The Small Things 2022

Jan 1st: (Doctor Who) Eve of the Daleks is an interesting premise with a less than interesting delivery. The Doctor and friends find themselves trapped in a time loop with Daleks in yet another poorly written episode. Aisling Bea is a tonne of fun though, possibly the best guest since Alan Cummings.

Yaz being queer is a choice that emotionally exhausts me. She isn’t fleshed out enough to justify it and it doesn’t feel like we’ve been building to this. Mandip and John handle the scene respectfully but companions being in love with The Doctor is overdone.

Jan 5th: Book of Boba Fett Ep2 is surprisingly heartwarming and respectful. A lengthy flashback shows more of Bobas time with the Tusken Raiders who seem to have inherited some Maori tradition. It really humanises them whilst remaining respectful of actual tradition which is super neat.

Jan 8th: BBC Protest: The BBC has made some undeniably great content but that does not distract from their discrimination.

They pulled out of Stonewall and platform transphobes on a regular basis, without letting us speak up.

It’s abhorrent and we deserve better.

Jan 12th: Book of Boba Fett Ep 3 feels more relaxed than the previous 2. As Boba struggles to keep peace in his present and his past, we meet cool new characters and experience excellent action scenes. You can tell Robert Rodriguez directed this one, in a good way, but it lacks oomph.

Jan 12th: The Power Of The Dog is excellent. The story of a troubled family in 1925 Montana tackles what it is to be manly, which remains a prevalent topic in today’s society. It also dabbles with familial feuds, discrimination, and status in a plot that burns slowly with terrific performances.

Jan 14th: The Matrix Resurrections has a lot to say. The continued story of Neo’s struggle against machines explores multiple ideas, occasionally halting for an action scene, in a film that requires more than one viewing. Currently good, if not a little muddled, but only time will truly tell…

Jan 19th: The Book of Boba Fett Ep 4 is THE episode. A lengthy flashback to the beginning of Boba and Fennec’s relationship, this feels like when the first few eps should have been set before having the last few set in the “present”. Probably the best episode so far.

Jan 21st: The King’s Man doesn’t hold its punches. The prequel to Kingsmen about the founding of the secret service is heartfelt and action-packed, although a little less impactful than the original. Some top-tier casting too with excellent (yet few) uses of classical music.

Jan 23rd: Line Goes Up-The Problem With NFT’s “It’s rotten all the way down” is an astounding summary of this 2 hour dissection of NFTs, Crypto and all in between. Dan Olsen once again picks a target and meticulously explores every aspect until you yourself feel like an expert, with a subject that only gets worse.

Jan 25th: The Electrical Life of Louis Wain is really rather sad. Based on the true story of a cat-centric artist, the film achieves whimsy through fantastical cinematography and a haunting score. Solid performances all round, especially Cumberbatch but a Fun Cat Video this is not.

Jan 26th: The Book of Boba Fett Ep 5 might be one of my fave episodes of a different show. The exposition can be a little clunky and I miss Boba but I’d be lying if I said I didnt get a kick out the comedy or seeing That Ship. This one’s for the fans so no spoilers here. Go and enjoy.

Jan 27th: There are names in British comedy so large and so well renowned that you never need to have seen any of their work to recognise their name.

Barry Cryer was one of those names. And it’s a heck of a legacy he leaves behind.

Jan 27th: [Animéducation 6/many]

Cowboy Bebop is somehow manic and relaxed at the same time. The show, following the increasingly turbulent life of Space Bounty Hunters, looks and sounds gorgeous. The joy of being mostly episodic means that this is perfect for dipping in and out of.

Feb 2nd: The Book of Boba Fett Ep 5 is the most infuriating episode yet. Just when the plot progresses, another aspect of the wider universe is shoe-horned in. This is starting to feel more like the MCU than Star Wars. It feels like there wasn’t enough material for a full season.

And yes, that Bounty Hunter cameo is the most excited I’ve been in quite some time, but it feels like set-up for something larger. There’s one episode left and it feels like hardly any time has been spent with the shows protagonists.

I’m exhausted.

Feb 2nd: Finally caught up on Bob’s Burgers and it’s one of the most delightful shows currently on television. The animated adult comedy about a family and their burger joint is continuously entertaining with lovable characters and a surprising amount of musical numbers.

Feb 4th: Licorice Pizza gives nostalgia for an era I never lived through. The story of a turbulent relationship in 1973 California feels like several stories stitched together which made it difficult to settle, but each story is a delight. Aesthetically pleasing with an equally airy score.

Feb 4th: Scream (2022) is an enigma. The latest installment in the slasher franchise is still full of relevant parody but takes itself a little more seriously than it needs to. There’s more blood and less laughs but the characters are still likable and the commentary important.

Feb 9th: The Book of Boba Fett Finale is pure Star Wars. The excitment, the emotion, the explosions, the resisting. As Boba aims to defend his city from the Pyke Syndicate, friends new and old join the fight in a high octane final episode that allows this middling series to go out with a bang.

Feb 9th: Save The Cinema is what humanity needs right now. Based on the true story of a small-town cinema saved by Spielberg and a stubborn mum, it’s full of sincerity and kindness. Fairly predictable but that doesn’t make it any less tear-jerking or important.

Feb 12th: Nightmare Alley is bleak but beautiful. The tale of a man on the run who begins dating a Carny and becomes a renowned magician is a harrowing story about fame. How do you get it and what do you do with it and how does it affect you? Made me sad but in an artistic way.

Feb 12th: Sing 2 is as cute as the first but lacks the heart. Buster and his friends try to put on a big show in the big city whilst trying to hire a recluse in a sequel that serves its purpose well. Plenty of music to capitalise on but less in-universe usage. Also lacks Seth Macfarlane.

Feb 14th: [On the passing of Harold Ramis] Nothing could have prepared me for this news. I hope he was proud of the work he left behind and the many lives he affected, including mine.

My heart goes out to his family and friends.

Feb 25th: Death on the Nile is a theatrical delight. Sir Kenneth Branagh’s adaptation of the Agatha Christie classic is a visual masterpiece. Full of melodrama, suspense, and (mostly) superb acting with an often noticeable green screen and lack of subtlety. Just a fun time.

Mar 2nd: Jackass Forever proves that there is still a place in the world for laughing at people doing dumb things. As the classic crew, and some new friends, subject each other to dangerous stunts and pranks, the laughter came barreling out. Tamer, but no less Jackass.

Mar 6th: Moonfall is classic Emmerich. A disgraced ex-astronaut, his former partner, and a conspiracy theorist attempt to place the moon back into orbit in a progressively ridiculous and explosive story. Takes a little bit to get going but, once it does, the thrills and twists don’t stop.

Mar 13th: Uncharted feels exceptionally derivative. Based loosely on the videogame series, it follows Nate as he meets Sully and they search for hidden treasure, with “loosely” being the key word. It’s kept afloat by the charm of its 2 leads but is let down by cliches and a bland script.

Mar 13th: Turning Red is adorable. Young MeiMei becomes a red panda whenever her emotions get the better of her in the heartfelt, laugh-a-minute new tale from PIXAR. The representation is a huge positive, but there’s plenty of relatability too as well as some of the most vibrant and exciting animation the company has ever produced. PIXAR deserves to be shown on a big screen and movies like Turning Red prove it.

Mar 16th: Benediction is perfectly somber. Detailing the life and loves of famed author Siegfried Sassoon, it captures both his heart and his pain. It’s also about the futility of war and the scars it leaves, which is shot beautifully and scored to perfection. Heartbreaking. [BFI Flare]

Mar 16th: Boulevard! A Hollywood Story is a charming and educational documentary. Telling the story of the Sunset Boulevard musical that nearly was, it’s a tale of romance and regret between its 3 creatives. A marvelous story that begged to be told. [BFI Flare]

Mar 17th: Borekas is really sweet. A short film centered on a father and son bonding whilst their car is broken down, it seeks to have a meaningful conversation about how closed off men can be from each other and how a gay person can interact differently with their parents. [BFI Flare]

Mar 17th: The Tumbler is utterly charming. The short film sees a pair of GenZ hackers seeking to exploit a couple of millennials but getting more than they bargained for in a piece about assumptions and secrecy. [BFI Flare]

Mar 17th: Birthday Boy hits close to home. The short film about a trans man seeking to celebrate his 18th birthday as himself perfectly encapsulates the feeling of despair and suffocation that is having your family refuse to acknowledge you. [BFIFlare]

Mar 19th: The Duke is utterly delightful. Based on the true story of a pensioner who “stole” a painting, it’s slow in places but never loses that unique British charm. Heartwarming performances and a quirky soundtrack make for a very pleasant experience.

Mar 21st: Long Live My Happy Head is a real emotional rollercoaster. Comic artist Gordon battles a brain tumor, the pandemic, and a long-distance relationship in this honest and uplifting documentary which tugs at the heartstrings and is filled with love. [BFI Flare]

Mar 22nd: Cheaper By The Dozen (2022) is fairly paint by numbers. The story of the Baker family and dad Paul’s attempts at a sauce franchise has some delightful young talent and some heart but is filled with modern Disney-isms that will date it poorly. Nice to see Zach Braff again though.

Mar 22nd: Fresh puts the thrill in thriller. A newfound romance takes a drastic turn in a film that features outstanding performances and made me constantly uncomfortable (in a good way). Felt like it cut off the story too soon but MAN what a story.

Mar 26th: The Eyes of Tammy Faye is marvelous. Based on the true story of televangelist Jim Bakker through the eyes of his wife, it features outstanding performances and an honest depiction of all the best and worst of faith. Partially uplifting and constantly engaging.

Mar 26th: Ice Age Adventures of Buck Wild lacks any of the IPs charm. Possums Crash and Eddie reunite with the titular weasel to take down an evil dino in this bland spinoff. Lacking in OG cast, animation budget, and humour, this is Disney direct-to-streaming all the way through.

Mar 30th: Moon Knight Ep 1 is full of promise. The tale of a man whose body is a vessel for an ancient mercenary, it has an intriguing premise and the illusion of Netflix-Marvel violence. What remains to be seen is if it will follow through on the latter and fully develop the former.

Apr 2nd: The Bubble is wild. A group of self-obsessed actors shoot a film during lockdown in this joyous dumpster-fire of a movie. The script is often unfunny and full of cringe but seeing high-caliber actors delivering that script is An Experience. Cameos you won’t believe!

Apr 4th: Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga is worth the wait. The sheer scale of this thing is astounding, as is the resolution. It’s an absolutely beautiful game to walk through and easy to get lost in. That’s before adding that cute lego humour and the wonderful Clone Wars voice cast.

Seriously. I’m maybe 3 hours in and, starting with The Phantom Menace, I’ve just defeated Darth Maul.

Apr 6th: Moon Knight Ep 2 delivers on the intrigue but falters on the action. Things heat up for Steven as Marc vies for control in an episode that’s beautifully shot except for the choppy action sequence. Khonshu provides suitable menace while the score provides the tension.

Apr 14th: The Bad Guys is delightful. A group of criminals faking going good takes a turn in this action-packed heist flick. The music is great, the moral simple and the design feels straight out of the book it was based on.

Apr 14th: Moon Knight Ep3 is a great character study. As Marc and Layla close in on Arthur, they realise Steven may be of some use in an ep that looks gorgeous. One of the best mid-series finales yet from the MCU, although there is a noticeable lack of Moon Knight.

Apr 15th: Morbius embodies uncertainty. The tale of ailing Dr. Morbius and his vampiric cure should be cool but is mostly bland. Torn between horror and comedy, it is suitable at both with Matt Smiths Milo stealing the show. It also features the most rushed, poorly dubbed, awfully written mid-credits scene I’ve ever witnessed.

Apr 17th: [Doctor Who] Legend of The Sea Devils is a chore. The Doctor and co face off against 19th century Sea Devils on an exposition-driven, choppily edited, husk of an episode. The production design is good and the 2 featured pirates feel genuine but those don’t save it. One left. Thank goodness.

Apr 20th: Moon Knight Ep4 is delightful. Layla and Steven finally reach Ammits Tomb in an episode that ups the archeology and then ups the weird. The relationship between Steven and Marc remains adorable whilst there are plenty of tense elements throughout. More like this, please!

Apr 22nd: Sonic Movie 2 is good fun. Sonic and his new friend Tails face off against Robotnik and his new friend Knuckles in a slightly slower movie than the first. It’s filled to the brim with references to the source material and current-day references, giving it peak Sonic cheese.

Apr 28th: Moon Knight Ep5 is the best so far. Steven and Marc process past trauma in an episode that really demonstrates Oscar Issacs acting abilities as well as the exploration of darker themes allowed by a 15 rating. The Jewish element seemed glossed over though, which kinda sucks.

May 6th: Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is a mixed bag. As Dr. Strange attempts to keep multiverse-hopping America Chavez out of the hands of Wanda Maximoff, there’s plenty to enjoy. Sam Raimi’s horror elements provide a new MCU experience but Wanda gets done real dirty.

Sure to split audiences.

I feel like if Sam Raimi had been allowed full creative control and a 15 rating, this could have been better.

May 20th: Chip N Dale: Rescue Rangers is entertainingly bad. The animation doesn’t gel, many of the jokes don’t land in the intended way and the relentless/odd cameos are a lot to take in. It’s a heck of an experience though, there’s nothing else like it. Best enjoyed with friends.

May 27th: Obi Wan Kenobi Ep 1 is a perfect re-introduction to the characters we know and love with a story we don’t. Nobody has lost a beat in the last 20 years, the Score is classic Star Wars and the cinematography is gorgeous. Director Deborah Chow is on to a winner here.

May 27th: Obi Wan Kenobi Ep 2 is the perfect follow-up to Ep1 whilst also acting as a great hook for the rest of the series. It can be funny and dramatic but within the final few minutes may leave fans emotional. These first 2 eps have felt like one film. And it’s great.

Jun 1st: Obi Wan Kenobi Ep 3 builds the tension and keeps it up. With Obi trying to sneak across the galaxy, the looming presence of The Empire has never felt stronger. Vader is as terrifying as he’s ever been here and the magnificent score is certainly helping. Love this show.

Jun 2nd: Stranger Things S4Ep1 is an entertaining re-introduction to the town and people of Hawkins. It’s a fun time with some interesting new dynamics and enticing new characters with a cliffhanger that reminds you this is still a horror show.

June 3rd: Stranger Things S4Ep2 is a good mixture of stories. It progresses the main plot whilst also filling in some pre-S4 gaps. With 3 seperate locations, it never feels like one is taking away from the others, there’s a good balance. Horror intensifies.

Jun 3rd: Stranger Things S4Ep3 ups the tension and the intrigue without ever getting too carried away. Feels like a mid-series finale but with a little less intensity. Also, we ship Nancy and Robin now.

