War is hell but 1917 (2020) is heavenly film making

Astonishingly, breathtakingly, technically brilliant, “1917” is a mesmerising, masterful achievement in the art and technique of cinema. But this is no cold, Zemeckis-like exercise in technological advancement and instead uses its relentless focus and visceral real-time storytelling to relay the human tragedy of warfare at its most grandiose and grotesque folly. April 1917: The German…

Team America: World Police (2005) marks its 15th anniversary by being slightly less alarming than present day American foreign policy

Back in the heady days when ‘America: f**k yeah!’ was hilarious satirical hyperbole rather than a Presidential election-winning political philosophy, the creators of South Park set out to spoof the overbearing machismo of Michael Bay-style action cinema through an inspired homage to the genius of “Thunderbirds” creator Gerry Anderson. The world is ever more dangerous…

I’m all in for Knives Out (2019)

Part Agatha Christie homage, part reimagining of “Clue” with just a pinch of “Murder By Death”, Rian Johnson’s latest murder mystery film is as wittily subversive as you might expect and while it’s no gamechanger it’s still a welcome injection of honest to goodness fun into the ponderous, stultifying multiplexes of late 2019. When the…

The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019) soars on wings of comfort and joy

A rich and warmly resonant contemporary reimagining of ‘The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn’, “The Peanut Butter Falcon” brings a funny, moving, feel-good slice of modern Americana to the big screen, powered by some big-hearted performances. Zak (Zack Gottsagen), a young man with Down Syndrome, dreams of leaving his life in a nursing home and travelling…