How the 'House of Cards' Fell
If you ever get talking to me long enough, you'll find out that House of Cards (the American version), is by miles one of my favourite TV shows. Before the release of season 5, I wouldn't have hesitated in telling you that it was my favourite show outright. But the show has slipped, but not just stumbled—I'm talking slipped on a piece of ice and ended up breaking its own neck.
'Bad Times at the El Royale' A Review
Before you start, I know the subtitle to this review is shit, so before you start criticising me, go fuck yourself. Now we have that out of the way, when I first saw the trailer for Bad Times at the El Royale I was instantly intrigued. Presenting a stellar cast and a cool setting, Bad Times was a film for which I had some very high hopes, and after seeing it this Friday, I'm very glad to say that the high hopes were comfortably satisfied.
'BlacKkKlansman' A Review
Whenever you think of a Spike Lee film, you can guess very accurately that you're going to encounter a movie that delivers some very hard-hitting and true messages about race and division within modern American society. Whether he's doing a historical biopic like Malcolm X, or a comedy like Bamboozled, one thing that is prevalent through all his work is what it's like to exist as an African American in American society. The message is also clear that no matter the era in which his movies are set, things might look like they have changed, but things haven't really changed all that much at all.
Netflix Reported to Shift Focus to Blockbuster Movies
With over 130 million subscribers worldwide, it's not a stretch to say that Netflix is in a very dominant position in media, and is poised to take the lead in world cinema, yet there's still one problem, what has Netflix released that is truly big, blockbuster material?
'Won't You Be My Neighbor?' A Review
Before I set about watching this documentary, I knew very little about Fred Rogers and what he really did. Being in the UK and growing up in the 90s, I wasn't exactly poised to be well-acquainted with Fred Rogers, or the children's show that bore his name, Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood. What I knew about him I discovered mostly recently through short clips of one amazing speech he gave or another, or that time he convinced a very cynical Senator to invest $20 million of public money into public television. He struck me as an odd guy, someone who appeared to be so alien compared to, well... the rest of the United States. So how could a man so clearly eccentric and nice, so fundamentally make such a wide impact on the American psyche? Well, this documentary seeks to shed some light on the man that Rogers was, and just how important his message was.
Ant-Man and the Wasp: A Review
I know what you're thinking. You're outraged aren't you? How dare I not enjoy Ant-Man and the Wasp. I'm a traitor to the MCU fandom and should be exiled to watch just the DC Extended Universe movies. But I ask you, in your heart of hearts, was the film really that great? I will warn you at this point that there are spoilers ahead, so if you haven't seen it and don't want it being spoiled, then click away now.
'Incredibles 2' A Review
It's been nearly a week since Incredibles 2 was released in the UK and I've had time to mull over the film that I saw and properly consider its worth in light of its predecessor and the current film landscape. The first Incredibles, released in 2004, was a superhero film the likes of which we'd never seen before. A family of 'supers' forced into hiding as superheroes had been outlawed, a film you'd expect would largely focus on superheroics, instead focused on the domestic. Dealing mainly with the struggles of such an extraordinary family in a less than extraordinary setting. It was about the domestic elements of the family, slowly developing their own identities as 'supers' allowing those identities to bring them closer together as a family and as a team.
'Solo: A Star Wars Story' Review
If you haven't seen it yet, a word of warning, but why are you reading this? Spoilers! Nowadays I go into the cinema with the same expectations as I would when going to the bathroom with a box of popcorn and a diet cola. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy watching movies, but I also enjoy relieving myself.