‘Halperbetti Spaghetti’ – Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

A Kaleidoscope of Realities Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2022) feels like the forerunner to a film that’s already been released. The Covid 19 pandemic forced studios across the globe to rethink their production plans for the foreseeable future. Marvel Studios was no exception to this rule, forcing a majority of its productionsContinue reading “‘Halperbetti Spaghetti’ – Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness”

‘A Metropolis of Monsters’ – The Batman

A Fincheresque Hellscape As tempting as it may be to try and review this as a standalone piece of work, it has proven to be near impossible to discuss The Batman without comparing it to that of Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy. Much of this has a great deal to do with the influence Nolan’sContinue reading “‘A Metropolis of Monsters’ – The Batman”

‘Edge of the Jigsaw’ – Eternals

Character is King, Beware of Waiting In addition to the deep golds, burning oranges, luscious greens and rich blues departing us from the Marvel status quo, Chloé Zhao’s Eternals (2021) doesn’t merely differ in a visual sense of the word. A Blade Runner inspired opening crawl sets the stage for a story that stems acrossContinue reading “‘Edge of the Jigsaw’ – Eternals”

‘Dancing with Deities’ – Shang-Chi and The Legend of The Ten Rings

Widening the World of the MCU Marvel Studios has been playing a spot of catchup in recent years. After a decade of films piloted primarily by white men, the demand for more diversity within the planet’s most popular franchise found itself at breaking point. 2018 saw the release of Black Panther, a film that addressedContinue reading “‘Dancing with Deities’ – Shang-Chi and The Legend of The Ten Rings”

‘Love Like a Bomb’ – The Matrix Resurrections

Beyond a Trilogy  The Matrix Trilogy (1999 -2003) wrapped up almost two decades ago, closing off with a story that pretty much plonked a lid firmly upon the box of toys the Wachowski sisters fashioned for themselves. Neo (Keanu Reeves), Trinity (Carrie-Ann Moss) and Morpheus’ (Laurence Fishburne’s) stories reached their definitive conclusions. This is perhapsContinue reading “‘Love Like a Bomb’ – The Matrix Resurrections”

‘An Unlikely Origin’ – Spider-Man: No Way Home

A Spoiler Free Review Whether or not you’ve heard all the speculation flying around this particular feature, I urge you to throw everything you’ve heard in the bin and enter this movie with a clean slate. There’s plenty of surprises in here, and not necessarily from the sorts of places you may expect. Despite allContinue reading “‘An Unlikely Origin’ – Spider-Man: No Way Home”

‘Intergalactic Westeros’ – Dune

Frank Herbert’s fantastical space fable has often been considered to be a source material unfit for a cinematic adaptation. David Lynch took a bash at it back in 1984, unfortunately, the final product  buckled under the weight of its hefty content matter. Dune is a vast, sprawling text, one brimming with intergalactic politics and cosmicContinue reading “‘Intergalactic Westeros’ – Dune”

‘Trimming the Fat’ – Venom: Let there be Carnage

Venom: Let there be Carnage (2021) is the sort of film I’d often find myself avoiding. Not because I’m some sort of film snob who only dines out on the finest of cinematic gourmets. My taste in film often veers toward the more clichéd and bombastic blockbusters, even at the best of times. No, myContinue reading “‘Trimming the Fat’ – Venom: Let there be Carnage”

‘Flowers for Safin’ – No Time to Die

At times, it felt as though the curtain call for Daniel Craig’s Bond would never come to pass. Once Craig’s hesitance about playing the role for a fifth time running was finally resolved between the actor and Sony Studios, Covid-19 came along and placed the finished product on ice for another 17 months. Fortunately, afterContinue reading “‘Flowers for Safin’ – No Time to Die”

‘This’ll be the Day that I Die’ – Black Widow

Black Widow is a reasonably well-made movie that juggles a handful of weighty issues in a way that doesn’t feel condescending or heavy-handed. It’s also a standalone feature for a character that should have had her own movie a long time ago . Set mostly in 2016, prior to the events of Avengers: Infinity WarContinue reading “‘This’ll be the Day that I Die’ – Black Widow”