Just a few miles from my home, there’s a tiny Welsh town with a population of some 3,500. Normally it’s somewhere I go with my friends to sit by the river and chat, or take my little cousins to the park. But in the second week of July every year since 1947, Llangollen has welcomed … Continue reading Llangollen International Eisteddfod
We’re exactly halfway through the year, and what better way to spend Half Way New Year than run through my favourite films of the past six months, and my most anticipated movies of the next. Adored: Love, Simon I mentioned that I was excited for it back in December and I was not disappointed. … Continue reading Anticipated and Adored: 2018 Movies
I remember spotting this book in a Waterstone’s not long after it was published. I was drawn in by the cover and title, and put off by the word ‘essays’. To be fair to myself, I was barely sixteen and shopping for prom jewellery at the time – in the midst of my GCSEs, the … Continue reading ‘Men Explain Things to Me’ in the #MeToo Era
Following the release of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom – the 5th film in the Jurassic Park franchise – critics and fans have taken to Twitter and blogs to break down how annoyed they are by this sequel. My question is, why is Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom so disappointing when this franchise’s record is already so … Continue reading Jurassic Park Never Needed a Sequel
Before seeing this film, I had in mind exactly what most pop culture outlets had been saying for months: ugh, what an unnecessary story… a troubled production? It can only be a mess… at least Lando looks good. Surprisingly, I was wrong about two of those things.
Mary and the Witch’s Flower is a 2017 animated feature from Studio Ponoc, founded by ex-Studio Ghibli producer Yoshiaki Nishimura. As a moderate Studio Ghibli fan, I knew I just had to sacrifice a sunny Sunday to sit in a dark cinema and see this spiritual successor to some of my favourite animation. The film … Continue reading Review: Mary and the Witch’s Flower
I couldn’t quite believe I was about to watch Avengers: Infinity War as I sat down in a sold-out cinema on opening night. This film should absolutely not be spoiled, so I won’t. Consider this only mild spoilers – nothing that’s not in the trailer and a few details about who gets the screen time.
The video-game-movie-curse has plagued cinema since the days of the Super Mario Bros. movie. While book-to-movie adaptations make some of our favourite films and financial successes, from To Kill a Mockingbird to Harry Potter, games are not so easy to adapt. Perhaps part of the reason for this curse is that video games are created … Continue reading Does Tomb Raider Break The Curse?
The second instalment in the five-film Fantastic Beasts series has been surrounded in controversy for some time now. Casting Johnny Depp as the eponymous Grindelwald was cringe-worthy enough as his face uncomfortably morphed onto the screen of my midnight premiere of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, an awkward decision which has only been … Continue reading The Problem with The Crimes of Grindelwald
In the month that’s Freed us from undoubtedly one of the most terrible movie franchises so far, we shouldn’t forget that not all bad films are tired cash-grabbing franchises stemming from some well-received Twilight fanfiction. Back in 2016, Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence starred in Passengers, a sci-fi love story that is perhaps one of … Continue reading Film Fixer – Passengers