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The Guns of Navarone Review

I would like to dedicate this review to Mr Peter Walsh Judson. This review was requested by his son on the occasion of his 85th Birthday. Best wishes go out to Peter! At this point, I’ve seen so many films about World War II that I feel like I could enter Mastermind using the war…

Nomadland Review

Long-time readers of my work will remember my fondness for the film Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. I liked it so much; I made it my film of the year for 2018. I also discovered an admiration for its lead actress, Frances McDormand, whose towering role in the movie was one of the primary reasons I…

Sound of Metal Review

It is usually the aim of a filmmaker to make a film that emotionally connects to their audience on some level. Naturally, not all movies achieve this; a fair few fall short, in fact. However, some really take you by surprise. I first read about this film in a popular magazine last year, and I…

Promising Young Woman Review

Well, this is a difficult film to review. I might as well state for the reader right now that this review will not have the same tone as my usual work. The light-hearted tone I adopt for most of my reviews is inappropriate, if not a little offensive, to use with this subject material in…

Pierrepoint Review

Politics. Religion. Pineapple on pizza. These are all topics many people don’t feel comfortable talking about in mixed company. Amongst the vast swathes of points that could fall under the subject of ‘politics’ (most things in life come down to it in one way or another) that causes awkward silence if brought up in mixed…

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…

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,…

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…

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…