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HIDDEN FIGURES (2017) – REVIEW


When I first saw the trailer for Hidden Figures – at that point having no idea it even existed – I admit I rolled my eyes. Not, I assure you, at the subject matter, but at the somewhat naff creative direction the trailer took. That shamelessly sentimental “you can do it!” music, fluttering up in grandeur the longer it went on, painted the…

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WHEN MOVIES (AND TV) FORGET HOW LIFE WORKS


Movies aren’t always known for their realism, let’s be honest. Sure, we’ll always have the works of filmmakers like Mike Leigh and young, radical French directors to remind us how gritty and real our world can be, and there will never be a shortage of awards-bait true stories floating around, but movies are, fundamentally, about escapism. They’re there to entertain us, to…

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THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE (2017) – REVIEW


“All great movies start with black…” When The Lego Movie came out a couple of years ago, it defied pretty much everyone’s expectations. Like the general feeling surrounding things like The Emoji Movie, Angry Birds and the as-yet-untitled Tetris Movie (really), there was a collective scrutiny over the idea that there could be any kind of coherent narrative in a film based on such a…

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RINGS (2017) – REVIEW


Against my better judgement, I opted to see Rings over Manchester By The Sea. What can I say? I was just in one of those moods. You know the sort – when you just feel like indulging in some trashy thrills over anything that will require you to actually think. I was hoping Rings would be just the thing I was after, and indeed, the fact that’s…

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HACKSAW RIDGE (2017) – REVIEW


As far as I’m aware, no-one talking about Hacksaw Ridge has raised the weird coincidence that twice within a month, Andrew Garfield has appeared as a young, idealistic insurgent venturing into a treacherous Japan fueled only by his faith (the other film, of course, being Martin Scorsese’s Silence). At least I assume it’s a coincidence – perhaps Garfield planned it, but the parallels are almost…

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GOLD (2017) – REVIEW


It’s probably fair to say the McConaissance is over. Which isn’t a bad thing like it sounds, it just means Matthew has reached the point in his comeback where his being really good is no longer a surprise – we generally expect him to be in good movies and probably be one of the best things about them. Of course, the…

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INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS: MY ODD RELATIONSHIP WITH TARANTINO’S ‘MASTERPIECE’


There’s a line at the end of Inglourious Basterds: “You know something,” Brad Pitt observes as he peers down at the swastika he’s just carved onto a screaming Christoph Waltz’s forehead, “this might just be my masterpiece”. In the case of Pitt’s artistic skills with a massive knife on human skin, it might just be his masterpiece. But the commentary in the line from the film’s…

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OSCARS 2017 – THE PREDICTIONS


Here again, are we? Alright… As a quick (and by now fairly standard) pre-cusor, I should mention that I sadly haven’t seen a bunch of these yet. A lot of this is sheer guess work. I’ve also omitted a few categories about which I literally have no idea (haven’t seen any of the documentaries, for example), and added the odd…

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SILENCE (2017) – REVIEW


If anyone had been expecting Martin Scorsese’s follow-up to The Wolf Of Wall Street to be something of a similar ilk, they’d be in for one numbing dose of reality. This is not the rambunctious, gangstery filmmaking we generally associate with Scorsese, but the slow-burning, drawn-out, reflective type which resulted in films like Kundun and The Last Temptation of Christ. The succinct title itself alludes…

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A MONSTER CALLS (2017) – REVIEW


It would probably be erroneous to call A Monster Calls a children’s film, yet there can surely be no denying it’s aimed in a large way, at least thematically, at the younger minds among us. It is a coming-of-age story with monsters, after all. That being the case, this is some seriously heavy stuff to digest. Bullying, death, loss of childhood, emotional…

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