Recent Posts

Hidden Figures: Here at NASA we all pee the same colour

When a based-on-true-events film comes out, there is a problem assessing its qualities when one has no knowledge of the subject material. Hidden Figures chronicles the involvement of black women in the NASA space programme during the Project Mercury rocket launches. The story is framed through lives of mathematician Kathryn ...

Read More »

Fifty Shades Darker: Make it stop

You know the best way to open a high profile erotic thriller? Child abuse. Grainy black-and-white footage of a child about to be beaten in a dilapidated crack house. You’re getting flustered just reading that, ain’t ya? Fifty Shades Darker went precisely 0 seconds without making a stupid and poorly-judged ...

Read More »

Toni Erdmann: Don’t lose the humour

Festival darlings can be a mixed bunch. Although festivals often give a platform for more niche and auteur films, the swinging attitude of booze and schmoozing with the stars can see lacklustre films heaped with accolades they do not deserve. I approached Toni Erdmann with a degree of caution as ...

Read More »

Nostalgic Impulse: Invader Zim

In 1999, comic book writer Jhonen Vasquez pitched his idea for a cartoon to Nickelodeon. That wacky little idea became Invader Zim, a series that began airing in 2001. The network had no idea what a gem Vasquez had produced for them, cancelling the series shortly into the second season. Despite ...

Read More »

Reviews

Hidden Figures: Here at NASA we all pee the same colour

When a based-on-true-events film comes out, there is a problem assessing its qualities when one has no knowledge of the subject material. Hidden Figures chronicles the involvement of black women in the NASA space programme during the Project Mercury rocket launches. The story is framed through lives of mathematician Kathryn ...

Read More »

Fifty Shades Darker: Make it stop

You know the best way to open a high profile erotic thriller? Child abuse. Grainy black-and-white footage of a child about to be beaten in a dilapidated crack house. You’re getting flustered just reading that, ain’t ya? Fifty Shades Darker went precisely 0 seconds without making a stupid and poorly-judged ...

Read More »

Toni Erdmann: Don’t lose the humour

Festival darlings can be a mixed bunch. Although festivals often give a platform for more niche and auteur films, the swinging attitude of booze and schmoozing with the stars can see lacklustre films heaped with accolades they do not deserve. I approached Toni Erdmann with a degree of caution as ...

Read More »

The LEGO Batman Movie: All important movies start with a dark screen

What a nice and refreshing change from the usual superhero fare. I am not simply referring to the novelty of having a world made out of plastic bricks (though that remains fun) but rather The LEGO Batman Movie has a far more humorous and, by extension, sophisticated angle on all ...

Read More »

Comment

Creative Industries

Features

Nostalgic Impulse: Invader Zim

In 1999, comic book writer Jhonen Vasquez pitched his idea for a cartoon to Nickelodeon. That wacky little idea became Invader Zim, a series that began airing in 2001. The network had no idea what a gem Vasquez had produced for them, cancelling the series shortly into the second season. Despite ...

Read More »

Nostalgic Impulse: Ghost in the Shell

Ahead of the alternately anticipated or dreaded live-action version, this week saw the re-release in cinemas of Mamoru Oshii’s Ghost in the Shell. The film is a landmark in world and animated cinema, spawning a host of imitators and is, for the record, one of my favourite films. The film ...

Read More »

Nostalgic Impulse: Double Indemnity

Billy Wilder’s Double Indemnity is a recognized noir classic, preserved by the National Film Registry for being deemed ‘culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant’. Perhaps you will focus on the venetian blind lighting style that became a staple of the noir film genre or the hard-boiled dialogue from the Raymond Chandler ...

Read More »

The Muppet Christmas Carol: Wherever you find love, it feels like Christmas

Without question, The Muppet Christmas Carol is the greatest Christmas film ever made. People from all walks of life and distressingly opposing views will converge upon this one universal fact. Can you pick fault in a film like this? No, I don’t think you can. So instead, I’m going to tell you ...

Read More »