Dune (2021): beautiful, epic, yet didn’t make me feel

You might get the sense, from the title of this review, that I didn’t love Denis Villeneuve’s adaptation of Frank Herbert’s sprawling sci-fi novel. This is not the case, at least not entirely. There are things I loved about the film, for sure. But there’s also a lot that I struggled with, not least the… Continue reading Dune (2021): beautiful, epic, yet didn’t make me feel

Chaos Walking (2021): messy and chaotic, but still fun

Chaos Walking (2021) is a sci-fi fantasy adventure with Daisy Ridley and Tom Holland, and it’s not as bad as critics say. I’m putting that out there from the start, as there are many out there that consider it a total car crash of a movie. Yet it isn’t. It’s scrappy, yes, but at least… Continue reading Chaos Walking (2021): messy and chaotic, but still fun

My favourite film and TV characters named Mike or Michael

Should you celebrate your name? I think so. Be proud, I say. After all, it’s your name. And thinking on my own name being one of the oldest in the world — it stands to reason that it would’ve turned up in quite a few movies and TV shows. So I decided to investigate. Here… Continue reading My favourite film and TV characters named Mike or Michael

Westworld: season one review

Now I’ve called this post a season one review because, as we all know, Westworld has been renewed for a second go round. Hardly a surprise, given it’s a flagship show on Sky Atlantic, it’s got a sickeningly talented cast (Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris, Thandie Newton, Evan Rachel Wood etc), clever, tricksy writers (Jonathan Nolan… Continue reading Westworld: season one review

Gravity: the tale of Houston in the blind

Alfonso Cuaron drives me nuts. There I’ve said it. His films are so immersive, so real, they frequently leave you gasping for air. That’s very much the case in Gravity when our protagonist, Dr. Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock), is dangerously low on oxygen. In fact, there isn’t a time when she’s not in serious peril.… Continue reading Gravity: the tale of Houston in the blind

The World’s End and a marmalade sandwich

Just one Cornettoooo, give it to meeee! Is what I imagine fans have been singing outside Edgar Wright’s door for the last six years, demanding the final chapter of the Cornetto trilogy. God, has it been that long? We had a mere three years between Shaun of the Dead (2004) and Hot Fuzz (2007), yet… Continue reading The World’s End and a marmalade sandwich

Oblivion: Cruise, Kurylenko, Riseborough – an effective team?

Does Oblivion cut the futuristic mustard? Yes and no. The last Cruise sci-fi film I can recall that was any good was Minority Report (more a noir thriller, but anyway) – so this latest offering has a lot to live up to. Actually, looking back through his filmography, he’s not been in that many sci-fi… Continue reading Oblivion: Cruise, Kurylenko, Riseborough – an effective team?