, but don’t let that spoil the fun… Find part 1 here. The Picture of Dorian Gray It’s a real shame that the filmmakers decided to ditch everything interesting about Oscar Wilde’s classic Gothic chiller in order to appeal to a young, sex-obsessed…

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Logan, Wolverine, Hugh Jackman, X-Men

LOGAN (2017) – REVIEW


To give this review some context, I’ve never been a very big X-Men fan. Not because I have any specific reason (other than feeling confused about the chronology of each installment) – it’s just that the characters have never excited me in the way that a lot of other superheroes have, like The Avengers or Batman. That is, of course,…

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The Shining, horror, movie, film, Kubrick, Stephen King

PAGE vs SCREEN: WHICH DID IT BETTER? (PART 1)


Though it certainly feels like a modern trope to base every new movie on a book or some other original source, it’s actually a practice dating back to the birth of cinema (you know, before Hollywood completely ran out of ideas). Technically the earliest adaptation can be found all the way back in 1899, when magician/avante-garde filmmaker George Méliès made…

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