Space Jam : A New Legacy. Novelty That Works For No One.

There’s a sense of organic magnetism to the original Space Jam. It’s the kind of truly bizarre marketing man fever dream conceived between lines of cocaine that could only exist in 1996. It’s not good in any way but also the kind of bizarre artefact that is hard to ignore once seen. 25 years laterContinue reading “Space Jam : A New Legacy. Novelty That Works For No One.”

Monster Hunter. Quick Review.

To a certain audience the fact Paul WS Anderson costs his wife Milla Jovovich in everything and special houses in consistently terribly reviewed video game movies is something of a meme at this point. This critic has been lucky enough to avoid the six live-action Resident Evil films. That said he did go into theirContinue reading “Monster Hunter. Quick Review.”

Naomi Osaka (Netflix.) “ Honesty“ VS PR.

It’s rare that this writers passions for tennis and media reviewing cross over. Here is a rare example. Off the back of her Netflix documentary, it’s a good chance to have the Naomi Osaka conversation. Osaka is unquestionably a great player and 90% of the time a fantastic ambassador for the sport. Then the 2021Continue reading “Naomi Osaka (Netflix.) “ Honesty“ VS PR.”

Supernova. Quick Review

Colin Firth and Stanley Tucci play a couple taking what could be their last holiday together well dealing with the aftermath of Tuccis early-onset dementia diagnosis in this tender British LGBTQ drama. The central performances here are terrific. There’s something strangely reassuring about watching two great actors effectively delivering some gentle banter. The script doesContinue reading “Supernova. Quick Review”

America. The Motion Picture. (Netflix) Review

In 2008 Seth MacFarlane released several embarrassingly inept animated shorts as a web series. These came with massive sponsorship deals. They remain some of the worst things internet video as a medium has to offer. MacFarlane’s so-called “Cavalcade of Cartoon Comedy” were essentially the most gross-out skits he and his team could think of. HeContinue reading “America. The Motion Picture. (Netflix) Review”

Pandering in UK Cinema/Dream Horse Review.

The last screening this critic attended outside his home city was the Glasgow Film Festival premiere for the black and white edition of Parasite. He took him some screamings the morning after before heading home. One of these was for the Military Wives movie ( which was briefly covered on this blog at the time.)Continue reading “Pandering in UK Cinema/Dream Horse Review.”

Wish Dragon. Quick Review

This Chinese American co-production was a big hit in its native country before being acquired for international distribution by Netflix. Normally the kiss of death for live-action features. They have a habit of inflicting the blandest features possible on an unsuspecting streaming public and sucking out whatever life they may have had Less so withContinue reading “Wish Dragon. Quick Review”

Sweet Tooth. (Netflix.) Review.

Let’s be honest. Most big-budget Netflix shows are unbelievably mediocre. They have some gems ( Mindhunter, GLOW, Daredevil The Dragon Prince, Sex Education S2). Stranger Things remains strong. The Lost In Space remake is mostly fun. They gave A Series of Unfortunate Events the adaptation it deserves. Entertaining trash (YOU) Some stuff that well fineContinue reading “Sweet Tooth. (Netflix.) Review.”

Awake (Netflix.) Quick Review.

We live in the continuing roulette of Netflix shovelling out premises with algorithm friendly, easily discussable hooks. In that vein here’s a Poundland edition of Bird Box. A post-apocalyptic future in which society has lost the ability to sleep. Gina Rodriguez leads her family in search of the supposed haven that allows those within toContinue reading “Awake (Netflix.) Quick Review.”

The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard. Quick Review

Sometimes viewers question why a sequel even exists. This follows up to 2017 The Hitman’s Bodyguard is a perfect example. The original film coasted by on lazy chemistry. Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L Jackson were simply playing versions of their existing media personas. More importantly, the film just wasn’t very good. That said it madeContinue reading “The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard. Quick Review”