Bacurau (2020) delivers bleeding edge social satire and gleeful grindhouse thrills in equal measure.

There’s something disquietingly relevant about “Bacurau” that elevates it above the pack of class warfare movies vying to artistically interpret the current dystopian zeitgeist. Sharper than “Knives Out”, more metaphorical than “Parasite” and high calibre than “The Hunt”, there’s something in the premise of this brutal Brazilian satirical thriller that anticipated and therefore parallels the…

Doctor Who: The Haunting Of Villa Diodati (S12E08) Review

*SPOILERS* Finally, the thirteenth Doctor’s era gets a true masterpiece, an episode which not only contains a fantastic Whovian story in its own right but one that involves a historical figure and prepares the way for a high stakes season finale. While the past few episodes have struggled to juggle the number of characters and…

The Personal History Of David Copperfield (2020) is a dazzling Dickensian delight.

Colourful, captivating and preposterously delightful, Armando Iannucci’s free-spirited adaptation of the Dickens novel brings a vibrant contemporary energy to the classic metronomic rags to riches to rags to riches tale. Chronicling his turbulent upbringing, the film begins with a quintessentially Dickensian framing device as David Copperfield (Dev Patel) narrates his own life story to a…

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…