Fantasy/Sci-Fi

Titans Season 2 – Despite a few minor stumbles, Titans are back with a bang

Titans season one debuted in 2018, providing a shining light in sea of superhero TV shows. By not only giving a long overdue platform to some of DC Comics most overlooked characters in TV and film. But also surrounding their debut with a decidedly adult tone. Reinventing the characters for a modern audience, while equally honouring their comic book roots. …

Now Available to Stream or Buy – Ad Astra

In 2016 James Grey brought us the underrated ‘The Lost City of Z‘. A film that focused on the human need for exploration and understanding. Exploring the desire of humans to risk everything in answering the questions inherent in the unknown and unexplored. Ad Astra continues the themes of Grey’s earlier film. Mixing stunning cinematography with the human desire to answer the …

Worzel Gummidge – A delightful return of the scarecrow

Anyone of my generation will have fond memories of Jon Pertwee as the lovable if slightly cantankerous scarecrow Worzel Gummidge. His interpretation of Barbara Euphan Todd’s 1930’s character shining on screen from 1979 – 1981. It is therefore with some trepidation that I settled down to watch his return on BBC One this Christmas. However, this trepidation was consigned to …

Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker (Review)

Spoiler Free How do you end a Skywalker saga born 42 years ago? While also drawing to a close the timeline of a new set of characters born five years ago? This is a challenge that Star Wars Episode XI: The Rise of Skywalker never quite manages to circumnavigate. Ultimately creating a frenetic and somewhat muddled and disappointing end to …

The NeverEnding Story – A Fantasia of Grief and Recovery

As a seven year old watching The NeverEnding Story for the first time at my local Granada Cinema in 1984. I found myself swept away by the films fantasy and imagination. While equally suffering a small degree of trauma as Artax the horse was sucked into the swamp of sadness. With this combination of both sadness and joy leaving an …

Little Joe (Review) – A spoon full of pollen helps the happiness goes viral

There is much to be admire in Jessica Hausner’s first English language film ‘Little Joe’. It’s glorious cinematography and unconventional score mixing with a homage to both Day of the Triffids and Invasion of the Body Snatchers. While also embracing the tongue in cheek mystery of Tales of the Unexpected. However, despite its glorious visuals and promise of excellence this …

Ad Astra (Review) – An interstellar journey into the human condition

In 2016 James Grey brought us the underrated ‘The Lost City of Z‘. A film that focused on the human need for exploration and understanding. Exploring the desire of humans to risk everything in answering the questions inherent in the unknown and unexplored. Ad Astra continues the themes of Grey’s earlier film. Mixing stunning cinematography with the human desire to …

Now Available to Stream or Buy – Avengers Endgame

The Avengers journey has been a true cultural phenomenon of modern film. Reigniting the superhero genre while dovetailing a whole cinematic universe of colour and diversity alongside characters of depth. While not always perfect in plot devices, Endgame manages to deliver an exquisite curtain call for characters who have become central to the rebirth of comic books on screen. Read …

The Black Hole – 40th Anniversary Retrospective

On December 21st 1979 Disney’s family science fiction gamble The Black Hole premiered at Odeon Leicester Square, London. Released the same month as the hotly anticipated Star Trek – The Motion Picture. The Black Hole was a huge risk for Disney’s live action studio, being its first foray into big budget science fiction territory. The Black Hole started its cinematic …

Spider-Man: Far from Home – Review

Spoiler Free Spider-Man Homecoming was one of the standout successes of 2017, offering a truly fresh superhero film to the Marvel canon. Homecoming re-energised the Spider-Man character after a plethora of outings, injecting a youthful, electric energy through Tom Holland’s outstanding debut. Hope was therefore high that its follow up would meet or surpass the energy of the first outing, …