Author: Jasper Hagan

Is the Hype around Black Panther worth it?

Black Panther is really fun. It’s got a great cast, is a big step for representation, looks and sounds terrific, and is action packed. Just don’t think about it too hard. It’s the latest and 18th film in Marvel’s cinematic universe, and the last one before the massive Avengers: Infinity War, releasing in May, which will be climactic, at least until the next one. Black Panther is a fine example of their well-established formula. The film follows T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman), The Warrior King of Wakanda, a secretive and high tech Central African Nation. He’s the latest to take up...

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French farce a taste of Palace Electric festival

The Alliance Francaise French Film Festival opening at Palace Electric might not be until Thursday 1 March, but it kicked off in very Gallic fashion at a special preview night. Yes, there was the obligatory wine and cheese, but there was, more fundamentally, a film that anyone other than the French would have struggled to make. See You Up There, directed by Albert Dupontel, is a very sweet and often very funny farce set in the aftermath of World War I and concerned with the burial and remembrance of France’s fallen soldiers. It follows a pair of soldiers, Maillard...

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Daniel Day Lewis’ incredible final film

Phantom Thread is the latest film from Paul Thomas Anderson that showcases the skilled director’s capacity for lateral growth. It’s also the last film of Daniel Day Lewis (he is apparently retiring from acting) and it’s both a reminder of why we’ll miss his performances and why it’s probably for the best, given his propensity for extreme levels of preparation. It’s only a matter of time before he puts himself through the ringer to play an Asian schoolgirl or something. The plot could fit on a napkin. An eccentric, extremely skilled and highly sought after dress maker, Reynolds Woodcock,...

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Jessica Chastain’s rich role in Molly’s Game

Molly’s Game is an entertaining, quick-paced movie with an outstanding cast and a great script – that just doesn’t know how to end. Tying up all the plot points is hard, but the movie makes an unforced error by introducing a seemingly new element in the final stanza. The main character is a former competitive skier, so you can make your own joke about sticking the landing if you want. We start with Molly Bloom (the always outstanding Jessica Chastain) being arrested by multiple armed FBI agents in the early hours of the morning. Accused of a variety of...

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This is no ordinary monster movie

Stop reading this. Wait, that’s paradoxical. Don’t start reading it at all. Go see The Shape of Water, then come back and read this. The film is superb. It deserves every bit of praise it’s received, it contains one of the best lead performances I’ve seen, up there with F Murray Abraham in Amadeus, and it all looks and sounds gorgeous. It’s the best film of Guillermo Del Toro’s varied career. That’s high praise when you remember that The Devil’s Backbone and Blade 2 exist. Yes. It’s even better than Blade 2. Guillermo Del Toro’s friend and occasional collaborator...

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