Desert Warriors and The Problem with Dune (1984).

I've seen Dune more times than I really should have.  I've gone through phases with it and in 2013 I wrote the following... "Although not perfect (what film is?) it’s a great big, weird and ballsy piece of sci-fi.  What really feels right is the savage nature of the world in which it’s set both … Continue reading Desert Warriors and The Problem with Dune (1984).

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Their Finest (2017)

Their Finest is now available to buy / rent and I’d solidly recommend it.  It tells the story of a young woman (Gemma Arterton) who is employed to write realistic women’s dialogue (‘slop’ as it’s called in the film) in WWII propaganda reels and starts writing a feature film, based on the experience of two … Continue reading Their Finest (2017)

Atomic Blonde (2017)

Watching Atomic Blonde I suddenly notice that I’m following the shot rather than the action.  The shot, a prolonged single(ish)-take fight scene, is impressively staged but I’ve lost the drama within it because it isn’t captivating.  The problem is that the central MacGuffin, a list (sigh), is duplicated in function and form with no real … Continue reading Atomic Blonde (2017)

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017)

I walked out of Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets grinning from ear to ear and giggling like a child.  Luc Besson’s adaptation of the Valerian and Laureline comic books is a breath of fresh air after what seems like an eternity of drab fantasy comic book cinema.  This doesn’t feel recycled or … Continue reading Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017)

Free Fire (2016)

So, Free Fire... I like Ben Wheatley in the same way that I like Neil Marshall, I like that he's there doing his thing.  I'm a big fan of his High Rise (it's not Ballard's, which I also love) and Kill List.  His other films not so much but I'm glad someone is making them. … Continue reading Free Fire (2016)

Future Shock! The Story of 2000AD

I'm massively biased in favour of Future Shock! The Story of 2000AD, I would probably like it no matter what.  2000AD is one of the biggest cultural influences I can recall.  It's found in my politics, the films and books that I like, my sense of humour, my sense of fairness.  I fell into it, … Continue reading Future Shock! The Story of 2000AD

Bushwick (2017)

Whilst not entirely successful, Bushwick is an interesting, scrappy little movie that suddenly finds itself relevant… I’ll say ‘spoilers’ at this point because, although the relevance is now the selling point, I enjoyed watching this with no knowledge of what was happening and, given the form the film takes, I imagine this was the intention. … Continue reading Bushwick (2017)

Dunkirk (2017)

Dunkirk is, so far, the best of this Summer’s big hitters.  Engineered to within an inch of it’s life by Nolan, the film tells three separate stories (land, sea and air, spanning one week, one day and one hour respectively) that intersect during the evacuation. The film succeeds because it tells a visual story that would … Continue reading Dunkirk (2017)

Monkey Business

If we’re being honest, once you strip away the technical wizardry (and it really is), War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) is all rather too familiar.  It feels like a film cobbled together from parts of more energetic and original genre movies.  Its being spoken of as the antidote to the rest of … Continue reading Monkey Business