Knowing nothing of the original Manga on which it’s based (the closest I can claim is that I quite enjoy the 2009 animated movie “Astro Boy”, which shares a surprising amount of story with this film), “Alita: Battle Angel” still held a strong appeal thanks to the names behind and in front of the camera. … Continue reading Alita: Battle Angel (2019) slices, dices and occasionally surprises.
It's taken nine years to summon up the courage to crawl back to Basin ‘Sin’ City, and the old town hasn't changed much in the intervening years. Oh, sure, Clive Owen looks a lot like Josh Brolin now and I’m not sure Miho is the same (Jamie Chung replacing Devon Aoki) but the city still … Continue reading Sin City: A Dame To Kill For (2014) Review
One of my fondest memories of seeing a film in the cinema is a quite recent one. It was opening night of “Marvel’s Avengers (Assemble)” – I say opening night, I mean civilised opening night, e.g. about 8 o'clock on a Friday evening, not some red-eye one minute past midnight rabid fan boy 'opening night' … Continue reading Machete Kills (2013) Review
Ah, that's better. Leaving behind the pretensions of certain other films, "Machete" is a down and dirty, unabashedly fun and silly movie which single-handedly both redefines and subverts the genre of "Mexploitation". Developed from a fake movie trailer created for the underwhelming grindhouse tribute double bill of Tarantino's "Death Proof" and Robert Rodriguez' "Planet Terror", … Continue reading Machete (2010) Review