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The Conjuring Review

There are a few recurring comments throughout a few of my reviews. Recently a prominent one was about the 80s, but one that has recurred a fair amount over the entire history of my website has been my takes on horror movies. Since I started reviewing, my views on the genre have softened after seeing…

Soul Review

For 25 years, Pixar has proved themselves time and again as the kings of emotive animation storytelling, from their debut with Toy Story in 1995, right through to 2020’s Onward, they have proven the benefits in animation when it comes to telling important and complex stories, all the while making them accessible for a younger audience. This was…

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 Mandalorian Season 2 Review

I’ve long said that the possibilities in the Star Wars universe are almost endless. There’s an entire galaxy of stories to be told, and if Disney’s investors call last month is anything to go by, they fully intend to tell those stories. After the first series showed a lot of promise, and laid the foundation for larger…

A Look Back at December 2020

So, we say goodbye to the final month of the year that was. Christmas has come and gone and the New Year brings us a certain amount of hope that this year might be better, as realistically, it couldn’t get much worse. It’s also the time of the year when wide-eyed dreamers declare their ‘New…

It’s A Wonderful Life Review

Everyone has their own Christmas traditions. Some people like to go carolling, others might prefer a cup of cocoa in front of the fire, and some, like me, will watch a Christmas film. We all have our favourites, of course, and I’m not going to pretend that this film has always been my Christmas Eve…

Gremlins Review

I’m carrying on the loose theme of ‘alternative Christmas films’ today with this film. It’s another one I hadn’t seen until recently as well, so no one can accuse me of not broadening my horizons at least. As I said in my Bad Santa review, I think there’s a sizeable market for this kind of thing. After…

Bad Santa Review

Last week, I said that In Bruges was the very opposite of ‘Christmas magic’. Even though I didn’t believe it was really a Christmas film, but I’m continuing that trend with this film, one that definitely is a Christmas film, but is also the very opposite of holly jolly. Not everyone is indeed the biggest fan of Christmas, and…

Miracle on 34th Street (1994) Review

There have been many on-screen portrayals of Santa Claus. Ed Asner, Tim Allen, Dudley Moore, and one weird time, Paul Giamatti have all played the jolly guy in the red suit. Few have ever suited the role in the same way Richard Attenborough did in this film. Full disclosure: this is the only version of…