Demon Slayer The Movie: Mugen Train (2020), a Return to Big Screen Shonen Action

When the news hit that Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba the Movie: Mugen Train (yes this is the full title) had overtaken Hayao Miyzaki’s Oscar-winning masterpiece Spirited Away (you can read my column on the film here) at the Japanse Box-Office, a record it had held onto for over a decade, it felt weird butContinue reading “Demon Slayer The Movie: Mugen Train (2020), a Return to Big Screen Shonen Action”

Nobody (2021), an Exhilerating albeit Flawed Experience

Nobody was a sleeper hit in the making from the very start. When the announcement dropped that Bob Odenkirk signed on to work with the Director of Hardcore Henry with the creator of John Wick penning the screenplay my excitement for the film was immense. It felt like it was not too long after IContinue reading “Nobody (2021), an Exhilerating albeit Flawed Experience”

Army of the Dead (2021), Snyder’s Winning Streak Continues

You don’t have to know me that well to ascertain my general feelings about Zack Snyder. While I love his personality and warmth behind the scenes, I have been very critical of most, if not all of his films, many of which I’ve reviewed for this site. But as some of our loyal readers willContinue reading “Army of the Dead (2021), Snyder’s Winning Streak Continues”

Spiral: From the Book of Saw (2021), a Fun Return to the Franchise

Spiral opens with a shot of fireworks bursting colour across the dark black sky. The explosions represent a celebration, not just narratively, as it’s the 4th of July weekend, but thematically. 2017’s Jigsaw was widely panned by critics and fans alike, one major bone of contention being the move away from the franchise’s focus onContinue reading “Spiral: From the Book of Saw (2021), a Fun Return to the Franchise”

Mortal Kombat (2021), a Valiant Attempt at a Video Game Adaptation

I am without a doubt a lifelong Mortal Kombat fan, I can’t remember when I first started playing it but I have memories of GBA fights at school, hours spent on the PS3 playing Mortal Kombat 9 or Mortal Kombat vs DC Universe, and most recently memories of playing MKX in the evenings at university.Continue reading “Mortal Kombat (2021), a Valiant Attempt at a Video Game Adaptation”

Studio Ghibli #18: From Up on Poppy Hill (2011)

I went into this film, despite my optimism in my Tales From Earthsea review that Gorō Miyazaki still had more to offer, with a level of trepidation. At the time I sat down to watch the film Gorō’s latest Ghibli effort, Earwig and the Witch, just received a North American release and was met withContinue reading “Studio Ghibli #18: From Up on Poppy Hill (2011)”

Zack Snyder’s Justice League (2021), Snyder’s Superhero Epic

Looking back at my review for what I guess is now called the Whedon cut of Justice League I wrote the following: “would I personally want to see the infamous ‘Snyder Cut’? Undoubtedly […] Do I think that cut actually exists? Not in any meaningful way….” and I’ve never been happier to say that IContinue reading “Zack Snyder’s Justice League (2021), Snyder’s Superhero Epic”

Cherry (2021), or was it Cherk?

It’s difficult to know where to begin when talking about Cherry. The now-heavily memed image of Tom Holland with a shaved head pointing a pistol directly at the camera seems to have been released years ago amidst mumbling and murmurs of the Russo Brothers making a film about an opioid-addicted bank robber, but it seemedContinue reading “Cherry (2021), or was it Cherk?”

Interstella 5555: The 5tory of the 5ecret 5tar 5ystem (2003), Goodbye Daft Punk.

February 23rd 2021 will go down forever as a historic day in Music history. After 28 years of working together, and 8 years after their last album release, the electronic duo Daft Punk uploaded a video to their youtube channel entitled “Epilogue”, a 7 minute short film revealing the retirement of the duo and theContinue reading “Interstella 5555: The 5tory of the 5ecret 5tar 5ystem (2003), Goodbye Daft Punk.”

Studio Ghibli #17: Arrietty (2010)

I’ve cheated a little bit with Arriety…. in the sense that so far I’ve been watching or rewatching all of these Ghibli films in their original Japanese audio with subtitles. But for Arriety, despite it being a completely new first watch for me, I chose to watch the English dub due to the sheer talentContinue reading “Studio Ghibli #17: Arrietty (2010)”