One Bad Day – Joker, Todd Philips (2019)

Led by an Oscar worthy performance from Joaquin Phoenix, Joker tells the origin story on screen of the iconic Batman villain. It's not perfect by any means and there is warranted controversy surrounding its thematic message. However it is a compelling watch that is almost completely carried by Phoenix's performance and a very well designed soundtrack, even … Continue reading One Bad Day – Joker, Todd Philips (2019)

The Love of One’s Muse: Blinded by the Light – Gurinda Chadha (2019)

A surprisingly effective, heart warming story of a young man finding himself through the music of Bruce Springsteen. Blinded by the Light is a corny feel good flick. There is something about it however that just rings right. Whether it's one, two or all of the combined elements, this film might surprise you with how much you … Continue reading The Love of One’s Muse: Blinded by the Light – Gurinda Chadha (2019)

An Exercise in Under-Performing: Hobbs and Shaw – David Leitch (2019)

Even though it had the potential to really push the boundaries of this franchise and explore new avenues, Hobbs and Shaw is sadly an underwhelming experience. It's two leads do a great job of carrying the plot with great chemistry and a few laugh out loud one liners but even with all their machismo, they're unable to … Continue reading An Exercise in Under-Performing: Hobbs and Shaw – David Leitch (2019)

Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood – Quentin Tarantino (2019)

Having crafted a name for himself in the 90's, taken that name into every household in the 2000's and elevated it to cinema's equivalent of legendary status in the current decade, Tarantino returns with his most mature picture yet. It's sharp, it's witty, and it has something to say. He gets the best out of … Continue reading Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood – Quentin Tarantino (2019)

The Dark Knight – Christopher Nolan (2008)

A masterpiece of action-thriller cinema, The Dark Knight brings a version of Batman that whilst not comic book accurate, exists on its own terms. Delivering a thematically heavy story and coupling it with a simple delivery gives the film a natural fast pace right to the finish. Continuing his grounded, hyper realistic version of the iconic Caped … Continue reading The Dark Knight – Christopher Nolan (2008)

Spider-Man: Far from Home – Jon Watts (2019)

Given a very tough act to follow, Spider-Man: Far From Home delivers wonderfully in the personal development of Peter Parker following the events of Avengers: Endgame. Whilst the action sequences might not quite be as epic they certainly service the film well and allow for some really quite memorable moments that won't just get lost in the fallout of … Continue reading Spider-Man: Far from Home – Jon Watts (2019)

Blade Runner 2049 – Denis Villeneuve (2017)

A powerful return to the original's concepts and ideas both with regards to the narrative and the visuals, Blade Runner 2049 stands just as tall as its predecessor does and engages with familiar themes in a developed and mature way. It is a wonderful sequel, completely deserving of the title. Continuing a nearly perfect record of … Continue reading Blade Runner 2049 – Denis Villeneuve (2017)