AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR – Resistance to Thanos and the MCU is futile

‘Avengers: Infinity War’ is the most star-studded blockbuster in the history of cinema. Probably the most expensive too. It’s an over-crowded family reunion of epic proportions presided over the big bad Thanos (Josh Brolin), as was promised. It delivers a mammoth high for the masses who have accepted the Marvel Cinematic Universe as the cinematicContinue reading “AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR – Resistance to Thanos and the MCU is futile”

HOSTILES – This brutal Western stops just short of being great

We are introduced to Scott Cooper’s ‘Hostiles’ with a solemn quote from D.H. Lawrence, assuring me that I was about to immerse myself in one of my favourite things in cinema – the Western that attempts to cut to the core of man’s tortured existence. What follows D.H. Lawrence’s affirmation of man’s marriage to violenceContinue reading “HOSTILES – This brutal Western stops just short of being great”

READY PLAYER ONE – Spielberg crafts an ugly romance with pop-culture porn

‘Ready Player One’ is much more than the love letter to gaming culture some corners of the internet would have you believe. The earlier suggestions from some that this could be the “Black Panther for gamers” were ridiculous. Whilst its director, Stephen Spielberg, has admitted his affinity for the 80 with regards to the influencesContinue reading “READY PLAYER ONE – Spielberg crafts an ugly romance with pop-culture porn”