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…

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…