The Lone Ranger (2013) Review

The Lone Ranger (2013) Review

Director Gore Verbinski and star Johnny Depp have conspired to deliver a wildly inventive take on the Western which simultaneously honours the traditional hallmarks of the genre while cleverly and irreverently tweaking its foibles as well. Brimming with witty dialogue, colourful characters and a richly realised world, the result is an impressive and entertaining triumph. ..

Sherlock Gnomes (2018) Review

Sherlock Gnomes (2018) Review

Following in the footsteps of the Man Of Steel and Captain America, Gnomeo and Juliet become the latest characters to have their sequel hijacked by a bunch of different characters as the franchise tries to position itself as a vehicle to reimagine classic British literature, a sort of anthology of garden toy stories. When garden ..

Transcendence (2014) Review

Transcendence (2014) Review

Error (404): Good Film Not Found. Transcendence has the following errors: Writing, Directing, Acting. If it wasn’t for Johnny Depp’s involvement, this very, very ordinary thriller would likely have been a direct to DVD release. In the nineties. Marking the directorial debut of cinematographer (and frequent Christopher Nolan collaborator) Wally Pfister, “Transcendence” is a clichéd, ..

Pirates Of The Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge (2017) Review

Pirates Of The Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge (2017) Review

Dead men may tell no tales but dead horses are still ripe for flogging it seems as Disney cranks out yet another sequel to the surprise 2003 smash hit based on a veteran theme park attraction with fifth instalment “Pirates Of The Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge”. When a down-on-his-luck Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) trades his precious ..

Across The View Askewniverse: Tusk (2014) Review

Across The View Askewniverse: Tusk (2014) Review

Having entered a new phase of defiantly independent filmmaking, Smith followed up “Red State” with a bolder step into horror with an off-the-wall body horror that feels as much Cronenberg – and even Lars Von Trier – as it does Kevin Smith and while it pushes further into pure horror than his previous film, it’s ..

Murder On The Orient Express (2017) Review

Murder On The Orient Express (2017) Review

All aboard for a star-studded reimagining of classic whodunnit Offering first class accommodation, stunning views and a fine selection of a la carte thespian talent, Kenneth Branagh’s elegant and stylish remake of Christie’s famous Murder On The Orient Express is far more than a mere replacement cast service for the lauded 1974 ‘original’. Exhausted from ..

Dark Shadows (2012) Review

Dark Shadows (2012) Review

“Dark Shadows” is a reboot of the long running, ever so slightly ludicrous daily TV supernatural horror soap opera which ran for five years from 1966 to 1971, managing to rack up 1,225 episodes. I had a vague awareness of “Dark Shadows” but had never seen any of it beyond the odd clip of low ..

Across The View Askewniverse: Yoga Hosers (2016) Review

Across The View Askewniverse: Yoga Hosers (2016) Review

The general consensus appears to be that “Yoga Hosers” is the point at which Kevin Smith irrevocably jumped his own proverbial shark but, for me, it’s the point at which he fully actualised as an artist, having no fucks left to give in pursuit of bringing his unique vision to the screen. Now, if that ..

Alice Through The Looking Glass (2016) Review

Alice Through The Looking Glass (2016) Review

While 2010’s “Alice In Wonderland” may have left critics unimpressed, audiences embraced its restless, kooky energy as Lewis Carroll’s mastery of the absurd and impossible was filtered through the dark kaleidoscope of Tim Burton’s vision. Six years later, “The Muppets” & “Muppets Most Wanted” director James Bobin has been tasked with delivering the sequel, “Alice ..

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald (2018) Review

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald (2018) Review

To fall victim to one dark lord may be considered a misfortune. For it to happen on a cyclical basis suggests a fundamental structural flaw in your society There’s a touch of vanity to the new Wizarding World logo which follows the Warner Bros shield at the start of “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Gindelwald”, ..