A trip down Diagon Alley

  By James Mackney With the release of J K Rowling’s new novel, published under the pseudonym of Robert Galbraith, I thought it would be an appropriate to head back and look at the filmic works of the her ever successful Harry Potter series. To date the Harry Potter films have collectively grossed a total of $7,723,431,572, a staggering achievement. Does this mean they are all works of cinematic brilliance? Of course not and I would be inclined to say...

Review, The Wind Rises

By Ollie Gayler  @OllieGayler As a career finale, The Wind Rises is suitably poignant.  Its message is not an overt warning as in Princess Mononoke.  Its fantasy is more subtle and human than that of Spirited Away and is not presented in opposition to reality, but rather woven into the film’s realism; realism that is rooted in historical context through its lead character, Jiro Horikoshi, designer of the Mitsubishi A5M and A6M Zero fighter planes for the Japanese Navy in...

To sum up Godzilla in one word: Ridiculous.

  By James Mackney 4/5 Godzilla is old school both in terms of character and this fantastic re-boot. It is a proper monster movie with a heart. It contains nods to Spielberg left, right and centre and manages to tell a monster story a million times better than Peter Jackson did with King Kong. Over the last few years we have been treated or tortured depending on your inclination to summer blockbusters that have told us that everything needs to...

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