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…

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…

The Last Jedi – please come back George

The Force Awakens relaunched the Star Wars franchise. It was a typically smooth JJ Abrams soft reboot. Visually spectacular and occasionally conceptually ridiculous – I’m talking ludicrous mega-Death-Stars – it set the scene for the two that were to follow. This was to be the long awaited final trilogy of George Lucas’s extended saga. A…

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…