The 5th Annual Craggus Movie Awards

2017 continued the previous year’s trend towards ever more polarised reactions to movies. With little room anymore for a ‘middle ground’, movies were either hailed as redefining triumphs or excoriated as blasphemy. Generally, I think I saw more great movies in 2017 than in 2016 but the average score across the 116 new releases I … Continue reading The 5th Annual Craggus Movie Awards

Battle Of The Sexes (2017) Review

One of the main, dispiriting takeaways from this biographical sports dramedy, which is as muddled as its genre classification, is that the more things change, the more they stay the same. In the present climate where sexism, discrimination and equality are at the very bleeding edge of public consciousness, “Battle Of The Sexes” fails to … Continue reading Battle Of The Sexes (2017) Review

La La Land (2017) Review

There’s nothing Hollywood likes more than love letters to itself, and “La La Land” is a love letter of such passion and affection for the glamourous halcyon days of old Hollywood that it almost makes you willing to overlook the slightly weird effect CinemaScope has on the actors’ faces in the close-ups. In modern day … Continue reading La La Land (2017) Review

The 2nd Annual Craggus Movie Awards

Last year I made a rod for my own back by putting out the “1st Annual Craggus Movie Awards” and now, on the eve of the 87th Academy Awards, here I am paying the price for saying “1st Annual”. The rules: only movies released in 2014 in the UK are eligible (including preview screenings and, … Continue reading The 2nd Annual Craggus Movie Awards

The Interview (2015) Review

It’s been a couple of months now since the so called Guardians Of Peace (allegedly backed by North Korea) demanding the takedown of “The Interview”.  After Sony’s corporate flip flopping over the release, it finally arrives in the UK this coming weekend. Now that the dust has settled and the GOP have given us a … Continue reading The Interview (2015) Review

Birdman (or The Unexpected Virtue Of Ignorance) (2015) Review

Much has been made of the Meta premise of Michael Keaton playing an aging actor, once famous for playing an iconic superhero, looking to prove his artistic integrity by mounting a Broadway play but there’s so much more to Alejandro González Iñárritu’s technically dazzling, intensely personal and kinetic film than that one single gimmick. Ingeniously … Continue reading Birdman (or The Unexpected Virtue Of Ignorance) (2015) Review

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) Review

How much you enjoy “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” might depend on how much you care about the backstory of Richard and Mary Parker, Peter’s parents, and their connection to Oscorp, because it devotes a considerable amount of its running time to picking up the loose threads left by the hatchet job editing done to the … Continue reading The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) Review

Movie 43 (2013) Review

Apparently ten years in the making, “Movie 43” is what I suspect Forrest Gump’s mother would have described as being like a box of chocolates: you never know what you’re going to get. I always felt sorry for that woman – with everything she had to endure in her life, nobody ever took the time … Continue reading Movie 43 (2013) Review