Film Reviews

The Black Cauldron (1985)

  Starring: Grant Bardsley, Susan Sheridan, Nigel Hawthorne, John Hurt, John Huston Director: Ted Berman, Richard Rich The forgotten film that nearly sank Disney studios, The Black Cauldron is an adaptation of Lloyd Alexander's stories The Book of Three and The Black Cauldron, which were part of a successful series in the late 70's for… Continue reading The Black Cauldron (1985)

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Preview: Sherlock Gnomes (2018)

Starring: Emily Blunt, James McAvoy, Michael Caine, Maggie Smith, Johnny Depp, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Mary J Blige Director: John Stevenson The garden gnomes are back, in this follow up to Gnomeo and Juliet (2011). When their owners move to London, Gnomeo (McAvoy) and Juliet (Blunt) find themselves put in charge of a new garden that needs… Continue reading Preview: Sherlock Gnomes (2018)

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Podcast: Studio Ghibli and When Marnie Was There on ScreenMayhem.com

Let's Get Stuck Into... is a podcast from ScreenMayhem.com which focuses on sets of five films from different influential film personalities and masters of cinema. It's a really fascinating and fun podcast, and I had a really great time recording this one, about Studio Ghibli and the warm and mysterious story of When Marnie Was… Continue reading Podcast: Studio Ghibli and When Marnie Was There on ScreenMayhem.com

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Coco (2017)

Starring: Anthony Gonzalez, Gael Garcia Bernal, Benjamin Bratt Director: Lee Unkrich, Adrian Molina Miguel is a little boy who dreams of being a musician. But because on of his ancestors ran away and abandoned the family, music is banned, and Miguel is on track to join the families shoe-making business. On the night of Dia… Continue reading Coco (2017)

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Podcast: Studio Ghibli and Howl’s Moving Castle on ScreenMayhem.com

Let's Get Stuck Into... is a podcast from ScreenMayhem.com which focuses on sets of five films from different influential film personalities and masters of cinema. It's a really fascinating and fun podcast, and I had a really great time recording this one, about Studio Ghibli and the magical fairy tale fantasy of Howl's Moving Castle.… Continue reading Podcast: Studio Ghibli and Howl’s Moving Castle on ScreenMayhem.com

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Podcast: Studio Ghibli and Whisper of the Heart on ScreenMayhem.com

Let's Get Stuck Into... is a podcast from ScreenMayhem.com which focuses on sets of five films from different influential film personalities and masters of cinema. It's a really fascinating and fun podcast, and I had a really great time recording this one, about Studio Ghibli and the often overlooked teen drama Whisper Of The Heart.… Continue reading Podcast: Studio Ghibli and Whisper of the Heart on ScreenMayhem.com

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My Life As A Zucchini (2016)

Director: Claude Barras Rated PG-13, this is an unusual animation. A little boy lives with his alcoholic mother, til one day she dies in an accident that he blames himself for. He's sent to a foster home, where all the kids are suffering from losing their parents and from growing up in highly dysfunctional homes.… Continue reading My Life As A Zucchini (2016)

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The Lego Batman Movie (2017)

Starring: Will Arnett, Rosario Dawson, Michael Cera, Ralph Fiennes Director: Chris McKay There's a part of me that doesn't entirely get Lego movies. The characters are based on those from other stories, and retain some of their characteristics but not others. I guess that they kind of emulate the kinds of stories that kids create… Continue reading The Lego Batman Movie (2017)

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Moana (2016)

Starring: Auli'i Cravalho, Dwayne Johnson, Rachel House, Temuera Morrison, Jemaine Clement, Nicole Scherzinger, Alan Tudyk Director: Ron Clements, Don Hall Moana (Cravalho) lives on a beautiful island in Ancient Polynesia where she is the daughter of the chief. But the demigod Maui has set a curse in motion that's slowly killing the islands way of… Continue reading Moana (2016)

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A Monster Calls (2016)

Starring: Lewis MacDougall, Sigourney Weaver, Felicity Jones, Liam Neeson Director: J A Bayona A story about grief and grieving for kids sounds like a hard sell, but this adaptation of a popular book by Patrick Ness focuses on deeper life truths to avoid the trite and mawkish. Conor (MacDougall) is a kid who has grown… Continue reading A Monster Calls (2016)