The Shape of Water review

Despite its magical realism, the strangest parts of “The Shape of Water” revolve around the Normal Rockwell painting that Michael Shannon’s villain, Richard Strickland, inhabits. Strickland is notably cut in a black suit, white shirt, and black tie. A stark contrast to the over-saturated blues, greens, reds and yellows that make up the films striking pallet.  Whilst […]

Why Bill and Ted is the best time travel story ever

I’m a sucker for time travel media, I always have been. From Back to the Future to Looper and from Doctor Who to Primer – it’s hard to find a time travel movie I haven’t seen. My friends know this about me and occasionally use it to their advantage. My wife tricked me into seeing […]

Review: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Before we talk about Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, let’s talk about Harry Potter. If you’ve somehow been living under a rock for the last 20 or so years, it’s the story of a boy who finds out he’s a wizard and maybe the chosen one. He goes to a magical boarding school, learns […]

Review: Star Wars – The Force Awakens

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Review-Ish! By now you’ve even seen the film, or are studiously avoiding all spoilers in (very) long-awaited anticipation. Either way, you’ll have noticed the increased numbers of reviews and criticism popping up since Christmas as more of us have time to process the whole of the experience. With this review, […]

How to Keep Your Fanbase When “You Can’t Experiment…”

In a recent interview, when asked about making new entries in the Star Wars franchise, George Lucas said  “You can’t experiment… all you do is get criticised”. This is likely a reference towards Lucas’s much derided, Star Wars prequel series. I personally feel that many different things contributed to the poor reception of those movies. […]

A Retrospective: Signs (2002)

With his new film The Visit out in cinemas this month, I recently took the time to re-watch M.Night Shyamalan’s 2002 alien invasion movie Signs; a personal favourite from my childhood years. The director/writer has come under much derision in recent years. Having avoided many of his most recent efforts, I actually have quite fond […]

Backyard Cinema Screen

Backyard Cinema 2015

Last night saw the launch of Backyard Cinema 2015, an outdoor cinema bonanza based in Camden Market. What started three years ago as a way of bringing films to the masses outside traditional cinema venues (and which has been highly successful, if projects like this and Rooftop Cinema are anything to go by), the 2015 […]