Studio Ghibli #7: Ocean Waves (1993)

Ocean Waves has the honour of being the first Studio Ghibli film to be directed by someone other than Miyazaki or Isao Takahata, although I would argue the latter proved to be a big influence on the style and experimental aspect of this made-for-television film. At 72 minutes the film is also the shortest GhibliContinue reading “Studio Ghibli #7: Ocean Waves (1993)”

Justice League (2017), an Underwhelming and Messy Flop

Despite being one of the most expensive films ever made, Justice League released to widespread disappointment and criticism from fans, and mixed (but leaning on bad) reviews from critics. That’s not to say everyone hated the film, to this day there’s a lot of fans as well as critics who have praised the film’s actionContinue reading “Justice League (2017), an Underwhelming and Messy Flop”

Studio Ghibli #6: Porco Rosso (1992)

In The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness (which is a fantastic documentary about Studio Ghibli around the time of the production of The Wind Rises), Miyazaki described Porco Rosso as “foolish” because he said it was a foolish decision to make an adult film for children. Miyazaki is famously critical of his own and others’Continue reading “Studio Ghibli #6: Porco Rosso (1992)”

Fantasy Island (2020), a vapid and underwhelming cashgrab reboot.

I remember going to the cinema (what a distant memory that feels now) and seeing trailers for Blumhouse’s latest film, Truth or Dare, even at the time I remember thinking that it was the kind of film I’d see if I had a free evening and the tickets were cheap. Well the tickets were neverContinue reading “Fantasy Island (2020), a vapid and underwhelming cashgrab reboot.”

Phantom Thread Review – Merely an illusion. (By Tom Armstrong)

After watching Phantom Thread, it has taken me a good few days to come to my keyboard and start typing away about it. The film, still as I am writing this, remains a vast enigma to me. For a film that is so soft on the eye, delicate with each precise sound, meaningful with everyContinue reading “Phantom Thread Review – Merely an illusion. (By Tom Armstrong)”

Aguirre, the Wrath of God (1972), the Madness of Tyranny

Werner Herzog’s third film, and possibly his most famous, Aguirre, the Wrath of God, is a slow and methodical documentation of a descent into madness. This is true of both, the Spanish soldiers searching for the mythical city of El Dorado, and of the real-life crew who worked on this film. In fact, some ofContinue reading “Aguirre, the Wrath of God (1972), the Madness of Tyranny”

Wonder Woman (2017), I’m not Angry I’m Just Disappointed

As is a continual trend with these DCEU films, I didn’t pay much notice to Wonder Woman when it released. I’ve never really gotten into the Wonder Woman comics, and after Suicide Squad I kept myself fairly removed from the DC films, despite hearing generally positive reviews about Patty Jenkin’s film. I was happy forContinue reading “Wonder Woman (2017), I’m not Angry I’m Just Disappointed”

Suicide Squad (2016), how can $175 million result in this?

Authors note: I’m talking about the extended edition of Suicide Squad in this review, I’m pretty sure scenes were only added and none were taken away but just a word of warning.   Back in the day I couldn’t care less about Man of Steel when it came out (if you read my review you’ll knowContinue reading “Suicide Squad (2016), how can $175 million result in this?”

World Apartment Horror (1991), Otomo’s Hidden Gem

Following on from both the completion of the Akira manga, and his work on the anime adaptation of his own work, Katsuhiro Otomo got to work on his first foray into Live Action films with his adaptation of a story written by Satoshi Kon (yes, acclaimed director of Perfect Blue, Paprika and Tokyo Godfathers, SatoshiContinue reading “World Apartment Horror (1991), Otomo’s Hidden Gem”

Akira (1988), Katsuhiro Otomo’s Magnum Opus

A cluttered and claustrophobic cityscape, cut in two by the near-empty motorway directly in the middle of the frame. These clusters of buildings, as seen from a birds eye view, feel uncomfortable, while the empty road feels uncanny. All you can hear is the swelling of wind, a very anxious noise, as the camera followsContinue reading “Akira (1988), Katsuhiro Otomo’s Magnum Opus”