Dumbo (2019) has a surprisingly metatextual moral for the House of Mouse

There are nice nods to the twee opening of the original “Dumbo” as we’re treated to knowing shots of storks flying across the sky to portend the less romanticised arrival of baby Dumbo but in nodding to the animated classic so soon, this live-action remake tips just how weak its hand is. When circus impresario … Continue reading Dumbo (2019) has a surprisingly metatextual moral for the House of Mouse

Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children (2016) Review

Marvel movies are notoriously not allowed to use the ‘m’ word and you’ll find it curiously absent from Miss Peregrine’s… even if it feels like an “X-Men” story co-written by J K Rowling and Roald Dahl. When his grandfather dies in mysterious circumstances, Jake (Asa Butterfield) decides to visit the children’s home that featured in … Continue reading Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children (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 a sequel. Alice … Continue reading Alice Through The Looking Glass (2016) Review

The Death Of “Superman Lives”: What Happened? (2015) Review

Made by fan boys but not just for fan boys (full disclosure: I contributed to the Kickstarter for this), Jon Schnepp’s documentary not only lifts the lid on one of cinema’s most notorious ‘might have beens’ but also provides a fascinating glimpse into the artistry, effort and creative processes which go on behind the scenes of major blockbuster … Continue reading The Death Of “Superman Lives”: What Happened? (2015) Review

Craggus’ Christmas Countdown Day 5: The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

It was a bit of a coin toss as to whether I included this in the countdown. Is it a Christmas film about Halloween or a Halloween film about Christmas? Tricky one, but I decided it qualifies as a Christmas film as it’s ultimately about Jack Skellington discovering ‘the true meaning of Christmas’. Way back … Continue reading Craggus’ Christmas Countdown Day 5: The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

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 … Continue reading Dark Shadows (2012) Review