[Movie] Black Panther (2018)

This post has mild spoilers for Black Panther. If you do not wish for certain information regarding plot points from this movie to be revealed to you, you might want to consider not reading any further. Both thoughtfully made and thought-provoking, Black Panther is entertaining but remains bound by genre conventions (7.0/10) The latest offering from the Marvel … Continue reading [Movie] Black Panther (2018)

[Movie] The Jungle Book (2016)

In light of the ongoing creative drought in Hollywood, it was hard to meet the latest adaptation of the Rudyard Kipling’s beloved children’s classic, The Jungle Book, with anything but scepticism. While the tale itself is no stranger to adaptation – since its publication in 1894, the story has seen numerous retellings, from author Neil … Continue reading [Movie] The Jungle Book (2016)

[Movie] Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)

This post has mild spoilers for Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice. If you do not wish for certain information regarding plot points from this movie to be revealed to you, you might want to consider not reading any further. Was there ever a movie as destined to bomb as Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice? … Continue reading [Movie] Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)

[Movie] The Revenant – 2016

Unflinchingly brutal, Alejandro Inarritu’s period revenge flick is visually stunning but narratively stale (8.0/10) Set in the rugged, untamed wilderness of early America, The Revenant revolves around the story of veteran trapper and hunter Hugh Glass and his quest for revenge when a fur trapping expedition goes violently wrong. With the unforgiving yet jaw-dropping beauty … Continue reading [Movie] The Revenant – 2016

[Movie] Spectre (2015)

Daniel Craig's hit-or-miss fun with the Bond franchise continues; Spectre is a squeak compared to Skyfall's shout (6.0/10)  Here’s a Euthyphro dilemma for the modern cinematic age: is James Bond cool on his own merit or is he cool because he is James Bond? It seems like a no-brainer at first, doesn’t it? After all, how can someone … Continue reading [Movie] Spectre (2015)

[Movie] Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)

Mad Max: Fury Road tells is about storytelling via gunshots and explosions but if neither is your cup of tea, then give this a miss. (7/10) Mad Max: Fury Road is to the action genre what espresso is to coffee; a distilled essence with absolutely no frills. As with espresso, Mad Max, in all its high octane, … Continue reading [Movie] Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)

[Movie] Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)

The Avengers return for the summer's first major blockbuster but there's little new here - if you liked the first, you'll like this one as well (7.5/10) There are a great many difficulties when it comes to adapting any sort of story between mediums. In the case of comic books, the adaptation must take special … Continue reading [Movie] Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)

[Movie] The Avengers (2012)

The quintessential summer blockbuster, The Avengers is simple, boisterous,  and a whole lot of fun (8.5/10) With the second Avengers movie right around the corner, now seems as good a time as any to take a look back at what would become the third highest grossing movie of all time. Building off of a series … Continue reading [Movie] The Avengers (2012)

[Movie] Birdman (Or The Unexpected Virtue Of Ignorance) (2014)

Easily one of the best films of the year, Birdman (Or The Unexpected Virtue Of Ignorance) is an emotional whirlwind stuffed into a tiny vial. You need to watch it. (9/10) Hollywood, for reasons best discussed elsewhere, has followed modern literature in creating stories that revolve around structure and familiar constructs. Most films today can be understood … Continue reading [Movie] Birdman (Or The Unexpected Virtue Of Ignorance) (2014)