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…

The Best Of Buffy The Vampire Slayer

Fifteen years ago, “Buffy The Vampire Slayer” aired its final episode “Chosen” on Sky One here in the UK (some three weeks or so after its US airdate), so it’s the perfect time for Sweetie G – the person who introduced me to Buffy – and me to sit down and agree our Top Ten…

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2018) Review

Imagine a world where nothing and nobody adheres to a neatly binary system of good and bad and life is messy and compromised. It’s this real world untidiness which lies at the beating heart of “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”, Martin McDonagh’s brash, darkly funny and often shocking fable of small-town disenfranchised American life. Frustrated…

Everest (2015) Review

There’s always a question mark that hangs over film adaptations of true events, and when it’s the true story of a tragedy, that question is always more pointed. “Everest” struggles with the same problems that “The Impossible” did: what is the point of the movie, apart from to show the tragic suffering and horrific deaths…

Guilty Pleasures: Congo (1995) Revisited

If a hippo took an apricot, a guava and a mango, stuck it all together and danced a dainty tango, I still doubt he and the rhino would have come up with a film quite as oddly enjoyable as “Congo”, no matter how much Um Bongo they’d been drinking. Critically mauled on its release, and trapped…