Jem & The Holograms

Jem and the Holograms Review

Following the commercial success of the G.I. Joe toys and cartoon series in the early eighties, Hasbro set about trying to repeat their winning formula with a new cartoon series entitled Jem. G.I. Joe writer Christy Marx was brought in and in 1985 Jem began airing on US television. It’s now thirty years later and we have a live-action Jem … Read more

The American Dreamer

The American Dreamer Review

Dennis Hopper‘s long gestating 1971 film, The Last Movie was supposed to be great. It was supposed to be the film that launched Hopper’s career as a serious director. And it was supposed to justify the $1 million budget he was given to make it, following the success of Easy Rider. This was not to … Read more

Spotlight

Spotlight Review

There’s a moment in the first episode of season five of The Wire – which stars Spotlight director Tom McCarthy as a reporter – in which the older reporters at the Baltimore Sun school a fresh faced journalist about the importance of minor details. They explain to her an error that she made in stating in an article … Read more

THE BIG SHORT

The Big Short, Our Brand Is Crisis and the mistake in talking down to audiences

The following piece discusses The Big Short and Our Brand Is Crisis in detail, including references to the films’ final moments. Both films are based on real life events and in both cases it is relatively easy to see the direction in which they are going. But if you would rather not risk any spoilers … Read more