Jun 3rd: Stranger Things S4Ep4 is an interesting one. It’s focused on the characters and the mystery rather than the supernatural. As a result, it feels a little slower but it still feels like a neccessary piece of breathing room.

Jun 4th: Top Gun Maverick is a high octane delight. As Mav returns to teach the next gen of Top Gun pilots, he is reunited with former wingman Goose’s son in a story that has a strong emotional core. The 80s soundtrack remains too, making this an instant classic. Film of the year so far.

Jun 5th: Stranger Things S4Ep5 is entertaining enough. It switches between the emotional story of 11 and the Scooby Doo story of the others, although the 11 side of things is a little more interesting. Definitely the least well paced of these episodes so far.

Jun 5th: Stranger Things S4Ep6 brings back the intensity thats been lacking the last couple of episodes. More is revealed, some great character interactions are had and there’s a cliffhanger that, had it been the end of this firt episode batch, would have left people screaming.

Jun 6th: Stranger Things S4Ep7 is full of cliches and resolutions that can be figured out but DAMN it’s good storytelling. Perfectly sets up the finale to come and resolves the first batch of episodes brilliantly. Its been a delight watching these actors come into their own.

Jun 8th: Obi Wan Kenobi Ep4 takes the action to the next level. Feels like a Clone Wars episode with all the emotional weight of one. A stark reminder that nobody is safe from the Empire and that Obi Wan is a top tier Jedi.

Jun 8th: Ms. Marvel feels like a Disney show in terms of tone, direction and score. Which is to say that it’s fine. It’s got a nice, grounded, family feel to it but it doesn’t feel like anything special. Also Captain Marvel is an odd character to idolise in-universe.

Jun 10th: The Bob’s Burgers Movie is burger flipping great. It feels like an extended episode instead of a bombastic blockbuster, meaning it keeps the tone, humour and characterisation perfectly. Wonderful to see a 2D movie on the big screen again.

Jun 15th: Obi Wan Kenobi Ep 5 is an emotional gut punch. As Vader closes in on Obi Wan, secrets and motivations are revealed in an episode that knows exactly how to affect the audience. Pure Star Wars.

Jun 15th: Ms. Marvel Ep 2 is more interesting than the first. The characters are endearing, even if the romance is a bit corny. Feel like the lore is going to end up being the most interesting part whilst Kamala becomes one of the best characters in the MCU.

Jun 17th: Lightyear is a loving send-up to the sci-fi genre and PIXARs first feature film. Buzz and a team of not-quite-recruits take on Zurg in a story full of heart, action, and laughs. Exactly the kind of movie it needs to be and a beautiful return to the big screen for the company. ALSO A HEADS UP: There are 3 credit scenes!

Jun 22nd: The Obi Wan Kenobi finale is probably perfect. As the story closes out there are confrontations, laughs, tears, and a couple of cameos that are sure to delight fans. This has been the best of these shows, and it’s hard to imagine something topping it. Just AAAAAAAAAAA

June 23rd: Ms. Marvel Ep3 is the closest the show has come to being good so far. There’s a decent amount of lore and the dancing is well choreographed but it’s only just starting to feel like it fits the MCU. However it is wonderful to see a Muslim wedding taking pride of place.

June 23rd: The Umbrella Academy S3Ep1 picks up the story perfectly. As the famous 6 meet the Sparrow Academy for the first time there’s plenty of butt-kicking and set-up for the tale to come. It’s good to be back in this world.

June 23rd: The Umbrella Academy S3Ep2 is wonderful. A major revelation hits the group and Luther spends some time with the enemy in a show that keeps being great. This is the Viktor transition episode btw and it’s handled beautifully with the respect that all Trans people deserve.

June 23rd: The Umbrella Academy S3Ep3 starts bringing the intensity whilst keeping the heart and humour. With the gang reunited they must figure out their next step in an episode that features some of the finest character work yet. Reginald Hargreaves is especially wonderful…yes really.

Jun 24th: The Umbrella Academy S3Ep4 is a turning point in the show that keeps turning. It builds perfectly on the last episode’s cliffhanger whilst introducing some new elements of its own. A whole episode of “WHAT?” moments.

Jun 24th: The Umbrella Academy S3Ep5 is wild. As the family is once again reunited, they must face reality and themselves in an episode that dives deep into how everyone is coping. There’s also a brilliant revelation about Klaus.

Jun 24th: The Umbrella Academy S3Ep6 ups the intrigue and the danger. As the apocalypse nears once again, the family begins to fracture in an episode that’s gripping from start to finish.

Jun 24th: The Umbrella Academy S3Ep7 sends chills down the spine. Both families put their differences aside and Klaus faces a challenge of his own in what feels like the calm before the storm in the best possible way.

Jun 24th: The Umbrella Academy S3Ep8 is beautiful. It’s the “emotional closure” episode and it’s sure to hit fans like several buses. Of course, the joy can’t last but it’s amazing while it does.

Jun 24th: The Umbrella Academy S3Ep9. All good art makes you feel something. With film and television, it’s to be traumatised when a dire outcome for your beloved characters becomes a reality. Consider me traumatised.

Jun 24th: The Umbrella Academy S3 finale deserves a coherent review. It’s visually stunning, emotionally devastating, and brings up some really interesting dimensional theory. But all I can think is AAAAAAAAAA

Jun 26th: The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent is wonderful. Nic Cage portrays an exaggerated version of himself befriending a mafia boss in this shockingly heartwarming tale. Plenty of laughs, plenty of action, and plenty of Cage who is CLEARLY aware of his reputation and his having fun with it.

Jun 26th: Everything Everywhere All At Once is close to brilliant. An unsuspecting laundry owner is thrust into a multiversal battle in this absurdly creative spectacle. It’s grounded by a lovable family and is funnier than expected but sometimes it leans too heavily into the silliness.

Jun28th: Jurassic World Dominion is serviceable. The new gang must save the clone child with help from the old gang in an installment that feels like it should have come first. It has good moments, and some fun interactions but is ultimately too caught up in nostalgia-baiting to be good.

Jun 30th: Ms. Marvel Ep4 is really charming. Despite an action-packed final act, much of the story is focused on Kamala, her mum, her Nani, and her heritage. Talking about Partition/ the effect it had is probably the closest the MCU has come to “being political” in a while and it’s welcome.

Jul 1st: Stranger Things S4Vol2 is a brilliant finale that falls short in the final half-hour. It’s almost totally conclusive, except for having to set up that looming series 5. Great character work, soundtrack, and aesthetic but lacking in finality.

Jul 6th: Ms. Marvel Ep 5 feels rushed. There’s not enough time spent in the past or the present with the final 10 minutes feeling like 2 separate scenes that have been jammed together. It ends super abruptly too. Just…not very good.

Jul 8th: Minions: The Rise of Gru is surprisingly entertaining. Gru’s attempt to get into a villainous group is more Gru-centric than the trailers implied and there are a few genuinely funny moments. Also nice to see Alan Arkin still getting work.

Jul 16th: Elvis is stellar. Austin Butler’s performance as The King of Rock and Roll is intense, passionate, and filled with tragedy. Director Baz Luhrmann handles the story with respect but allows the film to ooze style and Tom Hanks gives a fascinating turn as Colonel Parker.

Jul 16th: The Ms. Marvel finale is one of the best episodes of the series. The story reaches its conclusion in the fun Home-Alone-esque plot that’s at its best when focusing on Kamala’s relationship with those around her. Just wish the whole show had been this good.

Jul 23rd: Thor: Love and Thunder is a cringe-fest. Thor and Jane reunite to take on a God Butcher in a plot that feels rushed with jokes that will presumably amuse children. The final act is decent and there are a couple of laughs but all of these characters were wasted. More Gorr, please.

Jul 28th: Bernard Cribbins has affected the lives of several generations. From The Railway Children to Jackanory to Doctor Who to Old Jacks Boat, there can’t be many in the UK who don’t recognise him. He was an extraordinary talent and a beacon of warmth. Love to those who knew him.

Jul 31st: A hell of a lot of the diversity in sci-fi, we owe to Nichelle Nichols. She paved the way forward even when the world thought it wasn’t ready. Her loss leaves a galaxy-sized hole in many hearts.

Jul 31st: One of the cons of loving older film/TV is that a lot of our idols are passing away while we’re relatively young. And it’s not something I think I’ll ever get used to. Nichelle Nichols is one of many great losses but she’ll remain remembered and loved. Just like the rest of them.

Aug 3rd: Gasper Noe’s Vortex is impossible to take your eyes away from. The story, about a French couple dealing with dementia and their troubled son, is slow but totally worthwhile. Unique use of the frame and gentle score but it’s all in the gripping performances.

Aug 6th: DC League of Super-Pets is an excellent time for DC fans new and old. Krypto and his newly superpowered friends rescue the Justice League in one of the year’s funniest, DC-referential, heartwarming, beautifully animated movies of the year. Merton is my fave, btw.

Aug 7th: Prey is brilliant. A female Comanche warrior takes on the iconic Predator in a story that truly understands what made the original work so well. It’s slow, but tense, with dialogue only when it’s needed, and is dripping with gorgeous visuals. One of the best of the year.

Aug 9th: Carlo Bonomi, beloved Pingu voice actor, has passed away. The man wasn’t just an unbelievable talent, he also provided years of joy to children around the world. As an adult looking back, it’s impossible not to crack a smile. Thanks, Carlo

Aug 11th: Brian and Charles is so charming. This mockumentary about a lonely man who builds himself a friend features both the highs and lows of friendship as well as the monotony of small village life. Not for everyone, but certainly a really comfortable flick.

Aug 17th: I Am Groot is an acceptable little boost of serotonin. The youngling embarks on a few solo ventures in a well-paced, excellently animated collection of shorts. Although it’s a little bothersome not having them as a collective season. Would take many more.

Aug 18th: She Hulk Ep1 is a surprising delight. Tatiana Maslany is engaging, grounded, and has great comedic timing whilst the story finally fills in some gaps in Banner’s story (As well as Cap’s). If all episodes are like this, it may be the best, most TV-esque MCU show

Aug 25th: She Hulk Ep2 is pretty good. Jen finally meets Blonsky in a plot that does some neat world-building and provides plenty of reasons to smile. No proper laughs but it maintains engagement. The little title flip was a good gag.

Aug 25th: The Sandman is close to brilliant. Neil Gaiman’s source material is expertly crafted and it carries across well. It’s never unclear what’s going on and the lore is never too much. The characters are instantly likable, although a couple of casting choices are uninspired.

Sept 1st: She Hulk Episode 3 fully embraces the cringe. As Jen defends Blonsky, her associate defends an old colleague in a plot that makes me wish we’d seen more of Blonsky in the last decade. The humour won’t be for everyone but I don’t hate it yet…

Sept 2nd: Middle Earth is as full of lore and as grand in scale as it has always been. The first 2 eps of Rings of Power introduce excellent characters, high stakes and a score that’s just as beautiful as Howard Shores. Little quicker than the films, but not by much, it’s a good time.

Sept 7th: Fisherman’s Friends: One and All won’t win awards but it will win the hearts of audiences. The group struggles with the loss of a founding member in a story that has many of the same beats and jokes from the original but no less charm. Just very lovely.

Sept 8th: Pinocchio (2022) is proof that more backstory does not mean more interesting. The retelling of the Disney classic removes any bite or morals in favour of a tame tale that would rather reference its own parent company. No integrity but at least it can be a little creative.

Sept 12th: Nope is a conflicting experience. The tale of a UFO terrorising a small town builds slowly before a stellar 3rd act that falters at the finale. The concepts are interesting but they never feel fully realised, unlike the characters who are delightful. Eerie score too.

Sept 13th: She Hulk Ep4 is ridiculous. Jen tries dating whilst juggling a case against a sleazy magician, featuring Wong. The constantly drunk Madisynn adds a bubbly air to the entire thing. It’s the kind of episode that means the smile never leaves my face. Lovely.

Sept 13th: Rings of Power Ep3 is interesting. Switching between Galadriel, Nori and Arondir, it sets up some interesting plot points and has some lovely character moments. However, it feels like it is simultaneously fast and slow which is the joy of multiple episodes I suppose.

Sept 15th: She Hulk ep 5 has a surprising amount to say about influencers. As Jen and Titania face off in court, there’s an interesting look at how skincare brands operate and how loopholes can be used in the legal system. Fair amount of humour too, but the Shrek reference was a bit much.

Sept 16th: The Rings of Power ep4 ups the ante. Tensions rise in Numenour and Khazad-Dum as The Southlands evacuate. There’s something interesting going on in every story and one feels that they’ll culminate eventually but it’s the Khazad-Dum one that piques the most interest.

Sept 18th: I think Star Wars has always been easier to get into than Star Trek, unless you were there from the beginning of course. It’s not a matter of quality, rather it’s one of quantity. Star Wars was primarily a film series so there’s always been less of it but what FASCINATES me is that they’re so close to being similar now. Star Wars may never catch up in terms of hours but it’s now probably more than a general audience member is willing to sit through. You’re a fan regardless of how little you’ve watched btw.

Sept 18th: Star Trek: The Motion Picture (Directors Cut) is a stunning achievement. The Enterprise crew reunite to intercept a powerful ship rapidly approaching Earth in a plot that exists to display how magnificent the Star Trek visuals can look on a large screen. It’s about spectacle and it remains one.

Sept 18th: Star Trek: The Wrath of Kahn (Directors Cut) is astounding. The Enterprise crew find themselves at the mercy of an old adversary looking for a planet altering device in a film that remains iconic for a reason. Fully engrossing with masterfully updated visuals, it’s a sight to behold.

Sept 21st: Eps1-3 of Andor have the grime and story of Star Wars but isn’t yet as gripping as those other tales. Cassian Andor finds himself on the run from The Empire in a tale that’s most interesting when focusing on bureaucracy but shows great promise. B2EMO is perfect, no notes.

Sept 22nd: She Hulk ep6 is a delight. Jen attends a wedding, in an episode that gives a painful look at her personal life and provides the basis for a fairly obvious villain going forward. Some good Titania closure too, although I doubt she’s gone forever. A breath of fresh air for the MCU.

Sept 23rd: The Rings of Power ep 5 is equally tense and charming. As Mankind prepares for war, elsewhere friendships are tested in a story that continues to feel like Lord of the Rings. Poppys Wandering Song is an embodiment of that spirit, as is the kinship between Durin and Elrond. Great stuff.

Sept 28th: Andor Ep 4 continues to up the intrigue but never quite passes the threshold. Cassian becomes embroiled in planning a heist whilst Mon Mothma is reintroduced in an episode that is at its best when delving into politics. This series feels like it’s dragging.

Sept 29th: She Hulk ep 7 is very wholesome. Jen finds herself stuck on Blonsky’s ranch and takes the time to love herself in an episode that introduces some minor comic characters in an entertaining way. This version of Blonsky is also a delight and I hope he sticks around.

