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  • Emperor

    Emperor

    ★★

    There’s a noble effort here to tell a slave narrative which is about active resistance - the semi fictionalised story of one of the Black men who fought with John Brown in 1859 - in which he kills overseers and fights back.

    It’s a shame though that it all looks so cheap, and just can’t land the emotional blows it’s aiming for, veering between 12 Years soulfulness and Die Hard action without the talent or budget to pull it off.

  • Batman

    Batman

    ★★★

    I’ve never been a big fan of the Burton Batmen. The classic comic style absurdism doesn’t appeal to me aesthetically or narratively while Keaton has very little to work with as a Batman whose character is barely sketched out. 

    Burton clearly favours the villains and here Jack Nicholson gives a wonderfully unhinged performance as the Joker whose manage is undermined by farce and silliness when he should be frightening.

    Coupled with a run time which feels padded and little in…

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  • Ace Ventura: Pet Detective

    Ace Ventura: Pet Detective

    ★½

    Was a huge huge fan of this when I came out and I sneaked into a cinema to watched it aged ten. I thought it was the funniest thing I’d ever seen. Nearly three decades on and revisiting it was a disappointing experience.

    It’s not funny at all, just Jim Carey gurning and catchphrasing his way through a dull nonsense plot about sports stars I’ve never otherwise heard of from a sport I’ve never watched. The jokes don’t land, the plot is mostly incoherent and it’s laden with homophobia, transphobia and mean spirited jokes about mental illness.

    The ending, now famously, is especially appalling.

  • Bacurau

    Bacurau

    ★★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    This started out really well - super creepy vibe, fun cast of villagers, great music. It did a great job of slowly building tension and got me really invested.

    Then it blew it, by becoming a “most dangerous game” rip and making two big mistakes. Firstly, if you’re going to go down this route, don’t make the hunters morons - morally reprehensible for sure, but they need to be smart and really dangerous. For the second time in a week…