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  • Aladdin

    Aladdin

    ★★★½

    Since getting Disney+ I've watched a bunch of these live action remakes. While I completely agree that for the most part they are unnecessary, I think the more they try and tread their own path the better they are. I've even found some very enjoyable. Cinderella felt like a fresh adaptation of the classic fairytale rather than a xerox of the original animation, wisely relegating the mice and concentrating on the fleshing out the human characters. The Lion King on…

  • Honey, I Shrunk the Kids

    Honey, I Shrunk the Kids

    ★★★★½

    Disney Executive no. 1: Bad news, the initial subscription rates for Disney+ aren't looking too hot
    Disney Executive no. 2: Shit! Somebody get China on the phone, we need to order a pandemic

    So I had no real intention of subscribing to Disney+ but then I found myself working full-time from home, whilst home schooling an 8 year old and looking after the human wrecking ball that is my 3 year old son... Suddenly it became an essential purchase, sitting…

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  • Sacred Planet

    Sacred Planet

    ★★★

    Sacred Planet fuses jaw dropping cinematography with the words of indigenous people from across the globe. The brief 45 minutes takes in British Columbia and Alaska, Utah and Arizona, Borneo, Thailand, Namibia, and New Zealand. The locations are as diverse as they are beautiful but the message remains the same, the way we are treating the planet is putting the way of life of indigenous people and the planet itself at risk.

    It’s truly beautiful to look at, a mixture…

  • Time Trap

    Time Trap

    ★★★½

    A Cowboy, a Conquistador and a Caveman walk into a cave containing a break in the space-time continuum...

    ... Stop me if you’ve heard this one before.

    Awful title.

    Enjoyably ambitious film.

    Sure it’s all rampant headlong messy ambition but I kind of like that. When a film is this chock full of ideas I can forgive the occasional bit of wooden acting or some lacklustre shoestring budget special effects. The film pulls off its progressively bonkers ideas and successfully…

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  • Dr. No

    Dr. No

    ★★★★

    Nobody ranks Bond better for Bond-a-thon

    "World domination, the same old dream. Our asylums are full of people who think they're Napoleon. Or God."

    I have general rule about the Bond Canon which I'll keep returning to, it is at its best when it tries to break the mould that it's previously established. It's a series that's constantly reinvented itself for the changing times. For me as a general rule, the last film a Bond actor makes is usually their…

  • The Wizard of Oz

    The Wizard of Oz

    ★★★★★

    Do you ever wish you could forget one of your favourite films, just so you could experience it again for the very first time?

    I have. 

    The two options are probably extremely dangerous brain surgery or numerous rounds of expensive hypnotherapy.

    I've decided having children is the marginally less dangerous but ridiculously more expensive way of achieving this.

    I've just watched The Wizard of Oz with my daughter on my lap. I experienced her every laugh at something funny, her…