The Matrix Resurrections (2021): an intimate conclusion to the Neo saga

Don’t believe reviews that give this movie a kicking, it’s not that bad. In fact, in parts it’s rather good. One reviewer said it’s the Star Wars: The Force Awakens of this franchise, which feels apt. In that it heavily references events from the first three movies, sometimes in a subtle way, sometimes less so. And therein lies the problem. Some fans were likely hoping … Continue reading The Matrix Resurrections (2021): an intimate conclusion to the Neo saga

Upcoming TV shows I’m excited to see (mostly in 2022)

There’s no doubt we’re in a golden age of TV at the moment with streaming: with Netflix, Prime, Disney+, Apple TV and more. What a time to be alive. With so many good shows out there and more coming up, I wanted to highlight a few I’m excited to see. What are you keen to watch, coming up this year and next? The Last Kingdom, … Continue reading Upcoming TV shows I’m excited to see (mostly in 2022)

Making the case for Cutthroat Island (1995)

Remember when Pirates Of The Caribbean came out? Did you like it? Did it have swash and buckle and pirate shenanigans aplenty? Did it also feel like a breath of fresh air in terms of the types of blockbuster movies out there? For me, it did, particularly coming off the back of the avalanche of ’90s disaster movies. And many others felt the same too, … Continue reading Making the case for Cutthroat Island (1995)

Sex Education season 3: more measured and mature

It’s a funny thing with this show. Like many others, I was a fan from the first episode… the larger than life school, with its impossibly fashionable and irrepressibly horny teenage students. The fact that it tackled so many issues that young people face today in terms of sexuality, identity and body issues, and did it with confidence and conviction. It also seemed, at least … Continue reading Sex Education season 3: more measured and mature

Don’t Look Up (2021): In The Loop meets Deep Impact (but, you know, for real)

Following the film’s release on Netflix, much has already been written about it, both good and bad. With the bad, it seems to be that critics are focusing on the comedy, saying it’s too ‘on the nose’. With the good, many are saying that this is less a satirical comedy and more a documentary of the times in which we find ourselves. Thus the comedy … Continue reading Don’t Look Up (2021): In The Loop meets Deep Impact (but, you know, for real)

Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021): glorious fun, but where do we go from here?

How to talk about this movie without spoiling it? Because there’s a lot that could be spoilt. And if you go on Twitter for about five minutes you’ll unfortunately be subject to spoilers for a bunch of key emotional scenes and moments. But this was to be expected, because Spider-Man remains a big deal. And this can be demonstrated by the promising box office returns … Continue reading Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021): glorious fun, but where do we go from here?

Eternals (2021)… better than the internet says it is

The title of this review is possibly a weird way to begin, but we must set the scene. In this case, it’s the fact that before this movie even came out, critics and incel man babies decided to review bomb it, in order to get the Rotten Tomatoes rating score down. And they succeeded. Eternals is currently 47% at the time of writing. An abject … Continue reading Eternals (2021)… better than the internet says it is

Jungle Cruise (2021): silly and throwaway, but that’s ok

I think if you approach this movie with the view, ‘it is what it is’, then you’ll have a fun time. It’s an adventure movie that’s kind of a throwback; in that it wants to be Indiana Jones, The Mummy and Pirates of the Caribbean. And no, it doesn’t come close to any of those (because they’re classics), but nevertheless it’s fairly fun. I mean… … Continue reading Jungle Cruise (2021): silly and throwaway, but that’s ok