Sept 30th: The Rings of Power ep 6 is superb. The Southlands finally go to war in an episode with Big Finale energy in the best way. It’s broken up with some light humour but the climax is one of the best pieces of TV I’ve ever seen. Epic in scale and lore repercussions.

Oct 1st: ET: The Extra Terrestrial remains as whimsical as ever. The chance meeting of a young boy and an alien pulls at the heartstrings with amazing visuals ESPECIALLY this remaster on the big screen. It allows the atmosphere to soak in and the gorgeous score to fill the soul.

Oct 1st: Jaws is as stunning now as it’s ever been. The mission to hunt down a killer shark builds slow and maintains tension with a few laughs for good measure but it’s STELLAR in 3D. Depth of field like this in a movie is rare, making it feel like a once in a lifetime experience.

Oct 3rd: Bodies Bodies Bodies seems like a riot. An upper-class teen party goes wrong in a plot that consistently entertains, even if you can figure out the ending before it occurs. Worth seeing, ESPECIALLY with a group of friends and some alcohol.

Oct 5th: Andor ep 5 is a little tense. As the group continues to organise their heist, there’s a decent amount of friction in a character-driven episode. Feels like a turning point in the series, like action is only a week away. Slow burn but decent.

Oct 5th: Do Revenge is a delight. A school newbie and dethroned popular girl team up to enact each other’s revenges in a perfect send-up to 90s teen movies. Includes a poignant message about social media, the futility of school popularity, a stellar 3rd act twist and plenty of laughs.

Oct 6th: She Hulk ep 8 is a delight. Jen encounters the mischievous leapfrog and makes a new friend in lawyer Matt Murdock. The two leads have excellent chemistry and the fight scenes, while not perfect, are mostly about the relationships of those involved. Tense ending too.

Oct 7th: The Rings of Power ep 7 is a heck of a penultimate episode. Everyone deals with the literal and metaphorical fallout from the Battle of the Southlands in an emotional tale that perfectly sets up the finale to come. Features one of the most excellent last-minute reveals I’ve ever seen.

Oct 7th: Werewolf by Night is the best MCU entry since No Way Home. A group of hunters must survive fighting a beast in this tale from multi-talented composer Michael Giacchino. Great aesthetic, amazing score and no tying itself down to the larger universe…it’s refreshing.

Oct 12th: Andor ep 6 is where the fun begins. Having built up tension and relationships, The Big Heist finally takes place in one of the most beautifully shots eps yet. Slow build with a heck of an explosion and hopefully it isn’t a slow afterburn.

Oct 13th: The She Hulk finale is both an astounding feat of TV unlike anything I’ve ever seen and mildly frustrating the more thought is given to it. The metatextual narrative reaches its peak as Jen finally confronts Intelligencia in an episode that proves the MCU knows better.

Oct 14th: The Rings of Power finale is astounding. Identities are revealed and personal battles are fought in an emotional rollercoaster of a plot. Difficult to think of another show on TV with the scope of this one, now comes the tantilising wait for S2. Wow.

Oct 17th: Don’t Worry Darling is interesting enough. The story of a picturesque town that isn’t all it seems has stunning performances from Pugh and Pine with an amazing soundtrack. The ending feels hectic, and Styles’ acting isn’t brilliant, but 2/3rds of a good time is still pretty good.

Oct 19th: Andor Ep7 is gripping. In the aftermath of last episodes major heist, its clear that the characters and story have been given enough time to really breathe. Emotions will presumably run high as the conclusion approaches.

Oct 22nd: Lyle Lyle Crocodile is delightful. A boy discovers a singing crocodile in his new home with a story full of cliches and heart. Some fun characters and an annoyingly catchy soundtrack, its one the whole family should be able to enjoy.

Oct 23rd: (Doctor Who) The Power of The Doctor is wild. 90 minutes of classic Chibnall issues bolstered by ridiculous stakes and unexpected cameos with maybe the most gorgeous regeneration ever. With an ending that shocks and delights, it’s not perfect but its damn good fun.

Oct 25th: The Sit-In: Harry Belafonte Hosts The Tonight Show is fascinating. Documenting the week in 1986 where Harry interviewed some of the most notable people of the era, it’s a reminder of how far we have and have not come in combatting racism. Tragic but hopeful, its a must watch.

Oct 26th: Andor Ep8 is excellent. The tension continues to rise as The Empire finally begins catching up to our heroes in a story thats willing to show just how little The Empire cares. This show makes it easy to root for individual Imperial characters but never their cause.

Oct 31st: Hocus Pocus 2 is delightful. The Sanderson Sisters return to face a new generation of teenager in this sequel that has as much charm and humour as the original. Has a distinct 2020s cringe to it but not too much and Sarah remains The Moment.

Nov 2nd: Andor ep 9 is tense. As Cassian prepares to escape prison and Dedra closes in it feels like theres an explosion of consequence right around the corner. Stunning performances all around but Serkis is particularly nailing it.

Nov 4th: Black Adam is highly derivative of every superhero film from the last 20 years. The Rock as a darker hearted superman should be interesting but between the characters, CGI and score, it brings nothing new to the plate. Dr Fate is neat though.

Nov 9th: Andor ep 10 is some of the most gripping TV I’v3 ever witnessed. Tensions in the prison finally reach breaking point in a plot that will have you rooting for the prisoners and heartbroken at the ending. Powerhouse performance from Stellan Skarsgard too.

Nov 9th: Tales of the Jedi is a fascinating concept. Providing further backstory for Dooku and Ashoka, the former gets the more interesting episodes. They show just how jedi can reach a breaking point, whilst Ashokas episodes show her determination and pure heart. More like this please!

Nov 9th: The House of the Dragon is oddly engaging. Set 175 years before Game of Thrones, it’s an ideal jumping off point for those who aren’t yet fans of the IP with brilliantly bitchy politics, standout performances and enough lore to sink several sets of teeth into. Lighting can sometimes be off though.

Nov 10th: The Woman King is close to excellent. Based on the true story of a group of female African warriors, there’s less focus on the titular character than expected. A couple of tired cliches too but it makes up for it with cracking action and stellar character work.

Nov 11th: To millions of people, Kevin Conroy WAS Batman. But to this queer adult who has felt shunned, like their sexuality will hold them back, he was a hero. My hero. That’s his legacy for me. This hope that he gave. Kevin shouldn’t have had to suffer but in the end he was free. I can be too.

Nov 13th: The Lost King is relentlessly charming. Based on the true story of the woman who found King Richard the Third’s remains, it’s a classic British film through and through. Its witty, heartfelt and features a grand performance from Sally Hawkins as usual. Comfortable viewing.

Nov 15th: Halloween Ends is simply uncomfortable to sit through. Excellent acting and a marvellous score but theres more romance than tension and it seems to revel in its violence. The final kill was particularly difficult to sit through and will be triggering for some. No more please.

Nov 16th: Andor ep11 is full of melancholy. After the highs of last week, with Cassian on the run, everybody else seems to be suffering. Mon Mothmas characterisation has been marvellous but it simply shines here whilst Luthen provides a little spark of hope. Perfect set up for the finale.

Nov 17th: Doctor Who Am I warms the soul. TV Movie writer Matt Jacobs dives back into the Whoniverse after 25 years in a joyous journey of self-discovery. A gorgeous exploration of people and fandom that never pokes too much fun at them and that feels sadly neccessary right now.

Nov 18th: Amsterdam lacks any soul. Based on the true plot to overthrow Roosevelt, its a tale that tries to be funny but lacks the charm to do so. It feels rushed and the acting feels like a bunch of first takes, which is a shame because the final act has a lot of promise.

Nov 21st: The Banshees of Inisherin is outstanding. The tale of a sudden rivalry between friends and the consequences it brings is equal parts hilarious and moving. Powerful performances from Farrell and Gleeson with a soundtrack that can be eerie and whimsical. Just brilliant.

Nov 23rd: The Andor finale is quite a gutpunch. SW has never been subtle with its messaging but as Ferrix finally hits boiling point, theessaging is clear. Rarely has The Empire seemed so evil and devoid of empathy. Setting it to the backdrop of a funeral only adds to the emotion.

Nov 25th: Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is part typical Marvel faire and part heartfelt tribute, but it’s definitely better at the latter. The nation of Wakanda faces a new threat from the sea as they deal with a great loss in a sequel that is overly long but adequately entertaining.

Nov 27th: The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special is pure festive cheer. Drax and Mantis kidnap Kevin Bacon to save Pete’s Christmas spirit in a plot full of laughs and heart. Standout performance from Pom Klenteiff as Mantis and a killer soundtrack, this one’s an instant classic.

Dec 7th: Bros is remarkably gay. Billy Eichner’s rom-com about two men with commitment issues is exceptionally entertaing if loud gay humour is your thing. In between are some very harsh truths about the way th community is treated so it can feel disjointed at times. But its so gay.

Dec 12th: Wednesday is an odd delight. Ms Addams uncovers a mystery in a small town from her new school in a show that features the same school/crime drama you’d find on the CW but with much more entertaining characters. It’s The Addams Family, just kookily modern.

Dec 12th: Matilda: The Musical is marvelously magical. It’s a more rambunctious telling of the beloved tale that’s packed with stellar choreography, entertaining songs and endearing characters. There’s a perfect blend of stage and screen in this visual feast for the eyes and ears.

Dec 13th: Violent Night is the spiritual successor to Die Hard. More action-packed, yuletide violence please.

Dec 14th: Violent Night won’t just make you believe in santa, it’ll make you fear for those on the Naughty List. Santa gets caught in the middle of a hostage situation in this bloody, beautiful, and oddly heartfelt tale. Simply dripping with festivity and blood.

Dec 16th: Avatar: The Way of Water is a technical masterpiece. From the otherwordly visuals to the ethereal score, it’s unlike any other blockbuster. The plotlines could have been reeled in a little bit but, with worldbuilding like this, you can’t afford to miss it.

Dec 26th: Glass Onion is exsquisite. Director Rian Johnson uses the building blocks of Knives Out to construct a different story that is equally compelling, satisfying and gorgeous to look at. This murder mystery party reinvigorates at every twist and it hinges on some stellar performances. Bravo.

Dec 28th: GDT’s Pinocchio is beautiful. A unique, anti-fascist telling of the tale with marvellous visuals, stop-motion animation and a few brilliant musical numbers. It can be bleak but with enough whimsy and optimism that it never feels hopeless. Best Pinocchio of the year by far.

Dec 28th: Disney’s Strange World is pretty good. It’s like if Journey to the Centre of the Earth had Avatar-level visuals but both those films are fairly average so it makes sense this would be too. It’s the realistic family dynamics, and the Wonderfully Gay Teen Son that make it work .

The Small Things 2021

A collection of thoughts from the films of today.

Jan 4th: (DWS12E11) Revolution of the Daleks is fine. Chibnall’s writing needs to be about 20% shorter and about 20% more fun. Also, I could swear the Daleks used to be properly scary. See, this is the problem with bringing back old content…it just makes me want to watch that content.

Jan 6th: I’ve been thinking about it for a couple of days now and I SUPER did not appreciate hearing the opening lines of Harry Potter in Revolution of the Daleks. Literally, any book was an option here. Maybe a classic sci-fi book or even LOTR. But not that book. Not HER book.

Jan 13th: I thought Wonder Woman 1984 was a lot of fun although it drags a little bit and it feels like the whole Middle East thing could have been dropped. The soundtrack was really nice and Pedro Pascal gives a powerhouse performance.

Jan 15th: Wandavision S1E1&2 aren’t exactly what I was expecting. They’ve gone all out on that “Classic Sitcom” angle, almost to the point that the Big Marvel stuff doesn’t make it in. I know it probably won’t last but having a genuine WandaVision Sitcom was a lovely surprise.

Jan 21st: I love learning as much about films as I can so a massive shoutout to “Sideways” on YouTube for teaching me more about film scores. I practically screamed when I learned about Dies Irae because it’s EVERYWHERE. Check him out.

Jan 22nd: S1Ep3 of WandaVision feels very much like the eerie calm before the eagerly awaited storm. Going forward I suspect we’ll be seeing MUCH more of the MCU and that Widescreen filter in. I’m shocked at just how much I’ve missed this dumb little franchise.

Jan 22nd: There’s a certain kind of emotion attached to watching something new from a franchise that’s been dormant for a bit. This kind of relief, safety, or comfort. It’s like coming home and knowing that you can just let go of all the feelings you’ve been having. That’s the ending to Episode 3 of WandaVision.

Jan 23rd: My heart goes out to the friends and family of Larry King. The man was a living legend and left a lasting impact on anything he was a part of. From news to interviews, from Ghostbusters to Bee Movie ♥️

Jan 27th: It’s A Sin is every bit as heartbreaking and beautiful as you’ve probably heard it is. It’s a lesson in Queer History and a brutally honest one. It’s a reminder of the deep flaws that our country still has. It is so very important that media like this exists. Thank you, RTD

Jan 29th: WandaVision continues to get better as it progresses. The big moments this week obviously come from the inclusion of some old friends and I am delighted to have them back. Intrigued to see how they handle switching between inside/outside Westview.

Jan 30th: Listen. I like canon as much as the next nerd BUT I doubt that the MCU will make Agents of SHIELD and The Defenders and its associated shows canon. IF any characters make their way into the MCU, it’ll probably be as alternate versions of those characters. This also applies to the upcoming Spider-Man 3 and Doctor Strange 2 and WandaVision because this will end up being a massive multiverse just NOT in the way that you think it will.

Feb 1st: Elizabeth Sladen would have been 75 today. Even after 10 years, her loss is indescribable. Still so thankful for all the love she had for her fans and for everyone else. ❤My Sarah Jane❤

Feb 5th: About WandaVision S1Ep5. Just because it’s him doesn’t mean it’s Him. I mean he had to have come from somewhere in-universe. Repeat, there is EVERY LIKELIHOOD that this means NOTHING. I want it to though.

Feb 9th: Kid Cosmic on Netflix is a solidly entertaining children’s show. The pacing isn’t perfect but the likable characters and fantastic animation more than make up for it. So good to see Craig McCracken back on the superhero scene after the Original Powerpuff Girls.

Feb 9th: Disney just shut down Blue Sky Studios after buying them out in 2019. They were 10 months away from releasing an original film and now 500 jobs are gone. I DO NOT support Disney’s Monopolization nor have I EVER supported it. HOLD. DISNEY. ACCOUNTABLE.

Feb 12th: S1E6 of WandaVision decided to raise more questions than it answered and in doing so reminded me how gripping weekly tv can be. With the end of the series just around the corner, I am enthralled as to the ramifications this show will have on the MCU going forward.

Feb 12th: I love that WandaVision fans saw “aerospace engineer” and unanimously agreed it was Reed Richards. There wasn’t even A Discussion it was just “hell yeah, Fantastic 4 time” and that’s beautiful to me. Y’all are the best.

