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Deadpool Review

Deadpool is a film with a fair amount of history leading up to it’s production. Way back in 2009, X Men Origins: Wolverine was released, featuring a much-anticipated portrayal of anti-hero Deadpool by perceived dream actor for the role, Ryan Reynolds. The film was a disaster critically and almost killed the X-Men franchise, but there…

Mary Poppins Returns Review

There’s always a risk when returning to a long-dormant franchise of tainting the originals legacy. Yet it seems fashionable now to revisit series thought long-dead in the hopes of attaching a pair of jump leads to its corpse and wringing a few more million dollars from it. It probably sounds from that opening paragraph that…

Lady Bird Review

Towards the end of 2019, I reviewed Little Women, a very good film directed by one Greta Gerwig, a filmmaker whose stock has been on since their first solo-directed feature, one I made reference to in my Little Women review, and one I shall now get around to reviewing: Lady Bird. Lady Bird is the genesis point for everything that…

Good Will Hunting Review

I have, in the past, stated my grief at the passing of Robin Williams. As a performer, he brought great personal joy into millions of lives, whether as an eccentric alien in Mork and Mindy, or in his more serious roles like Dead Poets Society, or indeed Good Will Hunting, he was a unique and…

Withnail & I Review

These past few weeks, the films I’ve looked at have had a rather ‘cult’ feel to them. First there was Little Shop of Horrors which boasts the kind of camp cult features, A Fish Called Wanda provided us with irreverent cult comedy, and now there’s Withnail & I, which is… a lot more difficult to categorise. It’s a…

A Fish Called Wanda Review

This past weekend, in one of my Monty Python reviews, I offhandedly mentioned the Pythons’ film careers after their work in the troupe, and it may surprise you to know that I haven’t actually seen much post-Python work from most of them. Aside from Fawlty Towers, there isn’t any Python-heavy property I’ve seen a lot…

Little Shop of Horrors Review

There might not be a more highly-regarded composer and songwriter in modern Hollywood than Alan Menken. For many people my age, his songs in Disney films were the soundtrack to our childhoods, and the late-80’s revival of Disney’s fortunes owes a lot of its success to Menken’s songwriting. Of course, he didn’t do this alone,…

Monty Python’s Life of Brian Review

Like a lot of people, I love Monty Python. Despite them being several decades before my time, I still discovered them in my mid-teens when my sense of humour was taking shape (dark, surreal and musical for me, please and thank you) and Python was a revelation to me. I couldn’t believe the things these…

Monty Python and the Holy Grail Review

Many people have one film they can watch over and over again, without getting bored of it. For many people, this will be the film they watch when they’re feeling down or had a difficult day, and for me that is The Holy Grail. Now, I’m a massive Python fan, even though they’re much before…

Military Wives Review

There are films that come along in cinemas each year which will look similar to something else, maybe a plot resembles one from a film ten years previously, or a certain actor is playing a similar character. I get this kind of feeling a lot when it comes to a certain stable of British films.…