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Movie review: TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT

Michael Bay is a man who likes spectacle. He loves his effects, he loves his big character moments, and he loves his robots. If you’ve seen any of the TRANSFORMERS movies, you’ll know what to expect with THE LAST KNIGHT. Despite the promise of a “reboot” when AGE OF EXTINCTION was released (the predecessor to…


Movie review: WONDER WOMAN

The WONDER WOMAN movie hasn’t had an easy journey to the big screen. Diana’s quest started all the way back in 1996, and the project has had various obstacles and delays before finally settling on Patty Jenkins as director in 2015. Much noise has been made about the inability of a female superhero to attract…


Movie review: ALIEN: COVENANT

Ridley Scott is responsible for some of my favourite films of all time. BLADE RUNNER approaches perfection on so many levels. BLACK HAWK DOWN is a seminal war movie. But it’s really ALIEN that has always captivated me; a film that I return to again and again, and which has spawned (much like the titular…


Movie review: GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL 2

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY was a surprising hit for Marvel. Acclaimed by critics and viewers alike, it proved to be a financial success for the studio. The Guardians were initially viewed as something of a gamble for Marvel – as the gang were made up of lesser-known heroes, there was some anxiety as to whether…


Movie review: GHOST IN THE SHELL

GHOST IN THE SHELL is a franchise that has a highly dedicated fanbase, spanning several iterations. So many themes from the original manga (and the later, highly-influential anime) have been echoed elsewhere. Without GHOST, there would surely be no MATRIX. Many directors have admitted the debt they owe to GHOST. So, the first bigscreen, live…


Movie review: KONG: SKULL ISLAND

Verdict: A fun, old-fashioned monster movie King Kong’s story has been told and retold many times, and the tale of the noble great ape is one that Hollywood keeps returning to. The premise is always the same, more or less: expedition discovers enormous gorilla, gorilla goes bananas, mayhem ensues, everyone escape the island. There are…


Top 5: Bill Paxton movies

Join me for a tour de force of the late Bill Paxton’s movie roles. In ascending order, let’s examine the great Mr Paxton’s best big screen appearances. 5. PREDATOR 2 (1990) PREDATOR 2, of course, came after ALIENS. It gets some bad press, but it also has many fans. I’m one of them. And, of…


RIP: Bill Paxton (1955-2017)

For those that don’t already know, the great Bill Paxton passed away last weekend. This is a tremendous loss to his family, and also the cinema and SF community. Bill Paxton is probably best known for his “average Joe” film roles, and had the unquestionable accolade of being the only actor who has played a…


Movie review: ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY

Verdict: A different perspective on the STAR WARS universe, ROGUE ONE is an exciting, well-produced and worthwhile addition to the expanded universe As of late 2015, Disney apparently had six STAR WARS movies in the works: three stand-alone “spin offs”, with the rest being extensions of the main storyline. ROGUE ONE is the first of…


Blu ray review: INDEPENDENCE DAY: RESURGENCE

  Verdict: More spectacle than movie The original INDEPENDENCE DAY is revered as something of a cult movie. It strikes just the right balance of levity and solemnity; WAR OF THE WORLDS with MARS ATTACKS sensibilities. The acting is ham-fisted and over the top, whilst the plot is cheesy and overly patriotic. But for all…


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