Feb15th: [Animéducation 4/many] Kiki’s Delivery Service is my first Ghibli movie and an absolute delight. There’s something so relaxing about a “slice of life” flick and I love that the witch element is barely important. It’s more focused on Kiki as a person.

Feb 19th: The plot twists in WandaVision S1Ep7 were ones I was expecting but somehow I was still on the edge of my seat watching them play out. Starting to get the feeling that these last 2 episodes will be a bit intense and I’m here for it.

Feb 24th: With the announcement of Spider-Man: No Way Home, I would like to tell you all that the FIRST Spider-Man 3 is good and that Marc Webb deserved to make Amazing Spider-Man 3. This should be the 3rd time we’re being entertained by a “Spider-Man 3

Feb 26th: Wandavision S1Ep8 amps all the emotions up to 11, leaving us hyped as hell for the finale. It answers many of the lingering questions meaning that the only baggage left to be dealt with is between the characters. Also, not to say I told you so…but I did.

Feb 28th: Flora and Ulysses is incredibly heart-warming and consistently amusing. Children will get a kick out of the entertaining story while adults can hopefully be thrilled by the absurdity of it all. That opening especially was amusing to me. Worth a watch on Disney+

Mar 5th: There’s no denying that the finale of WandaVision is a powerhouse of acting from all involved, however, it isn’t what I think any of us were expecting. There are ramifications, but none of them are really taking center stage for at least a couple of years. I think that might be what’s bothering me. This had Big Finale Energy but it doesn’t serve as a conclusion. I know that the MCU has always looked forward but it would have been nice to have a sense of finality I guess. Otherwise, it was really freaking good.

Mar 8th: Raya and the Last Dragon is utterly beautiful to look at and listen to. I was worried that this would be similar to The Last Airbender but thankfully it was an original tale with likable characters. The narration and name cards felt a little unnecessary but the film is still great.

Mar 12th: The really nice thing about Assembled: The Making of Wandavision is that it shows how much love and effort was put into this show. I know that the MCU is a capitalistic juggernaut but it’s clear how much the PEOPLE involved care. How much people like Feige and the fans have always cared.

Mar 18th: Zack Snyders Justice League is unapologetically his. Hallelujah. #ForAutumn

Mar 19th: S1Ep1 of Falcon And The Winter Soldier does a great job at humanising Sam and Bucky as well as showing how rough their lives are despite being Avengers. It also made me hate the new “Captain America” despite several seconds of screen-time. Good job.

Mar 21st: I post an opinion on almost every single new thing I watch but I still take some time to watch things JUST for me. Right now, it’s Parks and Rec and it’s good.

Mar 22nd: I want to see them “#RestoreTheSnyderVerse” as much as the rest of you but it’s a totally different scenario to “#ReleaseTheSnyderCut” It’s also not something that Zack himself is calling for. He’s gonna go make other stuff and I can’t wait to see those projects.

Mar 26th: S1Ep2 of The Falcon And the Winter Soldier is setting up a political discussion that I’m not sure Marvel/Disney means to have. Namely that the Flag Smashers are right and the government is wrong. I’ve also become invested in Sam and Bucky’s relationship.

Mar 26th: Hi. You’re allowed to look up references from your nerdy franchises if you don’t understand them, it doesn’t somehow mean you’re less of a fan. I’ve been following the MCU since the beginning and Star Wars since the prequels but I look stuff up all the time ♥️

Mar 28th: #RestoretheSnyderVerese as a series of Graphic Novels. It’s clear that we aren’t getting them as films and Zack Snyders work seems designed to leap off a page. I would like to see how the Snyderverse would have played out, provided Zack Snyder is willing, in a medium ready to tell it.

Apr 1st: Was JUST wondering where the Green Band trailer for The Suicide Squad was and what footage they would use. Guess that answers my question. I’m still giddy at Polka Dot Man being a main character, to be honest.

Apr 2nd: The Story of the Faithful Wookie is on Disney+ and I feel that we, the Star Wars community, should be more excited. Nobody has seen this footage through an official channel since 1978 and it’s here in HD! In its 10 minute runtime, it embodies the pure fun and absurdity of this franchise. More than that, it is a piece of Star Wars history that Lucasfilm/Disney haven’t been very forthcoming about. I hope that if we get excited enough about this, we may yet see The Star Wars Holiday Special released in its entirety.

Apr 2nd: S1Ep3 of The Falcon And The Winter Soldier once again proving that Baron Zemo is a Top Tier MCU villain. I didn’t feel like there was much happening this episode so seeing him bounce off people was the big takeaway for me. I’d imagine others are hyped to see Sharon back though.

Apr 5th: Parks And Recreation starts off slow but once it hits its stride, it never really leaves. The characters are almost definitely “bad people” but they’re too damn likable to not get invested in. It made me laugh and cry, occasionally at the same time, and the original songs all bop.

Apr 9th: S1Ep4 of The Falcon And Winter Soldier is probably the best so far. Genuinely gripping and by the final act, you know something monumental is going to go down. Haven’t been super gripped by episodes thus far but now I can’t wait to see how it ends.

Apr 14th: ThunderForce on Netflix is enjoyable enough to sit through its 2-hour runtime. Occasionally Melissa McCarthy can be a bit much but the other performances are a sincere delight. Not essential viewing but certainly pleasant enough.

Apr 16th: S1Ep5 of The Falcon And The Winter Soldier is a nice change of pace that occasionally waxes philosophical and provides really human character moments. The big takeaway sadly is that announcing Big Cameos is kind of ruining stuff.

Apr 23rd: The finale of The Falcon And The Winter Soldier did a couple of things I wasn’t really on board with. I was a little worried they wouldn’t follow through on some conversations but they did mostly. On the whole a satisfactory enough conclusion.

Apr 30th: The Mitchells vs The Machines on Netflix is stunningly animated, masterfully edited, and filled with so much humour and heart that I thought I might explode. Sony Animation really brought their A-Game to this one so please show it the support it deserves!

May 3rd: That Marvel Sizzle reel is really freaking good. The Stan Lee voiceover, the audio from Endgame‘s opening night, the title Wakanda Forever. Please, I wanna go back to the cinema so badly.
Also, the places calling it a trailer for The Eternals are being really rude by doing so.

May 4th: S1Ep1 of The Bad Batch occasionally gives more exposition than I think is required but it’s a heck of a story they’re telling. A brilliant continuation of Clone Wars that continues to be visually gorgeous. A couple of stand-out moments that provide chills for long-time fans.

May 7th: S1E2 of The Bad Batch demonstrates that this show is going to have as much heart and action as the shows before it, if not more. It’s also nice to see some familiar faces on purpose instead of just happening across them, as this franchise has been known to do.

May 12th: (For context, the BBC has been cracking down on fan works with many creators being forced to take their works down.)
The BBC should be ashamed of themselves. Doctor Who survived The Wilderness Years and was revived thanks to the fans. The show’s revival was helmed by fans and without the fans, this show would never have made it another 16 years. Even now, with the show doing poorly and despair growing, the fans are still here just as we’ve always been. It absolutely breaks my heart that any fanbase would be treated this way. But US? After all this time and effort and LOVE. I expected fans to quit on the show but not for the show to quit on the fans.

May 14th: S1Ep3 of The Bad Batch is a classic Crash Landing story with a couple of lovely character moments. Possibly the weakest episode so far but by no means is it bad. Some really interesting setup with Crosshair. Also, I think one of those new recruits is a character we already know…

May 17th: Nomadland is a simple yet eloquent story that is beautifully shot and superbly acted. Films like this really get to the core of what it is to exist and are the finest example of why cinema can be so important.

May 20th: As somebody who has been queer for a long time and has been playing with Lego for even longer, the new Everyone is Awesome set is really heart-warming. A gay Lego employee made this and the people at the company took enough notice that the higher-ups realised how important a release like this would be. You can call it “rainbow capitalism” as much as you want but the fact is that this set is going to mean so much to so many. Also, the size makes me think it’ll be about £30 so please show your financial support if you can. Lego needs to know what a good thing they’ve done.

May 21st: S1Ep4 of The Bad Batch is a stark reminder of how small and full of coincidence this supposedly vast galaxy actually is. The storyline itself is a lot of fun and Omegas empathy is infectious but I have to wonder if the villain could have been literally anybody else.

May 28th: S1E5 of The Bad Batch answers the age-old question “which Star Wars character HAVEN’T we given a backstory for?” in the most bizarre way possible. As unnecessary stories go, it’s alright.
Also 100% sure Fennec was hired by The Empire.

May 28th: Films like Godzilla Vs Kong are designed to be experienced on a large screen and if you don’t experience it that way I think you lose some of the magic. Because Godzilla Vs Kong is a heck of a lot of fun and often very pretty to look at. They even have fun characters this time around. In 3D

May 31st: To tell you anything about Bo Burnham’s new comedy special Inside would be to rob you of all the artistry that lies within. Safe to say it is unapologetically Bo and worth every second.

June 4th: Mortal Kombat is a bad film that falls apart under literally ANY scrutiny. I didn’t feel like there were any stakes and I didn’t really care about the characters. Some of the action was fun and Mortal Kombat fans will probably get a kick out of it but I’d rather re-watch the original.

June 4th: S1Ep6 of The Bad Batch is an absolute delight. A couple of old friends, one last hurrah for the Droid Army, and a hint of things to come. Didn’t expect such an emotional ride with this one but I got it anyway.

June 8th: Wolfwalkers is proof that both 2D and hand-drawn animation need to stick around. The film looks beautiful, sounds beautiful, and has an excellent message/history lesson. Cartoon Saloon deserves all of the praise and support that you can give them so we can have more like this.

June 9th: S1Ep1 of Loki is finite. There are answers to several large questions in here but also a great look at how Loki works as a character. It’s clearly going to be a series with intrigue, humour, action, and a bit of heart. I can’t wait.

June 11th: S1Ep7 of The Bad Batch is the one we’ve all been waiting for and it digs up all the emotions we were expecting. Despite this, I was still on the edge of my seat. It feels like, with this major issue solved, we’re on the home straight but we’re only halfway through.

June 11th: Cruella is quite the film. It’s definitely pretty to look at and the acting is so extremely over the top that I found it difficult not to have fun. It also has a shaky plot, bad writing, occasionally bad acting, and takes itself WAY too seriously. It’s also highly derivative of films like The Devil Wears Prada, Joker, and any of Tim Burton’s work. I know I once said that it might not be a Joker knockoff but they GENUINELY used the song Send in the Clowns so.
It is hilariously bad so watch if you like that.

June 16th: S1Ep2 of Loki is full of intrigue. It plays out like a penultimate episode, with them hot on Variant Lokis heels, but you know it can’t end well. And OH BOY does it not end well. Some excellent acting in this episode, especially from the possessed.

June 17th: [Animéducation #4/many] Demon Slayer the Movie: Mugen Train is the continuation of a series I have not yet watched but I never doubted its fun lore for a second. It felt like there was too much exposition and like the 3rd act came from nowhere but I’ve been assured this is normal.

June 17th: Laura Kate Dale and co have put together a beautiful summary of the Trans experience, that primarily focuses on the positive but never shies away from the negative.
Everybody, regardless of gender, should read Gender Euphoria.

June 18th: S1Ep8 of The Bad Batch is thrilling and marks a definitive turning point in the story. I suspect it’s serious from here on out. Also, I’ll complain about this galaxy feeling small with all the familiar faces but THIS ONE is allowed.

June 20th: Luca is incredibly charming and brilliantly crafted. The soundtrack is delightful, the acting full of heart, the animation superb and the message relatably gay.
It’s a gay movie you made PIXAR and I like it.

June 23rd: S1Ep3 of Loki feels like a different show to the first 2 eps, but one that I liked. Also, I want to praise that thing they did but I’m not sure it feels like enough of a Big Deal to me.
Not bad but probably the weakest so far.

June 25th: Spoiling surprises in Film Trailers isn’t new and it isn’t exclusive to Marvel BUT it’s frustrating as hell. There are people who don’t watch trailers for this reason and I can see why. I haven’t really watched trailers this past year and I didn’t feel I was missing out. Fix this.
Yes, this is about Shang Chi.

June 25th: S1Ep9 of The Bad Batch is full of action and almost answers. It’s exactly the kind of episode that reminds you of that “war” in the title and I love it. Also a pleasant reminder of just how much heart this show has.

June 25th: A Quiet Place: Part 2 is more of a monster flick than a horror film but it maintains the intensity of the first. My only issues are the lack of explanation for the Pier People and the overuse of the score. On the whole, possibly better than the original.

Jun 27th: I feel like the question of The Doctor regenerating is brought up after every series now. And it’s always whoever the most popular British actor is at the time plus a bunch of Americans.
Olly Alexander would be great but can we focus on Jodie until we KNOW she’s leaving?

Jun 30th: S1Ep4 of Loki is emotionally devastating. You may think you are ready for all that this episode has in store but you are not. I may have screamed a couple of times. Also, there’s a mid-credits scene so don’t hurry away. So good.

July 1st: Evil of the Daleks is the first DVD that I have ordered after officially changing my name and I could not be happier about it. One of the most anticipated Dr. Who releases of all time at one of the biggest moments in my life.

July 2nd: S1Ep10 of The Bad Batch is your standard rescue episode but it’s the Omega-centric moments that make it worthwhile. The squad just isn’t the same without her and seeing them realise that is adorable.
Also, Hunter will definitely lose that match on purpose.

July 2nd: Tom and Jerry: The Movie (2021) functions best, as it always has when it focuses on the titular duo. Their spirit and comedic timing remain intact while Chloe Grace Moretz gives a delightful performance. No substitute for the cartoons but nicely animated and a good introduction for new children.

July 3rd: “Is Star Wars Visions canon?” is probably the least inspired question that you could be asking about this project. However, if it isn’t, it’ll be the first Non-Canon Star Wars since Disney bought the IP nearly 10 years ago and that’ll probably be worth discussing.
Looks brilliant regardless.

July 5th: I don’t know where the film industry would be without Richard Donner. He provided some of the best films of all time and a Superman that has yet to be beat. He was an icon and a visionary genius. There aren’t words to describe his loss but I hope these come close.

July 7th: S1Ep5 of Loki is an excellent balance of lore, excitement, heart, and music. I could happily spend an eternity watching adventures in The Void, especially with the various Easter Eggs added in the background. Didn’t think I’d see the Thanos-copter in the MCU so thanks Loki.

July 9th: I want to like S1E11 of The Bad Batch but it isn’t really an episode of The Bad Batch. I’m sure the boys will come to the rescue next week but if they don’t then we’ll just have gotten a surprise origin story. I’m fine with that, I love this character, but I don’t feel like here is the place.

July 9th: Black Widow is a really decent Mission Impossible film. It’s a good send-off for the character and an almost passable apology for the way she has been treated over the last decade. Really fun action and some of the acting is top-notch but this would have been amazing 10 years ago.

