Wicked Little Letters [23/february/2024] Score: 8/10 Not for the faint-hearted as filthy, disgusting and other fun words are belted out of mouths for almost two hours while discreet, patient detective work attempts to unravel the hidden petty little truths of a small English town hit by the horror of scandal – gasp! Based, somewhat, on a true story from olden days before the world was governed by the cancel culture of the woke zombies, a time when you had to button down your emotions tighter than a vicar’s trousers and just suffer the endless despair of not letting it all run riot, until- In a gleeful array of performances the cast allow it all to run wild and loose, and i’ts to be savoured for the story, the performances and what it tells us about then and now, and whether anything has really changed? Verdict: f***ing brilliant!
Madame Web [17/february/2024] Score: 6/10 Let’s be clear. This is NOT as bad as many of the reviews have been saying and scoring online. Yes, it is a generic origin story and yes, as with almost all Marvel stories, she/they are orphans or almost, and mostly rich with it too; but this should not take too much away from an alternative approach to the spider-bitten heroes, or in this case heroines. In this case the principle heroine is the rise of Madam Web in her destined role to protect and nurture her three little weblets, her spider chicks, with whom, with great responsibility, will come great power, and all that. So what more can you ask for while Miles Morales and the Peter Parkers are busy biting off more than they can chew, I mean Gwen Stacey can’t be everywhere on behalf of girl spider-power? Like most of these origin stories there’s a lot of potential to go in a more dramatic direction to pull out all the emotions and drama of discovery and mastery, of coming-together and finding their destiny; but like all things there is never enough time, or writing skill, to bring everything out and explore the identities and subtleties of every character, so we have a rush through the story, a shorthand for what could have been. There are one or two key issues, that generic style of story spoilt by some very poor action camera work, a very unsteady-cam with jump-cuts that left my head spinning at the fast-ambulance chase sequences, but once you get through those issues and the camera settles down it’s just a story of a woman discovering her inner power. So, spider-girl power, times four, confronting one murderer with his own powers and finding their future roles in fighting for justice, and all that. Nothing classic but probably worth your time for a little Spidy-escape. Will it ever end up mashed into the rest of the Marvelverse, or mind-boggling Spiderverse?? Who knows? Verdict: Worth getting tangled in this web to pass the time.
Bob Marley: One Life [16/february/2024] Score: 8/10 Just one part of the story of music revolutionary Bob Marley in his brief world-changing life. For anyone who loved his music and those who want to learn more and understand the background to his rise to world fame and glory. Might need a lot of sub-titles for some audiences in the world as it takes you into the religion of his world and its influence. Verdict: Rastafari.
Argylle [3/february/2024] Score: 6/10 Wild, noisy, silly spy romp in the style, and hinting at future instances, of The Kingsman, as a lady romantic adventure writer discovers she has hidden depths to her creativity as she unravels a true spy mystery and other mysteries hidden with the wrapping. And a cat. Verdict: Furry.
The Beekeeper [27/january/2024] Score: 7/10 The name’s Statham, Jason… etc. You get the idea. good guy with “a set of special skills” and soft spot gets to wield said skills on a raging path of revenge against the baddies who are abusing their power and destroying the lives of good folk, and so Sheriff Statham gallops off to the rescue, typically over a long road littered with assorted and colourful dead characters (insert characters, names and wackiness as appropriate). Verdict: Buzzin’
Poor Things [25/january/2024] Score: 8/10 An Adventure. An adventure of discovery, of the strange and mysterious world we all face, of accident, trial, error, with much sex, weird, hilarious, and sweet, while maintaining a somewhat sensible head on sturdy shoulders, briskly cutting through all the nonsense of “proper” society. If you want your perceptions of the world twisted around, knotted and ripped apart in a colourful blossom of good fortune, adventure, with added sex, then this is the medicine you needs for a desperately soulless world. Verdict: Rich.
Ferrari [1/january/2024] Score: 7/10 One moment, which might be seen as a turning point, in the history of the Ferrari company, its founder Enzo Ferrari, his relationships with a furious wife and strong lover, his children and so much more. Gathering all these threads into drama that also embraces the core of motor racing with the race that they had to win in order to survive. Pure drama, pure entertainment, pure engineering on all levels. Verdict: The grand prix.
One Life [1/january/2024] Score: 10/10 There is little you can ever say against the quite man who just gets on with all he can, accepts what he cannot, then moves on with his life, with humour and quiet determination. So forget all the fantasies of heroic adventure and battle against the odds, go watch a comicbook movie if you want that nonsense. This is the reality of one man and a small group of associates making a small contribution to saving a few lives in the face of world-shattering monstrous horror, and in their own way changing the world. Verdict: Let this change your world.