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Deadpool Review

Deadpool is a film with a fair amount of history leading up to it’s production. Way back in 2009, X Men Origins: Wolverine was released, featuring a much-anticipated portrayal of anti-hero Deadpool by perceived dream actor for the role, Ryan Reynolds. The film was a disaster critically and almost killed the X-Men franchise, but there…

The Boondock Saints Review

Billy Connolly may be the greatest comedian of all-time, but in the movie stakes, he is second only to Sean Bean in terms of on-screen deaths. This is the man who claims to be ‘the only person to die in a Muppet movie’ so I was hoping the Big Yin could make it at least…

Mary Poppins Returns Review

There’s always a risk when returning to a long-dormant franchise of tainting the originals legacy. Yet it seems fashionable now to revisit series thought long-dead in the hopes of attaching a pair of jump leads to its corpse and wringing a few more million dollars from it. It probably sounds from that opening paragraph that…

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…

A Look Back at March

Well, this last month seemed to go on forever, didn’t it? The world has ground to a halt thanks to the spread of a deadly virus, one that isn’t fictional this time, closing pretty much everything, including cinemas. But still, I have endeavoured to keep the site ticking over with reviews of older films, both…

A Fish Called Wanda Review

This past weekend, in one of my Monty Python reviews, I offhandedly mentioned the Pythons’ film careers after their work in the troupe, and it may surprise you to know that I haven’t actually seen much post-Python work from most of them. Aside from Fawlty Towers, there isn’t any Python-heavy property I’ve seen a lot…