Shadow & Bone season 1: magic, fantasy and a brooding Ben Barnes

Any show that has Ben Barnes and bone in the same sentence is already onto a winner, particularly for those that saw him as bad boy Billy Russo in The Punisher. But before I get carried away let’s backtrack. Shadow & Bone (2021) is set in a fantasy world of magic and monsters and based… Continue reading Shadow & Bone season 1: magic, fantasy and a brooding Ben Barnes

Is Darren Aranofsky modern cinema’s Noah?

There’s no denying Darren Aranofsky is a unique filmmaker. Prior to Noah his most accessible work (if you can call it that) was probably The Wrestler followed by Black Swan, the latter which – let’s face it – had many moments of ‘out there’ insanity. Audiences expecting more of the former kind of storytelling will… Continue reading Is Darren Aranofsky modern cinema’s Noah?

Walter Mitty: has Ben Stiller come of age?

Apparently Ben Stiller has been trying to get The Secret Life of Walter Mitty to the screen for the best part of two decades. Something you notice as it unfolds, at least in terms of slightly odd events taking place. But then, the film is slightly odd. And I mean that in a good way.… Continue reading Walter Mitty: has Ben Stiller come of age?