Justice League: A DC coming of age story? (Part one)

DC properties have suffered in the past from a kind of pushy parent syndrome. Fans and critics alike have all had very clear ideas about exactly where past DC cinema has been deficient, and exactly how it might be improved. Their films have been said to lack levity. They have been said give a distorted…

Thor: Ragnarok – is Taika Waititi bound and gagged at Mavel studios?

Each director has brought something of himself to the Thor franchise. Kenneth Branagh brought a little of the theatre, Alan Taylor seemed to enhance that sci-fi element, and now Taika Waititi brings a touch of his indie comedy sensibility. Thor isn’t quite the hot property of – say – the Spiderman franchise, it has to…

Film Review: Blade Runner 2049

I sat back in the cinema digesting everything I had just seen. Urban vistas spanning to a seemingly limitless horizon, while the abrasive electronic soundtrack swelled to painful proportions. The pace was steady. Issues were raised, unpackaged, and reorganised in a satisfyingly unresolved origami. The original Blade Runner had used synthetic, or replicant, humans to…