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My Top 10 Animated Films

It occurred to me the other day that, for all my posturing, and championing of animation, I hadn’t really revealed my litmus test of what I consider to be ‘great’ animation; I also noticed how popular my listed entries seem to be on my sight, so I thought that while I was in the midst of…

A Look Back at June

Well, there appears to be light at the end of the tunnel. With more businesses starting to re-open, cinemas appear to be starting to join them. My local cinema (a Cineworld, with whom I have an Unlimited card) first announced they would be opening on July 10th, but this has been pushed back to the…

A Word on Retrospective Censorship

Over the past few weeks, there have been a few instances of what I have titled here as ‘Retrospective Censorship’ meaning, an older property that has been pulled from release or edited, as it isn’t deemed acceptable in modern sensibilities. At this time of especially heightened racial tension, I believe some of it is a…

A Look Back at May

Another month indoors and more films on my list that I haven’t gotten round to yet; it’s strange, I can attend a cinema many times a week and never fail to motivate myself to want to see more, but stuck at home with nothing else to do, I just can’t find the energy or desire.…

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…

Top 10 Robin Williams Performances

It’s hard to believe that it’s almost six years since the world lost Robin Williams, and it feels like we lost a little bit of joy with him. Many thousands of words have been written in the time since then eulogising someone who I consider to be one of the all-time greats. Not only a…

Was Arthur Fleck Really The Joker?

I think enough time has now passed since the release of Joker last year to properly delve into some talking points, now being a comfortable time to start giving away the kind of spoilers that would see me flogged in the street immediately post-release, but now people have had time to watch, there is now time…

Corona and the Future of Cinema

In case you’ve been living on the moon for the last few months (incidentally, please let us know how you’re getting an internet signal, I can’t even manage that in my garden) you’ve probably noticed that the world is in a spot of bother right now. In fact, that might be a typically British under-sell…

Support Your Independant Cinemas

I appreciate that the above title makes me seem like your average snobby critic, who looks down his nose at anything that cost more to make than a McDonalds Happy Meal. Nothing could be further from the truth, there’s no room in this world to dismiss films out of hand, everything deserves its chance to…