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The Fisher King Review

I’m currently in the early stages of compiling a list of the Top 10 Robin Williams performances, in memory of someone who I consider to be one of the greatest performers on film of the past 30+ years. Although I am well-versed in Williams’ career, there remained a few gaps in my critical spectrum of…

Les Miserables: The Staged Concert Review

I may have let slip before that I’m a big fan of Les Misérables. I really enjoyed the film when that came around (Russell Crowe and his odd singing notwithstanding), I’ve had and  watched every concert version released, went to the West End to see it, I was even in a version several years ago.…

12 Angry Men Review

I am not a man who generally pines for the past. You’ll rarely hear me tell of things were better way back when. I think we’re genuinely lucky to be around at a time when so much choice and exciting new artists, representing previously unseen cultures and ideas, are abundant. I will however freely admit…

La La Land Review

Why is Ryan Gosling so good at everything? Remember a few years ago, when this film was doing the rounds? Remember the hype around this film that had somehow come out of nowhere and made movie musicals fresh and new again? Remember when Warren Beatty called it out by accident as that year’s Best Picture?…

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…

Leave No Trace Review

One of the great things about film is it can focus on one area of life that would otherwise go unnoticed or overlooked. At its best it can be a mirror to society, in all its many facets, across the spectrum of life. I say this to set the scene somewhat for the topic of…

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…

Titanic Review

There are very few things in this life that I hate. Inequality, violence, and talking in the cinemas rank highly in the very short list, but sitting atop the list, like an eviction notice written on a pile of cow dung on the welcome mat of my life, is Titanic. Now, I get that this…

The Godfather Review

I have been surprised by many films. Surprised by how good, bad, or indifferent they are. I’ve sat through some utter dross, and some utter gems. But I have never been so surprised to fall in love with a film as much as I fell in love with The Godfather. That’s not to say I…