Jul 11th: [Animéducation 5/many] Netflix’s Dorohedoro is a fun, character-driven story that disguises itself as a gritty thriller. There’s plenty of gore but without that, it would still be a highly entertaining fantasy.

July 13th: Fast and Furious 9 is exactly what you think it is. The franchise jumped the shark a long time ago and if you’re still watching this live-action cartoon then you’ll probably enjoy this one. 2 and a half hours seems too long but a lot of fun moments.

July 14th: The Loki finale stuck the landing. I spent the entire thing on the edge of my seat and now I’m restless with excitement. An absolute upheaval of the MCU as we know it. Oh and the villain behind it all? Love them and need more of them. Season 2 is going to be wild!

July 16th: S1Ep12 of The Bad Batch is a great conclusion to this two-parter with plenty of lovely character moments. For me, part 1 really hinged on part 2 but now that I HAVE part 2 it’s a really neat two-parter that provides plenty of context and beautiful backgrounds.

July 21st: Robin Williams would have been 70 today. There are a lot of words I could say, but I can only find 2. Thank You. For the laughs, the tears, the inspiration, the countless hours of entertainment and hope you gave us. Thank You.

July 21st: The original film was one of the most underappreciated films of the past decade and Croods: A New Age is almost as good. Thunks running gag wears thin but there’s some expert comedy in here, particularly the “villain”

July 23rd: S1Ep13 of The Bad Batch is self-contained and allows us to spend time with Cid, who has been underused I feel. It’s “filler” episodes like this that give us time to connect with the characters and allow for a breather between Big Plot episodes.

July 29th: I went into Space Jam: A New Legacy presuming I would have about as much fun as I did with the original. I was correct. There isn’t as much heart but this isn’t as much of an IP hopping, 3D tale as I thought it would be.

July 30th: S1Ep14 of The Bad Batch is exactly the kind of episode I was hoping to see from this series and it doesn’t disappoint. Plenty of call-backs and call-forwards especially in the beautifully composed score. Probably my favourite so far.

Aug 1st: The Suicide Squad doesn’t bog itself down with DCEU continuity or censorship which allows it to focus on having a great time. A great, bloody, explosive, occasionally heart-warming time. Top-tier comic book movie.

Aug 6th: S1Ep15 of The Bad Batch knows the role it has to play and does so to perfection. By which I of course mean that it was emotionally devastating. I feel those final shots are due to go down in Star Wars history as some of the best.

Aug 11th: S1Ep1 of Marvels What If was good. Haley Atwell continues to shine and she has great chemistry with the rest of the cast. I do wish that it had explored how this impacted the timeline post-2012 though. That would make it the same length as other MCU shows.

Aug 13th: Another Round is equal part cautionary tale and entertaining psyche analysis. Each of the core cast handle each moment with the weight or levity it deserves and the soundtrack is wonderful. Don’t let the subtitles hold you back from seeing it (or any movie for that matter).

Aug 13th: S1Ep16 of The Bad Batch is the emotional resolution to last week’s explosive events and it does that well. Crosshairs arc is going to be fascinating to keep an eye on as we enter S2 and Omega continues to be one of the purest characters around.

Aug 18th: Sean Lock has been a staple of British comedy my entire life. I didn’t watch him often but when I did I laughed until my sides hurt.58 is too damn young.

Aug 18th: S1Ep2 of Marvels What If is pure joy. There’s so much heart packed into this half-hour but, considering T’Challa, that’s not shocking. There’s also a lot of humour and the ending feels more complete than Ep1. All here for the Howard revival by the way.

Aug 20th: [EIFF] Ninjababy follows a struggling artist attempting to deal with an unwanted pregnancy through the existence of a cartoon baby. This could easily be a comedy but the subject is handled with all the respect it deserves. This doesn’t mean there are no laughs, rather the comedy is in the character relationships. Extremely likable characters, despite their faults and the animated aspect, is beautifully simplistic. Both heartbreaking and heart-warming at the same time, this is one that deserves all the love I’ve seen it getting so far.

Aug 20th: [EIFF] Rebel Dykes is a powerful and necessary look at S&M Lesbians from the 1970s to today. This amazing documentary details the Greenwood camp, dyke housing, the birth of Funtime toys, and the continuous fight to exist. It’s because of women like them that we can be free to be ourselves. Learning about the LGBTQ+ Community is no longer illegal in the UK and US (mostly) so please learn all you can. Queer history is too important to be forgotten or erased.

Aug 21st: AKIRA (1988) is beautifully bold, wonderfully weird, and extraordinarily enthralling. The story of a teenage biker becoming psychotic through new psychic abilities is brutal and gritty but isn’t without moments of empathy. This comes in the form of his best friend whose attempts to stop him seem doomed from the beginning. Set against the background of a citywide revolution, this dangerous scenario almost feels inevitable. With an explosive soundtrack that resonates through the speakers into my very soul, AKIRA remains iconic.

Aug 22nd: [EIFF] Mandibles is mildly entertaining even though much of the humour doesn’t land. The story of 2 buffoons training a dog-sized fly in the hopes of making money is at its best when the protagonists are miserable. Schadenfreude is not quite enough to carry a film nor is the impressive animatronics of the fly itself. A lack of score helps amplify the deafening unkindness from every character sans Agnés who deserves better. With a plot featuring a suitcase, it’s fitting that Mandibles feels like it should be packed away unless you want it.

Aug 22nd: [EIFF] Mad God is a grotesque fascination that is worth every one of the 33 years it took to create. A look into the workings of a horrific realm like you’ve never seen, all the beauty is in the artistry. SFX guru Phil Tippett demonstrates the prowess that made him a household name whilst the live-action performers who have been spliced in give chilling performances. The bow that wraps this mutilated gift together is Dan Wool’s entrancing score which is a masterpiece in its own right. Don’t eat while watching this.

Aug 23rd: [EIFF] Ballad of a White Cow exemplifies the injustices of the world. An Iranian woman caring for her deaf daughter after the incorrect execution of her husband is a story radiating isolation. Its in the camera framing, score, and performances but it’s the plot twist that stings most.

Aug 23rd: [EIFF] Absolute Denial scratches that AI takeover itch. The debut of Ryan Braund centers on a failing student building an increasingly smart AI. It uses excellent 2-D animation and a style akin to a documentary. Worth checking out if Skynet is a little too large scale.

Aug 24th: [EIFF] Faceless is a harrowing but necessary watch. This documentary showcases the Hong Kong riots over the Extradition Bill and beyond without ever risking the anonymity of those involved. An astounding piece that’s sure to provoke emotion in all who watch it.

Aug 24th: [EIFF] The Deer King is absolutely magical. The tale of a man and his daughter surviving a mystical plague whilst he’s on the run pulls at the heartstrings. Featuring entertaining side characters galore and a haunting soundtrack, be sure to keep an eye out for this one.

Aug 27th: S1Ep3 of Marvels What If is a bizarre tale of intrigue. Tackling the unexplainable deaths of Avengers before they can become Avengers, this ep is a worst-case recap of phase 1. Noticeable but understandable changes in casting and a twist that serves to remind how large the universe is.

Sep 1st: S1Ep4 of Marvels What If is a fascinating story with mesmerising visuals. Dr. Strange risking reality to save Christine demonstrates how truly reckless the character is. Voice acting isn’t perfect but the magic makes full use of animation as a medium.

Sep 1st: Monsters At Work is a delight. Following a wannabe Jokester, as he finds himself in Repairs, it’s a joy to be back in this world. The exploration of laughter as a power source is interesting and the voice performances are great. A little repetitive but tonnes of fun overall.

Sep 1st: Dug Days is comfortably entertaining. The short series following Dug and Carl from “Up” in their new home is full of heart and warmth. The performances are superb, the animation is astounding and the score is wonderful. TV series as sequels seem to be working for Pixar.

Sep 3rd: Netflix’s Q-Force is consistently entertaining. The comedy following a bunch of side-lined, gay spies rarely gets a good laugh but there’s usually the odd chuckle. Animation flows nicely and the plot is slightly less embedded with gay stereotypes than trailers suggested. Decent.

Sep 3rd: Free Guy perfectly captures the current video game industry. An NPC gains sentience while his programmers attempt to prevent his world from being destroyed in this heart-filled comedy. The humour, cringe, action, and references all entertain but “Gamer Keith” is a low blow.

Sep 8th: S1Ep5 of Marvels What If is a bleak, emotional rollercoaster. As the remaining Avengers attempt to survive the Zombie Apocalypse, there are some of the best character moments in the MCU and some of the best confrontations. Feels like what this show was made for.

Sep 10th: Our Ladies is a riotous delight. A group of Catholic, chorale schoolgirls visit Edinburgh for a day of boys and booze in this crass and heartfelt tale. It perfectly captures small-town life, the dramas of adulthood, and has a killer soundtrack to boot. Also a bit gay.

Sep 13th: Rick and Morty S5 is acceptable. The continuing adventures of drunk scientist Rick and his grandson Morty has funny moments but seems unsure how dedicated it is to its own story. The lore-heavy finale is good but feels like it comes from nowhere and is there to shut the fans up.

Sep 15th: S1Ep6 of Marvels What If is masterful storytelling. Killmonger saving Tony Stark as a means to take over Wakanda deserves to have time to properly explore all aspects of the tale. Stories with Wakanda are going to continue to be emotional and this is no exception.

Sep 15th: Pig is beautifully simplistic. Just an isolated rural man heading to the city to find his kidnapped truffle pig. A real emotional deep-dive into the psyche of man that is more high-end cinema than the comparisons to John Wick makes it sound.

Sep 22nd: S1Ep7 of Marvels What If is one of the funnest things ever produced by the company. Thor’s party trip to Earth being cut short by surprise intervention is not short on laughs or cameos. However, the meta-commentary on Captain Marvel is really getting played out.

Sep 22nd: S3 of Final Space is the best yet. The continuing story of Gary Goodspeed and his TeamSquad as they survive everything space has to throw at them is filled with lovable characters. Having serial episodes allows for deeper connections and less “filler” so it’s heartbreaking that this is the last series (for now). Olan Rogers and the rest of the team should be immensely proud of this show, which is one of the best I’ve seen in years. Laughs, tears, bold action scenes, and intimately peaceful moments. Binge it, even if you have already.

Sep 22nd: S3 of Sex Education is a mixed bag. The characters are likable even if their decisions are occasionally infuriating. There’s a lot of them to keep track of now, which can be daunting but the addition of NB issues was very welcome. Cluttered but compelling.

Sep 29th: Shang Chi and the Legend of The Ten Rings is worth the wait. When a young man is thrust back into the world of his father’s organisation, The Ten Rings, he must save the world in a beautiful piece about family. Featuring superb martial arts, an amazing score, and the much-appreciated return of an old character.

Sep 29th: S1Ep8 of Marvels What If is the most imaginative story the MCU has told. When Ultron gains a Vibranium body and the Infinity Stones, he becomes an unstoppable multiversal foe. The fights are imaginative and the imagery is some of the MCUs finest. Superb opener to this final tale.

Sep 30th: No Time To Die is a sublime finale outing for Daniel Craig’s 007. The mission to stop a deadly molecular outbreak is full of espionage, action, and wit. It pays homage to the glory days of old whilst being rooted in the ruggedness that made this era so unique. Jolly good.

Oct 1st: LEGO Star Wars Terrifying Tales is a fun use of lore and horror clichés. The trilogy of shorts stitched together with a post-TROS adventure at Vader’s castle is full of entertaining characters and spectacular animation. Plenty of gags/references to entertain all ages.

Oct 6th: The series finale of Marvel’s What If feels resolute if not a little rushed. The Guardians of the Multiverse taking on Ultron is a large concept with a lot of decent action and humour but it could use more time. The Watcher is by far the stand-out character.

Oct 6th: [LFF] Memory Box is simply beautiful. The story of a French teen learning about her mother’s past through a recently delivered box of memories is set against a Christmas backdrop and contains all the love of the season. A subtle yet powerful score and visually interesting.

Oct 6th: [LFF] The Taking is an interesting and necessary documentary. It discusses cinemas famous Monument Valley in relation to director John Ford and the Navaho people. It also looks at the nature of monuments and the way society is shaped by the land. Very leisurely pace.

Oct 6th: [LFF] Money Has Four Legs is a morally righteous satire. The story of a Burmese filmmaker down on his luck who will do whatever it takes to get his film made is often funny and continuously entertaining. Features a bittersweet ending and excellent music choices throughout.

Oct 6th: [LFF] The Storms of Jeremy Thomas is oddly fascinating. A dive into the mind of legendary producer Jeremy Thomas with a road trip to Cannes as a backdrop, this documentary is occasionally erratic. It oozes high art without being so itself and, like all stories, is worth listening to.

Oct 7th: [LFF] Mothers of the Revolution is powerful and timely. Using reconstructions, archived footage, and interviews it details the women’s protest camp at Greenham in the 1980s. The passion and importance of the piece clearly show we’d be worse off without them and how much is still to be done.

Oct 7th: [LFF] Cannon Arm and the Arcade Quest is outstanding. This Swedish Doc about one man’s quest to play 100 hours of videogame Gyruss and the friends that help him is whimsical, funny, tense, and personal. It’s a testament to them and to all those like them.

Oct 7th: [LFF] Clara Sola is beautiful. The story of a Puerto Rican woman connected to nature experiencing a sexual and mystical waking is shot with wide-eyed wonder and filled with love. Often heartwarming and occasionally funny with a haunting score.

Oct 8th: [LFF] Sediments is slow but centers on an important conversation. As a group of Spanish trans women take a trip to France, they discuss their lives and transitions whilst enjoying each other’s company. It showcases different experiences in a sorely needed way.

Oct 8th: [LFF] Drive My Car is a moving tale worthy of the 3-hour runtime. As a Japanese stage actor/director rehearses his show after losing his wife, he strikes an unlikely bond with his new driver in a powerhouse of performances. Intricate storytelling with several brilliant twists.

Oct 8th: [LFF] The Wolf Suit is an odd yet intriguing piece. Director Sam Firth explores her unresolved childhood trauma through an interesting hodgepodge of methods concluding in something I hope is cathartic for her. It’s art with a purpose that feels like we don’t need to be present.

Oct 9th: [LFF] Flee is an emotional rollercoaster. The true story of a gay Afghan refugee is told via a mixture of interview audio, 2D animation, and real news footage in an essential look at the seemingly eternal refugee crisis. Hard to remain impartial after viewing.

Oct 9th: [LFF] La Mif is an acceptable glimpse into the care sector. This fictional French story which follows a group of girls in a care home has lovable characters but suffers from jumping back and forth throughout the story. Excellent if you can follow it.

