All posts tagged Comedy

Festival of Ideas for Curious Minds

Assuming that you are as uncultured as I am, you probably haven’t heard of the British Academy either. This beautifully historic institution is home to a fellowship of over 1,000 […]

Deadpool 2: Exciting and Aimless

To say that 2016’s Deadpool was a surprise success is an understatement. A first-time director, development hell, years of attempted executive meddling, a lead actor who had never been in […]

Game Night Review – Original and Inventive, Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams’ Thrilling Comedy is no Trivial Pursuit

It’s uncommon that a comedy ticks all the boxes that we’d like these days. Baywatch was a headache-inducing beach burn. Fist Fight was a punch in the face, rather than a […]

Downsizing Review – Alexander Payne’s Surreal Sci-Fi Comedy Shrinks Under its Own Ambition

Director Alexander Payne’s Downsizing isn’t the first film to tackle the concept of physical reduction. Of course, the Rick Moranis fanatics among us – yes, you know who you are […]

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle Review – Less Planet Earth, More Planet Hollywood, in this Amusing and Action-Packed Return to the Jungle World of Jumanji

There’s been a lot of criticism aimed at Hollywood’s habit of rebooting every franchise going. So eyebrows were suitably raised when it was announced that Sony was tackling a sequel […]

Thor: Ragnarok Review – Director Taika Waititi steals Thor’s Thunder in this Zippy, Quippy Threequel

In spite of its overwhelming success, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been criticised in the past for not providing its directors with much room to express themselves personally: I myself […]

Pirates of the Caribbean 5 Review – Ahoy, Another Instalment, Treading Tame and Familiar Waters, but with new Crewmates to Keep the Franchise Afloat

With the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, I appear to have a love/hate relationship. The first film, subtitled The Curse of the Black Pearl was a huge success, commercially and […]

Underbelly Festival at London’s Southbank

Exam season is coming to an end. It is time to put your books down, allow your skin to see the sunlight again, and to breathe a HUGE sigh of […]

Free Fire Review – Reload Your Energy Levels, Ben Wheatley’s New Film is a Shotgun Blast of Fun

In cinema, there is often a reliance on intricate plot developments, with intrigue aroused by whodunits and convoluted thrillers dependent on a gimmick or MacGuffin that keeps interest at peak level for […]