Film Review: Ready Player One

I’m a big Spielberg fan. This perhaps isn’t such a controversial statement. Saying that I like the work of the director of Jaws, ET, Jurassic Park, and Schindler’s List – to name but a few – isn’t really putting myself out there. Added to this is the fact that the world seems to be undergoing…

Film Review: The Mercy

The Mercy is one of those movies that you probably didn’t catch. It was in the cinemas briefly and with little fanfare, and then it wasn’t. Maybe it will show up on TV sometime, or perhaps you’ll dip into it on Netflix. The film hasn’t quite got all of the awards recognition that it was…

Black Panther: valiant but flawed

Black Panther seems to have received nothing but praise. It seems to be universally accepted as a great movie and a great step forward. It seems churlish to argue with this seemingly universally held opinion, but for me the film stumbled slightly. Black Panther is perhaps the most morality compromised Marvel film to date, and…

Film Review: 12 Strong

There seems to be a strange feedback loop at play between the US military and its onscreen persona. Actors have long drawn from the macho personas of the military to inform their performances, and soldiers in turn have watched these these slightly jingoistic, alpha-led performances and sought to emulate their onscreen idols. Every squaddie wants…

The Post: Awards bait with subtlety

I had sat down to watch the post with a degree of cynicism. It is Oscar time and we are to be exposed to a stream of ‘worthy’ cinema, as it courts awards approval. The film is much billed as Streep-Hanks, a coming together of two great acts; much like the film Heat brought together…