Oct 9th: Muppets Haunted Mansion is full of humour and 4th wall breaking. Gonzo and Pepés attempt to survive a night in a spooky mansion is filled with delightful cameos, entertaining songs, and a goat. Everybody gives their all to this film that’s sure to become a yearly tradition.

Oct 10th: [LFF] Hinterland is utterly compelling. This Austrian war thriller about a group of POWs murdered in their homeland has a gripping story and wonderfully interesting backgrounds. Also a harrowing insight into how badly the military is upon their returns.

Oct 10th: [LFF] Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy has more interesting concepts than execution. This collection of 3 shorts focused on love is more intriguing than tantalising with characters who vary in likability. Feels like it could be brilliant but lacks a certain oomph

Oct 11th: [LFF] Boiling Point is truly gripping. The tale of a particularly busy night in a restaurant, with too many variables that could go wrong, is truly edge-of-the-seat stuff. Spectacular camera work and acting from all involved with an ending befitting its brilliance. A must-watch.

Oct 11th: [LFF] All Is Vanity feels uncertain in its existence. A simple loft photoshoot goes awry in this experimental piece. The storytelling is simultaneously its biggest selling point and its biggest downfall. Honestly unsure if it’s too complex to understand or doesn’t succeed

Oct 11th: [LFF] Mass is a powerful piece about the aftermath of death. 2 couples discuss a violent demise that has impacted them differently in a story that feels like it becomes more necessary every year. Excellent buildup and emotional delivery, this is a must-watch.

Oct 13th: [LFF] Wild Indian handles its premise acceptably. The tale of two reunited childhood friends hiding a dark childhood secret is engaging enough and beautifully shot but doesn’t feel totally fulfilling. Excellent performances all around, just feels a little slow and simple

Oct 13th: [LFF] Between Two Worlds is brilliant. The French drama based on a writer living as a cleaning person to expose their struggles is inherently tense but incredibly sympathetic. A portrayal of class and social inequality that is no less relevant than when the book was released.

Oct 13th: [LFF] Users is upsettingly dull. The documentary-style thinkpiece about the technological advancements around us is mostly silent in voiceover and in tone. It ultimately never gets its feet off the ground and seems to have no stance on the pros and cons of tech.

Oct 13th: [LFF] Little Palestine: Diary of a Siege is heartbreaking to watch. This documentary about the besiegement of Yarmouk, Syria uses footage shot by the filmmaker at the time to demonstrate real human struggle. It’s fundamentally about perseverance but is full of melancholy.

Oct 14th: [LFF] The Real Charlie Chaplin is fascinating. The life of Charlie Chaplin in relation to his work is whimsically dissected using film footage, reconstructions, and interviews. Narrated by (Dr. Whos own) Pearl Mackie, there’s little of his relationships but enough of his story.

Oct 14th: [LFF] The Neutral Ground hits all of the emotions. Comedian CJ Hunt’s self-exploration through the Chicago statue removals of 2017 starts lighthearted but shows reality is often horrifying. There’s a sense of cautious optimism throughout, even to the end, despite history existing.

Oct 14th: [LFF] 7 Days is very sweet but too early. A couple of Indian-Americans on a date are forced to live together when COVID hits in this well-put-together production. There isn’t a bad word to be said but films set during This Time shouldn’t be made until 100 years from now.

Oct 20th: Re: The Eternals Spoiler (no spoilers) It’s a Thanos level reveal. It’s not “just a cameo”, it’s the Big Shakeup Kevin Fiege was talking about. To spoil it the moment the premiere is over when the general public won’t see it for at least 2 weeks is abysmal. It is an abuse of your privilege as a journalist and demonstrates how little “journalistic integrity” means to you. There have been calls for firing and honestly, I can’t say I disagree. Worst of all, every major publication is now running the story. They might as well right? Those who are online are bound to see it sooner or later. It’s this lack of decency that prevented me from getting into the profession and it’s deeply upsetting because this has all but obliterated any trust I had left. Journalism took a bullet today. It hit me too.

Nov 1st: Doctor Who Flux Ep1 is an over bombardment of storylines with a few good moments. Karvanista and Vinder are a lot of fun and the cinematography is occasionally. nice but those aspects are far and few between. It feels like Chibnall is rushing to get the exposition out of the way.

Nov 5th: ABBA Voyage is the perfect closure. Their first album after 30 years, and their last, is full of a mixture of upbeat and melancholic melodies that brilliantly capture their essence. 10 songs seems too few to say goodbye but it’s not really the end if the music stays with you

Nov 5th: Venom: Let There be Carnage is everything a Venom sequel should be. It’s violent and gritty whilst maintaining humour and elements of whimsy. It’s a pure Comic Book Movie and unashamed of that. The relationships are solid, cinematography sublime, and homoerotic subtext present. HOWEVER, I’m not 100% sold on the mid-credits scene. It’s indicative of a larger issue I have but I won’t discuss it until The Spoiler Curfew has passed.

Nov 8th: Doctor Who Flux Ep 2 is good. The Sontarans are still fun despite Chibnalls adequate writing skills. Isolating the Doctor from any assistance is when she works best in any iteration so it’s good to see that return. Also, the educational aspect is appreciated. More like this and better.

Nov 9th: People have been talking about Spider-Man: No Way Home since before The Pandemic

Nov 12th: [DisneyPlusDay] This company’s successful rebranding as “Those people who own everything” makes watching self-shilling specials like The Simpsons Plusaversary a little difficult. If you just want to see all the Disney characters in one place, this is for you!

Nov 12th: [DisneyPlusDay] Olaf Presents is kind of adorable. Olaf retells some Disney classics in this series of 3-minute shorts which are a perfect length and cover all the basics well. Josh Gad could easily become the new James Corden but it won’t happen here. Just utterly delightful.

Nov 12th: [DisneyPlusDay] Ciao Alberto is as sweet as PIXAR can be. Showing Alberto struggling in his relationship with Massimo, it’s a perfect follow-up to a film that doesn’t require a sequel. There’s something about PIXAR Shorts that feel like home and this one is no different.

Nov 12th: [DisneyPlusDay] Under The Helmet: The Legacy of Boba Fett is brilliant. This 20-minute look at the history of one of Star Wars‘ most popular characters is a perfect bonus feature full of love, respect, and George Lucas. Media history, man. Love it.

Nov 15th: Doctor Who Flux Ep3 is yet another assault of plotlines, devoid of much originality. Vinder and his girlfriend are, thus far, the only plotline worth caring about. Also, using old monsters for throwaway scenes is really cheap. If next week’s episode could stick to one story, please.

Nov 15th: Dune (2021) takes itself too seriously. The first half of Denis Villeneuve’s adaptation of the tale of Paul Atreides and the Spice planet Arakis lacks a decent colour palette or any sense of fun. It’s grand in scale and features standout performances but plays everything too safe. This is a real shame because I so wanted to like this. Denis has great artistic vision and my mate ADORES this story but this just ain’t it. God, I wish we’d got Jodorowsky’s Dune.

Nov 18th: Ron’s Gone Wrong is adorable if not a little inherently flawed. The story of a boy and his new, broken, robot friend avoiding the company who created him has interesting animation and a delightful soundtrack but never goes far enough with the premise. Big Tech is bad actually.

Nov 18th: Last Night In Soho is uncomfortable, as it should be. Fashion design student Eloise has visions of 1960’s would-be-singer Sandie in Edgar Wright’s dazzling horror debut. The difficult subject matter is handled with respect and the design is top-notch, with an obvious yet fun twist.

Nov 21st: Doctor Who Flux Ep4 once again dangles answers in front of the audience without ever giving them. The angel storyline is almost good but lacks scares or sense. At least the other episodes elicited some strong emotions, this one is just bland.

Nov 22nd: The French Dispatch is comforting in the way that all good stories are. This anthology of tales from the fictional French city of Ennui for a fictional newspaper sucks you in and delights with Wes Anderson’s usual array of stunning cinematography, dialogue, and acting.

Nov 23rd: Happy birthday to the greatest show in the galaxy, Doctor Who. A show truly unlike any other, it has brought me comfort where I sometimes felt there could be none. It has been a much-loved constant in my life since I was 8 years old and to all involved, I want to say thank you. My favourite Doctor Who memory? I’m sitting in my nannas living room, rewatching Army of Ghosts again and my grandpa pops his head around the door. “You know there’s football on the other channel,” he says. He often joked with me like that.

Nov 24th: Hawkeye Eps1 & 2 are packed with Christmas joy. Kate Bishop’s introduction to the titular character and the violent world he left behind is perfectly stylised and full of action but still has time for jokes and heart. Also good to finally see partially deaf representation.

Nov 24th: Robin Robin is instantly charming. The latest from legendary Studio Aardman features a robin living as a mouse in a felt-made world which is easy on the eyes with music that is easy on the ears. Stellar voice work all around, this is an instant Christmas classic.

Nov 26th: Broadway wouldn’t be where it is without Stephen Sondheim. It’s a blessing that he could see it reach such heights during his lifetime. He was a true genius and we owe him a great deal.

Nov 27th: Eternals feels like Oscar-bait. The tale of Earthbound immortals attempting to stop the birth of a God is mostly dull in colour and dialogue. There is the odd exception (Kingo, the final battle) but the most interesting aspect is the diversity. Should have been a TV series.

Nov 29th: Doctor Who Flux Ep5 finally begins providing unsatisfactory answers. Chibnalls writing is atrocious, the tone is all over the place and everything feels either derivative or cliché. Going to be really interesting to see how the fanbase looks back on this series.Not looking forward to the finale, least of all because the Daleks are in it. Although hopefully, this means they aren’t in the specials. I really wanted Jodie to go out on a high note and hopefully, the specials can provide that because Flux certainly isn’t. And I think it’s worth clarifying that I don’t like holding this opinion. I wanted Flux to be good and I adore this show, which is I think why I’m so distraught. I’d like to just have fun with it but I don’t find any of this entertainingly bad…just bad.

Nov 29th: The Beatles: Get Back is outstanding. Documenting the month of heated rehearsals that ultimately led to the album Let It Be, this is probably THE look into how the band functioned. Part 3 functions well on its own but the first 2 parts provide much-needed context. It’s brutally honest, painting a picture of why they eventually disbanded whilst also demonstrating their very special connection. These were just 4 friends, messing around and haphazardly composing some of the greatest songs of all time. It’s a pleasure to watch them work.

Dec 3rd: Hawkeye Ep3 is delightful. Clint and Kate escape the notorious Echo and her goons in an action-filled ep with a couple really touching character moments. Highlights are the phone call and the Pym arrow, as well as the excellent performances. Fast becoming my fave MCU series.

Dec 5th: Despite being 3D, Disney’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid is somehow flatter than the children’s book on which it’s based. Greg Heffley and his bestie Rowley attempt to survive the first month of middle school, whilst skipping the majority of the 3rd act. Animation and VA don’t gel either.

Dec 6th: Doctor Who: Flux ends as it began: muddled, with poor dialogue and too many plots. Only a couple of answers are given to the tens of questions raised this series. Not the Doctor’s past though, despite the fact that the answer is RIGHT THERE. There seems to have been a general idea that this series would end by answering the questions it raised. The mystery of the series has been good because answers were just around the corner. Now, here we are. Answerless. This whole series now feels retroactively pointless.

Dec 6th: Ghostbusters Afterlife is a real love letter to legacy. Egon Spengler’s grandchildren pick up his iconic belongings after his passing in a movie that never relies too heavily on nostalgia. Practical effects, subtle nods, an abusive mother, and Paul Rudd. Lovely.

Dec 8th: Hawkeye Ep4 once again ups the stakes whilst keeping the festive warmth. Clint and Kate close in on a seemingly important Rolex in what is a very “beginning of act 3” story. The usual beats are there, bolstered by great action, genuine character connection, and an expected cameo.

Dec 13th: A Boy Called Christmas is as cute as it looks. The origin of Father Christmas, based on the book by Matt Haig, is filled with spectacular designs, fun characters, and all the heart of the season. It may be predictable in areas but that doesn’t make it a lesser movie.

Dec 14th: Spencer is short on accuracy but big on emotion. Princess Diana suffers through a Christmas with the Royals in this tense art piece. Kristen Stewart is sublime and the score accompanies the tale perfectly in what is a heartbreaking delve into Diana’s presumed psyche.

Dec 15th: Hawkeye Ep 5 ups the tension but never loses the heart. As Clint faces off against Echo, some major secrets are revealed, ending in the best cliffhanger an MCU show has ever had. This series is so much fun! Also, it isn’t necessarily HIM him.

Dec 16th: Silent Night is overly miserable. The dark comedy about a Christmas get-together at the end of the world often focuses on the wrong aspect at the wrong time. It’s a shame because the acting is stellar and the initial idea is interesting, even the comedy in the first half lands well.

Dec 22nd: West Side Story just set a new high bar for movie adaptations of musicals. The story of Tony and Maria’s love surrounded by a feud between rival street gangs is Spielberg’s first foray into the genre, but you wouldn’t know it. The camerawork compliments the choreography perfectly whilst the acting provides a delightful cacophony of emotions. Ziegler is outstanding as Maria, whilst Faist’s Riff steals hearts. Even Elgort provides an adequate level of charm as Tony. The Latino diversity and inclusion of a Trans actor as Anybodys demonstrates a level of genuine care from the entire production team that doesn’t go unnoticed. Do not skip out on one of, if not THE cinematic feel-good event of the year. A perfect testament to two geniuses’ of the world…Stephens Sondheim and Spielberg.

Dec 23rd: Encanto is a delight. A superpowered family starts losing their gifts in this story that is occasionally derivative, often creative, and always entertaining. The music is toe-tappingly good, with “We Don’t Talk About Bruno” being a real highlight.

Dec 23rd: The Hawkeye Finale is a fairly solid resolution. Everyone faces off in this hour-long action setpiece which wraps up the story in a neat little bow and continues to deliver that Christmas spirit. Immensely fun, with yet another grand performance from the underutilized Kingpin.

Dec 26th: Don’t Look Up is acceptably entertaining. The comedy about 2 scientists, an Earth-bound meteor, and a corrupt US government feels terrifyingly accurate in its depiction of the end times with likable characters and a preppy score. Not hilarious but provided plenty of smirks.

Dec 26th: The Abominable Snow Baby is utterly adorable. The short about an English town, caked in snow, getting an unexpected visitor is based on the Terry Pratchett book and has his whimsy all over it. The animation gives it a timeless look whilst the voicework provides warmth. Charming.

Dec 29th: Book of Boba Fett is a decent blend of old and new. As Boba settles into his role as CrimeLord of Tatooine, flashbacks show how he survived, in a story full of intrigue. It’s amazing how much can be said without using dialogue and how far noticeable a fake background can still be.

Dec 30th: Spider-Man: No Way Home is good. Peter Parker faces off against multiversal foes in a story that is fun but held back by relying on the worldbuilding of other creators. It’s exciting to see these characters again in what is the best MCU Spidey movie but it also makes some bad choices.

