1917 review “A flawless masterpiece”

1917 movie posterI really wasn’t all that interested in 1917 during the build up to its release. Even following the successful pre-release screenings on the 4th of December, I couldn’t muster up any interest in what looked to be yet another generic war film. Sure, the trailer was solid, and the film had a swathe of big names attached to it, but nobody I had spoken to was particularly excited about actually seeing it.

My interest piqued however when reviews started rolling in, the film was being both praised critically and received well commercially. Still, I had my reservations. Historical war films tend to garner a lot of interest due to the sentimental themes and shocking imagery they portray. So what if it has 10 Oscar nominations? Once Upon A Time In America does too, and that was a self-indulgent bore fest. Continue reading

Jojo Rabbit review ‘Monty Python, but in Nazi Germany’

JoJo Rabbit posterAh, the beauty of childhood. Running around with your best friends, making your own fun. It’s highly likely, however, that your childhood didn’t involve being a part of the Hitler Youth. Well, in the newest movie from triple-threat, Taika Waititi, it features just that. As well as, you know, the Gestapo, public hangings, and actual Hitler himself.

It doesn’t go amiss to question why such a successful comedy filmmaker would tackle such a risky subject. What also doesn’t go amiss, however, is how the story of Jojo Rabbit is handled. The movie follows Jojo, a 10 year old lad born in Germany in WWII.

His dedication to the war effort is apparent from the off – he marches around in his Hitler Youth uniform, knife readied in his belt, with his imaginary friend (who just happens to be Waititi as Hitler) issues rallying cries of support for his tiny friend. His mother (Scarlett Johansson) is quick-witted, unapologetic, and fiendishly brave. It seems as though its them and Hitler against the world, until Jojo makes a discovery in his very own house. Continue reading

Alternative Oscars 2020: The Nominations

Alternative Oscars 2020For our dedicated voting form, CLICK HERE. But don’t worry, there’s another link at the bottom of the page, after all the nominations!

Foreword by Adam Brannon. Can you believe we’re here again? Now into its fourth year, the Alternative Oscars has become one of my favourite times of the year, as we put the best films to the test for a shot at winning one of our coveted awards. I’ve always felt like blockbuster movies haven’t received as much recognition as they deserve.

After all, some of these films have been a labour of love for their directors and leading men and women. This year, however, we’re mixing things up a little with an Alternative Oscars of the Decade! Continue reading

Movies to look forward to in 2020: Bond, Black Widow & More

Movies to look forward to in 2020It’s arrived: 2020 is here and looking at the film releases over the coming 12 months, 2020 is pulling no punches. The year includes long-awaited sequels, superhero films, franchise closers and some cracking historical dramas: it really does have it all.

We’ve whittled the coming releases down to just 10 2020 films that you should put in your diary immediately. Don’t worry, we’ve included the dates as well, and our updated film release calendar will have all the other dates you’ll need for your diary. Shall we begin? These are the movies to look forward to in 2020. Continue reading

The Best Movies of 2019: Alita, Joker & More

The best movies of 2019I hope you’ve been enjoying your leftovers this Boxing Day. We’ve already counted down the worst blockbusters of 2019, with some interesting films being thrown into the mix together, and now, as we come to the end of the two-day Bank Holiday here in the UK, it’s time to look at the very best big budget movies the year has had to offer.

There have been some real highlights this year. Some have been unexpectedly great, while others we always knew they would turn out to be fab. Here are my picks for the best movies of 2019 (from the blockbuster category of course). Continue reading