The Adam Project (2022): a sweet enough 80s throwback

This movie is… OK. I mean, it’s entertaining and heart-warming enough, albeit a bit scrappy in terms of storytelling and action. One point to note is that Ryan Reynolds does some of the best acting of his career, and puts real emotional weight into a couple of scenes. Something I never thought I’d say. This film was directed by Shawn Levy, who did Real Steel … Continue reading The Adam Project (2022): a sweet enough 80s throwback

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

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

Dune (2021): beautiful, epic, yet didn’t make me feel

You might get the sense, from the title of this review, that I didn’t love Denis Villeneuve’s adaptation of Frank Herbert’s sprawling sci-fi novel. This is not the case, at least not entirely. There are things I loved about the film, for sure. But there’s also a lot that I struggled with, not least the fact that I found it hard to care about the … Continue reading Dune (2021): beautiful, epic, yet didn’t make me feel

Chaos Walking (2021): messy and chaotic, but still fun

Chaos Walking (2021) is a sci-fi fantasy adventure with Daisy Ridley and Tom Holland, and it’s not as bad as critics say. I’m putting that out there from the start, as there are many out there that consider it a total car crash of a movie. Yet it isn’t. It’s scrappy, yes, but at least things happen. I remained entertained throughout and that has to … Continue reading Chaos Walking (2021): messy and chaotic, but still fun

My favourite film and TV characters named Mike or Michael

Should you celebrate your name? I think so. Be proud, I say. After all, it’s your name. And thinking on my own name being one of the oldest in the world — it stands to reason that it would’ve turned up in quite a few movies and TV shows. So I decided to investigate. Here are a few favourites. Sean Astin as Mikey in The … Continue reading My favourite film and TV characters named Mike or Michael

Love, Death + Robots: season 2 review

Let’s get this out the way early, I was a fan of the first season of Love, Death + Robots (2019). Although the way this animated anthology series treated women in some of its episodes was problematic. With Season 2 they course correct, in some ways, and largely just avoid episodes with sexual content and/or nudity. Which you could argue is a little lazy – … Continue reading Love, Death + Robots: season 2 review