Movie Review: Kingsman – The Golden Circle (2017)

The first Kingsman movie, based on a graphic novel by Mark Millar, posited a stereotypical English organisation of crime-fighting operatives with a wide slew of Batman-worthy, yet gentlemanly gadgets. The emotional through-line was an experienced Kingsman (Colin Firth) helping a streetwise noob (Taron Egerton) reach his full potential.… Read the rest

Movie Review: Get Out (2017)

The subtitle for this horror-comedy could have easily been ‘Creepy White People’ as the majority of the cast consists of just that. When a black man (Chris Washington, played by Daniel Kaluuyaheads off to a remote mansion to meet the well-off parents of his white girlfriend (Rose Armitage – Allison Williams), things get racially awkward fast. The tension isn’t initially because of direct hostility, but because the parents emphasize just a little too much that they have no problem with black people.… Read the rest

Movie Review: La La Land (2016)

La La Land is an odd movie. It is a homage to old-fashioned musicals, but there isn’t as much singing and dancing in it as you may expect. After a massive opening number, there are a surprising amount of regular dramatic scenes, even if a lot of them revolve around music in one way or another.… Read the rest

Movie Review: Kong – Skull Island (2017)

Kong – Skull Island is a pleasing package that gives people who enjoy this kind of film exactly what they want to see. Witness King Kong fighting helicopters as well as big monsters and witness him lifting up a puny woman in his massive hand.… Read the rest

Movie Review: Logan (2017)

Logan is a pleasant surprise after the last X-Men related movie, the overblown and messy X-Men – Apocalpyse. Logan’s story is more intimate and small-scale. And really depressing. The dark and mature tone as well as the future setting – it takes place in 2029, although not much seems different apart from self-driving cars – set it far apart from the other movies in the X-Men franchise.… Read the rest

Movie Review: Moonlight (2016)

Moonlight is a beautiful movie with some pacing oddities. Over the course of three titled chapters, it shows the journey to manhood of Chiron, a gay black man who lives in an impoverished neighborhood plagued by drugs. Masculinity – or the semblance thereof – is the main theme here.… Read the rest

Television Review: Sherlock (2010-2017)

The current BBC incarnation of iconic British detective Sherlock Holmes is stylish, entertaining and increasingly silly. In a world where chaos theory does not seem to be a thing, Sherlock solves cases that grow more far-fetched as the series goes on.… Read the rest

Movie Review: Lion (2016)

On the surface, the story of Lion sounds like fodder for a Lifetime movie or an emotionally manipulative reality tv program. But it is so exceptionally well-told that you may find yourself shedding a silent manly tear or two by the end, even if you were all set to scoff at the obvious sentimentality of it all.… Read the rest

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