Signed: Your friendly neighbourhood queer

The Small Things 2020

A collection of initial thoughts from the films of today

JAN 2nd: Having done Star Wars and Middle Earth in 2019 let’s step it up a bit in 2020.
The next series has 21 films and counting. With one every 2 weeks that should take us almost right up to 2021. Hope you join me for this fantastic adventure…

JAN 2nd: I like Rise of Skywalker. It’s a good film. But knowing it could have been the greatest film of a generation. Knowing how much it could have meant to the LGBT community. Knowing that Disney stopped that is just… horrendous.

JAN 6th: The New Mutants trailer is here and I’ve got to say, I’m impressed. Not only does it finally have an official release date (April 3rd) but it looks super interesting. Leaning into the horror elements of having powers is something I’m genuinely excited to see.

JAN 7th: Won’t You Be My Neighbour? has finally arrived on Netflix and it’s essential watching. Fred Rogers was one of the purest souls to ever grace planet Earth and we could really use someone like him, especially now. Bless your lives and give it a watch.

JAN 12th: Knives Out is masterfully written, wonderfully acted and beautifully scored. It also comes across as strongly anti-capitalist. It’s the kind of film we need right now.

JAN 13th: The Morbius trailer is good. Looks to be a unique origin story, though I’m still hesitant about Jared Leto existing. Also looks to be setting up a Sinister Six (and Venom 2) in the MCU, which I’d rather see in the Raimi universe. Also that’s the Raimi suit on that poster, so maybe Spider-verse?

JAN 16th: If Motherless Brooklyn had been in black and white, it would have been indistinguishable from the best 50s crime films. Never pretends to be smarter than it is and Edward Norton delivers a superb performance.

JAN 18th: Shaun The Sheep: Farmageddon is a reminder of why Aardman has survived so long despite their lengthy creation process. An hour and a half of heart and humour with absolutely no dialogue. The consistent science fiction references are fun too.

JAN 24th: Jumanji: The Next Level is hilarious. Worth watching just for The Rock portraying Danny Devito but that’s only the tip of the iceberg. Glad this is a franchise that lives on.

JAN 25th: The Addams Family (2019) is wonderfully bizarre. A love letter to not just the family, but the horror genre in general. Perfectly suited to animation.

JAN 25th: I regret to inform you that Cats (2019) is indeed a film that exists.

JAN 29th: I would LOVE to review Cats (2019) because I have so much to say. On the other hand, my whole brand is being positive. I’m trying to find a way to give constructive criticism in a positive light. I’ll bring it to you as soon as I figure that out.

FEB 10th: #DBZA @teamfourstar thank you so much for the laughs and the cries. For the highs and the lows. You have done such a beautiful job with this series over the past 12 years and I cant wait to see where you go next

FEB 13th: The Birdcage (1996) continues to be one of the funniest and most uplifting gay story’s ever put to screen. Nathan Lane is absolutely delightful and rocks the drag look, as well as providing plenty of heart. It also provides one of Robin Williams’ finest performances, reminding us why he is missed so much.

FEB 13th: Birds of Prey is not a Box Office Flop and even if it was, you can’t really pin that on the film itself. Lets just take a minute to look at the facts. It has been almost a week since it opened and in that time it has almost made back its budget. It will continue to play in cinemas for about a month. It is currently #1 at the box office and shows no signs of moving. It was released in February which is a Deadzone for movies, in that you release a movie here if you expect/want it to do poorly. It is also rated 15 instead of 12, which restricts the amount of people who could go and see it.Finally, China is a HUGE market in cinema and they are currently going through an actual epidemic. That is between 1/4 and 1/2 of your total revenue gone.
Birds of Prey is not the catastrophe that many are making it out to be and the worst case scenario is that its a victim of circumstance.

FEB 16th: Jojo Rabbit is a magnificent comedy featuring Nazis AND gays. It also has moments of raw emotion that will hit harder on second viewing.
“Hard to make a comedy these days” my foot.

FEB 21st: Spies in Disguise has Will Smith as a pigeon. If that doesn’t sell you, then you’re missing out on a fun time with possibly the most comedic battle of all time.

FEB 22nd: Jens Nygaard Knudsen, creator of the Lego minifigure, has passed away aged 78. As someone who has grown up on Lego and has a particular interest in the design of sets, I owe him a lot. I had literally just dug my countless minifigures out of storage to catalouge them.
Thank you for the years of imagination, Jens.

FEB 23rd: (Anim)éducation [#1/many]
Deadman Wonderland is superb. Amazing action pieces and excellent lore.

FEB 25th: (Anim)éducation [#2/many]
High School DxD is probably what most non-animé fans think animé is. Pure fan service with a Very Thin plot. Not really my thing.

FEB 26th: The Lighthouse is wonderfully bizarre. Pattinson and Defoe give powerhouse performances.

FEB 29th: Dolittle is utterly absurd, but in a fun way. Perfectly acceptable way to entertain yourself for a couple of hours.

MAR 4th: A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood is exactly the kind if film we need right now. Utterly delightful and filled with optimism.
God bless Mr Rogers

MAR 5th: The Greyhound trailer looks really good and I have no doubt that Tom Hanks will provide a brilliant performance. I also have no doubt that Hanks has written a good script. But don’t we have enough war movies?

MAR 7th: (Anim)éducation [#3/many] Promare is possibly the most visually stunning film I’ve ever seen. The story is pretty good too. Hope to see more films from Studio Trigger in the future.

MAR 7th: Birds of Prey is a female led Comic Book Movie with 3 LGBT characters. It also happens to be ridiculously entertaining. DC continues to improve.

MAR 9th: I have barely interest in Black Widow as it is. If the Tony Stark cameo rumours are true, it WILL completely kill my interest. You don’t need Downey’s star power to sell MCU movies and I’m sick of you thinking you do.

MAR 9th: Many knew him for his work on Game of Thrones or Flash Gordon but to me he will always be the voice of Vigo the Scurge of Carpathia. He truly was one of the greats and I’m sad to see him go.

MAR 13th: Listen. No film is going to be a huge financial success right now, half of the planet is basically quarantined with coronavirus. That’s partly why companies are delaying so many films right now. We wont know the proper toll this has taken on the Cinema Industry until this is all over, but really that’s not whats important.
If you ARE still able to go to movies, PLEASE be careful.

MAR 13th: Parasite is well deserving of that Oscar for Best Picture. A stunning film that is at times funny and tense and gets more so by the minute.

MAR 18th: Finally watched The Cabin In The Woods (2011) which I’d been putting off because of the horror element. What a fool I was as it’s one of the most entertaining and subverted films I’ve seen. More a gory comedy than a funny horror.

MAR 19th: Finally watched A Quiet Place (2018) and I find myself agreeing with the general consensus. It’s pretty damn good. Not a masterpiece but the way Krasinski uses sound to his advantage is astounding.

MAR 21st: Caught up on Pacific Rim: Uprising (2018) and it’s a blast.Excellent set pieces and a badass score. John Boyega and Charlie Day are particularly wonderful.

APR 8th: PIXAR’s Onward is a fantasy film about brotherhood and father figures. If you can relate to those themes, this is really going to hit you hard.

APR 8th: Sonic the Hedgehog is ridiculous and cliche and has references that will age poorly. And I kind of love it.

APR 10th: Red Dwarf: The Promised Land proves that the lads still have it. The humour is funny as ever but there are still some emotional moments. One for longtime fans and newbies alike.

APR 11th: Tiger King on Netflix is genuinely upsetting and everyone involved in the trade should be in prison. Saff is the only decent human on this show. If you’re going to take 1 thing away from this docu-series it should be this:
5,000 to 10,000 Big Cats exist in captivity.
There are 4,000 in the wild.
That’s horrifying.

APR 17th: Trolls: World Tour is as enjoyable as the original. Timberlake really carries the film and the music is wonderfully varied. Doesn’t need to exist but I’m alright with it doing so.

APR 29th: Series 1 of Star Wars: The Clone Wars does a wonderful job of easing us back into the prequel era and setting up the series’ to follow. Marvellous voice work and solid animation (for the time).

MAY 7th: Series 2 of Star Wars: The Clone Wars is where the show really settles into its own. Great character development and huge ramifications towards the series’ end.

MAY 8th: I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Star Wars having 1 canon timeline across several different forms of media is an astounding feat. It continues to amaze me.

MAY 12th: Please bare in mind that Disney+ is probably only getting Hamilton a year early as an advertising tactic. I would LOVE to have seen this in cinemas as proof that filmed Broadway musicals are for the greater good.

May 14th: The first several episodes of Series 3 of Star Wars: The Clone Wars are an odd dive back into the first couple of series. When it finally decides to progress the story is when the show becomes most impressive and intense.

May 15th: Arsenic and Old Lace (1944) is proof that good comedy can transcend time. A perfect madcap comedy built on a dark premise that almost feels like it was made today.
Worth tracking down.

May 16th: Scoob! is fine if you can get through the cringe-worthy elements. Its biggest downfall is attempting to establish a whole shared universe in one film. Excellent turn from all the voice cast though ESPECIALLY Jason Issacs.

May 20th: Zack Snyder really deserves to have his creative voice heard and i am beyond overjoyed that we will actually get to see this.
2021? 2031? Doesn’t matter. Take all the time you need man.

Jun 1st: Series 4 of Star Wars: The Clone Wars leans heavily on the actual “war” aspect. It’s gritty and doesn’t hold back on how people can be swayed. The finale is also one of the best things to happen to Star Wars.

Jun 3rd: Series 1 of Space Force was enjoyable enough that I kept watching. Both Steve Carell and John Malkovich give wonderful performances that I hope they can expand upon in a second series.

Jun 4th: Series 4 of Rick and Morty is as good as the show has ever been. In fact it may just be the best season yet.

Jun 7th: Go watch Queer Eye Series 5 on Netflix.
Please. Its so full of love.

Jun 10th: Finally seeing the trailer for Bill and Ted 3 after all this time honestly gave me chills. I really have missed these boys and can’t wait to catch up with them.

Jun 10th: Finally watched The Invisible Man (2020) and it’s an excellent subversion of the classic tale. Elizabeth Moss provides a STUNNING performance and the score is pretty good too.

Jun 12th: Artemis Fowl tries to be Lord Of The Rings, Spy Kids and Harry Potter at once, while managing to be none of them. Josh Gad gives a decent enough performance to keep you entertained and the cinematography can be decent but that’s about it.

Jun 15th: Please remember that reading a review by me, or anyone else, is no substitute for watching the film yourself. The best opinion is one you form yourself.

Jun 17th: Imagine complaining about Kristen Stewart playing Princess Diana in a biopic instead of complaining about the existence of a Princess Diana biopic.
Both these women are icons and neither of them deserve this.

Jun 19th: The passing of Sir Ian Holm is a huge loss to those of us who adore film, and science fiction in particular. I can’t find the words. My love goes out to his family and friends.

Jun 26th: I know we like to riff on Batman & Robin, but director Joel Schumacher was one of Hollywood’s most unique voices.
His passing is a hell of a loss and 80 still feels too early to lose him.

Jul 8th: Series 2 of Harley Quinn is some of the best television I’ve seen in a long time. It has the added bonus if being some of DC Studios best work too. Not picking this up for a third season would be a massive mistake

Jul 14th: Grant Imahara was one of the most charismatic, uplifting and kind-hearted souls. There are no words to describe his loss.

Jul 16th: So The New Mutants is finally coming and that’s great…BUT with a PG13 rating. I cannot emphasise how much I’m not a fan of that decision. What did you cut to bring it down from a 15 rating? Did you only cut it so it could go straight to Disney+?
I’ll still wait before judging.

Jul 21st: Series 1 of Phineas and Ferb demonstrates that the show always knew what it wanted to be. That being a well-written, hilarious show with likeable characters and amazing songs.

Jul 24th: My writing process is…a work in progress. There are times that I have been ready well in advance and there are other days where I’m tryping 2 days before a post goes live. My personal life hasn’t made doing this easy but I am genuinely so proud that I have done this every single week for over a year.
If you’ve been here for a year or even just a day….Than You.

Jul 28th: Series 2 of Phineas and Ferb is a little more of an emotional rollercoaster and a little grander in scale, which I like. Although there are less songs from the cast themselves which is a shame. The ones they do give us are iconic.

Jul 29th: So DC’s new animated film Death in the Family is going to be interactive and that’s really cool. Look forward to attempting a pacifist route and accidentally committing a crime.

Aug 2nd: Shin Godzilla is possibly the most unique take on the famous Kaiju you’ll ever see. A brilliant tale of the people and their response to unmitigated disaster with superb effects.

Aug 4th: Spider-Man 3: Editors Cut isn’t overly different from the Theatrical Cut. If you haven’t re-watched it recently or aren’t some kind of Spider Man 3 aficionado you might not even notice the alterations. However I do think the Editors Cut flows more smoothly.

Aug 5th: Series 3 of Phineas and Ferb is probably the closest its come to a Mainstream Show. Film parodies and Big Budget songs as well as better animation. But it never loses that charm and wit. (Note: I forgot to post anything when I finished Series 4 but it is a superb ending, letting the show go out on a high note.)

Aug 15th: The Henry Stickman games have always been a hilarious way to pass the time and seeing InnerSloth finally release a remastered version along with a final chapter makes me squeal with glee. Thank you so much for taking us on this epic adventure.

Aug 19th: The cast of Del Toro’s Pinocchio is *chefs kiss* and I can’t WAIT to see what he brings to the world of stop-motion animation. Del Toro is one of our greatest living directors working with some of the best actors around on a tale that is right up his alley. Gold.

Aug 21st: If YouTube’s @Defunctland isn’t on your radar, he should be. His new feature-length documentary about the short lived Disney Rock group Halyx is stunning. More like this please

Aug 23rd: The concept that you have to be a DC Fan or a Marvel Fan perpetuates a toxic rivalry that doesn’t need to exist. Yes, the DC Fandome event was outstanding but the MCU also has big plans to be excited about and you can be hyped for both.

Aug 28th: Phineas and Ferb: Candace Against the Universe is a beautiful return to a world that I so adore. Heartwarming, funny and stunningly animated. I can’t wait to see what happens next!

Sep 6th: I’m Thinking of Ending Things manages to simultaneously be about nothing AND everything. A masterclass of acting and visually stunning, I couldn’t draw my eyes away. The most confusing experience of my life so far…but in a good way.

Sep 6th: Mulan (2020) is at its best when it’s not referencing the original Disney film. Great action and a lovely score but the CGI is questionable. Unless the price is acceptable for you, I’d wait until its free to watch. Do give it a shot.

Sep 15th: Series 2 of The Mandalorian looks like it will be as good as, if not a little better than the first. However I am avidly against finding out anything about Yoda’s species. The mystery is a large part of his character and I’m much more interested in Mando lore.

