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.”

Pandering in Cinema. #1. Land (2020) Review.

This author did not know much about Robin Wrights feature directorial debut Land before going and seeing it. It was a film available at Cineworld that he could see with his unlimited card. Let’s give it a go. 5 minutes into the film he regretted that decision.Wright may be a solid actress. That said LandContinue reading “Pandering in Cinema. #1. Land (2020) Review.”

Bo Burnham’s Inside is Not Funny. It’s All The Better For It

This author was lucky enough to get to see Bo Burnham introduce the Scottish Premiere for his first feature Eighth Grade At the 2019 Glasgow Film Festival. As an usher escorted this viewer to his wheelchair space his question was “big Bo Burnham fan.” Huge One of my favourite Moments at any screening occurred whenContinue reading “Bo Burnham’s Inside is Not Funny. It’s All The Better For It”

Nomadland Is…Good. What Does it Matter?

This viewer is the sort of movie fan who is up for seeing almost anything. Even with that, this was the year where the Oscars (rightfully) barely registered a blip on the cultural radar. Award season still mattered to a section of #filmTwitter armchair pundits. They will always be invested in these things regardless ofContinue reading “Nomadland Is…Good. What Does it Matter?”

National Canadian Film Day (2020 .) You Are Here. A Come From Away Story (2018)

This critic has referenced his yearly journey into the West End as part of a broader summer trip a few times on this blog. The big new show he saw in 2019 was Come From Away. He was very sceptical upon hearing the vague premise. Who wants to see a 9/11 musical? Upon a friendsContinue reading “National Canadian Film Day (2020 .) You Are Here. A Come From Away Story (2018)”

Zack Snyder’s Justice League. Review.

In writing this first draft, this critic is assuming he is putting up an archive review of Batman V Superman, theatrical cat first. The following might invalidate this critical opinion in the eyes of certain readers. Snyder is one of the worst filmmakers working today. No judgement on him as a person (he might beContinue reading “Zack Snyder’s Justice League. Review.”

Pieces of a Woman. The Naturalism Paradox in Awards Filmmaking

The typical definition of “Oscar Bait” refers to those films that have particular themes and narrative arcs that will make whatever production it is get seen more favourably by awards voters. In the past several years there is an alternative but similar form of awards pandering has become prevalent. this critic will call it “theContinue reading “Pieces of a Woman. The Naturalism Paradox in Awards Filmmaking”

Greyhound. The Poster Child for the Advantages and Disadvantages of Sending Your Movie Straight to Streaming.

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the theatrical release schedule has essentially evaporated for 2020. Certain films have taken the plunge in either adopting a Premium Video on Demand release strategy or being sold as a with subscription streaming exclusive for a particular platform. One of the highest-profile examples in the latter category isContinue reading “Greyhound. The Poster Child for the Advantages and Disadvantages of Sending Your Movie Straight to Streaming.”

Michael McIntyre. Cultivating a Target Audience +Showman (Netflix) Review

To a certain audience Michael McIntyre will be the punching bag Of British comedy alternating with the wholly deserved reputation for anyone outside it’s fanbase for Mrs. Brown’s Boys.) A comedian who represents everything wrong with the success driven model of modern stand up. Someone who’s material has not evolved since he burst onto theContinue reading “Michael McIntyre. Cultivating a Target Audience +Showman (Netflix) Review”

A Disability Perspective on The Oscars Diversity Push.

This week at the time of writing The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences  (the organisation that hands out the Oscars ) unveiled its four new diversity standards with every film submitted for Best Picture having to tick two of these proverbial four boxes in order to be considered for Best Picture. The internetContinue reading “A Disability Perspective on The Oscars Diversity Push.”