Category Reviews

Logan

I know a lot of people haven’t seen Logan yet, so I will be careful about any form of spoilers… which means this will be somewhat abstract. Nevertheless, I can give you my impressions.   First: as a film, it’s well shot, well composed, and well supported by a sparse but effective soundtrack. The performances […]

Review: The Return of the Caped Crusaders

  Oh. My. God. A few months back, I went to the local cinema to watch the animated version of Alan Moore’s iconic The Killing Joke — an absolute classic in graphic novel form adapted to screen. The cinema was packed. The movie? Wow. It sucked. I mean… it really sucked. Today, however, I went to see […]

Acquired Tastes

According to the psychologists, there are — broadly — two human responses to new phenomena. Some folk are more inclined to look suspiciously upon the new, while others bounce up with tails wagging to see what’s happening. By and large, I fall into the latter category. I like music from all over the world. I […]

Review: Dr Strange (the movie)

  But probably the not the one you think. Look — Doctor Strange is one of Marvel’s more interesting characters, and I’m as pleased as anybody that Benedict Cumberbatch is going to be playing the Sorcerer Supreme on the big screen. But the truth is simple: old Cumberbunny isn’t the first. Back in the dim, […]

Review: Hardcore Henry

  This movie is ridiculous, awesome, hilarious, stupidly violent, graphic as hell, brutal, ugly, and genuinely brilliant. Like Crank (the Jason Statham vehicle from a few years back) it hits the screen with the kind of pace that directors like Michael Bay just wish they could create, let alone sustain, and it barely lets up […]

Review: Ancillary Justice

Okay, yeah, I’m late to the party. Late to a lot of things. Wouldn’t worry about it. So: Ancillary Justice, from Ann Leckie Published in 2013, this is Leckie’s debut novel and it picked up a hailstorm of awards including just about everything on offer from SF and fandom. Thus, in picking up the book […]

Review: “He Never Died”

Hmm. Okay, this one is interesting. Some movies function as a whole. Some excel in certain areas, but fall down in others. As ever, the golden rule holds: it’s the characters that really count. He Never Died lies somewhere between dark fantasy and horror, with a strong streak of remarkably dry and mordant humour running through […]