Trolls Holiday (2017) Review

Opening with a bright and cheery fuzzy felt scrapbook retelling of the story of the “Trolls” movie, “Trolls Holiday” picks up where that story left off, with the Bergens seeking a replacement for Trollstice. When Queen Poppy (Anna Kendrick) realises the Bergens now have no holiday, she’s determined to set things straight. With her usual … Continue reading Trolls Holiday (2017) Review

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Olaf’s Frozen Adventure (2017) Review

In the United States, “Olaf’s Frozen Adventure” has been released along with “Coco” but, as we have to wait an extra couple of months here in the UK, we at least get the opportunity to watch this latest Disney short for the Kids’ Club ticket price of £3 (or thereabouts) plus the opportunity (should you … Continue reading Olaf’s Frozen Adventure (2017) Review

Harlequin (2016) Short Film Review

Following up his first production, “Layla”, director Jakob Lewis Barnes encounters the renowned ‘difficult’ second movie with the forthcoming “Harlequin”. Short films can be tricky things to review. The brief running time gives the artists involved an acutely finite amount of time to convey their vision. Another exercise in abstract, experimental filmmaking, “Harlequin” brings a melancholic, … Continue reading Harlequin (2016) Short Film Review

Layla (2016) Short Film Review

Dark, brooding and suffused with a languid malevolence, “Layla” – the debut short film from the JumpCutUK crew is a fascinating foray into film making. While the official synopsis is slightly coy (‘Trapped and mistreated by her oppressive captor, Layla longs to escape and enjoy the freedom of the outside world. Will the mysterious woman … Continue reading Layla (2016) Short Film Review

Alan Rickman 1946-2016

Alan Rickman 1946-2016 These days, 69 is no age at all and it's certainly not the age to be in 2016 apparently as cancer claims yet another beloved performer. It feels much more shocking because, like Bowie, the illness was kept private and that discretion is something I have massive respect for the individuals, families … Continue reading Alan Rickman 1946-2016

An Elf’s Story: The Elf on the Shelf (2011) Review

For a 23 minute thinly veiled cash grab advertising an expensive auxiliary Christmas disciplinary deterrent ruthlessly marketed as an adorable Christmas tradition that also subtly indoctrinates the youth of today to be comfortable living within an overt surveillance state, “An Elf’s Story” actually isn’t all that bad. The cheap and cheerful computer animation is decent enough and the … Continue reading An Elf’s Story: The Elf on the Shelf (2011) Review

Kīlauea – The Fire Within (2015) Short Film Review

Lava, along with quicksand and icebergs, forms a trinity of natural wonders that depressingly end up being far less of an everyday hazard than you expected as a child. Icebergs were mighty ocean tyrants, seeking out unwary ships and luring them to their doom with their deadly secret mass hiding below the waves while any … Continue reading Kīlauea – The Fire Within (2015) Short Film Review

Toy Story That Time Forgot (2014) Short Film Review

Even massive corporate conglomerates make short films! Or do they just make really long commercials? How did you feel about the announcement of "Toy Story 4"? Delighted? Or a bit wary? The "Toy Story" trilogy is undoubtedly one of the jewels in the Pixar crown and many - and I count myself among them - … Continue reading Toy Story That Time Forgot (2014) Short Film Review

Who likes short shorts? Danny And The Wild Bunch (2014) Short Film Review

The recent Oscar ceremony got me thinking about the Short Film categories. Thanks to platforms like Vimeo and YouTube, a whole world of Short films have opened up to everyone from the devoted fan to the casual viewer; I try and watch them whenever I can. I've got a 'to watch' list a mile long and … Continue reading Who likes short shorts? Danny And The Wild Bunch (2014) Short Film Review