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Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace Review

So, it’s come to this. I’ll be honest, I’ve been keeping this review in my back pocket for the last year. I’ve sort of thought of it as an ‘in case of emergency break glass’ kind of backup plan. Something to eventually cover while the restrictions were ongoing, and the longer the lockdowns have continued,…

Major Film Reviews Classic Simpsons Playlist

If you’re anything like me, one of the biggest draws of Disney+ was the inclusion of The Simpson’s. Sure, it’s been bad much longer than it’s been good now (it probably hasn’t been great since the start of the millennium), but don’t underestimate just how good it was in its prime. It was probably the…

A Look Back at March 2021

Although things continue to be slow, I can’t help but notice the pace of high-profile releases is picking up once more. Following the much-anticipated release of Zack Snyder’s Justice League, a few more films are starting to emerge from the woodwork. Not so much over here in the U.K. where the cinemas remain closed, but…

Mank Review

Movies whose primary subject matter is movies themselves, or rather, about Hollywood, can be a difficult sell. It may turn out that it romanticises Hollywood’s past, celebrating it as a paragon of culture without looking at its negative sides (like Once Upon a Time in Hollywood). Or, the opposite could be true. It could be a…

Zack Snyder’s Justice League Review

For my review of the theatrical cut, click here. Right, so this review is going to be contentious no matter what I say. In many ways, I’ve been dreading the release of the so-called ‘Snyder Cut’, I knew that I’d be catching flak from one side or another no matter what I wrote, and, to…

WandaVision Review

Who’s been messing up everything? I’ll be honest, that tune has been stuck in my head for the past month, and now it’s stuck in yours again. You’re welcome. While the past year has been disastrous for all of us, it’s done particular damage to film schedules. Even the biggest studios have seen their schedules…

MFR Hall of Fame Inductee: John Williams

Category: Composer Years Active: 1957-Present Honours: (Strap Yourselves In, There’s A LOT!) Academy Awards: 5 wins (Best Scoring: Adaptation and Original Song Score for Fiddler on the Roof, Best Original Score for Jaws, Star Wars, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, and Schindler’s List), 52 nominations. Holds the record for most nominations for a living person. Second-most nominated…

Downfall Review

I have reviewed many war films before, but none of them has been like this one. The common phrase ‘history is written by the victors’ is often true of films; there have been few movies set from the perspective of the German’s in the years since the Second World War, with good reason, but there…

Downfall Review (In Deutsch)

Ich habe schon viele Kriegsfilme rezensiert, aber keiner von ihnen war so wie dieser. Der übliche Ausdruck “Geschichte wird von den Siegern geschrieben” trifft häufig auf Filme zu. In den Jahren seit dem Zweiten Weltkrieg wurden aus gutem Grund nur wenige Filme aus der Sicht der Deutschen gedreht, aber es gibt immer noch wichtige Geschichten,…