Sep 15th: Series 5 of Star Wars: The Clone Wars is your reminder that you can make a show for children AND address morality. It’s also a heck of a lot of fun and an emotional roller coaster.

Sep 16th: Cuties on Netflix is just fine. Frankly, the religious and familial aspects are far more interesting than any of the controversy surrounding it. I don’t think that it sexualises 11 year old girls any more than they sexualise themselves and THAT is a topic worth discussing.

Sep 18th: Series 6 of Star Wars: The Clone Wars provides a definitive shift in tone. The energetic entertainment of Attack Of The Clones is gone and the dark powerhouse that is Revenge Of The Sith has arrived. I don’t think I’m ready for this to end.

Sep 19th: Series 7 of Star Wars: The Clone Wars may be one of the finest pieces of television ever devised. Solid plot, CGI and score throughout. As a Star Wars fan watching the finale I am both delighted and emotional.

Sep 24th: Jodorowsky’s DUNE is an astounding and fascinating documentary. I feel like the story surrounding this version of Dune is actually more interesting than the film itself would have been. I’m not convinced it would have been a masterpiece but I’d still take an animated version

Sep 29th: Early reports are that live-action The Lion King 2 is a prequel/ Mufasa origin story. Please just re-do the Original Lion King 2 if you have to. Nobody wants this.

Sep 30th: Series 1 of Star Wars: Rebels is interesting. More a show for children than a children’s show which makes sense given the Disney buyout. The animation also comes off a little bit flat though I’d imagine I’ll get used to it. I see A LOT of potential.

Oct 1st: I wish I could be excited for the concept of a live-action Spider-verse, and I CAN be, but ONLY if Sony is calling all the shots. Their content, despite varying opinions, has always felt like Spiderman but MCU Spidey is just a child. No disrespect to Holland but in my opinion, his company would never rip away everything that Spidey loves. They have to have a happy ending which is the one thing Spidey can never have. I also can’t abide the thought of MCU SpideyPool. Please. Just. Sony-Man forever.

Oct 5th: Hey. You all remember when Trolls 2 was released to VOD and everyone responded with THE CINEMA INDUSTRY IS DEAD AND ALL FILMS SHOULD GO VOD. Anyway, they delayed Dune ’20 today and the fickle nature of humanity exhausts me.

Oct 5th: The Boys in the Band on Netflix is an occasionally heartwarming and often poignant look at 1960’s queer life. A must watch for queers and a should watch for straights and essential if (like me) you miss the theatre.

Oct 6th: I may not be a Van Halen person but I recognise the impact he has had on the world. To his friends, family and fans I send my deepest sympathies.

Oct 8th: Series 2 of Star Wars: Rebels feels, at times, like a sequel to Clone Wars and whilst I can appreciate that, I like when it is its own thing. By the end of the finale I was sold on Rebels as a whole and am really looking forward to Series 3.

Oct 15th: Series 3 of Star Wars: Rebels is unapologetically and sometimes forcefully Star Wars. The show has finally let itself become a show centered on its cast and Grand Admiral Thrawn is a fantastic addition. There were laughs, cries and closure.

Oct 21st: If a celebrity (JK Rowling, Chris Pratt etc) has disappointed you and you want to throw out any merchandise related to them, that is a valid response. But PLEASE consider donating them to a charity shop instead of destroying them. People can hate a person and still like their work.

Oct 23rd: Borat: Subsequent MovieFilm is brilliant. Sasha Baron Cohen is probably the best character actor around and I hope to see Maria Bakalova in other things. This is EXACTLY the kind of thought provoking film we need right now.

Oct 25th: Series 4 of Star Wars:Rebels is a beautiful ending to a show I found myself adoring. The entire second half is essentially one long episode and it holds ZERO punches. This franchise wont end and I won’t stop loving it.

Nov 1st: The Witches (2020) is an odd film. There are choices made with the story that I cannot wrap my head around and the CGI is mid-tier quality. Octavia Spencer and Anne Hathaway are the most enjoyable aspect, for me. I miss Jim Henson.

Nov 5th: Spongebob: Sponge on the Run is an adorable movie which encapsulates the heart of the franchise. The animation is also extremely quirky with the 3-D rendering of 2-D objects. It’s a little too 2020 to be perfect but it’s Spongebob. Thank You Hillenburg ❤

Nov 6th: So Warner Bros politely fired Johnny Depp from Fantastic Beasts 3. The film written by a disgusting transphobe. Despite Depp being innocent. While producing Snyder’s Justice League. Which involves his abuser. Warner Bros should be ashamed.

Nov 17th: The LEGO Star Wars Holiday Special is an adorable retrospective of the franchise. Funny enough to entertain for half an hour with plenty of nods for fans. Now all we need id for Disney to release the Original Special for context.

Nov 25th: So the Animaniacs revival (Series 6 of the show overall) is just as funny as the original. Some really neat new ideas sprinkled in and some jabs at modern culture (which it deserves). Never talks down to the audience and crisp animation. 👌

Nov 28th: Tenet is an excellent premise with a solid enough delivery. I feel like Nolan could have gone with a bigger scope of movie but it was worth waiting for. The main cast are brilliant, ESPECIALLY Robert Pattinson

Nov 29th: Happiest Season is a gay Christmas movie. I feel so blessed to be able to type those words. It is both heartwarming and incredibly funny whilst never shying away from how difficult Being Gay can be. To Kristen Stewart and the rest of the crew…thank you.

Dec 6th: Bill and Ted Face the Music manages to be both funny and, occasionally, heartwarming. Billie and Thea are excellent additions to the cast and the music is brilliant. The green screen can take some getting used to and the ending feels a little abrupt but Wyld Stallyns are back!

Dec 6th: Wyld Stallyns’ Face the Music is probably one of their best tracks. A triumphant sound that truly transcends time and space. The chorial singing really gives it an ethereal feel and from the 2:50 mark it properly starts to rock 🤘

Dec 25th: PIXAR’s Soul is incredibly cute and incredibly heartwarming. The animation style can also be rather inventive but I feel this truly would have been An Experience on the big screen.

Dec 27th: The Sharkboy and Lavagirl sequel We Can Be Heroes feels like it’s trying to be both Sky High and Spy Kids but it fails at both. At least I got to look at Pedro Pascal for a bit.

Dec 28th: The New Mutants is a really fresh, innovative take on the X-Men franchise. There’s good LGBT rep and good Christian rep and great CGI. Gutted that Disney waited to release this and devastated I couldn’t see it on a big screen.

Signed: Your friendly neighbourhood queer

The Small Things 2019

A collection of initial thoughts from the films of today

MAY 5th: I don’t handle horror films very well. In fact I can count the number of them I’ve seen on one hand. Tonight I saw Pet Semetary and it wasn’t worth the emotional trauma. The lead child and John Lithgow were both very good though.

MAY 26th: Just saw Shazam! It’s a fun time with a lot of heart

JUN 3rd: Hellboy(2019) is a gross film. It is a cacophony of sound and bad CGI. It’s not worth watching even if you can get it for free.

JUN 10th: Pokemon: Detective Pickachu is wonderful. It’s a brilliant introduction for newcomers with plenty of nods for longtime fans. The CGI blends effortlessly and the acting is terrific. If you or your child is interested, this film will not disappoint.

JUN 12th: Tolkien is a well written and respectable biopic of the authors life. Doesn’t shy away from the horrors of war either. Worth the watch.

JUN 18th: Aladdin(2019) is a passable update to the classic tale. Will Smith is fun and ,though several CG effects were not as crisp as they could be, it wasn’t bad enough to put me off. The best of these live action remakes to me.

JUN 23rd: Rocketman may be rated 15 but it should be seen by everyone.

JUN 27th: John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum is a satisfactory conclusion to the John Wick trilogy. It is by far the most violent of the 3 and definitely less plot driven. If you want a 2 hour long action scene, this one’s for you.

JUN 30th: Godzilla: King of the Monsters is just one massive set-piece. It exists to have Kaiju battles that are as realistic as possible. The human characters exist purely to progress the plot to its next fight. It is AWESOME. Long live the king.

JUL 7th: X-Men: Dark Phoenix should have been Fox’s answer to Avengers: Endgame. It’s the conclusion of a saga of films. Instead it manages to crawl over the finish line with a display of character bastardisations. Worth seeing for its set-pieces and because it’s the last of its kind.

JUL 24th: Toy Story 4 proves once again why PIXAR is at the forefront of children’s animation. Toy Story 3 was a bigger tearjerker but I’d still advise you to bring tissues.

JUL 26th: Spider-Man: Far From Home would have made the perfect Spider-Man 4. Yes really.

AUG 5th: The Lion King (2019) might actually be the most blatant and soulless cash grab I’ve ever seen. Timon, Pumbaa and Zazu are the only reasons to watch it. Honestly you should just re-watch the original.

AUG 13th: Anna isn’t the best Russian spy film. It is a lot of fun tough with great action scenes. Acting is also pretty good but mainly it’s just a neat way to pass the time if you like that sort of film.

AUG 16th: The DeadDon’t Die is wonderfully absurd. I didn’t realise that I needed a calm, deadpan comedy about zombies. Also helps to have a catchy theme song (available now).

AUG 22nd: Invader Zim: Enter The Florpus is so good that it finally convinced me to watch the original TV show. I’d been putting that off for 2 years. Oddball sci-fi humour and great animation with some stellar voice work.

AUG 31st: Fast and Furious: Hobbes and Shaw is 2 hours of testosterone fuelled fun. A great excuse to just turn off your brain and enjoy some brilliant set-pieces.

SEP 9th: I think Jim Henson would be very proud of The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance on Netflix. Its a masterclass in puppetry and storytelling. Clearly a lot of passion from the team in every single frame.

SEP 20th: I don’t know who Good Boys is aimed at but I hope they enjoyed it. I certainly did. The sheer absurdity of the plot is such a fun jab at the drama of college-teen films.

SEP 29th: It: Chapter 2 doesn’t have many scares, its just super gross and weird. Probably the best adaption of a Stephen King novel so far? It DOES have good gay representation though which is more than i can say for most blockbusters.

OCT 4th: As I near the end of 2019 after seeing 37 films (and counting) I’ve decided not to do a “Top 10 best/worse of the year” list. Frankly, I take no enjoyment in pitting films against each other and that’s the same reason I don’t rate them. However I probably will do a “My 10 faves of the year” or something. Don’t know that Ill put films from December on that list but we shall see…

OCT 21st: Today would have been Carrie Fishers 63rd birthday. She should have gone from celebrating this to promoting Star Wars Episode 9. I still remember the moment I read the announcement. I didn’t speak for the rest of the day. I tried to cope by watching Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan. I told myself that its ending was why I cried so much. It wasn’t.
I miss you Carrie. We all do.

OCT 27th: Judy is beautifully heartbreaking. A painful reminder of just how badly The Industry treated one of its finest sweethearts. Reneé Zellweger is wonderfully cast.
Judy Garland deserved better 🌹

OCT 30th: With 50 days until Rise of Skywalker is released, I just want to ask something. Regardless of whether you like the film or not can we please keep it civil?
If Reylo does or doesn’t happen. If Palpatine is or isn’t alive. If Anakin/Obi Wan do or don’t return. If your opinion is negative or positive. Can we please not turn on each other?
The Last Jedi ended up having the most divisive reactions I’ve ever seen. People were threatened and left Twitter over it. There were petitions to remove it from canon and calls to keep it. Just watching that back and forth was exhausting and we cannot treat each other like that. The world needs civility now more than ever.
May the force be with us all.

NOV 3rd: Joker is an excellent conversation starter about our society. Joaquin Phoenix achieves the gritty and uncomfortable performance that Heath Ledger didn’t quite manage to provide. I’ll stick with Jack Nicholson though.

NOV 12th: I can’t believe it’s been a year. I’m still processing your passing and I probably will be for a while. Your impact and the impact of your characters is indescribable. We will love and miss you, forever.

NOV 14th: I’m aware that I’m not the demographic for Dora the Explorer but my sister was. As a result I know more about Dora lore than I probably should. With that said, Dora and the Lost City of Gold is good for Dora fans past and present. Indiana Jones for children.

NOV 19th: Zombieland: Double Tap isn’t an instant classic like the original. It’s not quite as funny or as heartfelt but it’s still a fun time. And it really is nice to catch up with these characters after so long. One every decade wouldn’t be so bad.

NOV 22nd: As far as I’m concerned, T2 marked a canonical end to the story. Everything after that is a What If scenario. As “What If” scenarios go Terminator: Dark Fate is pretty good. CGI can be a bit rubbery but it’s focused on people and violence, like it should be. Solid.

NOV 26th: Maleficent: Mistress of Evil is visually stunning, even more so in 3D. As children’s film sequels go, its one of the better ones. Diaval is bae.

NOV 26th: My biggest problem with Avengers Endgame is the way it treated Thor. He can be fat because he’s depressed but I take great issue with it being a continual punchline. I also take issue with his design, which accentuates how overweight he is. I’m bringing it up now, 7 months later, because the concept art was finally released. They are all better than the design they eventually settled on. They all use baggy clothing to cover his figure. One of them even has a poncho in Loki’s colours. They could have treated him with the respect that he deserves but they threw it away for a gag. Marvel should be ashamed.

DEC 3rd: The most amazing thing about Doctor Sleep is that it clocks in at 2 and a half hours, but never feels like it overstays its welcome. Between that and the cinematography, this is a wonderful sequel to that wonderful classic The Shining

DEC 8th: I’ve never really been into sports but if they were anything like The Shiny Shrimps I’d adore them. A beautiful story that has plenty of joy and the French language makes everything more beautiful

DEC 9th: The trailer for Ghostbusters:Afterlife is finally here. Regardless of peoples feelings, can we please not use it to rip the 2016 film a new one? It was fine on its own so please just enjoy this one without comparison.

DEC 15th: After 35 years, Gremlins is still a fun festive time for all the family. A must see for anyone who loves Christmas or B-Movies.

DEC 16th: I was unsure how I’d react to Frozen II because my sister was The Demographic for the original. I became very tired of it very quickly. So I’m pleased to report that the sequel is a fun time for children and adults.

DEC 19th: Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is going to piss some people off. Not me though, i thought it was a fitting end to a saga that I love very dearly.

If your child is particularly sensitive and cannot handle dark/grim visuals, please vet the film before taking them. The BBFC website is a good place to do this. Will contain spoilers.

DEC 28th: 2019 was a devisive year for film, much like 2018 before it. As we head into 2020 I cant help but worry that it’s getting worse. It seems as if people may have forgotten how to enjoy themselves and I implore them to remember. Hating a film is easy, anybody can do it, I’ve seen people build careers off of it. Liking films is more fun for everyone involved, both the audience and the creators. So as we head into the new decade please remember…
Every film is worth something.

Signed: Your friendly neighbourhood queer