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Snowpiercer Review

Over the last few weeks, I’ve been on somewhat of a Korean cinema binge, off the back of one particular stunning film experience from one particular director from the East-Asian country, a certain Bong Joon-ho. While Bong Joon-ho has been a popular director in his home country for some time, it was only really with Parasite that…

Blade Runner 2049 Review

When it comes to long-awaited sequels, it’s fair to say that the weight of expectation is fairly heavy, especially when you’re following up a beloved cult classic that had no apparent need for a sequel. Still, it has been shown before, that in the right hands, a long-gestating successor can be just as successful as…

Star Wars: Return of the Jedi Review

Trilogies seem to be the desired thing in the world of entertainment; for every film, it is seen fit to do a sequel for, a third instalment isn’t usually far behind (and sometimes a fourth, fifth, sixth, etc…) and this makes sense if the story demands it, sometimes the traditional three-act structure can’t be covered…

Blade Runner Review

Well, after last week I reviewed a film whose behind-the-scenes dramas were more interesting than the final product, I thought it prudent to review a film that was as interesting as its production stories. Not really, of course, this was already wheeling across the firing range and I needed something fun to write for the…

Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back Review

This past week marked the 40th anniversary of Empire, and as followers of my Twitter account will know (@NathanKenMajor for those wondering) that it also won a little competition I put together called the ‘World Cup of Films’ beating out close competitors The Lion King, Alien and Parasite.  While this is only a small testing pool, given my modest follower…

The Mandalorian Review

Now, I don’t often review TV, as I find it difficult to format as a review; do I do episode by episode? Or do I just review the series as a whole? Each of these approaches has their separate issues, but in the end, I decided that with little else new to cover, it was…

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,…

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.…

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Review

So, with the end of the world nigh, and every person you come into contact with potentially carrying a deadly virus, it’s safe to say that the cinema isn’t a great place to be right now. Which is bad news for me, because the longer I don’t watch films, the longer I don’t write and…