Category: Film & Television

Aquaman – Underwater Visual Feast

Oh me oh my, two film reviews one after the other. Who would have thought this is where we would be on this glorious day? Anyway, to business. The reason I put this review after Valerian is to draw comparisons between the two. They are both surreal dystopian fantasy films. Perhaps most importantly neither of them have a plot, yet both remain captivating. James Wan has always been a master of directing. Aquaman is no different. I’ve followed him through various of his phases as a director. The Conjuring is one of the finest horror films I have ever...

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Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets – Astounding Sci-Fi, Netflix

Now, usually I do not review Netflix films. Partly because there aren’t many films worth reviewing on Netflix, but also because I prefer to go to small cinemas and support them whenever I can. Reviewing films from places such as The Electric in Birmingham, where I saw The Wife, is more meaningful to me. However, this so deeply impressed me that I feel a duty to bring it to your attention, so that you, too, may be astounded. In the mid-26th century, special agents Valerian (DeHaan) and Laureline (Delevingne) must deal with a mysterious threat to the cosmically cosmopolitan deep-space...

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The Grinch 2018 – Marvellously Modern Remake

I’ll set the scene for you. A cold evening in early November, my friends Tesharna and James were slaving away in a basement, trying to comprehend Real Estate VAT laws. Out of a chasm of desperation, Tesharna suggests we go to the cinema. After a brief peruse of the local venues, we settled on the Cineworld in Five Ways to watch The Grinch. To tell you the truth, this movie moved me. I was in a fragile state when watching it, for reasons those close to me will know. The particular emphasis on familial proximity and generosity espoused in...

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The Wife – A Close Call

“A wife (Glenn Close) questions her life choices as she travels to Stockholm with her husband (Jonathan Pryce), where he is slated to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature.” Claudia and I, in the process of painting the town red, decided to go to the Electric Cinema to see The Wife. The Electric is the oldest functioning cinema in the country, having been open since 1906! This is sadly reflected in the authenticity of their restrooms. Please go before you leave, to save yourself a staggering shock. Otherwise, fabulous theatre! We took one of the sofa seats which come...

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Florence Foster Jenkins – Claudia Counsels

Now, Claudia seldom suggests films to me. Is this town not big enough for two Suggestors? But one evening last week, I was feeling particularly down. Maybe on account of my possessions being stolen or being ruled by a cretinous landlord who doesn’t understand he has to comply with the law. In any case, this recommendation came at the right time. Florence Foster Jenkins commemorates the life of an American socialite of the same name. She was famed for her rare recitals, access to which was restricted to personal invitation. The film stars Meryl Street; Hugh Grant and Simon...

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