REVIEW Black Panther (2018)

Fair warning: considerable spoilers follow – read after watching. As a fan of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, I consider Black Panther a triumph, one of the best origin stories the film series has produced, packed with engaging and enjoyable characters, and boasting a story that deftly balances comic-book action and political machinations to create something Read more about REVIEW Black Panther (2018)[…]

REVIEW Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2018)

Fair warning: considerable spoilers follow – read after watching. Oh, it was so close. SO CLOSE. Hypothetically, if Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri – hereafter referred to as Three Billboards because f*** typing out the full title every time – hypothetically, if it had ended five minutes earlier, I’d be giving it a straight ten Read more about REVIEW Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2018)[…]

REVIEW The Shape Of Water (2018)

Fair warning: considerable spoilers follow – read after watching. Let’s get one thing out of the way: The Shape Of Water is every bit as good as you’ve heard. Directed by Guillermo del Toro, The Shape Of Water follows Elisa (Sally Hawkins), a mute cleaner at a government facility who meets “The Asset” – an Read more about REVIEW The Shape Of Water (2018)[…]

REVIEW The Cloverfield Paradox (2018)

Fair warning: considerable spoilers follow – read after watching. There are any number of angles you could use as an entry point in to discussing The Cloverfield Paradox, the third film in the Cloverfield universe (a term used loosely, the way someone might describe a handful of mismatched dining chairs as a “suite”) that was Read more about REVIEW The Cloverfield Paradox (2018)[…]

REVIEW Foo Fighters/Weezer – Auckland, Feb 3

The rain. Oh, lord, the rain. We arrived at Mt Smart Stadium around 6.15pm and quickly joined the crowd lined up at Gate S, a small gate giving access to the South Stand, an uncovered, seating-only area at the opposite end of the stadium from the large stage set up to house the Foo Fighters Read more about REVIEW Foo Fighters/Weezer – Auckland, Feb 3[…]

REVIEW Downsizing (2018)

Fair warning: considerable spoilers follow – read after watching. It is extremely rare to be surprised by a film. The way movies are written – especially those coming out of the Hollywood system – demands foreshadowing for almost every element of a story that might be considered surprising or might feel like it’s coming out Read more about REVIEW Downsizing (2018)[…]

18 films I’m looking forward to in 2018

Now that 2017 is in the bag, let’s take a look forward at some of the films I’m most looking forward to this year … The Shape Of Water (Jan 18) Guillermo del Toro is at his best when he tackles a more intimate story like Pan’s Labyrinth or Crimson Peak – or like this Read more about 18 films I’m looking forward to in 2018[…]

REVIEW Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017)

Fair warning: considerable spoilers follow – read after watching. It’s kind of funny: I feel a little bit like I can’t talk about Star Wars: The Last Jedi – arguably the biggest film of the year, which came out late last week – without acknowledging the online backlash which has emerged against it in the Read more about REVIEW Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017)[…]

REVIEW Justice League (2017)

Fair warning: considerable spoilers follow – read after watching. If you know anything about me, you’ll know that I’m a fan of superheroes. I read Marvel and DC comic books by the truckload, religiously follow every superhero show on television and streaming, and have watched every superhero film released since 2008’s Iron Man at least Read more about REVIEW Justice League (2017)[…]

REVIEW Stranger Things 2 (2017)

Fair warning: considerable spoilers follow – read after watching. Among the many, many, MANY criticisms of Ghostbusters 2 – the 1989 sequel to the legendary supernatural comedy – maybe the most damning is that it had no teeth. Consider the hallmarks of the original: the sequel lacks the biting comedic (and somewhat satirical) tone, and Read more about REVIEW Stranger Things 2 (2017)[…]