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Do Revenge (2022): a pleasing mash-up of ’80s, ’90s and 2000s teen movies

Hands up, who remember the ’90s? I do. But then I’m a ’90s kid. I was born in the early ’80s and grew up in the ’90s. And it’s funny, cos certain decades come back around in terms of fashion and music. I saw a lad the other day, he must have been maybe 16-17, sat on a bench at a train station. He had … Continue reading Do Revenge (2022): a pleasing mash-up of ’80s, ’90s and 2000s teen movies

See How They Run (2022): a mildly amusing murder mystery

I remember seeing See How They Run listed showing in the cinema not too long ago, and thinking a murder mystery comedy might be a fun watch in these troubled times in which we find ourselves. But then, life got in the way and I never caught it. Handily, it recently turned up on Disney+, so I thought I’d put it on. At a little … Continue reading See How They Run (2022): a mildly amusing murder mystery

White Noise (2022): mood, themes and vibes

White Noise (2022) is an apocalyptic black comedy written and directed by Noah Baumbach, and adapted from a 1985 novel by Don DeLillo — widely considered his breakout novel. One filmmakers have apparently been trying to adapt for decades. The film, in this case, centres around the Gladney family and focuses on the dad, Jack (Adam Driver), a professor in Advanced Nazism studies at the … Continue reading White Noise (2022): mood, themes and vibes

She-Hulk: a patchy mess, but had its moments

A lot has already been written about this show, so I don’t want to retread old ground. I guess I’ll just offer my two cents, so to speak, but hopefully keep things short and sweet. Spoilers for anyone that has yet to watch or finish the season. Good things Tatiana Maslany: her performance, particularly as Jen Walters rather than She-Hulk, was superb. As a mild … Continue reading She-Hulk: a patchy mess, but had its moments

Cyberpunk: Edgerunners — an unexpected treat

Arcane is now my gold standard for animation in terms of world building and storytelling, I loved that show. With Cyberpunk: Edgerunners I’m not quite as gushing about it as everyone else seems to be, but I understand the hype. I mean, yes it’s good, and yes it appears to be a lot like the world from the video game. So those of us that … Continue reading Cyberpunk: Edgerunners — an unexpected treat

Pistol (2022): Danny Boyle’s miniseries felt punk to me

Pistol is Danny Boyle’s TV show about the Sex Pistols. I didn’t watch it on release as I’d heard mixed things, and I had plenty of other stuff on my ‘to watch’ list. Eventually, though, I thought I’d give it a go, as I’d always been interested in the story of the band and I was curious to see what Danny Boyle’s creative take on … Continue reading Pistol (2022): Danny Boyle’s miniseries felt punk to me

The Gray Man (2022): wall-to-wall action does not a story make

I’m not going to say a lot about this movie, as it really doesn’t deserve my time or my words. You can take from that what you will, but it’s basically throwaway popcorn fodder, and not in the best way. Even smashy action movies need something — anything — for us to hang onto in terms of character, plot and story. And if I’m honest, … Continue reading The Gray Man (2022): wall-to-wall action does not a story make

Prey (2022): Hollywood, meet Amber Midthunder

I confess, I barely remember Predator (1987). I mean, I remember the general cut and thrust… Arnie in the jungle, ‘if it bleeds, we can kill it’… all of that. I just don’t remember the details, and I don’t remember it as well as the super fans do. Weirdly, Predator 2 (1990), the one with Danny Glover, comes to mind a little easier. Maybe the … Continue reading Prey (2022): Hollywood, meet Amber Midthunder

Bullet Train (2022): a fun ride, but a bit pleased with itself

Sometimes I forget that it’s summer (well, other than the relentless heatwaves to remind me, of course). And summertime means we get dumb blockbusters. Although there’s a solid argument to be made that action movies don’t have to be dumb, and this Reddit thread has some good examples. It does feel like though, that in recent times Hollywood (and I include studios like Netflix) have … Continue reading Bullet Train (2022): a fun ride, but a bit pleased with itself

Thor: Love and Thunder (2022) – what the hell happened?

So I wrote a review then sat on it, and then scrapped it. I guess I needed some time for the dust to settle, or my rage to subside, one or the other. Honestly, to go from the heady heights of Thor: Ragnarok (2017) to the abject laziness that is Love and Thunder, to be honest, hurts more than anything else. I guess I’d love … Continue reading Thor: Love and Thunder (2022) – what the hell happened?