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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,…

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…

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…

Alien Review

When it comes to great directors, very few have a perfect record. Stanley Kubrick may have been a masterful filmmaker, but he also made Eyes Wide Shut, Steven Spielberg has War of the Worlds, and Quentin Tarantino has Death Proof. No-one is perfect, much less film directors. Ridley Scott is a great example of 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…

Schindler’s List Review

Sometimes it’s really hard to write something funny about a film. In some cases it can be so inconsequential that it’s hard to think of anything interesting to say about it, and in some cases, especially this one, it’s just a matter of tone. I hadn’t seen Schindler’s List until quite recently, when it was…