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  • Tickled

    Tickled

    I often start my reviews by talking about the trailer for a film. In recent years I’ve tried my best to avoid trailers for films I’m interested in seeing and go in blind. For most bigger blockbusters I feel comfortable knowing that I’m going into a known quantity but it often leaves me out of the loop for films that I wouldn’t have heard of otherwise. Documentary films are one such particular group. Unless something is “the next Helvetica or…

  • Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

    Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

    Very few films have disclaimers before the rest of my review, but this one is warranted: I enjoyed this film for just how bad it is. Valerian was a special kind of bad. I think it is fun and inventive, but not a good film. The story is weak and the characters are underdeveloped and severely lacking in chemistry and connectivity. Nothing “fits” yet everything works and there are a few elements at play that help the film along -…

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  • Rango

    Rango

    I was really surprised with Rango. I went into it thinking it was going to be a typical silly film for children but ended up loving it. This film had all the elements you need for a good film and I can safely say that it could possibly be one of my favourite animated films of all time.

    First and foremost, the plot is centered around a chameleon who has been stranded on a highway and wanders into a strange…

  • La La Land

    La La Land

    La La Land is a bit of a non-committal film. It isn’t a romantic comedy and it certainly isn’t a musical in a traditional sense. It’s serious but whimsical - dramatic yet eccentric and over the top. The film is a hodge podge tribute to Hollywood but leans into the farce of it all. It’s such a strange film that I’ve had a difficult time putting my finger on just “how much” I liked it – and I did. It’s…