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  • Bird Box

    Bird Box

    ★★★

    The set-up is solid but treads many familiar beats. Sandra Bullock and Trevante Rhodes elevate the film above B-status, but many post-apocalyptic films and shows (The Road, The Walking Dead), come to mind. 

    The biggest influence to me, in a good way, is that the film feels like an M. Night Shymalan film circa his first three films — it’s almost a throwback and nostalgic and would have made sense for his fourth. Funny how that is.

  • Venom

    Venom

    ★★

    Standard superhero fare, weak plot, the usual beats. I’d rather have seen 1h47m of Tom Hardy’s Eddie Brock and Venom doing a monologue? Dialogue? 

    Locke but with Eddie Brock and Venom. 

    No denying that Hardy was having fun with this.

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  • 50/50

    50/50

    ★★★★

    First things first: f@!k cancer.

    As someone who has come to terms with the idea (or is it fact?) that cancer is a real possibility to myself, and whose loved ones and friends have been directly affected by it, both for the bad and for the worst, this film was both one I was excited to see, but also dreaded to see.

    The cast drew me in first of course: Seth Rogen, the ever-excellent Joseph Gordon-Leavitt, Anna Kendrick (who was…

  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    ★★★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    I f@#kin' loved it. As much as I did Blade Runner 2049. Two different visions of the future — one much more grounded in our world, and the other in a galaxy far, far away.

    Yet, one is much more of a human film, whilst the other is concerned with technology at large. Can you guess to which I refer?

    Trick question. Both.

    It's the first Star Wars film without a proper cliffhanger or continuation. In fact, I felt as…