Musical

Kids Mix (Autumn 2020) ParaNorman / Casper / Alpha / Labyrinth

Every quarter we bring you four top picks for younger viewers. Kids Mix Autumn 2020 features ParaNorman (PG), Alpha (PG), Casper (PG) and Labyrinth (U). ParaNorman (2012) Let me start this review by proclaiming my love for stop motion animation and its ability to pull you into new worlds with divine characters. From Isle of Dogs to My Life As …

The Muppets Movies: Essential Picks

Many children of the 1970/80s will have The Muppets deeply embedded in their hearts. Their presence felt through TV, movies, music and theatre over the course the decades proceeding the mid-1970s. However, Jim Henson’s dysfunctional family of foam have of course been around far longer than a mere 45 years. With many early versions of the gang appearing from 1955 …

Bugsy Malone (1976) – Film of the Week

Splurge guns at the ready for Alan Parker’s gloriously unique kids mobster musical. A film that not only makes you endlessly smile through a haze of shaving cream and sublime art deco sets; but equally grabs your attention with toe-tapping musical numbers from Paul Williams. Each song a classic in its own right; while also becoming a mainstay of school theatre productions …

Baby Driver – A High Octane Musical Thriller

Baby Driver arrived in UK cinemas with bang on the 27th June 2017. The films carefully selected musical score humming with the energy of a high-octane engine. While its narrative played with several genres ranging from the action thriller to the heist movie. However, very few people would label Baby Driver as a musical. Possibly due to its testosterone soaked …

Now Available to Stream or Buy – The Lion King (2019)

Despite all the technical wizardry, Disney’s carbon copy of their own 1994 animated film fails to fly. The Lion King (2019) undeniably pushes the boundaries of modern animation, providing a stunning and new visual experience. Unfortunately however, no amount of technical prowess can save the film from a feeling of blandness. The emotion and energy of the 1994 original absent …

The Wizard of Oz – 80th Anniversary Retrospective

For 80 years The Wizard of Oz has captivated audiences with it technicolour beauty, its light shining across countless generations. While its music and performances have entered the realms of cinematic legend. But what makes this 1939 picture a timeless classic of cinema? Is it the cutting edge use of new effects? The beautifully written musical score? Or is it …

Rocketman (Review)

Fresh from rescuing the Freddie Mercury and Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody after the removal of its director Bryan Singer. Dexter Fletcher brings us the glowing, fabulous and utterly compelling Rocketman. Bringing to life the career of Elton John with stunning cinematography, performances and energy. In a pure fantasia of music, creativity and emotion. From its opening scenes Rocketman isn’t afraid …

Ten Film Alternatives to Watching Eurovision

It’s that time of year again when mediocre songs and flamboyant performances illuminate our TV screens. With the dreaded ‘deux points’ score for the United Kingdom having become a staple of Eurovision disappointment. So why not settle in with a large glass of wine and watch a movie instead? Movies have the ability to bring popular music, energy and diversity …