REVIEW: Black Adam

This latest offering from DC Films has many of of the right elements, but struggles to ground itself in humanity.

Re-envisioning its title character as an antihero, Black Adam is a star vehicle for Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, for whom it was reportedly a passion project.…

REVIEW: London Film Festival 2022 Roundup

White Noise

With White Noise, Noah Baumbach has managed to make a compelling and remarkably coherent dramedy from Don DeLillo’s postmodern epic of optimism and catastrophe.

Jack Gladney (Adam Driver; winningly ungainly with long limbs and beer belly) is a renowned professor of “Hitler studies”, who works at a fictional American college sometime in the 1980s.…

REVIEW: Three Thousand Years of Longing

In his first film since 2015’s Mad Max: Fury Road, George Miller reminds us why he truly deserves the accolade of “visionary”.

By any standard, Three Thousand Years of Longing is an audacious change of pace from the filmmaker who filmography is largely defined by scorched wastelands populated by monstrous motorheads.…

PODCAST: Sugarland Express [Let’s Jaws For a Minute]

In this episode, Sarah and MJ are joined by Rob Wallis to talk about Spielberg’s major studio debut, The Sugarland Express.

They discuss its similarities and differences with Duel, the “aw, shucks” style performances, how the film was received by critics such as Ebert, Siskel, and Pauline Kael, and how the film was influenced by Westerns, Italian Neorealism, and the French New Wave.…

REVIEW: Samaritan [Prime Video]

In Samaritan, a scrappy kid (Javon Walton) discovers that a refuse collector who lives across the street (Sylvester Stallone) may in fact be his idol, long-presumed-dead superhero Samaritan.

As with any popular genre before it, the superhero movie is now starting to reckon with its long-lived popularity.…

PODCAST: The Movie Robcast

Movies your passion? Then join two guys called Rob as they review movies new and classic, good and bad. One of them is old, the other young. Like the priests in The Exorcist

Both Robs Daniel and Wallis love director Andrew Dominik’s The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford.…

PODCAST: Nightmare Alley [Movie Robcast]

In episode 139 of The Movie Robcast, Robs Daniel and Wallis take a walk down the dark and deadly Nightmare Alley.

The new movie from the brilliant Guillermo del Toro is based on William Lindsay Gresham’s 1946 novel, previously adapted as a film noir in 1947, and features an dazzling cast including Bradley Cooper, Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Toni Collette, Willem Dafoe, Ron Perlman, Richard Jenkins, and others. …

PODCAST: Scream (2022) [Movie Robcast]

Time for another episode of meta-movie, and in episode 138 after all these years we go back to where it all started, back to Woodsboro.

Yep, the latest instalment of Scream leans into Hollywood’s current passion for self-reflexive “requels.”

Which is fitting for a movie that made meta mainstream back in 1996.…

PODCAST: 2021 Roundup – Films of the Year [Movie Robcast]

It now may be 2022, but we’re starting the year looking back at 2021.

While perhaps not a banner year in general, 2022 was a fine year for cinema. Bond returned in triumph, Spider-Man topped off the year with box office glory, Cruella proved Disney could turn a classic cartoon character into a live-action triumph, Dune turned out to be filmable, and West Side Story was the remake we didn’t know we needed.…