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Review: Baby Driver

Posted by Simon on July 05, 2017
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I sometimes find the music in films almost manipulative. You watch something big and brash, like a Transformers or Avengers, and the aural aim is clear: use the score to generate the required emotional response from the audience. Here’s the hero, BAM BAM BAAAAM. Moment of loss; strings in a minor key. Racing through a jungle, peppering Colombian foliage with bullets? Have some dubstep to pass the time. What stands out for me more these days are films where the music is part of the story, instead of merely underpinning the action. Inception’s slowed-down Non, Je ne regrette rien; Fury Road’s war drums; Tarantino’s torture music. It’s an elevation of the material, a move that takes it to a whole level of blissful enjoyment.

But even the creative musicality of these great films cannot eclipse the groove of Baby Driver. Edgar Wright’s crime story is choreographed like a ballet, where every movement, spin and gunshot is rooted in the music blasting out, and the effect is somewhere approaching pure magic.

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‘Wonder Woman’ Review: DC made a good movie and I am SO HAPPY

Posted by Matthew on June 03, 2017
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It’s been a long four years since Man of Steel premiered and started the new DCEU shared universe. It has been a universe of muted colours and asshole heroes, and one that has been hard to be optimistic about future entries in, but I am happy to report that Wonder Woman is a great movie and that you should definitely see it.

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‘Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales’ Review: I wish no one had told this tale.

Posted by Matthew on May 26, 2017
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I’m going to tell you this in more detail but just in case you’re seeing this on your way to the theatre I’m going to say it now: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is a bad movie and you should not see it.

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Alien: Covenant Review: Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!

Posted by Matthew on May 23, 2017
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I know what you want to know. “Is it good?”

Turns out the sequel to Prometheus –and it is very much more a sequel to that movie than it is a prequel Alien— is not only good, but retroactively makes Prometheus better. What are the odds of that?

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Iron Fist Season One Review: I Don’t Have A Good Pun To Tell You To Skip It (If You Haven’t Decided To Already)

Posted by Matthew on March 28, 2017
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I finally finished watching the first season of Marvel’s latest Netflix series Iron Fist. Spoiler alert: it is not a good show.

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Review: John Wick: Chapter 2

Posted by Simon on February 11, 2017
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John Wick was a low-budget passion project that was fuelled by Keanu Reeves’ singular focus, reinvigorating his career in the process. So what happens when you take its unique style and add sequel money? Exactly what you’d think. John Wick: Chapter 2 takes what came before and expands in almost every direction, and creates some spectacular moments in the process. The problem, though, is that John Wick now wants to be a franchise, and its increased focus on worldbuilding isn’t entirely successful.

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Review: SUPERHOT (Xbox One, PC)

Posted by Simon on May 13, 2016
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Lukewarm.

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Review: Spectre

Posted by Simon on November 07, 2015
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Sky(fall)’s the limit.

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Catch Up Reviews: Fantastic Four, Tomorrowland, and Everest

Posted by Matthew on October 21, 2015
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Fantastic Four

Tomorrowland

Everest

It’s a hat trick of not that great movies!

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‘Crimson Peak’ Review: del Toro Delivers A Sensual Ghost Story

Posted by Matthew on October 18, 2015
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Crimson Peak / Tom Hiddleston / Mia Wasikowska

Crimson Peak is billed as a scary movie but isn’t scary. It’s also billed as a ghost story but it’s actually just a story that happens to have ghosts in it. What it is is another entry in the Guillermo del Toro catalogue of movies with pitch perfect atmosphere, in this case dark, brooding, and sensual.

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Review: It Follows

Posted by Simon on October 17, 2015
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Behind you.

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VIFF Review: The Anarchists

Posted by Matthew on October 14, 2015
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VIFF The Anarchists

Did you ever see that movie where a cop goes undercover with a group of criminals and then over time becomes friends with the criminals, falls in love with the lady criminal, feels truly accepted for the first time in his life, and then struggles with whether to turn them in or not? Yes? Well have you seen that movie taking place in 19th century France? No, well then have I got a movie for you!

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VIFF Review: The Lobster

Posted by Matthew on October 12, 2015
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VIFF The Lobster

The Lobster takes place in a world where if you are single for too long you are turned into an animal, and if you really want to be single you have to go live in the woods. It sounds weird, and it is, but it’s also hilarious commentary on our world and relationships and how we sometimes get what’s important wrong. Yes, it’s a bizarre movie, but the best kind of science fiction often is.

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VIFF Review: The Assassin

Posted by Matthew on October 04, 2015
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VIFF The Assassin

The Assassin is a beautiful film in which nothing at all happens.

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VIFF Review: Beeba Boys

Posted by Matthew on October 02, 2015
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VIFF Beeba Boys

Turns out crime doesnt pay. who knew?

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