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A Look Back at February 2021

Is it just me, or have these past two months just felt like one long January? It’s still dark and miserable, and I still can’t leave my flat. It feels like being stuck in Groundhog Day, but instead of constantly giving the same new report, I’m just always sat in my living room, sometimes watching…

Coming To America Review

Some Hollywood stars lead a long and fruitful career spanning many decades. Some operate in the background and only get their dues as supporting players. Others burn brightly for a period and then eventually fizzle out, usually after a run of poorly-received or unprofitable projects. Eddie Murphy is someone who arguably belongs in this latter…

The Prom Review

Poor Meryl Streep. Is your career struggling so much that you were forced to sign onto this putrid cacophony of nonsense? Forgive me, I don’t typically give the game away quite so early, do I? But I cannot accurately describe this feeling of hatred that currently squats in my stomach like all of the bile…

MFR Hall of Fame Inductee: Martin Scorsese

Category: Director Active: 1963-Present Honours: Academy Awards: 2 wins (Best Picture & Best Director for The Departed), 15 nominations BAFTA Awards: 3 wins (Best Film, Best Direction, and Best Adapted Screenplay for Goodfellas), 14 nominations Directors Guild of America Awards: 2 wins (Outstanding Directing – Feature Film for The Departed, and Outstanding Directing – Drama…

Introducing the Major Film Reviews Hall of Fame!

I’m always looking for ways to diversify my output on this site, and while new releases are quiet, I thought now was the best time to celebrate those iconic figures from cinema. This is an idea I’ve been playing with for some time; I sometimes find myself wanting to write more about a particular director…

War Horse Review

There are few duos in Hollywood as successful and revered as Steven Spielberg and John Williams. The director and the maestro have had a lucrative partnership that spans five decades and a truckload of awards. To date, they have worked on twenty-eight films together (starting with 1974’s The Sugarland Express), and their partnership shows no signs…

Daredevil (2015-2018 TV Series) Review

As a few of you may know, I often struggle to keep up to date with TV shows. I never got past the fourth season of Game of Thrones, I’m not entirely sure if I ever finished Breaking Bad, and I’ve never seen so much as one episode of The Sopranos. Even shows that interest…

Obituary: Christopher Plummer

Christopher Plummer 1929-2021 “You’re only two years younger than me, darling. Where have you been all my life?” These are the words said by Christopher Plummer to his newly-won Oscar back in 2011. An Oscar some would say was also well-overdue. As unbelievable as it may seem, Plummer was only first nominated two years earlier,…

Countdown Review

There are probably some confused UK readers right now wondering why I’m reviewing an afternoon letters-and-numbers game show, but rest assured, I am not. Although frankly, I wish I were. Now and again a film will come along with an interesting concept, but with no idea how to effectively use it, just like this one,…

A Look Back at January 2021

I’ve long thought that ‘Blue Monday’ and the concept of January being a depressing month was a self-fulfilling prophecy. It’s a belief I’ve found wavering this month however, while I sit at home, in lockdown, with the future uncertain. I don’t mind admitting that I’ve found motivation hard to come by this month. First I…