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

Hawkeye season 1: Clint Barton gets his time to shine and grow as a character

I have to admit, I wasn’t the biggest fan of Hawkeye as a character. Perhaps it’s how Jeremy Renner played him. Or perhaps it’s because he only had limited screen time in the movies and had to compete with superhumans and gods and other equally impressive individuals (at the end of the day, he’s just a man). Whatever the reason for my trepidation I went … Continue reading Hawkeye season 1: Clint Barton gets his time to shine and grow as a character

Why Scarlett Johansson should do more sci-fi

I thought about this the other day when my Ghost In The Shell (1995) DVD arrived in the post (as I really wanted to own a copy). To explain: this movie is an anime neo-noir cyberpunk thriller directed by Mamoru Oshii. It was given the Hollywood remake treatment in 2017, with a live-action version starring Scarlett Johansson, which itself got a mixed reception. Not least … Continue reading Why Scarlett Johansson should do more sci-fi