I Lost My Body Review: An Inventive, Mature Animation

Among talks of year-end, and even decade-end top ten lists, many critics I know have noted that 2019 has not yielded much in the way of great animated movies. It’s not as though every release has been bad – The Missing Link and Toy Story 4 both come to mind – but unlike previous years, where movies like Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and Coco were completely deserving of … Continue reading I Lost My Body Review: An Inventive, Mature Animation

Marriage Story Review – An Honest, Painful Portrait Of The Divorce Industry

Divorce, and romantic separation in general, is far from an underused concept in cinema, especially where parental figures are involved. Films featuring infidelity and domestic spats are as old as the medium itself, and it isn’t uncommon for the splitting up of mum and dad to be the driving force of a character prior to the beginning of the actual movie. So why is Noah … Continue reading Marriage Story Review – An Honest, Painful Portrait Of The Divorce Industry

Klaus Review – A Visually Masterful Netflix Delight (Rating: 7/10)

Two dimensional animation from major studios has been struggling for years in the West. While Japan has a grand tradition of beautiful, complex, cel animated films that is being continued on to great success by artists like Makoto Shinkai and Mamoru Hosoda, Hollywood is dominated by CGI, with Pixar leading the charge. Now that the Disnay department for 2D animation is no more, it seems … Continue reading Klaus Review – A Visually Masterful Netflix Delight (Rating: 7/10)

The Irishman – Scorsese’s Melancholy Farewell To The Genre He Perfected (Rating: 10/10)

I must admit, I went into The Irishman somewhat dreading it. American crime films have always been somewhat of a blind spot for me as someone who tends towards foreign animation and camp horror movies, and I find the trials and tribulations of hard-lined machismo more irritating than affecting, particularly when it comes at the expense of female characters. A 210-minute long movie in a genre I … Continue reading The Irishman – Scorsese’s Melancholy Farewell To The Genre He Perfected (Rating: 10/10)

Tall Girl Review – A Film As Vapid As It Seemed (Rating: 2/10)

I was willing to give it the benefit of the doubt, despite the widespread pre-release criticism. Even at their worst, I usually manage to find the good in rom-coms targeted at teenage girls – we’ve all been there, and I like to think that the current set of 13 year olds are getting some decent movies. But sadly, Tall Girl was everything the brutally mocked trailer suggested … Continue reading Tall Girl Review – A Film As Vapid As It Seemed (Rating: 2/10)

Modest Heroes Review – A Charming Trio Of Uplifting Shorts (Rating: 9/10)

Since establishing themselves with the spectacular Mary and the Witch’s Flower last year, Studio Ponoc (an offshoot of Ghibli) have, along with Makoto Shinkai, become the ones to watch among fans of Japanese animation. As well as full feature films, Ponoc has begun to make shorts, and intend to produce themed anthologies on a regular basis. The first, entitled Modest Heroes, is a gorgeous, heartwarming set of … Continue reading Modest Heroes Review – A Charming Trio Of Uplifting Shorts (Rating: 9/10)

Secret Obsession Review – A Shallow, Trashy Amnesia Thriller (Rating: 3/10)

This was not a film I had been planning to review, but instead was one that had been thrust upon me by the greasy hands of fate. I woke up wondering what my second post would be about this week, knowing that other pieces I had written wouldn’t be up for at least a few more days. Eyes half-open, I reached for my phone, opened … Continue reading Secret Obsession Review – A Shallow, Trashy Amnesia Thriller (Rating: 3/10)