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Amongst all the big budget special effects and megastar cameos, the whip-sharp in-jokes and self effacing humour, there are two things that stand out for me in the latest Marvel outing, Thor: Ragnarok. Firstly, there’s the wonderful seventies styling of … Continue reading
So…mother!… Where do you begin with a film like this? Well oddly, the film begins with the end, but that’s perhaps the least strange thing about it. Take a look online and you’ll find as many different interpretations and hypotheses … Continue reading
For a comedy drama about an aspiring rap singer from New Jersey, the critically acclaimed Patti Cake$ feels oddly British in its indie film aesthetic. Sitting somewhere between Edgar Wright’s smart domestic observations and Shane Meadows’ sharp social commentary, it … Continue reading
It is a rare that a film makes you feel that you are part of the action, drawing you in as if it is going on around you rather than in front of you on the screen. Yet this summer … Continue reading
Very early on in Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, there is a reference to Willy Wonka’s ‘World of pure imagination’, and this is most definitely where you will spend the next two and a bit hours (although … Continue reading
Sometimes a film that you didn’t think much of at the time, stays with you and grows on you until you feel compelled to see it again. You convince yourself you have missed something and that it is actually much … Continue reading