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The Maze Runner Review

There seemed to be an explosion of Young Adult novel adaptations in the 2010s. Last year, I looked at The Hunger Games series, and now, I’m looking at another YA adaptation. However, I don’t feel like I’ll be looking at the whole series after the first one. Well, that seems needlessly cruel; it’s not as…

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Review

In recent years, Alfonso Cuaron’s stock in Hollywood has only grown. Before this film, his work was celebrated in Mexico, yet mixed in the United States, as is the story for many Mexican filmmakers, including Cuaron’s friends Guillermo del Toro, and Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu, both of whom started their career to much acclaim in their…

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Review

In my last Harry Potter review, I outlined some problems with the early days of the series while it was finding its feet. They were innocuous issues, sure, and the film as a whole was a perfectly acceptable adaptation. I regret to report that this subsequent film doesn’t particularly fix the issues, in fact, it…

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone Review

I’ll be honest with you, dear reader, January is a difficult time for me. Especially this year, the post-Christmas slump has hit hard and I’ve found myself severely lacking motivation. I have a pile of films to watch and review, but all I’ve found myself watching for the past week is the Harry Potter films.…

Labyrinth Review

Jim Henson is a beloved figure the world over for his part in creating The Muppets (for more onthese anarchic creations, see The Muppets Christmas Carol review in Chapter 12) as well aspioneering puppeteering in modern film & TV. He’s an icon of the medium who sadly died before histime at the age of 53.…

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Parts 1 & 2 Review

Well, it’s time to bring this little expedition to a close. I never planned from the outset to review all of these films, and certainly not in such a short space of time, but left with not much to do stuck at home, I ended up watching them all a few days apart, partly out…

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Review

So, the first film in this series got me into it; invited me inside, made me a cup of tea, now it’s up to the sequel to fetch the biscuits and keep me entertained with an anecdote or two. This analogy fell apart quite quickly, didn’t it? Never mind, I’m pressing ahead anyway… Even though…

The Hunger Games Review

I must admit that this franchise passed me by entirely. The height of its popularity came and went just after I was outside of its target demographic; and in truth, it seems like a franchise I could quite easily get into, but hadn’t had the time to do so, but now my options are limited,…

Time Bandits Review

I’d never fully understood the meaning of the phrase: ‘having one’s cake and eating it’ because a cake only really has one function unless you’re planning an elaborate food fight, but after watching Time Bandits it started to become a little clearer to me. It has a perfectly workable premise, but overreaches itself far too often, and…