Movie Review – The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part

The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part US (2019) Dir. Mike Mitchell Having expanded on the Lego franchise with a successful film in 2014, instead of a direct sequel, the universe branched off to focus on individual characters, like with the witty and action packed Lego Batman Movie, and the largely forgotten flop Lego Ninjago … Continue reading Movie Review – The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part

Movie Review – Soul

Soul US (2020) Dirs. Pete Docter & Kemp Powers What is your purpose in life? Is it a talent, a person, a hobby, a calling? Some people go through life without any real direction, following the school, job, marry, kids, retirement, and death pattern and nothing to show for it at the end. Are they … Continue reading Movie Review – Soul

My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising (Boku no Hīrō Akademia Za Mūbī: Hīrōzu: Raijingu) Movie Review

My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising (Boku no Hīrō Akademia Za Mūbī: Hīrōzu: Raijingu) Japan (2019) Dir. Kenji Nagasaki It’s spin off movie time for the popular shonen fantasy My Hero Academia, the second in fact, following on from 2018’s Two Heroes, though it is reported it will be the last feature length adjunct for this … Continue reading My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising (Boku no Hīrō Akademia Za Mūbī: Hīrōzu: Raijingu) Movie Review

Onward

Onward US (2020) Dir. Dan Scanlon Growing up without a parent is hard enough when you knew them for a short while but worse if you didn’t get a chance to know them at all. Obviously, if you did get a chance to meet your deceased parent you’d take it, even if it meant dabbling … Continue reading Onward

Despicable Me 3

Despicable Me 3 US (2017) Dirs. Pierre Coffin & Kyle Balda The folks at Illumination are determined to make Despicable Me into a major franchise having already two films and a spin-off for the scene-stealing Minions, which I’ve not seen but is said to be a bit poor. However, Minions took over a billion dollars … Continue reading Despicable Me 3

The Secret Life Of Pets 2

The Secret Life Of Pets 2 US (2019) Dirs. Chris Renaud & Jonathan Del Val Once you have a hit film, a sequel is inevitable and this is the case with The Secret Life Of Pets, a fun modern take on the perennial cute animated animals trope. It is concept that proved fertile first time … Continue reading The Secret Life Of Pets 2

Toy Story 4

Toy Story 4 US (2019) Dir. Josh Cooley One of the most successful animated franchises of the last twenty-five years came to an end with Toy Story 3 in 2010 - or so we thought. Hollywood just can’t help itself if there is a dollar to be made thus Toy Story was revived for new … Continue reading Toy Story 4

Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse

Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse US (2018) Dirs. Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey & Rodney Rothman “You know the rest” This phrase is used many times throughout this film yet more often than not, I personally didn’t know what “the rest” was, as I don’t read comic books and back in the days when I did, the … Continue reading Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse

Time Masters (Les maîtres du temps)

Time Masters (Les maîtres du temps) France (1982) Dir. René Laloux Having made the classic animation Fantastic Planet from a novel by French sci-fi author Stefan Wul, unhurried French director René Laloux’s follow up (nine years later) was another Wul adaptation, this time turning his 1958 work L'Orphelin de Perdide into Time Masters. A six-wheeled … Continue reading Time Masters (Les maîtres du temps)

Tehran Taboo

Tehran Taboo Germany/Austria (2017) Dir. Ali Soozandeh  Regular visitors to this site will be aware of the films reviewed from Iran and the Middle East dealing with the moral patriarchal corruption and archaic attitudes towards women. Some have even been animations, proving to be as hard hitting as any live action film, which Tehran Taboo … Continue reading Tehran Taboo